How to crochet a pencil case for beginners
Here you can learn how to crochet a pencil case for beginners. I assure you it is totally not that difficult to make however it is my first one too! Let me show you in a few steps together with some images how to crochet this nice pencil case!
“When you make a promesse, you MUST do it”
First I want you to tell why I made this one.
Well, it is almost school here, in Belgium school starts at the first of september, or better said the first workday of september. So I want to start a back to school collection in my etsy shop. But it is not alone because of this back to school time I made a pencil case. My daughter deserves a new one.
I made here a prototype at the end of the previous school year and she adored it, but as always on a prototype there were some problems with it and she gave me very good tips to make a better one. She was the one who gave me the idea to make a pencil case and I promised her to try. When you make a promesse to someone you must do it, no matter what! Finally I made an example who fits her requirements. So she will be the first one to use a pencil case of mine. Like I know her, she will be proud of it!
I have chosen the moss stitch, but I’m not sure if it is the moss stitch, please comment me if it is not. Only a short explanation of this stitch is given because it is a very easy one.
Start with a chainstitch (see this stitch as a single crochet), then make a double crochet, next a single crochet, followed by a double crochet, followed by a single crochet etc. Turn. if you ended the previous row with a double crochet, start you row with one chain stitch (see this as the first single crochet), go on with a double crochet on the second stitch. Otherwise start with two chain stitches and start on the second stitch with a single crochet. It is importent to alternate between a single crochet and a double crochet in the row but also relative to the previous row.
But of course you may choose another stitch!
Roadmap to make the pencil case
Step 1 : Search your utilities
Here I sum up what you need to hook this pencil case :
Search for :
- two bolls of thick cotton yarn(50g) that needs hook number 4.
- hook number 4.
- a zipper of 15 cm that suites with the colour of the yarn
- a needle
- thin nylon to sew the zipper
After you have gathered all these things you can start to crochet, the most funniest part of course.
Step 2 : Crochet
Above you see the graphical drawing of the 3 sides you have to crochet! Let’s start with crocheting the three panels like described below :
- Start with one of the two side panels.
- Make a foundation string of 15 stitches (less or more, but it has to be 6 cm) with single crochets.
- Stop the side when it is 10 cm high.
- Make a second square identical to the first one!
- Make a foundation string of 35 stitches (less or more, but it has to be 20 cm) with single crochets.
- Stop the main panel when it is 30 cm high.
Step 3 : Sewing
Phase 1 : sewing a cross
There are 3 panels. In this first phase, sew them together in a cross. This is the base where we work further on.
Now sew the three panels together like in the picture above!
Phase 2 : sewing the side panels to the main panel
So you have your base, a cross! Sew the side panels like in the image below. Do this for both sides. From now only pictures of my own are shown, a graphical representation is too difficult.You see that the pencil case takes its form already!
Here you see how you can sew the side panels to the main panel.
Below you see some pictures of how I sewed the side panels to the main panel :
Phase 3 : sewing the zipper
Time to sew the zipper. It’s always better to pin the zipper in your project, so the zipper fits well in it. There after start sewing.
The pencil case with the pinned zipper
The pencil case with the sewed zipper
Phase 4: finishing
Have you seen the two holes aside the zipper? I closed them with crochet. If you want to do it my way, search for 3 stitches to pick up. Start to crochet this 3 stitches with slip stitches. Then crochet 3 rows with single crochets, and attache the sides each time with a slip stitch at the end of a row. Hope the pictures below gives a good view of what I mean!
And last but not least I show some pictures of this pencil case!
I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and you also made a beautiful pencil case! Please ask me if any help is needed or something isn’t clear!
I’m going to make an other one, a bit more little than the one I have described. Therefore I’ll narrow the width with 5 cm, so the width will be 15 cm instead of 20 cm. In this way phase 4 (finishing) becomes redundant and the case will be not so tall anymore. Also I’m going to try another stitch. I let you know if I succeed in it in a next post!