Roll-up Pencil Case

Un-rolling a beautiful case filled with drawing utensils is almost as much fun as opening up presents on your birthday. Untying the ribbon to reveal each pen and pencil neatly slid into its own little slot is absolutely delightful.

This project provides the perfect way for any artist-on-the-go to carry their basic sketching utensils.


  • 1/3 yard fabric for the cover of the case
  • 1/3 yard contrasting fabric for the lining and pocket
  • 24 inches of 1/8 inch wide ribbon
  • water-soluble fabric pen
  • ruler
  • sewing and cutting tools


Cut 1 rectangle from the main fabric and 2 rectangles from the contrasting fabric that are each 8 1/2 inches by 17 inches.

You are going to start by making the pocket. Fold one of the contrasting rectangles in half lengthwise, right side out. Press along the fold. Machine stitch 1/4 inch from the fold across the top of the pocket.

I used a plain straight stitch, but if you are feeling fancy, this would be a great place for some decorative stitching.

Next, you are going to mark where the slots for the pens and pencils will be with your fabric pen and ruler.

I made 12 slots that were 3/4 inch wide on the left side of the case for pencils and 7 slots that were 1 inch wide on the right side of the case for pens. Make sure to leave room for a 1/2 inch wide seam allowance on each side.

Pin the pocket to the right side of the lining.

Now you are going to stitch down the lines for the pencil/pen slots. Sew the lines across from one side of the pocket to the other. For each line start at the slot opening on the top of the pocket and stitch down to the bottom edge of the case.

Trim the loose threads across the top of the pocket.

Now that the pocket is attached to the lining, you are almost done.

Fold the length of ribbon in half. Place it so the fold is just above the top left side of the pocket and the ribbon is laying across the top of the pocket. Pin the ribbon to the lining with the pin pointing in towards the center of the case. This is important because you need to be able to pull the pin out after the lining is secured to the cover.

Place the cover fabric over the lining and pocket, right sides together. Using a 1/2 inch seam allowance, stitch around the cover leaving about a 4 inch opening at the top.

Trim the corners, remove the pins, and turn the case right side out through the opening.

Press the edges of the case.

Carefully whip-stitch across the opening.

Fill each slot with some colored pencils and pens.

Roll up your case and secure it shut with the ribbon. Grab a sketch pad and you are ready to head off to the countryside to sketch a lovely landscape or two.

If, after your relaxing day of drawing, you are still feeling creative, and a little mathematical, you can modify the size of this roll-up case pattern and the number and width of the slots slots to accommodate anything from pens and pencils to paint brushes, crochet hooks, knitting needles, or even make-up brushes.


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