Back to School Pencil Bags for Students of All Ages! - The Jolly Jabber Quilting Blog

Back to School Pencil Bags for Students of All Ages!
Summer is winding down, and school has either begun – or will begin – for students far and wide. One of the best parts of a new school year? New school supplies!

Whether your child is in elementary school or you’re the student and are working on an advanced degree, there’s something so fun about stocking up on pens, pencils and all the other goodies that will help make the year a success.

Today we’re sharing a great Back to School project with you – Pencil Bags! Remember those fabulous Simple Zipper Bags from Sherri McConnell? The one we made an awesome video tutorial about? Well it’s time to tweak those bags a bit and create classroom-worthy Pencil Bags that will earn an A+! (This pug-tastic bag – above – was made with this fabric from the Joie de Vivre collection from Art Gallery Fabrics)
This tractor Pencil Bag was made with this Farm Fresh fabric by Dear Stella Fabrics!

Personalized = FUN!

I made these super sweet Pencil Bags for my four children using fabrics I knew they’d love!  These bags are simple to stitch up, and Fat Quarter Shop has all the supplies you need!
You’re sure to ace this Back to School project – especially since our video tutorial shows you how-to, every step of the way.  Here’s a link to the original blog post about these awesome zipper bags, which includes fabric requirements and supplies needed at the bottom of the post.  You’ll find zippers here!


These darling zipper bags make great teacher gifts, too, so why not stitch up some extras while you’re at it? You’ll have a personalized gift ready for Christmas or Teacher Appreciation Day. Just tuck a Starbucks gift card or some candy inside, and the recipient will be delighted!
This colorful crayon Pencil Bag was made with Colorfully Creative

We hope you enjoy making these fun and functional Pencil Bags for the student in your life. Please share your Pencil Bags with us on social media using the hashtags #fqsfun and #simplezipperbag. Happy Quilting!


  1. These bags are adorable!! Where can I find the pug ribbons that were used on the two bags?!? Thx

  2. Love the pencil bags but are there fabric sizes someplace. I guess I can figure it out but couldn't find it anyplace.

  3. You read my mind !!!! Thank you so much…….loved the little scoop zipper bags; already made several of these…..learned to put in zippers again !!

    Gonna try these tonite.

    Y'all are AWESOME !!!!!

  4. Okay, first off, Are these your kids Kimberly?
    They are adorrrrable. Oh my I love the red hair. And your daughter. So so cute (just like her mom)
    I love these bags. I am going to make a zillion of these and every one is going to get some variation of this bag for Christmas. I can put something nice inside too.
    Awesome sauce. Thank you soooo much for the tutorial.
    I have had so many "yoooge" projects, it will be nice and fun to get creative with these

  5. Hi everyone! Yes, those are Kimberly and Kevin's children – so cute!

    The pug ribbon that was used on two of the bags is from Renaissance Ribbon.

    There aren't specific sizes for the pencil bags. Just rectangular in shape. 🙂

    Thanks, y'all!