Did you all know I am crafty? Well, here is my chance to share with you my craftiness and inspire you to create something useful: a bullet journal pen holder!!!
(FYI: This pen holder is for a A5 size journal.I encourage you to adapt this tutorial to fit your specific journal.)
Honestly, I never take my bullet journal anywhere with me (scandalous, I know!). I don’t want anything to happen to it… but also I would need to bring a couple essentials with me, like my ruler and a few pens. Which then get left in the car or in my purse or lost. It just feels like a hassle.
Of course, to solve both of these problems I could order a carrying case… Perhaps a tutorial for another day??? In the meantime, I thought it would be super simple to whip up an elastic pen holder that slips on the front cover of my bujo.
Turns out, it was!
DIY Bullet Journal Pen Holder Tutorial
1. Gather your materials
You will need a super-cute piece of fabric 10 inches by 14 inches long and 18 inches of elastic. (I used things I already had around the house, but there are definitely cuter elastics out there than my plain white!)
While you’re at it, grab a couple supplies that you will want to carry with you (pens, pencil, markers, ruler) and set those to the side. Also, you’ll need a pair of scissors, something to measure with, and a sewing machine!
Now let’s prepare those materials!
Cut your fabric piece in two 5″x7″ rectangles and your elastic into 6″ and 12″ pieces; then iron both. (Ensure your measuring is accurate to get an even rectangle in the end.)
2. Start stitching!
Take one of the piece of fabric and lay it FACE SIDE UP.
Lay your 6″ elastic flat across the center and pin it down, as shown above.
Stitch the elastic down 1/4″ from the edge. (I suggest backstitching to ensure it’s stable.)
Now pull out those supplies you will want to store in your pen holder! Measure how much space you want for each item and stitch across the elastic to make smaller sections. (I did 1″ for my ruler and divided the rest in thirds, for three pens.)
If you’re note sure what to do with the random string hanging off the edges, never fear! I’ll show you what I do below.
Flip the fabric to the back side. Tug on one of the strings until you see a small loop pop up.
Open that loop until the string comes all the way through the backside. Now you can tie a small knot and clip the strings!
Now lay your other rectangle face up.
Lay your elastic across the center and pin, careful to only leave 3/4″ hanging off each end, as shown above. (There will be slack in the middle – this is what will wrap around your cover.)
Again, stitch 1/4″ from the edge of the fabric and cut loose ends.
3. Put it all together
Lay both rectangles on top of one another, careful that both FACES are touching and the slack elastic is tucked in the center.
Pin all around.
When stitching be careful that you leave a 2″+ gap for when we turn this inside out. (If you are not experienced with this, leave a larger gap.)
Clip the corners and begin turning the rectangle inside out through the gap.
I suggest using a pen or a fabric turner (if you have one) to ensure you’ve completely turn the corners inside out. Once it’s how you want it, iron it!
4. The finishing touches
To close up the hole from turning everything inside out, I decided to topstitch the whole thing 1/8″ around the perimeter. (I have a special foot for my sewing machine that shows 1/8″, but you may also have measuring lines on the plate on your sewing machine.)
During this step, be extra attentive not to stitch the elastic going around the backside! It takes some care, but it can be done.
And viola! You’ve just did-it-yourself, congrats!
I do have to say, if I did it again, I think I would make made my fabric longer, my pen slots tighter, and maybe inserted a stabilizing layer in the middle (my fabric was a bit flimsy).
It’ll do though, and it’s so cute!
How did yours turn out? Please post pictures!