Crochet Case for Pencils – Perfect for Back to School!

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crochet case for pencils

Add a personal touch to your child’s back-to-school gear with this fun crochet pencil case … think favorite colors, school colors, favorite sports teams! It’s also the perfect project for getting rid of all those little balls of yarn in your stash.

Crochet Case for Pencils

Here’s what you need:

  • cardboard paper towel tube
  • worsted weight yarn
  • G hook
  • 5/8 in. button
  • tapestry needle, scissors

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Cut cardboard paper towel tube into two pieces, one piece 6 in. long and the second piece 2 in. long. Discard remaining section.



Make a magic ring.

Round 1: Ch 1 (does not count as st here and throughout), work 6 sc in ring, join — 6 sts.

Round 2: Ch 1, work 2 sc in same st as join and in each st around, join — 12 sts.

Round 3: Ch 1, work 2 sc in same st as join, 1 sc in next, *2 sc in next, 1 sc in next, rep from * around, join — 18 sts.

Round 4: Ch 1, working in back loops only, work 1 sc in same st as join and each st around, join — 18 sts.

Rounds 5 and 6: Ch 1, work 1 sc in same st as join and each st around, join — 18 sts.

Using the long length of cardboard tube, check your fit. I prefer to then keep the tube placed and continue crocheting around it from here on.

Rounds 7 through 26: Repeat Round 5 until tube is covered, approximately to Round 26 — 18 sts.

Fasten off, leaving a tail of approx. 6 in.



Using the smaller length of tube, repeat Rounds 1 through 11 of bottom or until tube is covered.

Last Round: Sl st in same st as join and into each of the next 8 sts, ch 5 (buttonloop made), Sl st into each of the next 9 sts — 18 sts and ch-5 space.

Fasten off, leaving a tail of approx. 6 in.



Line up the joining seams and tails of both parts. Using a tapestry needle and the long tails, sew top and bottom together along 5 sts only forming a hinge on which the top will open. Line up the ch-5 buttonloop made in the last round of the top with your button and sew button into place. Weave in ends.

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Crochet minion pencil case




I even used this same concept to make a cute minion case for my son!

Find more free crochet patterns here.

46 Responses to Crochet Case for Pencils – Perfect for Back to School!

  1. Preeti August 6, 2013 at 3:40 am #

    Your pencil case looks very sweet!!:) every month, I throw out couple of kitchen tissue cardboard rolls. But I have saved a few long back in my ‘best out of waste’ stuff. Will try someday.

  2. Eva August 6, 2013 at 4:11 am #

    This is so lovely ! thanks for sharing the pattern , I can also see this being used as a make-up brushes storage.


  3. Kim August 6, 2013 at 12:15 pm #

    So Cute! You could use some scrapbooking paper to line the inside of the tube to make the inside just as pretty 🙂

  4. Elisabeth Andree August 6, 2013 at 3:50 pm #

    Hello Kara,

    The pencil case is really really nice! Thanks for sharing your pattern:)

  5. Lee Ann August 6, 2013 at 7:28 pm #

    Awesome, I love this! I’m thinking thus would be a great crochet hook holder! 🙂 Thanks for posting!
    Lee Ann

    Crochet…Gotta Love It! Blog

  6. Rhondda Mol August 6, 2013 at 11:55 pm #

    Fabulous 🙂 Perfect for my crochet hooks too!!

  7. Veronica August 7, 2013 at 12:38 am #

    Love it! I made it right away for my daughter, I couldn’t wait. She loves it too. Thanks for sharing 🙂

  8. anna August 7, 2013 at 8:51 am #

    Indeed !!!!

  9. Arlene August 7, 2013 at 1:56 pm #

    This is a neat idea and very pretty! I am like Lee Ann it would make a nice crochet hook holder especially the ones you might be taking with you some place to work on a crochet project!
    Thanks for sharing it with us!

  10. Astri August 8, 2013 at 10:30 pm #

    I agree with the crochet hook holder people! Very cute!!!

  11. Kadie August 9, 2013 at 11:10 am #

    I LOVE this idea! Can’t wait to get started on one for my daughter! Thanks for the pattern.:)

  12. Melanie August 29, 2013 at 11:37 am #

    LOVE THIS! I need to make one today…lol My only question is, do you have any issues with the paper towel roll bending, being smooshed etc. They are pretty thin and flimsy and I would worry about that. I guess, it would be easy enough to switch them out as needed, just curious. I thought about possibly using some PVC for a more permanent case 🙂

    • Melanie August 29, 2013 at 11:44 am #

      Did you use any glue to secure it to the cover?

      • Kara August 29, 2013 at 11:49 am #

        Nope, I just made sure the crochet part was a little snug around it.

    • Kara August 29, 2013 at 11:52 am #

      I was wondering how they would hold up too. So far so good. I think the fact that it is filled with pens and pencils keeps the tube from collapsing. I figured I can always switch it out if it gets too bad, but your PVC is a good idea!

  13. jade August 29, 2013 at 2:34 pm #

    Wrapping paper rolls are thicker and would work too.

    • Kara September 1, 2013 at 12:06 pm #

      Great idea, Jade!

  14. Denise September 15, 2013 at 10:18 pm #

    This is so so cute, and cool . This would also be a good idea for putting all kinds of candies in it and, giving it to someone for a holiday gift. Great Job!

  15. Irice August 14, 2014 at 3:25 pm #

    Hello! Thanks for letting me feature your pencil case in my post today. Here is a link if you would like to check it out!
    Have a great day 🙂

    • Kara August 14, 2014 at 10:36 pm #

      Thanks so much for featuring me!!

  16. Lois April 28, 2015 at 11:55 am #

    Would also work well with dp knitting needles: one case for each size!

  17. Rita March 7, 2016 at 10:15 pm #

    I did use the pvc pipe, makes the case very sturdy. I also put tacky glue on the pipe as I put the cover on, does’ t slip or twist. Thank you for the fun pattern. Rita Wright

  18. yui July 5, 2016 at 5:57 am #

    i am writing this from Japan!
    I want to know how to make the one’s of the Minions.
    i wantyoutoreplyme.
    (I am 13.i want to make it in this summer)
    this English might be weird but sorry.
    i am Japanese.


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