How to Make No-Sew Pencil Pouches for Back to School (or Work!)
Summertime is almost over, and with it goes pool parties, beach days, long nights and sleeping in. But who says summer has to end once classes start? To keep those warm-weather vibes going, we decided to make the quickest and easiest pencil pouch DIY featuring the coolest summer print fabrics. Keep the party going while cracking open your textbooks with these cute and simple pencil pouches. While you’re at it, mix and match patterns — the more the merrier! And don’t worry about the pencil pouch getting dirty on the inside; the oilcloth lining will help keep your fabric clean from those pesky ink stains.
— fabric glue
1. Measure and cut a 15 x 12-inch piece of fabric.
2. Measure and cut a 15 x 10-inch piece of oilcloth.
3. Lay the two pieces on top of each other with the back sides touching and the oilcloth directly in the middle of the fabric.
4. Add a line of fabric glue on the top and bottom in between the oilcloth and fabric and press it down.
5. Next, add a line of fabric glue on top of the oilcloth, fold over the flaps of fabric and press down.
6. Then add a small strip of fabric glue on the top and bottom of the piece and fold it over about an inch and press.
7. Add a strip of fabric glue about five inches long on both sides starting at the bottom. Then fold it up, leaving a couple inches of fabric for the top flap.
8. Cut a piece of VELCRO® the width of the top flap.
9. Peel the adhesive off and press it onto the top flap.
10. Peel off the other side of the adhesive, fold the flap over and press.
11. Allow the adhesive to set for about ten minutes, then pull the flap open.
Cut a 15 x 12-inch piece of fabric. The length is going to be folded in half to make the height of the pencil pouch.
You can cut any size of fabric — it just depends on how big you want the pencil pouch to be. We wanted ours to be about five inches tall, so we cut it at 15 inches.
Cut a 15 x 10-inch piece of the oilcloth. Similar to the fabric piece, the length depends on how big you want the pencil pouch to be. Just make sure that the length of the fabric and oilcloth are the same and that the oilcloth is two inches narrower than the fabric.
Add a line of fabric glue on the top and bottom in between the oilcloth and fabric and press it down. Add a line of fabric glue on top of the oilcloth, fold over the flaps of fabric and press down.
Let the glue dry for a couple of minutes to make sure everything is set.
Add glue at the top and bottom of the piece and fold it over about an inch.
Add a five-inch line of glue on both sides of the fabric starting at the bottom. Fold the bottom half up towards the top and press. There will be about two to three inches of fabric left over at the top to create the flap.
Peel back one side of the adhesive and stick it to the top of the flap. Peel back the second adhesive strip, fold the flap over and press down firmly.
Let the adhesive set for about ten minutes, then peel apart the VELCRO®.
That’s it! The pattern of the oilcloth is a fun surprise in the inside of your pouch.
This is such a quick DIY we decided to use more of our summer print fabrics to make multiple pouches.
Do you LOVE color as much as we do? Some might say we are obsessed, and these pouches and pencils are right up our alley.
*Shut the Front Door!* you can totally use these pouches for your phone, notebooks, lipsticks, whatever! The possibilities are endless.
Everything about this is making us feel all the feels.
Get the Look
1. Florabunda 17-Month Calendar ($20): The cutest way to get organized this year! Monday won’t seem so dreadful with this colorful planner.
2. Sweet Talk Pen Set ($14): “You’re Better than Unicorns”…need we say more?!
3. Poketo Color Block Pen ($5): These pens are the perfect design inspiration with the color blocked colors.
4. Word Talk Pencils ($8): Pencils to explain every mood. These are just what your pencil pouch needs this year.
5. Camera Notebook ($12): Take notes in a *flash* with this vibrant camera notebook.
6. Summer Print Journals: This is the perfect DIY for those of you (and us) that just don’t want to let go of summer quite yet.
What kind of fabrics will you use on your pencil pouch? What else besides pencils will you be putting in your new no-sew pouch? Let us know in the comments below and post on instagram with the hashtag #iamcreative.
DIY Production + Styling: Brittany Griffin
Photography: Chris Andre
Design: Rosee Canfield