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.I 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!!
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.
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.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.
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.)
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.
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 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.
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!
I had enough ribbon to loop twice around the pen holder so it kept it nice and secure.Now 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!And 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.
Do you consider yourself an G2 overachiever? I know that I do!
I loved this video by Shonda Rhimes that talks about traits of overachievers.
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