Text-Only Instructions -

Credits and Resources:

Unfortunately, the original link for this model seems to no longer be available.

If you are aware of any other source where this model or similar might be listed, please let me know so I can reference it under this heading.

Paper to be used: Rectangular, construction, copy or printer paper will work well for this model.

Folding level: Easy/Beginner

Steps: 9

Description:  This is a fairly secure, flat pencil pouch with an open square on the front, which allows for easy viewing as well as easy inserting and removal of pencils or other writing tools.

Paper measuring around 8 1/2 by 11 inches or 29 by 20 cms will produce a pouch that can hold pens, pencils and other writing tools 6 inches or 16 cms or shorter in length.


The model is quite secure as long as you do not fill it with things that are heavy or bulky.


This pencil case can also be used as an envelope by sealing the two short ends and using the window for the         address.

Alternatively, use the square window at the front for a special message or to frame a special drawing or photo.

If using two-sided paper, lay your paper with the patterned or colored side down before starting to fold.

You will end up with a colored or patterned pencil case with a white or plain window on the front.

Step 1

Place a rectangular piece of paper down on a hard, flat surface, with the short edges at the top and bottom, or in portrait orientation.

Step 2

Fold the top edge down to meet the bottom  edge. Crease and unfold.

Step 3

Fold the top and bottom edges to the center crease line. Unfold the top edge all the way again, but leave the bottom edge folded.

Step 4

Next, bring the top edge down to the nearest horizontal crease line. Crease well and leave folded to form a narrow band at the top of the paper.

Step 5

Turn over the paper, like turning the page of a book.

Step 6

Fold the left edge of the paper to the right, about one-third of the way. Crease well and leave folded.

The easiest method I have found to do this is to pick up your paper and gently fold the sides over to their opposite edges, into an S or a Z fold. Adjust your folds on both sides before making small creases right at the edges of the paper to mark where you will fold.

Don't worry if this is difficult at first. It will become easier with practice.

Step 7

Now, fold the right edge over to meet the left edge of the model. Make a strong crease and unfold the right edge again.

Step 8

Lastly, tuck the right edge all the way into the top and bottom flaps that have been formed by the previous two folds.

Press flat and make sure all folds are neat and straight.

Step 9

Turn your model over once again and your very own origami pencil pouch will be ready to be filled with pens, pencils and the like.

Alternative model:


To make a smaller pouch or sleeve, pick up the pencil pouch and fold it in half using a mountain fold. This means to fold the top edge of the model down and away from you. Crease the top edge well.

Next, lift the top layer of the paper slightly to reveal the narrow band underneath it.

Tuck the flap you have lifted so it disappears under this narrow band.

You have now turned your pencil pouch into a smaller sleeve that is open at the top and with a special place at the bottom to write a name or message.

This is perfect for a few short pens or pencils, a thank you note or anything flat that will fit into this cute and compact sleeve.

Making origami accessible to visually impaired crafters through text instructions.

for non-commercial use only.

Compiled by Lindy van der Merwe, December 2014

Revised: July 2021