AlhumduliLlah, I actually had some time to sew this week! Here is a very simple pattern, for a pencil case. It is not my pattern, but my tutorial.. because I may need it for a future project, insha'Allah, so I made my own tutorial.
This pencil case is made with a suede fabric which goes with a messenger bag I made a while back, but I think it works much better with thicker (stiffer) fabric.
Cut a 8.5" x 11" piece of fabric. Use a regular 8.5" x 11" sheet of printing paper as your pattern. (If you decide to make a bigger pencil case, as this one isn't that big.. make the 8.5" larger).
Fold the fabric in half (8.5" to 8.5"), and cut a 1.25" x 1.25" square at the bottom of each end (the folded end).
Mark 1" at the top of each side, and cut diagonally.
Decorate as desired. I used beads. You can also stencil something on. C'mon, be creative.
Open the zipper completely (so it is easier to sew.. without it in the way)
Press (or fold) a 1/4" in place on each top.
Sew first side down.
Mark where the fabric lines up.
Pin second side down (if you need to)
Sew second side down.
Close your zipper half way (so you'll be able to turn it inside out.)
Make sure right-sides are facing each other.
Sew sides down.
Cut extra zipper sticking out and serge (or zigzag) edges.
Flatten bottom opening and sew down.
Serge (or zigzag) edges.
Turn right way out, and fill with your favourite pencil crayons.