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 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.
To keep my pens handy and all in one place, I decided to make a neat DIY pen roll case to hold them in. 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 Target pilot pens in fun colors
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!
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