DIY Pen Roll Holder

Looking through art supplies, one inadvertently comes across different types of pen holders.  They come as zippered up pouches, notebook types, wooden cylinders and more.  Which type holds your pens best?  

Pouches are not really ideal as they bunch up the pens and you need to pickup each pen before you know what color it is.  Canisters and desk cylinder holders are fine but they don’t really show you all the pens at once.  You still need to rummage through it to get the particular pen you need.

A notebook with rows and rows of pens held by a garter on a flat page works better although these are hard to find and usually pricey.  Besides, they usually look pretty boring.

A solution is to make your own!  It’s kind of an intimidating task but you can do it – even if you don’t have much time.  You also don’t need to buy a lot of expensive materials at a craft store.  Just choose materials you have lying around the house.  The design will be assymetrical so it won’t look like every other pen roll holder!

It will look like this!  Isn’t it so exotic and bohemian?  Get yours too!  Each one will be unique!


Over-sized Patterned Blouse
Cloth Scissors
Needle and Thread
Cloth or leather
Ruler (though I didn’t really use one)

1.  Choose an old, over-sized blouse with reasonably thick cloth.  I used one with a colorful design and with lining inside.  The sleeves must be wide enough for the project. (see step 4 to know what I mean).

2.  Check if the sleeve is wide enough.  Your pen height must be smaller than the sleeve’s width.  If it’s the right size, pick the sleeve with the nicer design.  This will the material for our Pen Roll holder!

3. Cut out the sleeve.  You’ll want the widest part of the sleeve to be neatly cut.

4.  So lay out the pen once again and imagine it suspended on the holder.  Choose the side of the sleeve that you want for the outside and inside of the holder.  Nice huh?

5.  Look at the length of the sleeve with the pen on top to see how long your holder should be.  Imagine your colored pencils and see if they’ll all fit in there. 

6.  If you don’t want it to look too funky, you can straighten the shoulder part of the sleeve and cut it straight.

7.  Turn the fabric wrong side out.

8. Pin the wider edge of the sleeve.

9.  Sew together!

10.  Admire your work!  Neat!

11.  Turn right side out.  Do the other side (the cuff part of the sleeve).   I liked how the cuff looked so I just did a blind stitch to keep it together.

12.  Snip off one of the blouse buttons. We turned over the button cause we liked the bamboo feel of the other side!  Sew it on the cover of the pen holder as a notch for securing the holder in place.

13.  Cut the strip on the blouse where the buttons go – we will use this as the strap on the pen holder.  Cut neatly!

14. Cut the length you need depending on the thickness of the roll.

15.  Sew the part where you cut with blind stitch.

16.  Secure the slot on the button to ensure it is going to be sewn on the right area.

17.  Sew the strap onto the back of the holder.  Use a blind stitch once again, so it looks neat.

18.  Cut a piece of cloth 50% smaller than the whole holder.  You may use a ruler to measure the piece.  We just estimated the size.  Place at the piece at the middle as shown.  Pin down.

19.  Sew the edge onto the cloth, taking care not to let the needle pass through the other side of the holder cover.  Then put a pen through and sew each section – see pattern for sewing in white (above).

20.  Finish sewing until the other edge.

You’re all done!  Put in your pens!  Try it out!  Enjoy your new Pen Roll Holder!


Meet the youngest sibling of the original Papemelroti brood of artists, Christina Alejandro Burke.  At the age of 7, Christina was already working in the family business.  Customers would fondly recall seeing her wrap gift items on the floor because she couldn’t reach the countertop. She oftentimes dabbles in drawing, calligraphy,  photography,  music, and typography.  Christina is based in Tokyo with the love of her life, her husband Patrick.

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Greet Us and Win!

Do you know that this year is very special for Papemelroti?  50 years ago, a housewife started selling handmade stuffed toys at first floor store space of her apartment.  She prayed for a business and as the years flew by, she couldn’t have imagined how successful it would be!

Looking back, we are so grateful for God’s blessing this business in so many unexpected ways.  Mrs. Socorro Alejandro started something small and today, it has grown into a source of livelihood for hundreds of Filipinos!

Won’t you celebrate with us?  We are giving away a gift pack this month that we are sure you will love!  You’ll fall in love with this gift pack, showcasing some of our newest products!  You stand a chance to win all of these by completing a simple task.  Read on…

Love Retractable Bag Holder
Do Small Things with Great Love Full Color Notebook
Do Small Things with Great Love Full Color Stationery
Do Small Things with Great Love Full Color Half Pad

Love Infinity Bracelet
Infinity Necklace

Do Small Things with Great Love Desk Calendar
Seek Hope and Dream Wooden Desk Plaque
Love Wire Bracelet
Love Message Glass Boodle Bottle

The products look so nice together!

Here are all the prizes!

I Love You Bunny Gal Full Color Poster

Gift Pack List

Love Retractable Bag Holder
Do Small Things with Great Love Full Color Notebook
Do Small Things with Great Love Full Color Stationery
Do Small Things with Great Love Full Color Half Pad

Love Infinity Bracelet
Infinity Necklace
Do Small Things with Great Love Desk Calendar
Seek Hope and Dream Wooden Desk Plaque
Love Wire Bracelet
Love Message Glass Boodle Bottle
I Love You Bunny Gal Full Color Poster

We wanted to know how you feel about papemelroti so we organized this contest to hear from you!

How to join:

1. Make a video greeting.  It can be as simple as “Happy Anniversary Papemelroti!” or something more unique.  Must not be more than 3 minutes long.  Short and sweet is best!  It doesn’t have to be a person (it can be your dog greeting us).  It can be animation or anything you think of!  Have fun with it.

2.  Upload to YouTube and put “papemelrotiat50” on the space for tags.

3.  Send us the link to your YouTube video greeting!  Send to –

Must not be more than 3 minutes long.

***We will give you an additional point for the raffle if you share your video on any of your social networks.  Send the link in your e-mail.  

We will have 2 prize winners – one for the BEST VIDEO and another winner for the raffle.

We will compile all the entries and share the finished product on social media.

You’re a star!  Let’s see what you got!

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Find the Fifty

Time has flown by so fast!  The business has been so blessed!  We are so happy to share with you that we are turning 50 this year!

From a small little gift shop on Tomas Morato, Quezon City, we now have 21 stores and counting!  The late Papemelroti’s proprietress, Socorro Alejandro used to say that she never planned for the business to be as successful as it is now.  Indeed God has miraculously transformed the outlet for her hobbies into a thriving family corporation.

In commemoration of our Golden Year, we are having more and more giveaways for all of you out there!  We’ve already been holding contests for years now but we are going to step it up this year!  Isn’t that exciting?!

This month we are giving away some of our newest, most sought after products. These are wonderful additions to your home or office spaces!

Let’s see the prizes…

Prize(d) List:

Life was Made for Good Friends Small Deco Poster
Make Time to Explore Small Deco Poster
The World is Yours Mug
When in Doubt, Smile Zipper Pouch
If You Dream It Mousepad
The Secret to Getting Ahead Ring Keychain
Wander Bike Pendant
Make Today Notebook
Wooden Easel Stands

To win these prizes, all you need to do is look closely at the image below and count how many 50’s there are.  Then share the contest link on any of your social media accounts.

We are accepting entries from all over the world!

This contest ends on January 27th, 2017!

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