Giving a gift to a teacher can become complicated, sure you could hand over a gift card and call it a day. And I would be lying if I said I never did that. But sometimes it is fun to gift something that can not be purchased.

The answer? The Quilted Pencil Tote Bag! It is a fun sewing project that can be made on a relaxing Saturday afternoon and I promise you it will be appreciated.

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How to sew the Quilted Pencil Tote Bag:

The entire step by step tutorial to sew this quilted pencil bag together can be found on YouTube using the below link. Scroll further down to find all the pertinent items needed, measurements, & seam allowance instructions.

YouTube Tutorial:

What you need:

  • Fabric (this is a fat quarter friendly project)
  • Thin Batting
  • Double Sided Fusible (optional)
  • embroidery thread, a single color of silver, or make each pencil it’s own color!
  • thread & sewing tools


  • Lining: 17.5″ by 19″ (cut 2)
  • Batting: roughly cut a bit larger then 17.5 by 19″ (cut 2)
  • Outer Fabric Backing: 17.5″ by 19″ (cut 1)
  • Front Outer Fabric, Pencils: 14″ by 4″ (cut 5, each a different fabric)
  • Front Outer Fabric, Upper section: 6″ by 17.5″ (cut 2, each a different fabric. One white (the pencil tips, one for the backdrop of the pencil tips)
  • Handles: 22″ by 3.5″ (cut 2)

Seam Allowance:

When sewing the seams for this quilted pencil bag use a 1/2 inch seam allowance everywhere except for three seams.

  1. When sewing the 5 strips of pencils together, use a 1/4″ seam allowance.
  2. When sewing the straps use a 1/4″ or 1/8″ Seam allowance.
  3. When sewing the final top stitch around the entire top of the bag use a 1/4″ seam allowance.

For all the details to sew this quilted pencil bag together please follow along using the quilted pencil tote bag YouTube tutorial.

And as always please pin the below photo to share this free sewing project with others!

Sew this fun quilted bag as a great teachers gift. Free Sewing Pattern and tutorial found here: https://youtu.be/612fGYFFpD8

Welcome! I am Tamara and I love teaching beginner sewing projects.

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