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September 2021: Roll Up Pencil Case

Date Posted:1 September 2021 

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Knitting for Brisbane's Needy is a non-for-profit charity contributing to a huge variety of important causes like homelessness, victims of domestic violence, cancer patients, premature babies, aged care and mental health facilities, animal shelters and more. Their definition of 'needy' featured in their charity name refers to anyone in any kind of need. The volunteers at Knitting for Brisbane's Needy dedicate their time to knitting garments that are given to other organisations and distributed to those in need.

This month, we're joining Knitting for Brisbane's Needy and creating Roll Up Pencil Case's for children. The charity will be collecting these donations and using them as Christmas gifts for children. This project is simple to create and is great for beginners through to those at a more advanced level. It's a great way to contribute to a great cause while utilizing your sewing and embroidery skills! 

Sewing version

Roll Up Pencil Case Sewing


  • Sewing machine
  • Walking foot

Fabric & Batting

  • 1 x Fat quarter (FQ) patterned fabric (Zig Zag pattern)
  • 1 x FQ plain fabric (Lime fabric)
  • 1 x FQ stripes (pocket, loop, ties)
  • 20cm plain black fabric (binding)
  • Battilizer - offcuts if possible 9” x 15”

General accessories used

  • Hemingworth Thread 1273 (quilting & topstitching)
  • Bobbin wound with embroidery thread to match top thread
  • 505 Spray
  • Rotating cutting mat
  • Rotary Cutter
  • Black Rasant - binding

Roll Up Pencil Case - Sewing Instructions →

In-The-Hoop Embroidery version

ITH Embroidery Roll Up Pencil Case


  • Embroidery machine
  • 200mm x 300mm (8x12") hoop or larger
  • The design

Fabric & Materials

  • Fabric Pieces x 2 - at least 21cm x 31cm each
  • Piece of elastic - approx. 7.5cm long x 2.5cm wide OR 2 pieces of ribbon at least 2.5cm wide

General accessories used

  • Washaway stabilizer
  • Hot Melt Web
  • Cutaway Stabilizer (or Fusible Cutaway depending on your fabric type)
  • Thread and matching colour bobbin
  • Small snip scissors
  • Applique scissors
  • Tape or pins to hold the elastic in place


Roll Up Pencil Case - Embroidery Instructions →


This sewalong will run from 1st – 30th September 2021.


Sewalongs are a great way to get inspired by what everyone creates, while giving to a worthy cause. If you’re new to sewing or embroidering this is a great chance to get involved and have fun no matter what the outcome. Any excuse to put your sewing and embroidery machines to good use is a great one.


The project can be dropped in or posted to any of the Echidna stores during the month of the sewalong. Please send any donations made after the sewalong month directly to the charity:

Knitting for Brisbane’s Needy 
45 Parkview Road
Glass House Mountains QLD 4518


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