DIY: No Sew Pencil Case

Cuteness Alert: This may be the cutest little pencil case ever, and there’s no sewing involved! Emily is making a few more of these for some of her friends to take to school. To make your own super-cute pencil case, you will need two sheets of craft foam (5″ x 7″) and (3″ x 7″), some colored duct tape, self-adhesive velcro tabs, a hole puncher, and some ribbon.

Line up the pieces of craft foam. The larger piece will fold over to form the flap. Secure the edges of the pencil case with colored duct tape. Trim any excess tape.
I used a hole puncher to make 4 evenly spaced holes across the top flap to thread the ribbon through.
Here’s a close up of the inside showing how I secured the ribbon with a little more duct tape.
Emily couldn’t wait to start drawing, so she filled up her case before I could even attach the velcro tabs!
Attach the velcro, and it’s all done!
She tries to make me laugh when I’m taking all these photos. This one just cracked me up! Have fun!


  1. Dear Valerie,

    It's a good thing that we don't have boys. That's an awfully girly pencil case.

    Love Mark

  2. Love that idea. Going to make one for my daughter 🙂

  3. The Activity Mom says

    So cute!

  4. That is by far the cutest pencil case I have ever seen. My daughter will LOVE it!!!!!!!

    Do you have a boy version? Mark is right, and my son would not be happy if I made him that.

  5. @ Christy — For a boy's version, I would leave off the ribbon, and instead decorate with stripes using some colored duct tape. Extra bonus points if you use reflective tape!! That would be so cool!!!

  6. LOL… I'm laughing at Mark's comment. That is the cutest case ever.

  7. Actually I was thinking it looked kind of masculine! Ha, good thing I have girls because I guess I don't know girly when I see it. I know there's a bow but had there not been one it would be good for a boy, right?

    Anyway, love this. I happen to have some hot pink duct tape left from our Mother's Day Tea Party hats so I think I'll be looking into make some of these!

  8. @ Katie — Emily would have killed for some hot pink duct tape for this project! If you make one, I would LOVE to see a photo of it. I'm sure ER would love it!!

  9. I love that ribbon. It is so cute. You're an every woman's martha stewart you are.

  10. ScottChrisCoriCassiCali says

    That is too darn cute!!!

  11. shraddha/april@theselfloveproject says

    i love that!!

    i wish it was a giveaway…lol!!


  12. Nadia@FunWithMama says

    this came out so cute and it is so simple to make… the black duct tape completes it! 🙂

  13. A Magical Childhood says

    It's gorgeous! It's very classy looking and can actually be done by kids and it's cheap. Perfect! 🙂

  14. Very cute, duct tape is awesome. We "need" to buy some of the colored stuff – we just have plain old silver.

  15. Seriously no sewing? I want to make that it's so cute. I even have that same ribbon. Dollar section target right? I can't wait to make the drawstring bags. I have my fabric ready and waiting!!

  16. I love the idea of reflective tape for boys. My son would LOVE that! I can't wait to try this, thanks!

  17. shraddha/april@theselfloveproject says

    following you on twitter!

  18. I LOVE this! We have to make these. Thanks for the great idea and step-by-step too!

  19. NO WAY!! It's so cute. I can't wait to make it with Shereen.

  20. @ Ivy — Hahahahaha!

    @ shraddha — I didn't even think of that, but you are so right! I'm definitely keeping that in mind for our next super-cute craft project. I think giveaways are so much fun!

    @ Lisa Anne — Wow, you know your ribbon. Spot on!

  21. Melissa @ A Child at Play says

    It's so pretty!

  22. That is super cute.

  23. Bona Fide Mama says

    Holy Crap! This is amazing! I have all of these stupid craft foam and my husband has all of this stupid brightly colored duct tape and now I have a not-so-stupid idea for how to use this junk!!


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