Zola Pen Case

Welcome to Craft For The World! You will love this pattern and will not be able to stop doing it, because besides being easy, they are amazing! This is a very fun version, using several different fabrics and a bound zipper that forms a soft handle (it is the cutest case you will ever see and, even better, made by you) and today we are going to learn a beautiful Pen Case Quiltid Pattern! This case has its differential, it opens completely so you can see all your things and when it is zipped, it creates a cute rectangular box. The end of the zipper snaps to the bottom of the case to make the handle. Are you ready to sew your own Pen case?? CASE – derives from the Latin studiare, “to guard, to take care of”, from studium, , “zeal, care, effort”.

No matter what your age, the first few years of school have undoubtedly left a huge mark on your life story. This is the period when we all stop being mommy’s little babies and start having responsibilities and schedules to keep. Or at least most of us do. One of the things we remember most from our start in school is our school supplies. Not the ones the school asks for on that huge list, which has existed for decades, but those loose items we had, some of which were even given as gifts on birthdays or on Children’s Day, and which were a hit among classmates. From the 60’s to the 90’s, any different school item was treated as a collector’s item, to the joy of its owner and the curious looks of the other classmates.

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Recall some of the things you may have owned in those days of discovery and not been able to forget the feeling it gave you. Four-color pen – The four-color BIC pen was released in the late 1980s, and quickly became the object of desire for everyone, students and non-students alike. It was ideal for writing texts that needed highlighting in certain parts, you could change the color with just one click, without any work. Tabula pencil – Ah, a desire of ten out of ten students who struggled with mathematics, the tabula pencil was a real help in the 70s. They say that it was later banned. Sharpener with compartment – The first sharpeners that came with their own compartment to store the sharpened pencil shavings appeared in the 1970s. In the following decades, they gained much more trendy and youthful forms, but the first ones were simpler, like this one in the photo.

Pencils with erasers – One of the first perks that came to elementary school students was a pencil that had an eraser attached to it, making it much easier to correct your wrong math scores on that math test. Mechanical Pencils – The first mechanical pencil to become very well known around here was the Compactor Técnico, which came with 1 millimeter graphite and its own sharpener. Soon came Faber Castell’s Poly with 0.5 and 0.7 millimeter graphite, which did not need to be pointed. wooden case with sliding door – In the 60’s and 70’s, school cases were made of wood, and some had interesting upgrades for the time, as is the case of this one, which had a sliding door that hid like magic. In various sizes, these cases even had special divisions for pencils, erasers, and other supplies. Double-decker pencil case – Another style of case that was very successful, already in the 80’s, was the double-decker case, which in the beginning was made of wood, like their older cousins, but in the 80’s they gained new shapes and colors, made of plastic or tin, and became a fever, especially among girls.

Finished size: approximately 8 ” x 2 ” x 2 ” (not including the handle)

You will need:

  • 1/4 yard total fabric (use several different cotton prints)
  • 1 zipper, 18 ” or more
  • 1/8 m Peltex72F ultra-firm double-sided fuse stabilizer
  • 1 snap

In addition, Wonder Clips are much easier to work on this project than pins. It pays to have a nice big box to use on projects like this.


From all your favorite fabrics, cut:

  • 4 from the Zola Pen Case side pattern (2 interior & 2 exterior)
  • 2 squares 8 1/2” x 8 1/2” (1 interior & 1 exterior)
  • 2 zipper binding strips 2” x 17”
  • 1 zipper tab rectangle 2” x 3 1/2”

From the double sided fusible stabilizer, cut:

  • 2 strips 1 3/4” x 7 3/4”
  • 2 strips 2” x 7 3/4”
  • 1 square 1 1/2” x 1 1/2”

Make the sides:

1/4” seam allowance included.

1. Place 1 side exterior and 1 side interior piece right sides together. Stitch around all sides, leaving a 1 1/2” opening at the bottom. Clip the corners.

2. Turn the side piece right side out and press flat. Press the edges at the opening to the inside. Topstitch along the top (angled) edge.

Repeat to make 2 sides.

Bind the zipper:

1. Fold the zipper binding pieces in half lengthwise and press. Open and press the long edges to the center. Fold in half and press once more.

2. Cut the ends of the top of the zipper to get rid of the metal stoppers and the part without teeth.

3. With the zipper open and the teeth facing up, insert one end into a binding strip about 1” from the end.

Zipper left side
Zipper left side
Zipper left side
Zipper left side
Zipper right side
Zipper right side

4. Start sewing at the end of the binding strip and continue until you sew over the zipper teeth (inside the binding). Then stop with your needle down and re-adjust so that the zipper runs down the middle of the binding with the teeth about 1/4” out.

Zola pen case {free sewing pattern}
Finished size: approximately 8 ” x 2 ” x 2 ” (not including the handle)

You will need:
1/4 yard total fabric (use several different cotton prints)

1 zipper, 18 ” or more

1/8 m Peltex72F ultra-firm double-sided fuse stabilizer

1 snap

In addition, Wonder Clips are much easier to work on this project than pins. It pays to have a nice big box to use on projects like this.

Repeat on the other side of the zipper.

Note that the zipper teeth go down inside the binding about 1” from the end. Make sure this is the case or your zipper pull will come off. Un-pick and re-sew if needed.

5. To prepare the bottom end of the zipper, stitch back and forth across the teeth 1/4” before the end of the binding (this makes your own zipper stop). Then cut off the extra zipper tape past the binding.

Make the zipper tab:

1/4” seam allowance allowed.

1. Fold the 2” x 3 1/2” zipper tab piece in half with the short ends together, press. Place the 1 1/2′ x 1/2′ piece of stabilizer along the line. Carefully turn it over and press lightly to fuse the stabilizer to the fabric without fusing the stabilizer to your ironing board.

2. Fold the short ends together (right sides together) and sew the sides – not the end opposite the fold.

3. Turn the zipper tab right side out. Fold the raw edge of one side carefully around the stabilizer, and press it to make it stick. Then turn the other raw edges to the inside and press the whole piece.

Make the body of the case:

1/4” seam allowance allowed.

1. Place the 8 1/2” squares right sides together and stitch all the way around, leaving a 4” opening along one side. Clip the corners.

2. Turn the square right side out and push out the corners. Press it flat.

3. Start by inserting the two narrower strips (1 3/4” x 7 3/4”). These two go at the top and bottom because they will be next to the zipper. Work them all the way up and down against the edges, and press to fuse.

4. Then insert the slightly wider (2” x 7 3/4”) strips. These will fit in the middle (but trim them down a bit if they don’t lay flat). Smooth out the fabric and adjust the center pieces until they are equally spaced. Then press both sides to fuse.

Fold the raw edges of one side around the interfacing and press to make them stick.

When the whole square is pressed, you will be able to see creases in between the stabilizer strips.

5. Stitch the opening closed 1/8” from the edge.

6. Topstitch lines in the creases in between the stabilizer pieces. If you can’t see the creases, fold the case a few times until you do.

All your pieces are made! Now it’s time to assemble them.

Sew on the Zipper:

1. Open the zipper. Clip or pin one side to the exterior of the case at the top edge.

The edge of the binding should run along the edge of the case so that the zipper sticks up 1/4”. Note that the end of the zipper aligns with the end of the case and the binding sticks out 1” past.

2. Stitch the zipper to the case, sewing on top of the stitching on the binding.

3. Topstitch along the bottom edge of the binding too, all along the case.

4. Close the zipper and fold the case around to help you put the other zipper tape in the right spot. Pinch the zipper in place, open it, and then clip the opposite zipper tape across the the other side of the case.

5. This is what it should look like. If you followed step 4 above – the zipper won’t be twisted.  Stitch the second zipper tape in place the same way as the first.

6. Fold the extra inch of binding on both sides around to the inside and sew it in place 1/8” from the edge. Trim away the extra binding about 1/4” from your stitching (you can go back and trim more when the pouch is finished, if desired).

Attach the sides:

1. Clip or pin one side piece against the inside of the case – center the side piece in the middle of the case. The interior fabrics should be together.

1. Start sewing on the edge of the side piece, about 1/8” from the corner. Sew 1/8” away from the edge.

2. Sew until you are 1/8” from the opposite corner – stop with your needle down.

3. Lift the presser foot and tug the side of the case around until the corner reaches the top edge of the zipper binding. Wiggle it around until it fits. Then continue stitching until you reach the top edge of the binding.

4. Clip or pin the remaining edge of the side piece in place and stitch, starting at the top corner and sewing until you meet your previous stitching.

One side is attached!


5. To make a little pleat on the side of the case (which makes the sides fold inwards when it’s zipped) – turn the case inside out and fold the side in half right sides together. Stitch for about 1”, 1/8” away from the edge.

Turn the case right side out again and repeat steps 1-5 above again to attach the other side of the case.

Attach the zipper tab and snap:

Almost done!

1. Insert the zipper inside the zipper tab about 1/2”.

2. Stitch around the square 1/8” from the edge to secure it.

3. Attach the male side of the snap to the zipper tab, with the smooth part on top.

4. Attach the female side of the snap to the bottom of the case on the center topstitching, with the smooth part on the inside.

All done!! Perfect, isn’t it?!

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