As promised, I’m back with a tutorial for a pencil roll I made a while back. It holds 10 pencils plus a notepad. I used Staedler Maxi Learner’s pencils, for two reasons. One, they are nice & chunky for little hands, and two, they are the only Australian Made pencils I could find.
Outer fabric – 2 peices cut 15.5″ x 8.5″
Inner fabric – 2 pieces cut 15.5″ x 4.5″
Ribbon – approx 1 metre
Pencils (I used Staedler fat pencils – 10 per packet)
1) Find the centre of one of the outer pieces. Pin ribbon in place, making a note of where the “one-third” lines of the finished roll will be.
2) Topstitch the ribbon in place, along both sides, and down the “one-third” lines.
3) Pine the two inner pieces right side together, and stitch along one of the long sides with a 1/4″ seam allowance. Turn right way in, and press flat.
4) Lay the outer piece with the ribbon right side up on your work surface, making sure the ribbons are bundled to the middle. Lay the inner peices on top, lining up the raw edges, and finish with the remaining outer piece right side down. Pin all edges.
5) Stitch all the way around, leaving a gap approximately 10 cms long on the top side. Turn right way in, and press edges flat
6) Hand stitch the turning gap closed, then top stitch all the way around the roll.
7) Mark out the “one-third” lines – I did this using sticky tape. It will need to go from top to bottom. Stitch up the line, turn, one stitch across the top, then stitch back down the line (so you end up with two rows of stitching close to each other.
8)Mark out one inch divisions on the inner fabric. Again, I used sticky tape. Sew from bottom, to top of inner fabric, for each line.
And a photo of the outside as well!