With school approaching, if you aren't already back, it's great to get involved in making something for your kids and even involving them in making something with you for that purpose. Here's how to create a no sew pencil roll - that you and your child will fun decorating once you've done the cutting out.
What you need to make a no sew pencil roll
Rectangle sheet of felt roughly 3" wider and 1 to 2" taller than the pencils you'll be using
Felt Pens, pencils, crayons or whatever you plan to roll up in the pencil roll
Felt scraps for decorating or something like Felties which can be purchased using our affiliate link on Amazon -> see them all here
Craft glue suitable for fabric.
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How to make a no sew pencil roll
With a younger child, you'll do the cutting out and they'll decorate. Laying out a piece of felt, put out the pencils that you are creating the roll to contain on the felt. Next, put dots either side of each of the pencils at the bottom about 1cm from the end. Leave a "lid" at the top that would fold over, and mark pencil dots on the felt under the lid part as well.
With a ruler, draw lines between each dots and then a line directly below, about 1/2 cm, to allow a gap for the pencil to slide inside. Once they're marked out, cut along the lines. By folding the felt in the middle of each line I was able to cut using scissors on ours and worked on all of the gaps for the pens. (It would be much easier to use a craft knife but mine is well hidden from J and T.)
Together, you'll then check that the pencils fit in their no sew pencil case and that they are able to roll them up easily.
J decided that he wanted to decorate the roll using more felt - so I got busy cutting out letters and shapes (I used google images and searched for silhouettes we liked). Once they had been cut out, I wrote out a word for him and then he glued the letters on top of the holes and added the other decorations as he pleased.
At the moment we haven't got a way to tie up our pencil roll as J isn't great at knots, but it would be so easy to add a slit at the open end and put some ribbon through to tie up - this is what I will do when J is a little older. You could also use Velcro for a young child
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This post was first published in August 2012 - the instructions, images and have been improved and updated August 2016