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Roll-Up Pencil Kit

Our organizer safely keeps pencils together in one place and rolls up, too, making it compact enough to tote to school and back. We used an old place mat for extra sturdiness and a cheerful design, and added shoelaces instead of ribbons for the ties.

Source: Martha Stewart Kids, 2002


  • Place mat (approximately 18 inches wide)

  • Pins

  • Ruler

  • Washable marker

  • Shoelace

  • Sewing machine or needle and thread


  1. Lay place mat facedown; fold the right edge over to be 2 inches short of the left edge. Pin in place (see below).

  2. Use a ruler and a washable marker to draw parallel lines perpendicular to the fold, about 1 inch apart.

  3. Fold a shoelace in half, and tuck its fold between the layers at the midpoint of one side.

  4. Next, sew up the two sides of the pouch -- the shoelace will be sewn in -- and along the parallel lines.

  5. Slide pencils into the compartments, and roll the case toward the shoelace side, then tie the laces.

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