DIY Colored Pencil/Pen Case
Not sure how to store your stash of colored pencils (or pens) to keep them neat and portable? How about a custom-made binder!
I don’t have time to write a full tutorial here today, but I wanted to share an idea I saw on the Coloring for All! Facebook group. The idea and pictures came from Marcie Wiseman (with her permission).
If you are a coloring addict, then you will understand the problem of having too many supplies and having trouble figuring out the best way to store them. Especially with coloring, you usually want something portable so you can color in bed, on the couch watching TV in the evening, at the kitchen table while dinner is in the microwave, in the waiting room at the doctor’s office, during lunch break at work… well, you get the picture.
Marcie came up with a great, DIY solution. She bought a large, zippered binder. Then made pages for the binder out of foam core board, fabric and elastic. Using scraps of fabric from her stash, she sewed on elastic, sewing at one-inch intervals. She then glued the fabric to the foam core board. If you are more of a sewer like me, I would probably sew three sides to make a sleeve that could slide onto the foam core board. You’d still have to glue it securely.
Here’s a bigger version of the thumbnail above. I’ll try to update this post with individual photos later.
I could see making something similar to this for other types of activities, for example, knitting needles.
I hope to make one of these for myself, so when I do, I’ll give you an update with more details and pictures.
Thanks again, Marcie!
Yes, knitting needles would be a great idea.And crochet hooks;scissors (I have many) seam rippers. The binder could be a portable “sewing kit”
A portable sewing kit would be a great idea! Come to think of it, my grandmother used to do crewel work, and she made something similar using fabric and elastic to hold all of the different colored yarns. She would just roll it up and tie a ribbon around it. So that would be another good use of this binder idea. Or pencils/pens could be stored in a roll-up design instead of the binder.
Yes, in fact that is a very common knitting “case” fabric with elastic for the all the needles and another elastic or strap to hold it together when it’s rolled up for storage.
I have a girlfriend who has a minibinder in which each page is a different sized needle. She titles the page with the name of the needle or what it’s used for then, writes the needle size. Each sheet is fabric covered with a type of think, say batting, and the needles are pierced into that. Very clever.
I needed an easy way to organize & carry my art pencils for RV trips. I’m allergic to latex elastic so none of the ready made cases would be safe. I was so happy To find your post. I just ordered the “Case it Mighty Zip Tab 3″ Binder from Amazon for $16. Also Elmer’s Black foam core board for $7.60. 11″ x 14″ x 1/4″ thick – Watch the thickness don’t get 1/2″ or 1/16” (Black was less costly than white core board. Total cost $23.00
I have latex free elastic (Polyester) in my supplies, fabric scraps & Elmers glue so I’m set. It’s such a great idea – I’m making two – one for me & one for my granddaughter’s birthday.
I’m glad you found this helpful. I’d love to see the ones you make!
I’m having trouble figuring out how to attach the elastic to my boards with out seeing them. I don’t have a sewing machine I got glued one but it don’t look very good? Is there any other ways to tack it?
Hi Miranda! If you don’t like gluing, you could hand sew. It might take a bit of time sewing it by hand, but definitely doable. I haven’t tried this, but you might be able to use embroidery thread (probably not all strands – maybe just a couple of strands), and just a single stitch at the bottom and top of the elastic, which would make it go faster, instead of a bunch of little stitches with regular thread.
Another option maybe would be to use staples? You might need access to one of those “long-neck” ones (I don’t know what they are really called!) if a regular one has trouble reaching the ones near the middle.
Yet another option, maybe a brad or rivet would work!