Free Pattern Friday! Squid Pencil Pouch


So after playing around with the squid/Kraken plush I made back in January, I couldn’t help but want to make more squiddy projects 🙂 So I came up with this little pencil pouch – it utilizes the tall shape of the squid to offer up a good 8” x 4” storage size for holding a handful of pens and pencils. Of course you could use it for other things as well: crochet hooks come to mind…

It’s completely lined on the inside so it looks nice and pretty from both sides. So if you wanted to use the pattern to make items for sale at craft shows, conventions, or Etsy, they would look very professional! I think the pattern is well-suited to thick, plush-like fabrics like fleece, minky, terrycloth, or felt. I personally used minky and gave it a little interfacing so it wouldn’t stretch while I sewed it.

I give it a 4/10 stars because there are a lot of little pieces to manage, and a lot of layers to sew through. There’s also the zipper of course, but it’s done using the centered zipper method which is very basic. So overall if you have a decent amount of projects under your belt and maybe a little zipper experience you should be okay. I hope you all like it!


35 thoughts on “Free Pattern Friday! Squid Pencil Pouch”

  1. So cute. I’ve been hoarding your plush patterns but I’m too chicken to actually try one because the minky fabric is expensive and I’d hate myself for ruining a large amount of it. These use a small enough amount that if I mess up it won’t be too bad.

    1. Melissa Armour

      I’m practicing with just regular cotton fabric. It’s much cheaper and they still look nice when they are done. My dogs and child both enjoy my creations even though there not “soft”. They also make very cute pillows ☺️ especially if you enlarge the patterns some!

  2. I couldn’t help but think this would be great to hold touch up makeup supplies for going to conventions lol!!

  3. This is soooo great! Thank you so much! I bet it would look good in non-minky fabric too 🙂 Guess I’ll be trying that because my minky/fleece fabric is still at my parents after the move… 😀

  4. OMG! Thank you so much for sharing your awesome & creative patterns with us! This one is so adorable and I can’t wait to make a Squidly pouch! <3

  5. Do you think I could use buttons instead of a zipper by putting about 3 buttons on its back? I think it might work because I find it hard to buy the right sized zippers here. Love all your patterns!

    1. I think that could work! You would likely have to extend the area for the zipper so you have enough fabric to fold under and make into buttonholes.
      And thank you for the kind words about my patterns! I’m glad you like them 😀

  6. I just LOVE this! Squid are so cool and I love how these look! I was worried when I saw the pictures that the contrast details were sewn on with an embroidery machine, so I was thrilled to find out that they’re actually just appliqué! I will be sharing this for sure on my social media and newsletter this week! Thank you so much, Lisa

  7. Thank you for this! My 8 year old who is obsessed with jellyfish thought a squid was also an amazing idea and we made him this today. He is in LOVE. Thank you for your amazing pattern!!

    1. Sadly no :/ This is an older pattern that was done before I was able to create embroidery files. But if enough people ask for the embroidery files I’d be happy to take the time to make some!

      1. I’m so excited to make this for my grandson! I would love it if you would create an embroidery file for this squid pencil pouch pattern!

  8. Hi! I saw this now and I know it’s old but it’s adorable! I’m going to make one as an actual pencil case, then make another and edit it to be a plush!

  9. This is the cutest thing!!! 😍
    Do you think you’ll ever sell them in your Etsy shop? I do t have the skill to make it well enough to really use, but I’d really love to have one.

    Either way, thank you for posting this! 😊

  10. The squid looks so cute!!

    Can’t wait to try it!

    Do you think you could make a video tutorial for this? I found some parts a bit confused!

  11. Squid looks so cute!!!!

    Sadly I don’t have any zippers, do you know any other ways I can seal it and also be able to unseal it?


      1. Yeah I made it and was able to use velcro!

        I loved using the pattern! And it was really fun too!

  12. I think theres an error in the pattern, it says to cut the sucker appliques out of accent colour fabric but you should cut them out of the main colour fabric.

  13. I actually found this adorable pattern a few years back when I used to run a comics drawing club through my school. Our club mascot was something I termed an “inkling” which was basically a squid with a pencil and ink nib for tentacle tips. All of us ended up making our own inkling characters for the club Discord. They were really cute and fun. 😀
    I got onto our school computers a couple of days before our school break two summers ago and imported your pattern pieces into Photoshop and proceeded to paint the pieces with my character’s body markings and then took the file home and printed it onto some printable fabric.

    People still ask me about where I “bought” my cool squid pencil case and then I tell them about your lovely pattern!

    It turned out super cute and you can see it here:

    I just wanted you to know that your pattern is awesome and I’m very happy with how easy it was to follow!

  14. School is really stressful, but your patterns are always a great break from homework! Excited to make this, will be great for my sparkle pens.

  15. bonjour, en passant une commande pour des yeux sur etzy, j’ai vu votre site avec tous ses doudous, magique, il est vrai que si j’avais les broderies de ce calamar, j’en serai aussi très heureuse.

  16. I’m absolutely obsessed with your patterns, and my mom won’t stop showing off the Kirby plush I made. I was thinking of editting the pattern to make this a plush instead of a pencil case, and then I thought about making it a cat toy! What fabric would you recommend be used to make sure my cat doesn’t destroy it in 3 seconds?

    1. That’s so amazing! I’m really glad you’re enjoying the patterns! 🥰 To answer your question, a dense, heavyweight fabric would probably be the absolute best bet for a cat toy. Something that would be used for upholstery for example. But I think something more plush related would be anti-pill fleece. A heavier one would be ideal, although it will make sewing the tiny pieces more difficult. I hope that helps!

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