One of my very first posts on this website was a tutorial for pencil rolls recycled from placemats. This is still one of my (and my kids’) favorite projects. Since that post, I’ve made several as gifts, and I’ve made a few improvements. Here’s my latest and most favorite roll up pencil case (a more grown-up look for my 10-year-old):
To see the complete tutorial for the original roll up pencil cases, click here.
Here are the changes I made since the tutorial to make the rolls better:
1. I’ve stopped edging the rolls with bias tape. It adds a nice edge, but it takes more time and adds more to the cost. It’s much easier to finish without the bias tape. Just follow the alternate directions in step 7 of the tutorial to finish without the extra step.
2. Once I realized that the pencils fall out when you turn the pencil rolls upside down, I started adding a piece of fabric that flips over the pencils when it’s time to roll up the pencils and put them away. In the above picture, I used a simple rectangular piece of fabric, but I altered it in the next picture so that the fabric doesn’t stick out when the pencils are rolled up. (Please forgive the wrinkles.)
This is one of the original rolls with the bias tape. I unpicked the bias tape, added the flip-over fabric, and stitched the bias tape back on. No more lost pencils!
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