back to school : pencil rolls

My girls are off to a pool party this afternoon for two sisters and we decided that some pencil rolls would be the perfect present especially with school going back.

I opened up one of my favourite books, Last minute patchwork + quilted gifts for the pattern that I had wanted to make for such a long time but just never found the time.

Now I did cheat a little, the pattern uses strips of fabric to match the coloured pencil. It looks fabulous but with 2 to make and 1 night to do it and my littlest 3 night owls keeping me up all hours….well something had to give. And it was the coloured strips. My girls picked the fabric they wanted for their respective friend and I picked the linen….because I have it on the bolt. Always makes things easier when you have everything you need.

You can find the pattern in the book or purchase it here or jump onto pinterest for similar patterns like this one. I really loved how easy it was with linen on the exterior, a layer of flannel inside, a lining fabric and then some linen which I folded over rather than use 2 pieces for the pocket. I just used my regular foot although the pattern called for a walking foot because my machine is great at sewing through thick layers without a problem.

The pencils were $5 a pack from Big W and for lovely pencils too so might need to do a stock up because retro daddy thinks I should make a big pile of these for presents this year…..if you have anyone in the younger years of primary school then you know the party circuit…if not don’t worry you’ll soon be on it.

And because I know someone will ask – exterior fabric is Linen Mochi Dot by MoMo for Moda, lining fabric in the top picture is by Sarah Fielke which was available at Spotlight and was too fun not to buy, the pink polka dot is Colour Basics by Lecien, I used a Moda flannel in the middle and the ribbons came from Ribbons Galore. Phew.

These took me a night but my 3 littlest ones didn’t fall asleep till 11pm so that took a big chunk of my night. Definitely give these a go and I’m helping with our school fair this year and think these would be great to make too.

Have you made one before? What’s your favourite pattern? 


  1. My final child at school,hes starts year 11 this year,oh where did those years go

  2. These are so sweet and such a thoughtful gift … I love the colours you’ve chosen!

  3. Terrific present Corrie – one will get them in the class and then all the others will want one too… I agree with Retro Daddy – time for an assembly line. Just where will you find the time.

  4. Corrie, they are gorgeous!

    Would you consider making a few to sell in your store?

    I know two little girls starting primary school this year who would absolutely adore them

  5. They look lovely Corrie. I made a similar project recently but for crochet hooks.

    Sarah x

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