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Sewing pin roller - pattern and instructions for a rolling pencil case

  • Material and cut
    • material selection
    • Amount of material and the pattern
  • Instructions for a donor role
  • Quick guide

As you know, I'm a big fan of upcycling and that's why I'm particularly pleased that today I can show you the instructions for a project where you can use a lot of scraps and that is easy to do even for beginners. In detail, it is about the creation of a Rollmäppchen s. For a long time, I have considered whether there is not a prettier storage option for my textile markers than the purchased plastic hull and a few months ago I ran into a sewn donkey roll on the way. Immediately I was fired up for such a rolling pencil case, but I honestly thought that it would take a lot of work and therefore a lot of time to sew such a donut roll. After the creation of the pattern, however, it went very fast.

Material and cut

With this guide, you will get a beginner-friendly pattern for a donut role, which has already been tested. Since only straight cuts are necessary, it is also ideal for beginners. And a rolling pencil case is excellently suited to meaningfully recycle scraps of fabric. Whether they sew it for themselves or as a gift for a schoolchild. So the work with the pens makes twice as much fun and even messy users will be able to sort their colors voluntarily in no time.

Difficulty level 1/5
(also suitable for beginners)

Material costs 1/5
(from EUR 0, - from your rest box up to EUR 50, - from high-quality fabrics with decorative material)

Time expenditure 2/5
(The instructions shown here can also be sewn by beginners within 2 hours)

material selection

Basically, you can use any type of fabric for your roller case. As with patchwork, non-stretch fabrics (mostly woven) are easier to work with, especially for beginners. If you use jersey fabrics, as I do in my instructions here, always remember to reinforce them with non-woven fabric, so that they are not so easily stretchable, otherwise everything will be forgiving when sewing and your pin roll is completely warped and unsightly. To fix the Rollmäppchen s in the closed state, you also need either decorative ribbons such as woven ribbon, satin ribbon, grosgrain ribbon or the like. Alternatively, you can also use a hair elastic band and a nice button. With the button you should make sure that it can be washed, if the donut roll is to turn once in the washing machine. Otherwise, the outer fabric can still be decorated and decorated as desired.

Amount of material and the pattern

The number of color stripes depends on how many pens in which colors you want to use. My textile color set consists of 20 colors. (Fig. 1) For this you will need one strip each at a height of 25 cm. For the width I assumed 2 cm per color. In addition seam allowances are then 3.5 cm wide. For 20 colors they then need from the outer fabric two pieces with the dimensions of about 25 cm high and 51 cm wide. If your donut roll is to be suitable for more than 20 colors, add about 2 cm per color to the width of the outer fabric to the pattern. Additionally, divide one strip each of approximately 3.5 x 25 cm for each end from the outer fabric. That's the whole pattern.

Tip: If you would like to sew a pen roll for crayons, you should ideally buy the crayons in advance. You should make sure that there are pens that you can also buy separately. If you only take a small pack, you can add a few pens. For example, skin colors, silver, gold and teal are very popular colors - especially for beginners.

If you do not have matching or enough fabric scraps for a rollerball at home, take the pens with you to go shopping for the fabric. The more precisely the colors are matched, the better the final result! Of course, fabrics with patterns and those with similar colors can also be used for the donut roll. According to your taste.

Tip: Begin by cutting the color strips, the outer fabric can also be cut after sewing them together. Thus, you play it safe that the outer fabric was then not cut too small.

Instructions for a donor role

Lay the trimmed strips of color for your donut roll next to each other in the desired order and then stack them in the same order (as in the case of patchwork - beginners can read this in my guide for a patchwork quilt). At the top and at the bottom, add a strip of the outer fabric. Sew now the two top stripes, so the outer fabric stripes and the first color stripe, right to right (with the beautiful fabric sides to each other) together.

Tip: Make sure that the motifs are already arranged correctly and not one is then turned upside down! This is a mistake that you can not just make as a beginner.

Fold the two strips apart and attach the next strip to the first color strip and sew it on as well. Continue until all strips are sewn together. Then iron the seam allowances at the back apart.

Now cut off the top and bottom edges at a 90 ° angle to the side edges.

Tip: For stretchy fabrics, it may help to iron the sewn-together strips of fabric in front of it again in the form. So not everything is ugly when it comes to the finished donkey roll.

Measure your piece of fabric and cut out two matching pieces from the outer fabric - one for the outer part and one for the pen holders. Pay attention to right angles again. Use a geodetic triangle, to which you create a larger ruler.

Now it's up to the decoration of the outer fabric. If you also want to use the weave in the extension as a lace-up closure, remember that the back is not smooth and you should sew it to a satin or bias tape in advance. Of course, you can also simply use a satin ribbon as a closure. This should survive on the sides and not be completely sewn. I recommend leaving the last 4 cm (including seam allowance) on each side free.

Tip: To prevent ribbons from fraying at the edges, you can carefully swirl them around with a lighter flame, so the edges close.

I close my rollerball with a hair tie and a nice button. The hair tie is available in every drugstore.

My outer fabric is a high quality, non-stretchy linen fabric. The part for the pen holders, I once ironed in the middle and steppe the fold (or breakage) short edged with a simple straight stitch. The stitch width may also be slightly higher.

Then I place the pen holder in agreement with the bottom of my colorful color stripe row and as horizontal as possible in front of me, put everything firmly in place and check once again whether everything is just fine. I mark now always at the points where two color strips are sewn together in the 90 ° angle guides, where I then along. Always lock these seams at the beginning and at the end, so fix them by repeatedly sewing back and forth.

Optionally, a dropout protection for the pins can now be attached. To do this, you take a strip of fleece or, in the sense of the remaining utilization, a strip of alpine fleece. The strip should be at least three, better four inches wide. I pin this down and sew it tight in the seam allowance on the back of my colorful strips of fabric.

Tip: When using fleece, the strip should be slightly stretched when sewing to avoid undulations in the fabric.

Now I sew a weave as a decoration on the outer fabric. It should be placed about 10 - 15 cm from the side, to which the closure is attached.

I put my two pieces of fabric together right to right, add on the left side of the rubber band, which I fix well with two needles, put everything together and sew around.

I save a turning opening of about 10 cm, which I previously mark with pins. I cut back too long seam allowances and cut off the corners, then I turn everything around and form the corners nicely. I iron the entire Rollmäppchen and put me the seam allowances at the turning opening inwards and put them firmly.

Now it is again quilted around the edges and sewn well.

The Rollmäppchen is ready and can be filled. When full, the pin roller is now screwed in to determine the position of the knob. The point I mark myself with a pin and I sew exactly there the button.

Tip: The rubber band can be stretched by 0.5 to 1 cm, because it will give way over time anyway. So it is always tight.

And done!


As already mentioned, one can on the one hand make materials and colors flexible, on the other hand also use plain or patterned fabrics. For my Rollmäppchen I have used high quality linen, in terms of upcycling but it may also be like a jeans or a corduroy pants, which thus finds its new purpose.

The type of closure also offers many possibilities. Whether in this manual by means of rubber band and button, whether by push button, with correct buttonholes, with bands, hooks or eyes - much is feasible! Even a zipper, I can imagine very nice.

Quick guide

1. Create a pattern according to the instructions
2. Cut sections by adding seam allowances
3. First sew together the colorful fabric strips with one outer fabric strip each
4. Straighten up and down
5. Make two corresponding cut pieces from the outer fabric
6. Halve the pen holder and topstitch with a short edge
7. Align and attach the pen holder to the color strips.
8. Decorate outer fabric
9. Sew pieces of fabric together right to right (insert rubber ring for closure)
10. Cut seam allowances, turn, close turning opening.
11. Roll in filled, mark button position, sew on button
12. And done!

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