The ULTIMATE List of DIY Pencil Pouches

In case you haven’t noticed, it’s back-to-school month! I’m actually kind of in shock at how early some schools start – here in Alabama schools already started this week! We’re about to move back to Utah, where my oldest son is starting kindergarten the last Tuesday of the month. I’m thankful I get to have a little extra time with him before he’ll be gone half the day.

In honor of all the children going back to school, I have created the ultimate list of do-it-yourself pencil pouches. My goal in creating this list was to compile all of the pencil pouches, bags, cases, and other types of bags that could work for pencils into one location, and have it nicely organized, so if you want to create a pencil case you can easily pick a pattern that inspires you and go for it. There are so many tutorials out there, and I am sure I have missed some! If you come across a tutorial for a pencil case (or make one yourself) and would like it featured on this post, please shoot me an email (sunni (at) madeforlittlegents.com) so that I can add it to this list. It is the “ultimate” list after all!

Jump to each section using these links, or just browse below. There is a link at the bottom of each section to here for easy searching.

Standard flat case with zipper at top
Flat case + double pockets
Flat case + different closure or zipper placement
Boxed corners
Boxed case
Cylinders
Cute Critters
Unique Shapes
Roll-ups
3-Ring Pouches
Decorate an existing pouch
No-sew
For purchase

 

Standard flat case with zipper at top

It’s such a simple shape: two rectangle sides with a zipper at the top, lined or not-lined. Yet as you can see below, there are so many varieties of this standard shape! Add some different fabric blocks, a fun print, or even some lace or pom poms if you’re going for girly. So many takes on the same basic pencil case!

 

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Flat case + double pockets

Similar to the standard shape, these beauties feature not one but two pockets! Perfect for separating pens from pencils, markers from crayons, etc.

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Flat case + different closure or zipper placement

If you prefer a different sort of flat case to house your writing utensils, maybe one of these will work for you? All of these are flat but the closure is different than the standard zipper at the top of the case.

  • Easiest Zipper Pouch Tutorial by My Heart Will Sew On
    Easiest Zipper Pouch Tutorial by My Heart Will Sew On
  • Pencil Pouch Tutorial by Mary Martha Mama
    Pencil Pouch Tutorial by Mary Martha Mama
  • How to Make a Pencil Case by E How
    How to Make a Pencil Case by E How
  • F is for Flat Pencil Pouch by Thats My Letter
    F is for Flat Pencil Pouch by Thats My Letter
  • Color Me Fabric Pencil Pouch by Craftiness is Not Optional
    Color Me Fabric Pencil Pouch by Craftiness is Not Optional
  • Charmed Pencil Pouch by Sweet Verbena
    Charmed Pencil Pouch by Sweet Verbena
  • Personalized Pencil Case Tutorial by Rae Gun Ramblings
    Personalized Pencil Case Tutorial by Rae Gun Ramblings
  • How to Make a Pencil Case by A Spoonful of Sugar Designs
    How to Make a Pencil Case by A Spoonful of Sugar Designs
  • Free Pencil / Glasses Case Pattern by Ginger Melon Dolls
    Free Pencil / Glasses Case Pattern by Ginger Melon Dolls
  • Felt Pencil Case by Martha Stewart
    Felt Pencil Case by Martha Stewart
  • Easy Sew Pencil Case Tutorial No Zipper Needed by Threading My Way
    Easy Sew Pencil Case Tutorial No Zipper Needed by Threading My Way

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Boxed corners

These are my personal favorite. The boxed corners on the cases give them a little extra personality. There’s so much variation you can do on these too depending on how much you box the bottom and place the zipper. Love it!

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Boxed case

Perhaps you want to go all out and box the whole thing up? That’s what these lovely ladies have done to their pencil bags, and they turned out great!

  • DIY Pencil Pouch Tutorials with Pattern by DIY Tutorial Ideas
    DIY Pencil Pouch Tutorials with Pattern by DIY Tutorial Ideas
  • DIY Denim Pencil Case by DIY Tutorial Ideas!
    DIY Denim Pencil Case by DIY Tutorial Ideas!
  • DIY Boxy Pencil Pouch by That's My Letter
    DIY Boxy Pencil Pouch by That's My Letter
  • DIY Box Pencil Case by Gathered Threads
    DIY Box Pencil Case by Gathered Threads
  • Cosmetic Bag or Pencil Case of Jeans DIY by DIY Tutorial Ideas
    Cosmetic Bag or Pencil Case of Jeans DIY by DIY Tutorial Ideas
  • Pencil Case Tutorial by Crazy Little Projects
    Pencil Case Tutorial by Crazy Little Projects
  • DIY- Back to School Pencil Pouch by Beth Huntington
    DIY- Back to School Pencil Pouch by Beth Huntington
  • DIY Mini Boxy Makeup Bag in 10 Minutes by Say Yes
    DIY Mini Boxy Makeup Bag in 10 Minutes by Say Yes
  • Cosmetic Makeup Bag by DIY Tutorial Ideas!
    Cosmetic Makeup Bag by DIY Tutorial Ideas!
  • Box Pouch by A Spoonful of Sugar Designs
    Box Pouch by A Spoonful of Sugar Designs

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Cylinders

Sometimes straight lines just don’t cut it and you need something circular, like a cylinder! These are quite easy to make too which makes it all the better.

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Cute Critters

From sharks to kitties, all of these pencil cases will delight any animal lover of any age. The owners of these posts are so creative! How fun would it be to pull a pencil out of a squid?

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Unique Shapes

Animals and other creatures aren’t the only things that can make unique bags. All of these are sure to turn heads and be the envy of all your children’s classmates!

  • Squid Pencil Pouch by Chloy Knight
    Squid Pencil Pouch by Chloy Knight
  • Pencil Pouch Tutorial by DIY Tutorial Ideas!
    Pencil Pouch Tutorial by DIY Tutorial Ideas!
  • DIY Watermelon Zipper Pouch for Summer by Seams and Scissors
    DIY Watermelon Zipper Pouch for Summer by Seams and Scissors
  • DIY Personalized Pencil Bag by Gwenny Penny
    DIY Personalized Pencil Bag by Gwenny Penny
  • 10 DIY Pencil Cases That Make The End Of Summer A Little Less Sad by Buzz Feed
    10 DIY Pencil Cases That Make The End Of Summer A Little Less Sad by Buzz Feed
  • Upright Zip-It-Up Pencil Case Tutorial by Creating my Way To Success
    Upright Zip-It-Up Pencil Case Tutorial by Creating my Way To Success
  • Mermaid Pouch by Projecto DIY
    Mermaid Pouch by Projecto DIY
  • Marker and Pencil Pouch by Sewing Mamas
    Marker and Pencil Pouch by Sewing Mamas
  • Nesting Doll Pouches by Polka Dot Chair
    Nesting Doll Pouches by Polka Dot Chair
  • Emoji Clutch DIY by A Beautiful Mess
    Emoji Clutch DIY by A Beautiful Mess
  • DIY Eye Clutch and Makeup Bag by Paper n Stitch
    DIY Eye Clutch and Makeup Bag by Paper n Stitch
  • Cute Bow Pencil Case DIY by Violet le Beaux
    Cute Bow Pencil Case DIY by Violet le Beaux
  • A Better Marker Pouch by iKat Bag
    A Better Marker Pouch by iKat Bag
  • Zip It Up Pencil Case by Craft Passion
    Zip It Up Pencil Case by Craft Passion
  • Ms. Lipsie the Pocket Girl by Lia's Crafty Journey
    Ms. Lipsie the Pocket Girl by Lia's Crafty Journey
  • Half-circle Zippered Pouch by Sew DIY
    Half-circle Zippered Pouch by Sew DIY
  • Gingham Style :: Knotted Zipper Pencil Pouch Tutorial by See Kate Sew
    Gingham Style :: Knotted Zipper Pencil Pouch Tutorial by See Kate Sew
  • Clasp Pencil Pouch by 2 Little Hooligans
    Clasp Pencil Pouch by 2 Little Hooligans
  • Back to School- Zippered Pencil & School Supplies Case by Sew 4 Home
    Back to School- Zippered Pencil & School Supplies Case by Sew 4 Home

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Roll-ups

I sold Mary Kay for a few months one summer, and my favorite thing I got out of it was my travel roll-up bag. Rolled-up containers keep things nicely separated for those who need a little more organization.

  • Pencil Patchwork Tutorial by DIY Tutorial Ideas!
    Pencil Patchwork Tutorial by DIY Tutorial Ideas!
  • Pencil and Notebook Case Tutorial by Deena Rutter
    Pencil and Notebook Case Tutorial by Deena Rutter
  • How to Make a Roll-up Craft Tidy by Hobby Craft
    How to Make a Roll-up Craft Tidy by Hobby Craft
  • A DIY Rollup Organizer for Back to School by Paper N Stitch
    A DIY Rollup Organizer for Back to School by Paper N Stitch

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3-Ring Pouches

I love the idea of putting hooks on a pencil bag to be able to store inside of your binder. I mean, if you use your binder, that’s where the writing utensils should be stored anyway, right? Makes sense, and these are some wonderful ways to do it!

  • 3 Ring Pencil Pouch Tutorial by Sew Can She
    3 Ring Pencil Pouch Tutorial by Sew Can She
  • Back to School Pencil Case by One Golden Apple
    Back to School Pencil Case by One Golden Apple
  • Binder Zipper Pouch by The Ribbon Retreat
    Binder Zipper Pouch by The Ribbon Retreat
  • DIY School Supplies – Binder Pouch by Sew Your TV
    DIY School Supplies – Binder Pouch by Sew Your TV
  • Easy Sew-It-Yourself Pencil Case For 3 Ring Binder by Little House in the Suburbs
    Easy Sew-It-Yourself Pencil Case For 3 Ring Binder by Little House in the Suburbs
  • Three Ring Binder Pencil Case Sewing Tutorial by The Cottage Mama
    Three Ring Binder Pencil Case Sewing Tutorial by The Cottage Mama

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Decorate an existing pouch

Don’t think you need to make a new bag from scratch to give it some personality. All of these beauties have been modified from plain pencil pouches and turned into works of wonder, just with a few extra details.

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No-sew

If you don’t have a sewing machine, or just don’t feel like busting it out, these options are for you! From repurposed soda bottles to using candy wrappers, there’s bound to be something for you here.

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For purchase

Not feeling like sewing but still want a unique pencil case? Or care to try and recreate another creation not featured above? These beauties below are all available for purchase.

  • Roll up pencil case - wolf by DaWanda
    Roll up pencil case - wolf by DaWanda
  • Canvas Cat Mine Pencil Case Powder pink by Smallable
    Canvas Cat Mine Pencil Case Powder pink by Smallable
  • Bombom pencil case by DaWanda
    Bombom pencil case by DaWanda
  • Willow Pencil Pouch by Mochi Things
    Willow Pencil Pouch by Mochi Things
  • POPAND Pom Pom Pouch by Mochi Things
    POPAND Pom Pom Pouch by Mochi Things
  • Cute Cactus Canvas Pencil Cases by Paper Coat Paper Co
    Cute Cactus Canvas Pencil Cases by Paper Coat Paper Co
  • Cactus Zipper Pouch by Apple White
    Cactus Zipper Pouch by Apple White
  • Cactus Kawaii Pencil Case by Zacca Store
    Cactus Kawaii Pencil Case by Zacca Store
  • Square Pencil Case by Mochi Things
    Square Pencil Case by Mochi Things
  • Pink star : Pencil case, Transparent wallet, Clear bag, Purse organizer, glitter bag, cosmetic bag by Ross Miu
    Pink star : Pencil case, Transparent wallet, Clear bag, Purse organizer, glitter bag, cosmetic bag by Ross Miu
  • LOTS of Cute Pencil Cases by Kikki.k
    LOTS of Cute Pencil Cases by Kikki.k
  • Flowery Slim Pen Case by Mochi Things
    Flowery Slim Pen Case by Mochi Things
  • Double Zipper Cat Pencil Case by Mimo Pencil Cases Shop
    Double Zipper Cat Pencil Case by Mimo Pencil Cases Shop
  • Cute Whale Shark Pencil Case by Yueeeru
    Cute Whale Shark Pencil Case by Yueeeru
  • Willow Pattern Zipper Pen Case v4 by Mochi Things
    Willow Pattern Zipper Pen Case v4 by Mochi Things
  • Ghost Pop Pencil Pouch v2 by Mochi Things
    Ghost Pop Pencil Pouch v2 by Mochi Things
  • Cute Kawaii San-X Rilakkuma Bear Pencil Plushy Pouch Case by Alwayz Kawaii
    Cute Kawaii San-X Rilakkuma Bear Pencil Plushy Pouch Case by Alwayz Kawaii
  • Color Love Pencil Pouch by Cool Pencil Case
    Color Love Pencil Pouch by Cool Pencil Case
  • Better Together Pouch v2 by Mochi Things
    Better Together Pouch v2 by Mochi Things
  • 10 Unique Zipper Cases That Will Blow Your Mind
    10 Unique Zipper Cases That Will Blow Your Mind

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