Easy Sew Denim Pen Organizer

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My kids love to draw. They have filled their craft space with coloring sheets and have a stockpile of colored pens, pencils, and markers so big you could build a house out of them. I love that they are so creative, but sometimes I want to add a little order for my own sanity. Today on Beginner Sewing Projects, I’m going to show this Easy Sew Denim Pen Organizer! This is a quick and simple sewing project you can make in less than half an hour. Perfect for those times you feel creative but have a short window to do something about it in. I made mine out of some old jeans I was getting rid of and I love the way it looks. I used one of the back pocket pieces and it gives it a cool vibe. You can use regular denim fabric if you prefer. This sewing project only required a few simple straight stitches so it is great for anyone just starting out in sewing. You could even dye your fabric in different colors for your own unique style. This little organizer holds quite a few pens and pencils in the dimensions I specify below, but you can always cut your fabric a little larger to increase your storage. 

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For this sewing project, you’re going to need a few supplies. You could also use some old jeans or a worn-out denim jacket. I used some old jeans for mine and it turned out great and kept the cost for this sewing project low. You’ll also need some matching thread, some fabric scissors, or a rotary cutter and mat. This is another item I would consider an investment in your sewing career as it makes cutting out fabric so much quicker and smoother. Plus, it makes cutting curves a breeze and once you use it you won’t want to go back to scissors. Finally, you’ll need a ruler, some pins or clips, and a fabric marker to mark out your cuts. Gather up your supplies from the list below and let’s get started!

Easy Sew Denim Pen Organizer

What You’ll Need

Easy Sew Denim Pen Organizer

The first step in this easy sew denim pen organizer tutorial is to decide what size you want your organizer to be. Cut a piece of denim cloth 9″x7.87″(23x20cm). I cut my jeans so that I would have the pocket piece as a decorative accent. This turned out to be a great idea and I highly recommend it. You’ll also need to cut out a piece of ribbon to use trim for your pocket. Just cut it the same width as your denim piece.

Next, fold the upper part of your denim piece over about 1 cm. and align the ribbon trim you cut
with it.

How on this easy sew denim pen organizer tutorial, it’s time to sew! Fold your denim piece in half on the wrong side. Add your trim piece on top and sew down the side ti secure it. You should now have a cylinder shape.

As you probably notice, you’ll need to close the bottom of your pen organizer so that your pens don’t fall out. I cut a small circle from the illustration board (5.5cm in diameter and use it as a template to cut out the piece in my denim fabric.

Trace the circle into the denim, and cut it with an allowance of 1 cm. I added a pair of scissors in the photo because I know everyone has them, but as I said above a rotary cutter makes this process smooth and simple.

Next on this DIY denim pen organizer, we will close the bottom. Get the thread and the needle ready to manually sew the bottom by hand. You can do it with your sewing machine if you are comfortable.

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Flip the penholder to the wrong side, align it with the circle denim cloth you cut, and sew them together following the circular pattern.

For the last step in this easy sew denim pen organizer is to flip it right side out and add some decoration of your choice. I liked adding beads to the design of mine, but you can customize this however you like.

And that’s it! Now you know how to make this easy sew denim pen organizer! This is a quick and easy project anyone can sew. Now you have a cute and fun place to put pens, pencils, and anything else you want. Make a few of these for your craft room and a few extras to give away. This is an easy activity to do with the kids as well. I let them decorate it after I put it together and we all had a great time. The beads I used are the glue-on kind because I found the stick-on ones don’t actually work too well. You can make this with a jean fabric or jean item. I used a pair of old jeans, but you can use kids’ jeans, jackets, and any pattern you want. Plus it can be made for pennies compared to buying something like this online or in-store. Get creative with it and be sure to share your creations with us! We love getting inspired by you all.

If you liked this easy sew denim pen organizer, make sure to pin it to your favorite Pinterest board or share it with friends on social media. If you decide to make this simple project on your own, be certain that you take a picture afterward and tag us on social media as we love seeing the fabrics and color choices that people use!

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Easy Sew Denim Pen Organizer

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This is a simple little upcycle project you can make for yourself or your kids.

Active Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Difficulty Easy
Estimated Cost $2.00

Instructions

  1. Cut a piece of denim cloth (23x20 cm). If possible, cut the pocket part from the denim for more design.
  2. Fold the upper part of the denim (1 cm) and align the ribbon cloth with it, and when it is ready, sew it.
  3. Fold it in half on the wrong side, and sew the edge of it as well.
  4. Cut a circle from the illustration board (5.5 diameters).
  5. Trace the circle into the denim, and cut it with an allowance of 1 cm.
  6. Get the thread and the needle ready to sew the bottom part of the pencil holder by hand.
  7. Flip the pencil holder to the wrong side, align it with the circle denim cloth you cut, and sew them together following the circular pattern.
  8. When it is done, flip it to the right side, and add the beads to design it.
  9. Enjoy!

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