What really makes this pencil case is a sturdy lining. I used leftover outdoor patio chair material (it is made to be weatherproof and support the weight of a person). Other materials that would work would be a strong canvas, duck cloth, etc. (see some utility fabrics here
.) Look for the strongest, most resonably priced fabric you can find. I would recommend searching in the scrap or clearance section, because not much material is needed.
For the outer material, I used fabric from the sleeve of an old sweatshirt, and for the details such as Jake's face, I used felt.
I used a nine-inch non-separating zipper.
3. Basic Sewing supplies.
Needle, thread, pins, scissors, and a sewing machine if one is available to you. I hand sewed this because my machine was broken, and there was no problem.
Depending on the character you are making (if any), you may or may not need stuffing. I stuffed the head of my character.
5. Glue Gun
If you are making a character, you may want to hot glue the facial features on. You may also sew them on, but I decided that the stitches would take away from the cartoon-like quality of Jake's eyes, nose, and jowls.