Monster Pencil Case - a tutorial

My youngest daughter saw a pencil case in the shops similar to this and asked me if I could make her one!

Here's how I made it:

First my daughter chose the fabric - fur for the outside, and sparkly red velour for the inside.
Plus I needed a little black and white with some fusible webbing (Vliesofix) for the eyes, and of course a zip.

The size of the pencil case was just decided by laying the zip on it to judge the size of the mouth, and folding the fur in half.
(I cut the fur for this one was 35 x 32cm   - 14" x 12.5")
I then cut an inner piece larger than one side of the pencil case as I wasn't sure how the slanted zip would affect how it turned out.
I also ironed the fusible webbing to one side of a scrap of black and white ready for the eyes:

So the first sewing step was to add the zip. I did photo the steps as I did it, but the fabric doesn't show the details too well.
 I have another tutorial for how to add a zip like this here.

WARNING!! I managed to get my inner fabric the wrong side up here - you should place your inner and outer fabrics right sides facing when you draw, pin then stitch around the zip hole!

Once the zip mouth was in place, I cut shapes for the eyes from the black and white fabric and ironed then stitched them to the fur:

Next I trimmed the red inner fabric piece to the same size as one side of the outer pencil case (half the fur) 

Then I cut another piece of red inner fabric the same size and stitched the two red pieces together around all four sides:

Finally, I folded the fur in half, right sides facing and stitched around all 4 edges, just leaving enough of a gap on one side to turn the case right sides out:

All that was left to do then was to turn the pencil case out, and hand-stitch the opening closed.

My daughter is very happy with her new pencil case!

Cute hey?

For the free downloadable PDF version of this tutorial click here.

For lots more free sewing tutorials go here.

There are over 100 to choose from, including a few more pencil case tutorials in the 'things to make for kids' section.

Happy Sewing!


  1. Oh, my gosh. This project is too cute :)

  2. Just Beautiful!!!! Your daughter has the talent to pick the colors and the fabrics, you have the talent to sew!
    A fantastic duo has created a beautiful pencil case! Thank you for the inspiration and for the tutorial!!!!!
    Marisa from

    1. Thanks Marisa! My favourite sewing projects are ones that my girls ask for and help with!

  3. That is sooo cute!! I've linked to your tutorial over at Craft Gossip:

    1. Thank you so much Anne! Always exciting to be featured on Craft Gossip!

  4. love this!!!!! "sew" cute! Thank you so much for helping to make the Thursday Favorite Things blog hop so much fun Hugs!

  5. Well Done,i like the fabric but in my contry It is hard to find this fabric ,I'm from Malaysia


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