How to Make a [Totoro] Pencil Case for Under $3!

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With the new school year approaching this month, and noticing that I often dig around in my bag for a pencil, I realized I needed a new pencil case.

But the dilemma I have is that all the pretty pencil cases are very expensive, and all the dull ones break easily! So what am I to do?

Well... how about make my own?

This pencil case will cost you under $3 and a few hours. For me, it took five hours or so, but be reminded that I chose to hand sew my pencil case! A sewing machine will probably take off at least three of those hours.

The only sewing skills you will need are how to thread a needle, how to do a oversewing stitch (also known as a blanket stitch), a running stitch, and a hem stitch, all relatively easy.

A great instructable on how to sew: http://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-Sew./

The pencil case I made is modeled after the Studio Ghibli character, Totoro. You don't have to make yours like I did, but with this pattern you can pretty much add any detailing you like. For example, I'm currently working on another Hello Kitty pencil case, and my first one was a Domo-kun pencil case. ^_^

This is my first Instructable! :D
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kitsune200010 months ago
You should check out my totoro phone case
DUO00371 year ago
juicymoose4 years ago
SammySunga4 years ago

Lettucehead4 years ago
I LOVE IT!!! And who doesn't love Totoro? :3 I am a HUGE Hayao Miyazaki fan, my favorite is castle in the sky!! :)
simpsorama4 years ago
thank you very much ! ;D
tarzioo4 years ago
cute! i think i need to make one for myself =D
krysteanuh (author)  tarzioo4 years ago
:D Thanks! And don't be afraid to try it~! You can make it any way you like (:
omg cuteness! I'm sooooooo making this for school! once I get a zipper XD I might just us velcrow though ;3 these are great instructions ;3 I feel certain I can do this! maybe X3 and I deffinately will do this for domo too X3
krysteanuh (author)  Arts_and_Dots4 years ago
:D Yayyyy~! Velcro would be a nice addition. You could also deconstruct a small bag or something that already has a zipper and use that one. Good luck! :]
SageMinto4 years ago
So creative and cute! I would love to try making this.
krysteanuh (author)  SageMinto4 years ago
Go for it! It's relatively easy and won't take you more than 5 hours if you're handsewing.
If you're using a sewing machine, well, you can definitely finish this in less than 30 minutes.
zero009034 years ago
I made a pikachu and it's so cute!!!!!
krysteanuh (author)  zero009034 years ago
:O Pictures! I must see!
I made a Pikachu pencil case as well, perhaps I'll put up pictures later ^^
happyjo4 years ago
Totoro! : ) I love him!
krysteanuh (author)  happyjo4 years ago
:D Who doesn't?
BatAndOwl4 years ago
OMG. An instructable about Toturo!!!! I love him. My dad went to Tokyo and brought home one of these toys. SO CUTE!
krysteanuh (author)  BatAndOwl4 years ago
WAHHH you're so lucky~! I hope to one day own one of those giant Totoro plushes. They're so adorable!
Stargirl144 years ago
Adorable! I love Totoro!
krysteanuh (author)  Stargirl144 years ago
Thank you! :D I'm also a huge fan of Studio Ghibli films. My Neighbor Totoro is my favorite. :]
CuttiePiie4 years ago
nice case
krysteanuh (author)  CuttiePiie4 years ago
Thank you! :D
spamattakky4 years ago
Cool, I could use a change pocket, too, can you make one? But in Metric! Inches are sooo antiquated.
krysteanuh (author)  spamattakky4 years ago
That sounds like a lovely idea (: And of course! I'd love to make my 'ibles more non-US-friendly :D
I'll hop on it as soon as possible~! x3
ChrysN4 years ago
Cute case, I like the ears!
krysteanuh (author)  ChrysN4 years ago
Thank you! :D