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DIY Pencil and Drawing Pad Holder

Posted by  ·  September 29, 2008  ·  Last Updated: May 23, 2016

I always think it is handy to have pencils and paper around to keep the kids busy.  For this pencil and drawing pad holder I used an old pair of jeans and some old denim drapes from IKEA.  Any fabric will work but I wanted this one to be as ‘manly’ as possible for my son!

Fabric Needed:

2 – 15 1/2 ” X 12 1/2″ pieces for the outside and the inside
(If you are using a cotton I would also cut a piece of iron on interfacing for each of the pieces to make it heavier) (I used 1 piece of sew-in interfacing)

7 1/2″ X 10″ piece for drawing pad pocket

10″ X  12 1/2″ piece folded in half lengthwise for pencil pocket

3 1/2″ X 4″ piece for closure (finished 3 1/2″ X 1″) (You might  re-figure this measurement when you decide exactly where your snap on the front will be. Just allow enough space for the pad to fit snugly and still snap easily to the front)

1 heavy duty snap (I used heavy duty since I was using denim—you could probably use a pretty snap for cotton)

If using iron on interfacing fuse to wrong side of inside and outside pieces

Embellish cover.  I used a pocket from an old pair of jeans

Add a snap to the front about 1 1/2 inches from the edge.  Placement will depend on how you embellish the front. Do not place the snap (or your embellishments)  too close to the edge or it will be hard to sew around the outside edge.

Place pencil pocket piece on left side going top to bottom. Starting over 1 1/4 inches from the top stitch a line from top of pocket to edge of fabric.  Back stitch at top of pocket to re-enforce. Sew every 1 inch across. You should end up with 1 1/4 inches on the other end. Note: You can make the spaces smaller, however I found that this caused the fabric to really pucker when pencils were placed in the pockets.

Since I used jeans I had a natural finished edge at the top my pocket.  If you are using fabric, turn down the top and stitch across so you have a nice finished edge.  Place drawing pad pocket on fabric right sides together. You need to figure out where to place it so after you stitch a 1/4 seam it folds over and meets the edge nicely.  This takes a bit of adjusting.

Take the closure piece and fold in half–press, open back up, fold each side into middle–press, fold in half–press.  Stitch down each side close to edge.  I found a piece of the curtain I could use.  You just need to have a piece about 1″ wide by 3 1/2 inches long.

Lay inside and outside pieces right sides together.  Insert your closure strip on the right side at the middle. It is important to make sure you line it up with your snap on the front! If you are using sew-in interfacing lay it on top outside.

Sew around 1/4 inch from the outside edge.  It is important to line up outside edges and make sure you stitch through all layers.  Leave a space at the top for turning.

Turn. Stitch opening closed. If I hadn’t used such heavy fabric I probably would have top-stitched around the outside very close to the edge (this would close opening).

Place a snap on the end of your closure piece (again check for proper alignment and length).

Place the cardboard back of the drawing pad in pocket (sorry I don’t have a pad to show you–I will get one so check back) and 12 colored pencils and you are done! It would also be nice with a set of drawing pencils.

Larissa of mmmcrafts used my tutorial to make these darling Drawing Pad Holders.  Great  Job!

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  2. Weronika
    Thursday, May 16th, 2013
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  4. Friday, November 26th, 2010
    I did a project very similar to this, but I didn't put the extra pencil holders. I just had the pencils in the pocket on the front. Of course yours looks alot more professional than mine did. :)
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  5. Monday, September 6th, 2010
    This is fantastic! I've seen the pencil/crayon rolls, but love how the notepad is incorporated. I also love the way you've recycled the old jeans. This is definitely going to be my next project.
  6. Angel Pongrac
    Sunday, April 18th, 2010
    I just made one of these for my daughter...very clever! I used a pocket from a pair of pants that had a stain on them for the front and she loves it. I used cotton fabric and iron on interfacing and it came out great! Thanks for another great tutorial!!!!!!!!
  7. Megan
    Monday, March 1st, 2010
    Thanks so much for this tutorial. I just used it to make a gift for a birthday party my 7yo daughter was invited to attend. We had no money to be buying a gift, so I used fabric I had on hand, and this tutorial was a lifesaver! Email me, if you like, and I'll send you a picture of how it turned out. =)
  8. raj
    Tuesday, May 12th, 2009
    Thanks for posting your work. its pretty simple and sensible design. i was thinking of something similar to utilize my used jeans, and found your work very interesting while going through web. other works are also good.. do keep it up! :)
  9. raj
    Tuesday, May 12th, 2009
    simple and sensible work..! i was thiking of something in similar way of using my old jeans ! so, when i came across your link, its interesting to know that, you have materialized it very nicely..! keep it up!!
  10. Tuesday, March 24th, 2009
    Hi there!! Just loved this project. I featured it on my site...www.rejeaneration.blogspot.com and linked it back here. I hope you don't mind. I heart your site!!!
  11. Tuesday, February 3rd, 2009
    Wow, this is a great idea. Thanks for the tutorial and although I have a girl girl at home it's rare to see these kind of projects for a boy. So I'm sure all the mommies of little boys love it a lot.
  12. Christina
    Sunday, December 14th, 2008
    I just discovered you in search for handmade gift ideas. I only have the most BEGINNER skills for sewing, but I HAVE TO TRY TO MAKE THIS for my son. He is 11 yrs old and an AVID SKETCH ARTIST. He is going to LOVE this!! :)
  13. Wednesday, November 26th, 2008
    Love it !! a friend of mine draws. I will have to make her one of these I will be adding this link to my blog links also.
  14. startare
    Wednesday, November 26th, 2008
    Superbe idée; je vais l'adapter dès que j'aurai le temps.
  15. Thursday, October 2nd, 2008
    bravo bonne idée amitiés hursette
  16. Monday, September 29th, 2008
    I'm absolutely loving your handmade holiday posts!! Thanks for keeping me motivated. I've already made...and plan to make a few of the items as gifts!
  17. Monday, September 29th, 2008
    CUTE! I love reusing old denim. I'll be linking to this!