I know this is two sewing projects in a row and that’s not normal for me. But this sketchbook/pen case was actually the project I was working on for the Craft Challenge: sewing edition last week but didn’t have time to finish.
I sewed the whole thing by hand (I know I’m insane), but I’d advice using a sewing machine if you have one. My sore fingers would advise you do the same.
Besides the time and finger pain, it was a neat project. I love the fabric combination and especially the way it turned out.
It’s always more satisfactory to use something you’ve created. So… if you want to make one keep reading.
Things You Will Need
Cut 2 sheets of fabric about a foot longer than you want your sketchbook case be.
Flip it inside out, sewing the 2 long edges and one of the short edges, and then flip it right-side out again.
Flip about half an inch of the short edge that you didn’t sew into the case and sew it shut.
Flip the sides of the fabric inward and sew the tops of them together to form 2 pockets.
Cut another piece of fabric that will serve as a pocket for your pens.
Flip it inside out, sew 3 of the edges, and flip it right-side out.
Sew the pocket to the body of the case.
You should have something that looks like this.
Now, you’re going to want to add a button and some ribbon to the outside of the case.
You’ll want to sew the button to outside on one side. Then secure the ribbon to the outside edges.
Well, I’m a fan of it. I hope you like it too.
Let me know what you think!
16 thoughts on “DIY Sketchbook and Pen Case”
It’s so cute and super easy to make! I have a metal sketchbook holder and this is so much better. 💜💜💜
Awww thank you!!! That’s so sweet of you. I like it a lot. I really wanted w leather one but I don’t have the patience to make that right now.
To hand sew this takes a lot of patience too! 💜
Oh, for sure, but not as much as seeing leather haha! That’s tedious.
Leather is not bad to work with when you know the tricks. No pins and a little sewing oil does the trick. I may give it a try when I finish my project. I have more trouble with zippers than leather. 😁
Please share the tricks! I have such bad luck with leather. If you do make one I would loooove to see it! Send me pictures or something.
I will! Hopefully by the end of the month I will have something to share. I’ll look for some leather for the project.
Sounds great! I’m looking forward to it!
Oh Wow I got a 1935 singer, most the time sewing by hand is easyer
Well, you can give the hand sewing a shot if you really want to. I hope you have a thimble, though…. 🙂
No thimble, But I do have a pin cushion for a left thumb
That works too, haha!
Love it! I would totally use it for a notepad and pens. I am always trying to find bits of paper to write to-do lists and things to remember on. This would be a handy solution
Yes! You should make one!
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