Somethings are good not to share…


pencil case 5

There is a lot of sharing that goes on in this house. More and more sharing as the littlest one is wanting to participate in what everyone else is doing. One thing that I have found that keeps the peace and extends the life of some art supplies is not sharing them. The big kids have there own markers. I find they are much more responsible about putting the tops back on and putting them away.

For birthday gifts I often give art supplies. I feel like you can never have too many markers, crayons, colored pencils, or paper. Recently I have started making pencil cases to go along with the art supplies. For the same reason as above, so the child can keep their art supplies to them selves if they (and their family) wants.

I sometimes need a bit more and add one of these great art related pictures books: “Art’s Supplies” by Chris Tougas or “The Dot” by Peter Reynolds.

Pencil Case


  • 10 inches of Velro
  • piece of fabric 11 inches x 9 inches
  • sewing machine
  • scissors
  • iron


  1. Place fabric flat on the table with the wrong side up. Fold both of the 11 inch edges down about 1/4 of an inch and iron. (The fabric I used in the picture was already bound off not needing the hem that you are creating in this step)
  2. Separate the Velcro. Center and pin one side of the Velcro to one 11 inch edge and the other side to the other 11 inch edge. Making sure to cover the 1/4 inch hem that you created is covered by the Velcro. pencil case1
  3. Sew the Velcro on to the fabric. I usually sew up one long side, turn, down the short, turn,  down the other long side, turn, and finish up the long rectangle on the last short side.pencil case 2
  4. Fold in half and sew the short sides, the long bottom side, and then the other short side.pencil case 3
  5. I then went back and used the zigzag stitch to finish of the edges so they wouldn’t fray.
  6. Reverse.


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