Pencil Wrap


  • One 12 1⁄2in square of outer fabric
  • One 12 1⁄2in square of fusible wadding, or wadding and fabric spray adhesive
  • One 8 x 12 1⁄2in rectangle for inner pocket
  • Twelve 1 1⁄2 x 13 1⁄2in strips for pieced inner panel
  • 18in of 1⁄2in wide ribbon or tape
  • Two small press studs
  • Neutral piecing thread
  • Thread to match or contrast with the outer fabric
  • Neutral or variegated quilting thread
  • Walking foot
  • Chalk marker or an air-erasable pen

Finished Size

Approx (30cm) 12in square when open

Skill Level





  1. Join the 1 1⁄2 x 13 1⁄2in strips on their long edges. Press all the seams in the same direction.
  2. Trim the top and bottom of the panel so it's 12 1⁄2in high. If your 1⁄4in seam allowance is accurate, it should be the required width of 12 1⁄2in, so you will end up with a 12 1⁄2in square pieced inner panel.
  3. Fuse the wadding to the wrong side of the pieced panel.


  1. Wrong sides together, fold the 8 x 12 1⁄2in rectangle in half along the 12 1⁄2in side; press.
  2. Topstitch along the folded 12 1⁄2in edges approx 1⁄4in from the fold.

PATCHWORKER'S SECRETS Young sewers, be careful with scissors, pins and needles, and remember that irons get very hot.

Please ask an adult to help you with these. If you need help to use a sewing machine, ask your adult helper if you can work the foot pedal while they guide the fabric.

Sew adjacent seams in opposite directions to prevent the pieced fabric bowing.


  1. Matching up the raw edges, place the inner pocket on top of the wadded pieced panel; pin in place.
  2. Fold the ribbon in half to form a loop. Matching up the centre fold of the loop with the righthand side of the panel, place the loop 5in up from the bottom of the panel – the ribbon will lay across the panel. Pin in place to secure. See Fig 1.
  3. Right sides together, place the 12 1⁄2in square outer fabric on top of pieced panel. Pin to secure and then stitch all the way round, leaving an approx 4in gap on one long edge. The ribbon will be trapped in the seam.
  4. Trim the corners of the panel, taking care not to cut your stitches, and turn the roll right side out through the gap. Slipstitch the gap closed.


  1. Using a chalk marker or air-erasable pen, extend the seam lines of the pieced panel across the inner pocket to the bottom of the roll.
  2. Attach a walking foot to your machine; put thread to match or contrast with the outer fabric in the bobbin and put quilting thread on top. Pieced panel side up, start quilting at the top left corner of the roll as follows: approx 1⁄4in from the top edge, stitch along the top of the first strips of the roll to the first seam; with your needle in the fabric, turn the roll and stitch down the first seam line to the bottom of the roll, stopping approx 1⁄4in from the bottom edge; with the needle in the fabric, turn the roll and stitch along the bottom to the next seam line; with the needle in the fabric, turn the roll and stitch up the seam line to the top of the roll, stopping approx 1⁄4in from the top edge. Continue working in this way until you reach the bottom right-hand corner. See Fig 2.
  3. On the inner pieced panel, sew one half of a press stud at the top corners of the roll; sew the corresponding halves at the sides of the roll approx 6in down from the top.
  4. Fill your roll with pencils or crayons, fold the top over the points and close the press studs. Roll it up from the left-hand side and tie with the ribbon to secure.

First published in Popular Patchwork June Supplement 2015