Last-Minute Gift: Rolled Pencil Pouch

  • Difficulty Rating: Beginner


Last-Minute Gift: Rolled Pencil Pouch

If you find yourself needing a last-minute gift, consider making this cute roll-up pencil pouch. And if pencils aren’t your thing, it could easily be adapted to hold paintbrushes, knitting needles or crochet hooks, too!

1. From your two prints, cut one piece of fabric 8” x 5.5” and one piece 8” x 4” so that you have four cut pieces of fabric. This pencil pouch is designed to hold seven pencils. To adapt this design to your required dimensions, simply allow 1” for each pencil compartment and add 1” to accommodate ½” seam allowance on all sides.

Last minute gift rotary-cutter-and-fabric

2. With right sides facing, sew the two larger pieces of fabric together along the two short sides and one long side.

3. Repeat for the two smaller pieces of fabric.

Last minute gift pinning-fabric

4. Clip the corners and trim seam allowance.

Last minute gift clip-corners

5. Turn both pieces right sides out and press.

6. Sew the smaller fabric piece to the larger fabric piece with right sides facing, along the bottom raw edge. Pink raw edge to finish.


7. Flip the smaller piece of fabric to the inside of the pouch and pin in place.


Position a length of elastic between the two layers on one side and pin in place.


8. Topstitch all the way around the outer edge of the pouch, securing the inside flap and the elastic in place.

9. Sew lines every 1” to make the pencil compartments.

10. Stitch a button in place on the outside of the pouch.

Last minute gifts-finished-pencil-pouch

Supply List

2 cotton print fabrics (
Small piece of elastic
1 button