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.

An easy to make and decorate with your child no sew pencil roll from felt. This is a great project to make with your child for back to school!

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
Ruler
Pencil
Scissors
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.

An easy to make and decorate with your child no sew pencil roll from felt. This is a great project to make with your child for back to school!

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.)

An easy to make and decorate with your child no sew pencil roll from felt. This is a great project to make with your child for back to school!

An easy to make and decorate with your child no sew pencil roll from felt. This is a great project to make with your child for back to school!

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.

An easy to make and decorate with your child no sew pencil roll from felt. This is a great project to make with your child for back to school!


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.

An easy to make and decorate with your child no sew pencil roll from felt. This is a great project to make with your child for back to school!

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

An easy to make and decorate with your child no sew pencil roll from felt. This is a great project to make with your child for back to school!


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An easy to make and decorate with your child no sew pencil roll from felt. This is a great project to make with your child for back to school!

This post was first published in August 2012 – the instructions, images and have been improved and updated August 2016

Author
Erin Dean

Erin is a homeschooling mum of 3 from Canada. Her eldest started homeschooling back in 2003. She lives on a homestead in Northern Canada and can be found surround by goats and chickens creating natural crafts, nature study ideas and more over on The Usual Mayhem

7 Comments

  1. The pencil roll looked good and J liked taking the felts out of it. You’ve now just got to get him to put them back. Have you thought of using velcro as a fastener, or a button and button hole.

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