Artist and aspiring fashion designer Bella Neal is showing you how easy it is to make your own pencil cases out of denim.


  • An old pair of jeans
  • 9 inch zipper (with the band it’s 10.5 inches)
  • Sewing machine with zipper foot if sewing in a zipper (or needle and thread for hand sewing!)
  • Pins
  • Seam Ripper
  • Scissors
  • Hot Glue gun
  • Iron
  • Embellishments (optional)
DIY Denim Pencil Case - Home & Family


1. Lay jeans flat on cutting surface. Cut out two rectangles 10.5 x 5 inches.

2. Pin zipper face-down (or right sides together) at the top of one rectangle.

3. Sew zipper.

4. Lay second rectangle on zipper, face-down.

5. Sew second piece.

6. Unzip zipper halfway (so you can fit your fingers in later to unzip rest of way)

7. Sew around remaining 3 sides, with a half inch seam allowance.

8. Trim seam edges and corners (being careful not to clip the seam).

9. Unzip zipper rest of the way, turn bag inside out and -- voila.

10. Glue on any embellishments, or add a painted detail using your stencil and paint.

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