DIY Pen Roll Case Tutorial – Wrap up your Pens in Style!

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #PilotYourLife #CollectiveBias It’s time to make a DIY Pen Roll!

The summer gives us a chance to recharge and spend some time with families, since most kids have time off through the summer months. But it’s also a time for thinking ahead to back to school time and this DIY Pen Roll is the perfect way to send off your child with a fun looking case to hold all of their pens. It is also a great way to keep all your pens in one easy to access place in your office.This DIY pen roll case is the perfect way to hold all your favorite pens in one place. It's perfect for back to school for your kids, or to have in a home office to keep the pens in one place. #PilotYourLife #adI LOVE Pilot G2 Target Fashion Collection pens. I discovered them a few years ago and now I hardly ever write with anything else. I love the size, I love how long they last, I love the feel in my hand and I love the way that they write compared to normal ball point pens. If you haven’t tried Pilot G2 pens, you really should. I’m sure you’ll get hooked on them just like me!

The Pilot G2 is America’s Go-2 gel ink pen. It is known for its smooth writing and comfortable grip. With 4 point sizes and multiple color options, Pilot G2 has something for everyone! And the Pilot G2 is the #1 Selling gel ink brand in America (NPD, 2015)

I’ve always bought the plain colored Pilot G2 pens, but when I saw an end cap display at Target promoting the G2 Target Fashion Collection pens and the G2 Overachievers Club, I knew that I would be making a really neat DIY pen roll case to hold my new pens in. LOOK AT THE COLORS! I found some super pink polka dotted fabric to make my pen case that ties right in with the polka dots on the pens themselves. What fun!!Fashion Collection for Pilot Pens

It’s time to make the DIY Pen Roll.

To make this project, you will need the following supplies:

  • 1 piece of bright pink fabric 15″ long x 14″: wide
  • 1 piece of pink and white polka dotted fabric 15″ long x 14″ wide
  • 1 piece of fusible interfacing 15″ long and 14″ wide
  • Pink thread
  • Extra wide double fold white bias tape
  • 44″ of 1/4″ wide white grosgrain ribbon
  • Sewing machine, pins, scissors
  • Set of G2 Target Fashion Collection pens

Start by cutting out a piece of both the pink and the pink polka dotted fabric, 14″ wide and 15″ long. Also cut one piece of fusible interfacing, 14″ wide and 15″ long. (I trimmed my interfacing slightly before I ironed it to make my seams less bulky.) Iron the fusible interfacing to the inside of the pink fabric, according to the package directions, so that it gives the fabric a slightly stiffer feel.Place the two pieces of fabric together, so that the right sides are touching and pin them with straight pins.Fuse one piece of fabric and pin your materials in place with right sides touching

Stitch all around three of the sides to make a pillow case shape. Turn the material so that the right sides face outwards now and iron.Sew the fabric together and turn right side out and iron.Attach a piece of the bias biding to the short bottom finished edge. Place the opened bias tape to the edge of your fabric so that it touches the polka dot pink material. Sew just to the right of the fold line of the bias tape with a straight stitch. (This gives a neat finish when the tape is folded over the edge for the next step. If you stitch right on the fold line, the tape won’t fold well.) Turn the edges of the tape under at each end to give a nice finish to the tape.Stitch bias tape in place

Fold the bias tape over the bottom edge and over to the bright pink side. Stitch it in place with a straight stitch. I used pink thread to do this for contrast, since it was quicker to do it this way, rather than switching out the bobbin and thread. Since I like the contrast, it made the project come together more quickly. Fold the bottom edge of the pen holder up 3 1/2″ and pin the material in place so that you have a long pink bottom “pocket” of the polka dot material. Stitch it in place along the bottom side edges about 1/8″ inside the edge.Using straight pins, mark stitch lines 1″ apart, starting and ending about 1 3/8″ in from the side edges of the pocket. (you will need to fiddle a bit with the spacing to get them even.)Make a "pocket" and pin slots for pens

Using a straight stitch, use the pins as a guide and stitch along the lines, back stitching at the beginning and end to secure the thread. When you get to the edge of the bottom pocket, do a couple of back stitches to make each pen slot secure. Continue up to the top edge.Doing this will have stitching show along the whole pen case and not just at the bottom pocket.Stitch pen slots in pen holder

Take the bias tape and bind the one unfinished top edge of the pen roll in the same manner that you did the bottom pocket edge.. Now you have a finished edge on the top of the case. Fold the top of the DIY pen roll case over so that it meets the bottom edge. Pin the edges and then stitch them in place. The pens will fit into the slots and sit in front of the folded top flapPin and stitch the top flapCut a piece of the grosgrain ribbon 44″ long. Find the center of the ribbon and stitch it in place at the pocket edge on the right side of the pen roll. Attach the ribbon tie

Now comes the fun part! Add the Pilot G2 pens into each of the pockets of the pen case. Don’t they look great? All those colors!! I don’t know which one to use first!Pilot G2 pens in the DIY pen roll case

I had enough ribbon to loop twice around the pen holder so it kept it nice and secure.Pen roll Case with pens insideNow is the time to join the G2 Overachievers Club! When you join, you’ll receive news on promotions, product news, overachiever life hacks, giveaways and much more. Just text G2CLUB to 40679 to join, and they will send you a coupon to kick off your new club membership. With the launches of the G2 Target Fashion Collection and G2 Metallics, Pilot G2 Pens are the only gel ink pens that offers this level of customization – because, after all, pens aren’t one size fits all. These new pens are perfect for those that don’t want just a boring pen in their hands!They give you the confidence to be an overachiever yourself!Pilot G2 overachievers ClubAnd for more fun ideas on how to hold your pens, be sure to visit the social hub.If you would like to make this pen roll case, head to Target and look for their special end cap display. It has so many varieties of Pilot G2 Pens, including the set that I used to fill up my pen roll.Target has a special Pilot G2 pens end cap display

Do you consider yourself an G2 overachiever? I know that I do!G2 Overachiever's club and pen roll case
I loved this video by Shonda Rhimes that talks about traits of overachievers.


You can print out the instructions for this DIY pen roll below.

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DIY Pen Roll Case Tutorial - Wrap up your Pens in Style!
 
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Serves: 1
Ingredients
  • 1 piece of bright pink fabric 15" long x 14": wide
  • 1 piece of pink and white polka dotted fabric 15" long x 14" wide
  • 1 piece of fusible interfacing 15" long and 14" wide
  • Pink thread
  • Extra wide double fold white bias tape
  • 44" of ¼" wide white grosgrain ribbon
  • Sewing machine, pins, scissors
  • Set of G2 Target Fashion Collection pens
Instructions
  1. Start by cutting out a piece of both the pink and the pink polka dotted fabric, 14" wide and 15" long. Also cut one piece of fusible interfacing, 14" wide and 15" long. (I trimmed my interfacing slightly before I ironed it to make my seams less bulky.) Iron the fusible interfacing to the inside of the pink fabric according to package directions. This will give the pen holder a stiffer feel. Place the two pieces of fabric together, so that the right sides are touching and pin them with straight pins.
  2. Stitch all around three of the sides to make a pillow case shape. Turn the material so that the right sides face outwards now and iron.
  3. Attach a piece of the bias biding to the bottom edge. Place the opened bias tape to the edge of your fabric so that it touches the polka dot pink material. Sew just to the right of the fold line of the bias tape with a straight stitch. (This gives a neat finish when the tape is folded over the edge for the next step. If you stitch right on the fold line, the tape won't fold well.) Be sure to turn the edges of the tape under at each end to give a nice finish to the tape.
  4. Fold the bias tape over the bottom edge and over to the bright pink side. Stitch it in place with a straight stitch. Fold the bottom edge of the pen holder up 3½" and pin the material in place so that you have a long pink bottom "pocket" of the polka dot material. Stitch it in place along the bottom side edges about ⅛" inside the edge.Using straight pins, mark stitch lines 1" apart, starting and ending about 1⅜" in from the side edges of the pocket. (you will need to fiddle a bit with the spacing to get them even.)
  5. Using a straight stitch, use the pins as a guide and stitch along the lines, back stitching at the beginning and end to secure the thread. When you get to the top edge of the pen pocket, do a couple of back stitches to make each pen slot secure. Continue up to the top edge. Doing this will have stitching show along the whole pen case and not just at the bottom pocket.
  6. Take the bias tape and bind the one unfinished top edge of the pen roll in the same manner that you did the bottom pocket edge.. Now you have a finished edge on the top of the case. Fold the top of the DIY pen roll case over so that it meets the bottom edge. PIn the edges and then stitch them in place
  7. Cut a piece of the grosgrain ribbon 44" long. Find the center of the ribbon and stitch it in place at the pocket edge on the right side of the pen roll.
  8. Add the Pilot G2 gel pens into each of the pockets of the pen case. Roll the case from left to right and tie with the grosgrain ribbon.

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  22 comments for “DIY Pen Roll Case Tutorial – Wrap up your Pens in Style!

  1. Cindy Gordon (Vegetarian Mamma)
    01/10/2017 at 9:54 pm

    I love this and I need to make one for myself. I just got a passion planner and a whole bunch of pens so I can fill up my planner with color. I need this to take them around with me! Love this idea and how simple it is!

    • Carol
      01/10/2017 at 10:02 pm

      Glad you liked it Cindy. I love the way it keeps all my pens in one spot! Carol

  2. 01/10/2017 at 11:48 pm

    This is an awesome idea, Carol. This pen roll case would help me find my pens in my purse easily. Although I don’t carry that many pens in my bag, it would still be nice to have them neatly organized in one case! It would also be great to have to keep my son’s colored pencils and markers when he goes to art class, but of course, I’d choose blue instead of pink fabric. 🙂

    • Carol
      01/11/2017 at 9:53 am

      Thanks Jennifer. I had not thought of it in my purse. That is a great idea. I’m always digging for pens in there! Carol

  3. 01/11/2017 at 10:40 am

    What a cute craft. I love the polka dot fabric. It’s a fun way to keep all of your supplies together. I need to get my craft room organized.

    • Carol
      01/11/2017 at 11:24 am

      Thanks Valerie. I was delighted to find the polka dot fabric. It is perfect for the pens!

  4. 01/11/2017 at 1:13 pm

    This is so cute, even for someone like me who is not crafty at all! On a side note, I love those pens! There are only a few different types of pens that’s I’ll use (I know it sounds crazy!!).

    • Carol
      01/11/2017 at 2:29 pm

      Not crazy at all. I am the same. My husband has a jar full of normal pens and I won’t use them. I just love the way these write!

  5. 01/11/2017 at 3:00 pm

    What a fun project! This would be a perfect craft for keeping my daughters’ markers organized for when we are on the road running errands. Or even for just keeping track of them at home. Love those pens, too! You can never have too many!

    • Carol
      01/11/2017 at 3:34 pm

      I really had fun making it too! I love having those fun pens all rolled up and ready to use!

  6. 01/11/2017 at 5:25 pm

    I want to make this for my purse. I always lose my pens in my purse. What a great idea! Thank you for the inspiration. Also, those are my favorite kind of pens!! SO many colors!

    • Carol
      01/11/2017 at 5:31 pm

      Thanks Sensie. I was happy to see all the colors too.

  7. 01/11/2017 at 7:00 pm

    I am completely in love with your pen roll! I love the pink fabric too! #client

    • Carol
      01/11/2017 at 7:21 pm

      Thanks Heather. I love it too. Such a pretty color! Carol

  8. 01/11/2017 at 7:22 pm

    Can I tell you that I’m a secret (OK not so secret) pen lover! I just love gel pens and PILOT makes some of my favorite pens. This pen holder is right up my alley. Thanks so much for sharing it.

    • Carol
      01/11/2017 at 7:30 pm

      Birds of a feather. I am the same!

  9. Daniel smith
    01/13/2017 at 12:29 am

    Thank you for sharing amazing blogg

    • Carol
      01/13/2017 at 9:56 am

      Glad you like it Daniel. Carol

  10. 02/09/2017 at 7:01 pm

    I have been in love with the Pilot gel pens for years!! I have an addiction to them, and will not use any other ! I am retired now, but for years I used them for my work. When I had to get a signature and “allowed” someone to use my pen. I always made sure I got it back. A few times, when the person exclaimed how much they liked my pen, I let them keep it, but only if I felt they were “worthy” ! I had made a similar holder some years ago to carry my pens in my briefcase, but you have inspired me to make a new one in a brighter color! Thank you. (I’ll have to get some more pens, of course.)

    • Carol
      02/09/2017 at 9:13 pm

      HI Juli. Seriously…you sound just like me. My husband hands me another type of pen and I turn my nose up at it! Carol

  11. Doris M Andelin
    02/15/2017 at 6:26 pm

    I was curious in seeing the ad on face book so I clicked on it. I liked what I saw and thought I could do that. I went to Target, a half hour away. The price of the pens upset me, $14.99; however I bought 2 packages so I could make 2 sets for 2 grandchildren. I spent a lot of time figuring out polka dotted fabrics and getting the rest of the supplies needed. I finished one of the rolls. When I was putting in the pens into their pockets I noticed they were not all polka dotted pens. That was upsetting to me considering my time and expense (living only on Social Security ) to do this project. I will get over it though; I do like the finished product, thank you for the idea and instructions. I just wish all the pens were polka dotted.

    • Carol
      02/15/2017 at 6:34 pm

      Hi Doris. Mine were a mix of plain colors and polka dots. I just liked the colors. The polka dots were an extra after I found that material. Glad you liked the project. It has been a very popular one for me.

      Carol

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