Quick to Sew Pencil Holder

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Need a fun way to organize some of the items in your kid’s craft space? You’ll love this Quick To Sew Pencil Holder! This DIY pencil holder sews up in a hurry, and it’s so fun to display on your desk! With step-by-step photos and and easy to follow tutorial, you’ll want to make one for all your school and craft supplies. Since craft felt is so affordable, you can make these little craft bins for storing things all over the house. Think makeup brushes, scissors, tea bags, sugar packets, small flower pots, your glasses, markers, etc.

How To Sew A Pencil Holder

If you’re sticking with pencils, add some adorable flower pencil toppers made with felt too. These instructions include dimensions for making large and small pencil holders. What will you put in yours?


How To Make A Felt Pencil Holder

To start this how to make a felt pencil holder sewing tutorial, start by cutting your felt to size. You will need four squares of the same size per pencil holder, two for the lining and two for the exterior. The examples shown use 9″ x 9″ and 7″ x 7″ squares. For the larger pencil holder, cut 2″ squares from each of the bottom corners. If you are making the smaller pencil holder, cut 1.5″ from the bottom corners.

Next, clip the two lining pieces together with sewing clips. Repeat for the exterior pieces. Mark 2″ along one side of the lining pieces to leave open for turning.

Now on this how to sew a pencil holder tutorial, it’s time to sew! Sew along the sides and bottom of each set of felt pieces with a 1/2″ seam allowance. Remember not to sew the turning gap, across the top or along the square cut-outs!

Now create box corners for both the lining and exterior. This is done by pinching the opening at each bottom corner and lining up the seams. Clip to hold. Sew each box corner together with a 1/4″ seam allowance.

Turn the lining right side out, but leave the exterior the way it is (inside out).

Next on this how to sew a pencil holder tutorial, place the exterior inside the lining so that right sides are together. Line up the seams, and clip around the top edge. Now, sew around the top opening to hold them in place.

Next, gently pull the exterior felt (which is currently on the interior) through the gap you left in the lining. At this point, your pencil holder should look like the photo below (and look nothing like a pencil holder!).

Sew the turning gap closed with a 1/8″ top stitch.

Push the lining into the exterior to form a basket shape. Then turn the top down 1″ to reveal the lining.

And that’s it! You made a pencil holder out of felt! Add pens, pencils or other supplies and proudly display your creation. This little project is perfect for the kid’s craft room or homeschool/homework area. I even have one on my best in my office. This is a fun way to add a bit of functionality and organization to your space while still being a super easy beginner sewing project.

Don’t forget to check out some more easy felt crafts listed below.

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Yield: 1 Pencil Holder

Quick to Sew Pencil Holder

Easy Sew Felt Pencil Holder Create card

Turn a couple pieces of craft felt into vibrant pencil holders with this quick and easy sewing project.

Active Time 30 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Difficulty Easy
Estimated Cost $1.00



  1. Cut four 9" x 9" squares of felt - two for the lining and two for the exterior.
  2. Cut 2" squares in each of the bottom two corners of every felt piece.
  3. Stack the lining pieces on top of each other and clip.
  4. Mark a 2" gap that will not be sewn.
  5. Stack the two exterior pieces on top of each other and clip.
  6. Sew along bottoms and sides with 1/2" seam allowance.
  7. Pinch the opening at each bottom corner and line up seams.
  8. Clip to hold.
  9. Repeat for both corners on lining and exterior.
  10. Sew across each corner with 1/4" seam allowance.
  11. Turn lining right side out.
  12. Place exterior inside lining with right sides together, seams aligned.
  13. Clip around top edge.
  14. Sew around top with 1/4" seam allowance.
  15. Pull exterior through the gap you left in the lining.
  16. Sew gap closed with 1/8" top stitch.
  17. Push lining into the exterior to form basket shape.
  18. Turn top down 1".


To make the smaller pencil holder shown, cut your felt squares to 7" x 7" with 1.5" corner squares.

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