This year my daughter entered the fifth grade. She didn't need a new backpack or lunch bag because she was quite content using the ones from the previous year. (That's my girl). However she did ask me to make her a large pencil pouch. Of course I said sure. What surprised me was when she asked for it to be neon! And boy was it ever loud! Lots of bolt prints and colors. For a few hours the 80's were definitely back! Thankfully they quickly found a place in my daughters backpack because I've been there done that!
I used a Riley Blake neon collection role polie for the outside and some old demin for a nice, sturdy lining. I am big on up-cycling Demin for projects like this. They really provide the sturdiness and durability you need for a bag like this. The last thing I wanted was for pencils to poke through the inside.
Update - 10/30/2014: Eventually her friends started asking for bags too so with the remaining 2.5 inch strips, I was able to make this one for her friends birthday! The flower pin credit goes to my neighbor, who is a master at fabric flowers....I'm getting there :)