Monster Pencil Case Back to School Craft for Kids

Monster Pencil Cases Crafts for Kids

The new school year is just around the corner and personalizing your child’s back to school gear is a great way to make the first day of school more special for them. My brain has been working overtime coming up with fun back to school crafts for kids and teacher’s gifts, after Michaels invited me to participate in their First Day of School Blogger Challenge. Michaels provided me with a gift card to gather supplies. Then I quickly got busy looking for inspiration online, and in craft books and magazines. Laura and I will be sharing quite a few back to school inspired crafts over the next couple of weeks, in fact we already got started with these Pipe Cleaner Pencil Toppers and this fun Pencil Flower Bouquet teacher gift. For the Michaels First Day of School Blogger Challenge we are sharing these adorable Monster Pencil Cases.

Monster Pencil Case Craft for Kids

Kids can practice their sewing skills making these pencil cases, and they’re not only cute but also very practical. Pencils, crayons and other school supplies will fit perfectly into this personalized pencil case.

All of the supplies for these pencil cases came from Michaels craft store. It’s a very inexpensive project that the kids are sure to have a lot of fun making.

Supplies You’ll Need:

large 12 in x 18 in piece of Creatology Craft Foam
yarn in a contrasting color (you’ll want yarn that’s not overly fluffy)
child safe plastic needle (found in the embroidery section at Michaels)
large googly eyes
sticky back double sided Velcro (we used 3 1/2 inch strips but a couple of dots would be fine)
craft glue

1. Begin by cutting the foam sheet in half so that you end up with two pieces that are 9 in by 6 in.

Monster Pencil Case Step One

2. Measure about 4 1/2 inches from the bottom of the foam sheet, lengthwise. Fold that section up, forming the bottom of the pencil case.

Monster Pencil Case Step 2

3. Thread a long piece of yarn onto the needle and sew both 6 inch sides together using an overcast stitch. This will create the pencil case pouch. The top flap will be folded down and secured later. To make the overcast stitch, start on one side of the edge you want to finish. Make a series of equal-spaced and diagonal stitches that loop around the edge of the foam, tying off to secure at each end. You’ll want to double knot the ends to make sure it is secure.

Monster Pencil Case Step 3

4. If you want to give your monster some teeth, simply do a large zig zag stitch along the bottom of the foam flap that folds down over the top of the case.

Monster Pencil Case Crafts for Kids

5. Attach the sticky back Velcro to the underside of the top flap and the bottom of the pencil case, as shown in the picture below. This will ensure that all those pencils and crayons don’t fall out.

Monster Pencil Case Step 4

6. Glue on googly eyes and fill with pencils!

Michaels Back to School Adventure

This fun back to school craft for kids is brought to you through the Michaels First Day of School Blogger Challenge. Check out the Michaels web site and Michael’s Pinterest Page for more back to school crafts inspiration.

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  1. Wow – that is super cute – and you have great instructions here. Thanks for a fun idea!

  2. Awww, too cute! My daughter is going to love this!

  3. amanda c says:

    OMG! What a cute and easy craft! Love it!

  4. That is such a cute idea! Thanks!

  5. Krystal V. says:

    love it!! looks so cute

  6. Supercute! I love these!!!

  7. This is so cute!

  8. What an easy craft that your kiddos will enjoy all school year. Love the silly eyes.

  9. You come up with the cutest crafts and they’re all so simple to do!

  10. Oh my goodness how adorable!

  11. That’s so cute and creative. I never would have thought of making one of those. That would be something that people could do and donate to charity (for those kids who have nothing going back to school).

  12. How cute are these! I love them.

  13. What a cute pencil case, this reminds me a lot of one I saw at the store for way too much. I will have to try to make this for my kiddo!

  14. What an adorable craft idea! I know my soon to be Kindergartener would love one.

  15. What a cute idea and so simple! We are going to try to make some, thanks for sharing!

  16. What a cute little craft. I am going to have to try this with my nephews.

  17. My gosh – so cute and easy! Love that you can really customize these too!

  18. I really like what you made, so cute! I think we will be making these real soon.

  19. Those are really cute! We’ll have to try this craft!

  20. Very cute! This would make a fun church craft too! Thank you for sharing.

  21. Very cute project! My boys would love these! :)

  22. Michelle F. says:

    so cute. would love to do that with my mommy group.

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  24. This is a great idea. I will have to make a few of these. My son would love them.

  25. Cynthia says:

    So so cute. Fun school supplies are a great way to help kids be excited about the start of the school year. Thank you for Linking at the In and Out of the Kitchen Link Party. Hope to see you again next week.

  26. For some reason my 4 year old has a thing for googly eyes. She would love this. Thanks for sharing. Hello from Nifty Thrifty Sunday.

  27. These are so fun. Thank you for sharing this cute craft with us.

  28. Angela P. says:

    What a cute little idea for school. Easy enough for the kids to do.

  29. These are too adorable!

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