I somehow managed to misplace the fabric zippered pencil case I’ve used for the past several years, so when I went to pack for college, I discovered that I needed a new one. I mostly use my pencil case to hold pens, the occasional pencil, a pencil sharpener, and a highlight, so it didn’t need to be very big. I found this tutorial from “Say Yes” and thought that the instructions were clear and easy. It’s not the cleanest way to make a case (many of the seams on the inside are raw seams), but it was definitely pretty easy and I’m happy with the results.
One thing I would mention is that the finished case is not long enough to hold regular unsharpened pencils. Mechanical pencils, pens, and highlighters all fit fine, but my longer Ticonderoga pencils do not. I don’t use pencils often in class, so it’s not a really big deal to me.
I used a really cute fruit patterned fabric (that I got from JoAnn’s ages ago) for the outside and a heavier-weight maroon fabric (this one was really old, no idea where it was from) for the lining. I was really surprised how much stuff this holds!
If you are looking for a quick and easy sew or are looking to try out zippers for the first time, this is a good project!