Toilet Roll Pencil Case with Felt

DIY Pencil case from toilet roll and felt | onelmon

Did you guys realize that it has been quite some time since my last sewing post? I know I have been playing around these few months, experimenting with different materials and totally forgotten about improving my sewing skill. So, I’m back today with sewing and felt and a little bit of recycling idea. Get ready, people! We are making a pencil case, and this is probably one of the simplest cases you would ever made! Just trade the needle and thread steps with glue if you aren’t familiar with sewing. It’s as easy as that! 

Sudah lama banget tidak membuat postingan tentang jahit-menjahit. Belakangan ini kebanyakan main-main dengan material sehingga lupa untuk meng-update ketrampilan menjahit yang tak kunjung maju :p Hari ini saya kembali dengan tutorial menjahit dengan kain flanel dengan sedikit sentuhan daur ulang. Ayo siap-siap untuk membuat kotak pensil super mudah dari karton gulung! Untuk pembaca yang tidak begitu familiar dengan jahitan, bisa mengganti semua instruksi jahitan dengan lem. Sangat mudah! Ayo dicoba!

DIY Pencil case from toilet roll and felt | onelmon

What you need | Yang anda butuhkan:

  1. Empty toilet rolls x 2 | Karton gulung bekas tisu toilet x 2;
  2. Felt | Flanel;
  3. Zipper | Resleting;
  4. Cardboard | Kertas karton;
  5. Needle & thread | Jarum & benang;
  6. Scissors | Gunting;
  7. Masking tape.

DIY Pencil case from toilet roll and felt | onelmon

Step 1: Cut one of your empty rolls into 2 parts, with the ratio 1:3.

Langkah 1: Potong salah satu karton gulung menjadi 2 bagian, dengan perbandingan 1:3.

DIY Pencil case from toilet roll and felt | onelmon

Step 2: Join the other empty roll with the newly cut roll (the longer one!) with masking tape or scotch tape.

Langkah 2: Rekatkan karton gulung yang satu lagi dengan gulungan yang baru dipotong (yang ukurannya lebih panjang!) dengan masking tape atau selotip biasa.

DIY Pencil case from toilet roll and felt | onelmon

Step 3: Get a piece of rectangular felt, divide it into two according to the new length of the 2 rolls (length of one with extra roll attached and length of the short leftover roll), cut it and join them back with a zipper.

Langkah 3: Potong sehelai flanel berbentuk persegi panjang, potong lagi menjadi dua bagian dengan panjang sesuai karton gulung yang baru (panjang gulungan dengan karton ekstra dan panjang gulungan pendek dari sisa potongan sebelumnya). Kemudian, sambung kembali kedua potongan flanel dengan resleting.

DIY Pencil case from toilet roll and felt | onelmon

Step 4: Fold into half and sew the side.

Langkah 4: Lipat dua dan jahit bagian sampingnya.

DIY Pencil case from toilet roll and felt | onelmon

Step 5: Slip your toilet rolls in. Apply some glue on the outside wall of the rolls if you like.

Langkah 5: Masukkan karton gulungan anda. Beri lem pada dinding luar karton jika perlu.

DIY Pencil case from toilet roll and felt | onelmon

Step 6: Get a little piece of cardboard and cut out a circle (circle’s diameter = toilet roll’s diameter). Make two of this. Use a thicker cardboard or just stack a few if you want a thicker base for your case.

Langkah 6: Ambil sepotong kecil kertas karton dan gunting bentuk lingkaran dengan diameter sesuai diameter gulungan karton tadi. Buat 2 set. Gunakan karton yang lebih tebal atau buat beberapa lapis bila anda ingin dasar kotak yang lebih kuat.

DIY Pencil case from toilet roll and felt | onelmon

Step 7: Add a piece of circular felt on each of them.

Langkah 7: Berikan sehelai flanel bentuk lingkaran di atasnya.

DIY Pencil case from toilet roll and felt | onelmon

Step 8: Stitch the 2 circular pieces to the cylinder case, top and bottom.

Langkah 8: Jahit kedua lingkaran ke gulungan tadi, atas dan bawah.

DIY Pencil case from toilet roll and felt | onelmon

Step 9: And there you go! An easy and solid pencil case from toilet rolls! Hope you like it :D Note: You can decorate the inside with pattern paper if you want to, but I’ll leave that up to your creativity ;)

Langkah 9: Dan selesailah tutorial ini! Kotak pensil mudah dari gulungan karton tisu toilet! Semoga anda menyukainya :D Catatan: Anda juga bisa mendekorasi bagian dalam karton dengan kertas bercorak sesuai keinginan anda.


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  39. Hi onel this is a great idea and super easy thanks so much. I was wondering if you could make it without a zipper or something else to replace it. Thanks!

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    • Thanks a lot, Cassi!! I know right! We have a bunch of tube rolls every month and it’s such a waste to just throw it away. Yay to free craft material (sort of)!

  41. This project looks so adorable! However, I am stuck on step 3. How do you attach the zipper on to the felt? That may not be the smartest question in the world, but I am not very good at attaching things like zippers. Could you please explain a bit more thoroughly? Thanks!! :)

    • Hello, Naira! You cut a piece of rectangle into two, with the ratio 1:4. Slide open the zipper so you have zipper that branches into two. And then, you just need to sew the “branch” to the rectangle you cut just now, one branch for one rectangle. When you are done, cut off the rest of the zipper tape. Hope this helps!! If you are still unsure, let me know again, I’ll be more than happy to help :)

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  45. I also save the cardboard rolls from foil, plastic wrap and gift wrap that are a little thicker than the TP rolls, they would be great to use for longer items like knitting needles etc. If the zipper is too long can it be shortened?

    • Good idea, Kelly! The foil cardboard rolls will definitely give you a much stronger case. And yes, this case can be used as a storage to many things like the knitting needles, make-up brushes and many others, not just limited to pencils and stationery.

      Yes, you can shorten the zipper (I actually did that). This link might help you if you need to shorten your zipper :)
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  46. Nice! I have seen a zipper added to plastic soda bottles but this is felt covered, and finished project very nice. Thank you.

    • Thanks, Karen! I know that soda bottles project you are referring to! I think it was a coin purse, wasn’t it? It is a really neat idea!! I hope you have recovered from the shingles from before and doing fine there :) Take care and have a great weekend! :D

  47. Super fun and great project as always! This must be the coolest toilet roll project ever!!! thanks for sharing and this could be nice for brushes (both paint and make up) too:-) Have a beautiful weekend, big hug Mette
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    • Great idea, Mette! You’ll just need to cut longer if you have long brushes. And thanks for your supportive comments as always. Have a wonderful weekend! :D

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