How to sew a pencil wrap

I always loved coloured pencils, so making this to carry one of my favourite art tools everywhere is a bit like a childhood dream. I got back to them just a little while ago when I started with a colouring book and used them for my own art. A wrap like this can be used for many different kinds of pens and pencils, as well as for brushes and other art supplies.
How to sew a pencil wrap - Zebraspider Eco Anti-Fashion


It's so easy to make; I don't have step-by-step pictures. I started with two rectangles of black canvas fabric (same as the patches) in 52 x 22 cm and two with 6 x 27 cm for the flaps at the top. I folded the small ones in half and closed the sides at an angle. After cutting off the corners and turning them inside out, I sew along the edges to stabilise the flaps. You also need about one meter of cotton tape for closure.
How to sew a pencil wrap - with flaps for the pencil tips - Zebraspider Eco Anti-Fashion


The most tricky and laborious part is sewing on the elastic. I used a 3 cm wide one for the central section and some leftovers for the kneadable eraser and the pencil sharpener. The best way to get in on right is to use the pens or pencils you want to put in the wrap to measure how the loops need to be. I made 40 loops for pencils and left some space at the end for easier closure.


How to sew a pencil wrap - with elastic to fit perfectly - Zebraspider Eco Anti-Fashion


Using elastic for the pencils has a few advantages. I have seen quite a few tutorials for roll-ups with small pockets, and they seem a bit quicker to make, but I was afraid the pencils might fall out more easily. I also thought about how it will be when the pencils are pretty used and just half the size. They might disappear in the pocket but will stay put nicely with the elastic.


How to sew a pencil wrap - from black organic cotton canvas and elastic - Zebraspider Eco Anti-Fashion


I got a 24 set of Polychromos and a few single ones, but I wanted to buy some missing shades of purple, turquoise and cold grey. I also added a colourless blender, and now I still have space for 2 more pencils. The total length of my wrap is 50 cm. Of course, you can make yours longer or shorter, depending on what you want to store. The 20 cm height fits most pens.


How to sew a pencil wrap - for 40 coloured pencils, rubber and sharpener - Zebraspider Eco Anti-Fashion
Before sewing everything together, make sure the right sides face each other, and the flaps and the ribbon are correctly aligned on the inside. Leave an opening to turn the wrap inside out. But cut the corner fabric before doing this, and ironing the seams also helps a lot. The flaps can be a bit stubborn at this point. The last step is to sew everything down all around next to the edge.
How to sew a pencil wrap - rolled up polychromos rainbow - Zebraspider Eco Anti-Fashion


That's it. Roll it up and tie the ribbon around it. I actually didn't mean to share the drawing as it is just a holiday memory I forgot to take a photo of. It's not intended to be realistic, but I swear the hills looked as picturesque as I drew them. I found that smooth (hot pressed) watercolour paper works well with coloured pencils and sketchbooks with thicker paper.
How to sew a pencil wrap - and coloured pencil drawing - Zebraspider Eco Anti-Fashion


I mainly made it for my last vacation. A bit of a pity that I didn't take any photos of it on the beach.
Let me know if something is unclear or if you have any further questions.


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