Shark Pencil Case Tutorial

Back to school time! Around here we pick out new pencils, load up our pouches and fill up on supplies {I always pick up a few things for myself and my sewing cottage}.

This year…and since it’s shark week, and the fact that the oldest has always had a fascination with sharks, I went with a little bit different.

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A shark pencil case.

Yes, something that could hold a bunch of pencils and look cool….and was for a boy too!

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Materials List:

grey -or your choice of color- fabric scraps

lite interfacing

red fabric- lining

white zipper 7″

pinking shears

shark pouch template- print off your and cut out pieces

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Instructions for Shark Pencil Case~

1)  Sew together your scraps until they are large enough to be cut out with the template

2)  Pin template in place and cut out 2 body pieces- out of patchwork and out of interfacing

3)  Laying the patchwork body piece on top of the interfacing, quilt together.  (I quilted straight lines)– set aside these two pieces


4)  Layer these in order– back fabric, interfacing, interfacing, top fabric, template for fin.

5)  Pin together the layers and cut out


6)  Sew around the sides (you can leave the bottom un-sewn)

7)  Cut the sides with your pinking shears– don’t cut your seam!


8)  Repeat so you have 2 side fins and one large fin for the top of the shark

9)  Take the body piece you are using for the top of your shark and fold in half- iron to crease

10)  Lay the large fin in the center of the shark and with the raw edge or bottom of the fin touching the center crease sharkpencilpouch3

11)  Fold the shark body in half again and sew 1/4″



12)  Repeat this with the bottom of the shark….with no fin.  Just fold in half and sew 1/4″

13)  Pin and stay stitch the side fins of the shark


14)  Lay right sides together and sew the sides and bottom fin of the shark- catching the side fins.  Stop and start your seams at the dots marked on the template

15)  Snip the curves, corners, and valleys


16)  Turn right sides out

17)  Cut out 2 pieces for the shark lining— notice that I didn’t cut the tail– you don’t really need it.  Just end the pouch with a square bottom- it does go to the end of the tail in length


18)  Lay right sides together of the lining and sew down the sides and bottom– leave a 3″ opening on one side for turning later and stop and start at the marks

19)  Pin the zipper or stay stitch the zipper in place at the mouth

20)  Place the pouch inside the lining and pin along the mouth with the zipper in between– this area is small, it’s a bit tricky


21)  Sew around the mouth securing the zipper — you might need to play a bit with this step. It’s tricky.  In the end after I had the bag all done, I did go back with needle and thread to secure the ends of the zipper– and to close an opening or hole.  If you find that you need a few touch ups after it’s done, just do it and don’t worry about it.  Mine turned out just fine after a few stitches here and there. Not even noticeable that the zipper was a little tough to deal with.

22)  Pull the bag through the opening and close the opening

23)  Stuff the lining inside the bag

24)  Stitch 2 black buttons on the top for eyes


Stuff the shark case with pencils, pens, glue sticks…or whatever supplies you’d like!  It’s just deep enough for the pencils and it can be stuffed quite full!

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What’s your favorite school supply– or what would you stuff inside?

Love this shark project?  Here’s another using the same template!

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