Mar 4, 2012

Pencil Roll

Yes, I know this has been done a hundred times.  But what hasn't been done a hundred times is a tutorial and instructions.  I've searched and searched and no one wants to tell you how to make it, mostly because the people who do make it, are selling it.  Here is the link of the pencil roll I referenced when drawing out my own pattern @  Little Swedeheart 
I'm not really looking to sell it, I want to make it to give it away.  I have 2 Sisters and my Mother who are Stampers (big time).  My Sister Leslie, is a demonstrator for Stamp'n Up.  There's at least 6 ladies that attend a workshop hosted by a different person, once a month.  These ladies travel with their crafting tools.  My oldest Sister asked me to make her a pencil roll for her watercolor pencils.  I decided to make one for each of my family members, oh and my youngest daughter, the artist, she wanted one, too.  So, I made 4 of them.
I used fat quarters, what that means is that your roll can only be 21" or less, with 1" per pencil, that's a pencil roll for 20 pencils.


Pencil Roll Tutorial


3 coordinating fabrics - fat quarters
pellon fusible - 806  Stitch-n-Tear®
(Prevents fabric from puckering.
Adds stability)
matching thread
matching ribbon
marking Pencil or Chalk
(2) 20 1/2” X 8 1/2” of one fabric
(1) 20 1/2” X 8 1/2” fusible
(2) 20 1/2” X 4” of second fabric
(1) 20 1/2” X 4” of fusible
(3) 21 1/2” X 2” of third fabric
(2) 9” X 2” of third fabric

Cut fabric pieces

Fold and iron border pieces, fold in half, iron, then fold both cut edges to the middle, iron

Take the second fabric, wrong sides together, and attached border, pin, and sew close to border edge

From the top, be sure to measure to keep it even

Put fusible in between the first fabric pieces, and lay the second fabric piece on top, measure across to keep it even

Pin together,

Find the center and with ruler and mat, start from center to end and mark every 1"

With this one, my first one, I sewed from bottom to top, but you can sew from bottom to top of border, if you prefer
Trim threads....

Pin outside border and sew

DON'T FORGET THE RIBBON on the other side

Finish with the top and bottom border
To get the quilted look I washed and dried the pencil roll to be sure the fusible I used DID NOT break down.

Happy Sewing!
Thanks for Stopping By.


  1. This is really lovely. I will have to pin this and put it on my "to do" list. Would you mind sharing with my readers, too?

  2. Thanks for sharing! I'll have to give this a try some time.
    Cas x

  3. I love this! It is different then a lot of the ones i have seen too. I just pinned your tutorial. Love it!

  4. This is so cute! I've made the ones for crayons and have been meaning to make one for pencils but never seem to get around to it! Yours is great! Thanks for sharing!

  5. I am going to need to make a load of crayon or pencil rolls for the children at church soon.

  6. I haven't seen this done so see, you are teaching us newbies still. I don't stamp but I can see that this would be useful. I am a painter and I think it would be fun for my smaller brushes when my art girls all get together to craft. Thanks for sharing on BeColorful

  7. What a great idea for storing colored pencils! I do have to say I about doubled over laughing when I read your blog title. Some days are just like that for me. Get that fan a blowing!

  8. Lovely pencil roll - and cute colours too!

    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a fabulous week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success

  9. Connie, super cute pencil roll. I'm linking up with you from the blog hop! I hope that you get a chance to check out my blog.

    robin :-)

  10. This is so cute!! I am still working on my crafting skills but I will have to give it a try. Thanks for sharing:)

  11. Great job! Thank you for sharing at Uncommon! Bonnie ;)

  12. At first I did not care much for this pattern, but have since realized that this same pattern is good for make-up brushes, art brushes and picnic cutlery and more..


  13. this is a great tutorial! I have 3 little children who would love to have this to keep in the car during road trips! Thanks!


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