DIY planner pencil pocket up close

How to Sew A Planner Pen Pocket

This easy DIY pen holder for a notebook is perfect if you always find yourself searching for something to write with as you jot down important notes.

pen holder pocket on notebook

Our handy DIY project is also known as a notebook pen pouch or a pen holder for a notebook. Whether you use a pencil, a pen or a marker, it doesn’t matter what you call it.

All that matters is that you have something handy to write with when jotting down appointments, sudden inspirations, to-do lists, etc.

This pouch is perfect for:

  • Students
  • Journaling
  • Homeschooling
  • Multi-tasking mothers
  • Office workers

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DIY planner pencil pocket overhead

How to Sew a Pen Holder for Notebook


This is a great source for getting lots of different colored felt for sewing projects.

DIY planner pencil pocket supplies


Step 1

Cut three rectangles of felt in the following dimensions:

  • Two pieces of 7 inches x 2 inches
  • One piece of 6 inches x 2 inches

Step 2

Place elastic around the cover of your planner. You want the elastic to be snug enough that it will stay on the notebook without being stretched too tight or being too loose. Add 1 inch to the measurement and cut.

Fold the elastic into a loop with ends overlapping by 1 inch. Clip to hold it together.

Step 3

Sew the elastic band together. The best way to do this is with a rectangle pattern and an ‘X’ where the elastic overlaps.

Step 4

Put the elastic band in between the two 7” x 2” felt rectangles, with the stitched ends hidden in between the felt. Then add the 6” x 2” rectangle on top with all of the bottom edges aligned.

Make sure only one piece of elastic is between the felt pieces, not the whole elastic loop. Clip all the way around the felt pieces to hold.

Step 5

Sew around the entire perimeter of the felt rectangles with a ⅛” seam allowance. You want the sewn seam to be tight close to the edge of the felt.

Step 6

Slide the elastic pen holder over your notebook, daily planner, journal, etc. Insert pens, pencils or markers in the pocket.

Be sure to Pin This idea to your sewing boards to save for later!

Want to keep your office organized? Then you’ll want to see these pretty felt tray desk organizers, too!

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  1. Thank you for this tutorial! I’m waiting for my Happy Planner order and will definitely try this when my planner arrived 🙂
    The elastic band kinda secure the planner from opening when carrying it around. I like that. I used filofax planners in the past and each comes with an elastic, zipper or clip to close the planners.

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