DIY Pencil Case From Cereal Box

by Sahana
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I was going through my pinterest feed and saw a pencil case picture from Mochi things.That caught my eye and I fell in love with those square pencil case. I had no idea to buy those pencil case as $25 for pencil case does not sound great to me ;). Are you with me ?? But I thought I can DIY a similar version to satisfy my love for the pencil case. Oh yes !! I can use them to hold my sharpies or other pens even though I am not going back to school :).Let's get to the making
Cut one side of the cereal box measuring 7" X 11" and two pieces measuring 1.75" X 3.25" from the other side. Fold and crease the rectangle at following measurements from the top 3" - 4.25" - 7.25" - 8.5" . Shape the corners of the front side of the case using scissors if desired.Cut the side panels as shown below with 0.25" on sides and bottom for folding.
Cut the fabric pieces in such a way that it measures approximately an inch larger than the cardboard pieces.
Apply glue on the corner of the large cardboard piece and glue the fabric to it. I used E6000 for one case and tacky glue for another (Just to test). Both works great. Also use the print side of the cereal box showing inwards,because the print in the cereal box peeks through the fabric slightly,if that doesn't bothers you, then its okay. I am using it outwards here as it will easy to explain in the pictures.
On the inside, glue the corners as shown first and then glue all the other sides. Repeat the same procedure for the side cardboard pieces too.
Attach the magnetic clasp to the front bottom of the case and cut the felt for inside of the case with the same measurements reducing around 0.1" all sides. Attach the other part of the magnetic clasp to the felt piece. Make sure that the clasp are attached at the right place to ensure closing when the pencil case is done
Glue one side of the side panels to the sides as shown and the glue inner felt piece. Once it is dry, glue the bottom and the other side of the side panel to the main piece. Use binder clip to hold it in place and then you are done. Once it is dry, your new square pencil case is ready to enjoy !!
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Suggested materials:
  • Empty Cereal box
  • 1/4 yard of patterned cotton fabric
  • 1/4 yard of felt
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  • Barbara Barbara on Jul 22, 2017
    Where do u get magnetic clasps?

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  • CJ CJ on May 12, 2020

    So cute! I tried this with some pink flamingo fabric for this coming summer, and it came out so adorable!

  • Suzanne Suzanne on Feb 10, 2022

    I can’t wait to get my hands on some cute fabric and try this. I carry markers and colored pencils with me when we travel and this will be perfect. Thanks for the pattern!