Making a Pencil Case

Thanks for all the lovely feedback and comments on our Triangular Pencil Case! Due to popular demand we have put together a tutorial so you can make your own pencil case.

The triangular pencil case is the perfect project for using some of your treasured scraps. It features a patchwork panel on each side, and you can embellish it with pompom trim, appliqué patches, or ribbon to put your own creative spin on it. This project is suitable for anyone with some basic zipper skills.

Making a Pencil Case


  • Cut 6 rectangles measuring 3 x 2 1/4 inches
  • Cut 1 rectangle measuring 8 x 4 1/2 inches
  • Cut 2 triangles measuring 2 3/4 inches on each side 
  • Cut 1 rectangle measuring 8 x 8 inches (lining)
  • Cut 2 triangles measuring 2 3/4 inches on each side (lining)
  • cotton batting measuring 8 x 12 inches
  • Zipper – 7 inches in length or longer
Optional: Embellish with pompom trim, appliqué patches, ribbon etc.
Template for Triangle can be found here.
Seam allowances 1/4 inch.
1. To assemble the front of the pencil case, stitch the three patchwork rectangles together into a strip and attach it to the polka dot panel. Repeat for the remaining patchwork rectangles.  Centre the two triangles on the side as pictured, and stitch in place. Fold open the triangles and press.
2. Lay the pencil case on the batting and pin in place.

3. Quilt the layers together as desired, and trim batting. Add pompom trim/appliqués/ribbon etc as desired.

4. With a water erasable pen, mark the point 1/4 inch down from the tip of the triangle. Pin the side of the triangle to the side of the pencil case and pin in place. Stitch in place stopping at the blue mark. Repeat for both sides of each triangle.
5. With the wrong side of the pencil case facing, pin the zipper in place on one side as shown, and stitch in place. Open the zipper and repeat for the other side.Turn the pencil case out the right way and press. Top stitch around the edge of the zipper.

6. Stitch the lining pieces together in the same way that you pieced the pencil case exterior. Press under 1/4 inch along the opening. Pin the lining inside the pouch and hand stitch in place. 

If you are looking for an easy pencil case tutorial, check out “How to Make A Pencil Case”.

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  1. Anonymous says

    Thanks for teaching us this pencil pouch.
    I am motivated to learn and try this at this age {54}.

    With love
    Anita Kadian

  2. Anonymous says

    Love it, and your choice of fabrics. I like the idea it will stay sitting upright when you unzip it and start poking around inside for something. Great idea for a toiletry case for traveling, maybe in a waterproof material.

  3. Annie says

    Gorgeous design! I am honestly a little worried about how i’ll be able to handstitch the lining in, though. Is there any other way i could stitch in the lining with a sewing machine? Thanks!

    • A Spoonful of Sugar says

      Hand stitching the lining gives a neater finish and as it is on the inside, you can’t really see if your stitching is that neat. Alternatively you could machine stitch it in as you would for any other zippered pouch.

  4. Katherine says

    Love your tutorial, so easy to follow.
    Can you tell us what fabric line you used and where to get it?


    • A Spoonful of Sugar says

      Hi Katherine – the fabrics I have had in my stash for a while. A couple of them are from Bonnie and Camille’s Bliss range, and the others are from Annies Farm Stand by Lakehouse Dry Goods.

  5. Emily says

    I love this tutorial. Thank you!!! Can I ask where you got the seed tags? Those are really cool;)!!

  6. claudia says

    I had this as my sewing project for my class tonight. I am so excited how it’s coming around. Now I only have to put the zipper, which I’ll learn how on my next class. Thank you so much for sharing your pattern and showing how to put it together.

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