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DIY Pen Roll Tutorial – Homemade Pink DIY Pen Holder!

This DIY Pen Roll is the perfect way to send off your child with a fun looking case to hold all of their pens.

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 holder roll can also be used to keep all your pens in one easy to access place in your office.Rolled pink polka dot pen holder and words DIY pen roll case tutorialI 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!!

Note: A sewing machine used for this project can be dangerous unless used properly and with adequate precautions. If you are a younger person or are inexperienced with electrical tools, ask for help from a parent, teacher or a professional with experience.

It’s time to make the DIY pen roll

To make this DIY pen holder 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.

Fusing on one piece of pink fabric pinned in place.

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.Sewn pink fabric with fusing and polka dot backing.Attach a piece of the bias biding to the short bottom finished edge of the DIY pen holder. 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.Stitching bias tape in place ion a sewing machine.

Fold the bias tape over the bottom edge of the pen roll 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.Pinned "pocket" and pin slots for pens near a ruler.

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 roll case and not just at the bottom pocket.Stitched pen slots pocket on pink pen holder

Take the bias tape and bind the one unfinished top edge of the DIY pen holder 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 flapStitching 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 DIY pen holder. Attached ribbon tie to pen holder

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

Pin this DIY pen roll case for later

I hope you enjoy this DIY pen holder tutorial. Customize it to your colors for even more fun! If you would like a reminder of this tutorial, just pin this image to one of your DIY boards on Pinterest.

pink roll holding gel pens and words reading DIY pen roll holder tutorial.

Admin note: this post first appeared on the blog in January of 2017. I have updated the post to add new photos and a printable project card.

Yield: 1 pen roll case

DIY Pen Roll Tutorial - Homemade Pink DIY Pen Holder!

Pen roll case

This pretty pen roll holds all your pens in one handy holder. it's fun and can be used for school or home office.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Active Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 15 minutes
Difficulty moderate
Estimated Cost $5

Materials

  • 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 pilot pens in fun colors

Instructions

  1. Cut out a piece of 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.
  2. Trim the interfacing slightly before ironing to make the seams less bulky.
  3. Iron the fusible interfacing to the inside of the pink fabric, according to the package directions.
  4. Place the two pieces of fabric together, so that the right sides are touching and pin them with straight pins.
  5. Stitch around three of the sides to make a pillow case shape. Turn the material so that the right sides face outwards and iron.
  6. Attach a piece of the bias biding to the short bottom finished edge.
  7. Place the opened bias tape to the edge of your fabric so that it touches the polka dot pink material.
  8. Sew just to the right of the fold line of the bias tape with a straight stitch.
  9. Turn the edges of the tape under at each end.
  10. Fold the bias tape over the bottom edge and over to the bright pink side. Stitch it in place with a straight stitch.
  11. 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”.
  12. Stitch it in place along the bottom side edges about 1/8″ inside the edge.
  13. Using straight pins, mark stitch lines 1″ apart, starting and ending about 1 3/8″ in from the side edges of the pocket.
  14. 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.
  15. When you get to the edge of the bottom pocket, do a couple of back stitches to make each pen slot secure.
  16. Continue stitching up to the top edge. 
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. Cut a piece of the grosgrain ribbon 44″ long.
  20. Find the center of the ribbon and stitch it in place at the pocket edge on the right side of the pen roll.
  21. Fill the pockets with pens and use with pride.

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