Roll Up Pencil Cases

Make these fun Roll Up Pencil Cases from Placemats! A perfect gift to keep kids occupied on the go! {}

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):

Tween Pencil Roll

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.)

Fip fabric added

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!

Make these fun Roll Up Pencil Cases from Placemats! A perfect gift to keep kids occupied on the go! {}

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  1. These are absolutely fabulous. What a clever idea.

  2. nice idea to make the edges angled in so they don’t poke out after being rolled up!

  3. I LOVE THIS!! I must try this.

  4. These are so pretty (and sophisticated). I wish I could sew! Thanks for linking up this week!

    • This would be a fun gift for a teacher who loans out pcneils or pens. In my middle-school classroom, I had to MARK my writing utensils so I’d get them back…with a distinctive topper like a fluff of curling ribbon. Something like this would have been super cute, especially with “Loaners: please return before you leave class” added on!

  5. My daughter would love this!! I’d love to have you link this up to Tasty Thursdays on The Mandatory Mooch.

    Thanks, Nichi

  6. Brittany @ Crafty Mischief says

    What a great idea! I made crayon rolls for my kids but they’ve been asking for bigger ones for pencils and markers. Looks like I need to take a trip to the dollar store for place mats. Thanks for sharing! :)

  7. Cute! Thank you for sharing this at Saturday Show and Tell. I can’t wait to see what you have for this week! I look forward to seeing you there.

  8. We love the pencil placemat roll-ups and so didn’t our Bowdabra Blog readers. Congrats your link-up had the most clicks at our Saturday Showcase. Your craft project has been featured on our Feature Friday Post:

    Thanks so much for stopping by and we hope to see more of your great craft tutorials on our weekly Saturday Showcase Link-Ups.

  9. Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co. says

    What a cute way to be organized!

  10. Thanks so much for linking up to Tasty Thursdays at The Mandatory Mooch. I love this project and it will be FEATURED this week. Congrats!! Nichi – The Mandatory Mooch

  11. Polaroid Art Set says

    Can Be used for brushes and colors as well.

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