Pencil cases were the go-to accessory for me in middle school. I remember buying a new one just about every week because I felt it was a new way to express my unique style. I had pencil cases that were robot shaped, one that looked like a taco, and one with a bunch of zippers. Weird, I know. I definitely had a love for quirky and unique things at a young age.

I'm a fashion design student and have to buy many colored pencils, gel pens, pencils, etc. for my fashion illustration classes. Since I had dropped my middle school habit of regular pencil case purchases, I didn’t actually have a nice case to store all my wonderful tools. I went supply shopping with some friends and contemplated buying a $10 pencil case. My friend suggested sewing one myself and saving a little money. I took her up on the idea and decided to use scraps of fabric I had from past projects to create a simple wrap-string pencil case.

So here it is, my rendition of a hand-made pencil case or clutch in 6 easy steps!

Things you will need:

  • Ruler
  • Pen
  • Scissors
  • Fabric
  • Lining
  • Thread
  • Rope
  • 2 Buttons
  • Hand-Sewing Needles
  • Pins

Step 1: Cut out fabric and lining using the same measurements for each piece of fabric. The fabric should be 12 inches long and 10 inches wide. (Measurements vary depending on how big or small you want your pencil case/clutch to be.)


Step 2: Sew both sides of the fabric and lining with right sides together, wrong sides facing up.


Step 3: Turn fabric inside out so that the right sides show with the lining facing up. Fabric will be on the inside, lining will be on the outside. Sew both sides together.


Step 4: After you’ve sewn both sides together, fold the opening edges twice and sew down.


Step 5: Next, turn pouch inside out and hand-sew buttons onto the the back flap and middle of pouch.


Step 6: Last but not least, tie the rope twice around the button on the top flap.


There you have it friends! A pencil case/clutch in 6 simple steps! I hope that you find this to be creative, fun way to give a little flavor and personal flair for your school supplies!


Peace and Love,
Ariana from Afrobeatnik

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