Who doesn’t love some new stationery? I know I do and it’s even better if you can make it yourself. I was in need of some new pencil cases so I decided to have a go at making my own. Of course they had to be no-sew as I can’t sew at all!
I choose a cream jute fabric (burlap) because I love it’s raw simplicity – it’s natural and beautiful. Anya and I both have something like 10+ pencil cases each but we never tire of adding to our collection! Whats more, these no-sew pencil cases couldn’t be easier to make.
The soft, creamy colour of the jute/burlap pairs well with any colour zip so for my diy no sew pencil case I chose a contrasting mustard coloured zip. You can choose whatever colour you like – no colour is off limits here. I’ve linked to some similar zips below in similar colours but there are lots more choices out there. I also made a few extra of these as I realised they are so handy as make-up bags or little pouches for your handbag.
DIY no sew pencil case
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jute/burlap fabric (UK readers find similar here)
8 inch zip (UK readers – 18 or 20 cm zip)
fabric glue (UK readers find it here)
sharp fabric scissors
pencil and ruler
1. Decide how big you want your pencil case to be. I used 20cm zips and made one slim pencil case which once folded was 7.5 cms deep and the other was 10 cms deep. You can go as big or small as you like.
2. Cut your hessian to size – I like to cut it a little bigger in width and then trim later.
3. Glue one end of your fabric to one side of the zip. And then glue the other end of the hessian to the other side of the zip. The video will make this step very clear. Leave to dry according to instructions on your fabric glue.
4. Undo the zip and flip the pencil case inside out.
5. Glue the sides of the pencil case. If there is excess fabric, make sure to glue the sides where the zip starts and ends and then trim off the excess. Leave to dry.
6. Flip inside out and you have a gorgeous jute pencil case.
Here’s a short video showing the making of this DIY no sew pencil case:
Being a minimalist at heart, I chose a more muted toned zip for my pencil case while Anya chose a bright orange zip for hers. Alternatively, pastels would look beautiful too. Actually any colour would work with this fabric.
If you make these no sew pencil cases, make a few extra ones as they are so useful for your handbag or as little pouches to keep various bits and pieces. Just vary the size of them according to what they’re going to be used for.
What colour zip will you go for?