How to Sew a Simple Bible Study Pen Pouch

Having a pen handy when I'm at church or just reading my Bible is important because I always want to write down my notes when I'm reading. This simple Bible study pen pouch is quick to sew, super inexpensive, and keeps your pen handy to jot down your thoughts when you need to write them down.

My dad always valued writing in his Bible because he felt like it left a treasure map of his faith for his family. When he passed away, he left me a Bible with notes written directly to me. It is my greatest inheritance from him. I'm working on keeping that tradition for my own kids.

Bible Study Pen Pouch

"Underlined" by Billy Gaines

The song that my dad referenced frequently went like this:

I found my mother's bible

it was just the other day

I watched the treasures of her heart

unfold with every page

well she's gone to be with Jesus now

of her thoughts I can't inquire

I could not have found more clearer written will of her desire

Underlined were the words about commitment

Underlined were the words about contentment

Underlined were precious promises that calmed her doubts and fears

Underlined the words that spawned the love

she'd shown throughout the years

I remember most the things she'd emphasized

I knew her heart by things she'd underlined....

Underlined by Billy Gaines

This is such a beautiful description of what my father did for me. I'm so thankful for him sharing his thoughts with me in this way.

Bible Study Pen Pouch Supplies

Here's what you need to make your own Bible study pen pouch:

  • Fabric (I picked up a remnant for $1.18 that could make about 5 of these pouches)
  • Elastic - width of your choice depending on the size of your Bible (I had some left over from a skirt project)
  • Sewing machine
  • Scissors or rotary cutter
  • Thread

Step 1: Cut Out Your Pieces

I cut three 2 1/2" x 11" strips. One will be my pouch, and the other two will be the front and back of my pouch.

Step 2: Sew The Pouch

Take one of your strips and double fold one end down. Then sew two lines across the top. This will reenforce the part of your pouch that will receive the most action as you put pens in and take them out.

Step 3: Pin Your Pieces Together

Place your pouch piece where you'd like it to go and then put the back side on top of the other two with right sides facing together. Pin them together.

Step 4: Sew & Turn

Sew straight lines on either side of the pouch, leaving the top and bottom open. Then turn the pouch right side out. Be careful to not turn your pouch the wrong direction. If your pouch seems inside out when you turn it, then just turn the pouch as well.

At this point, you'll want to iron your pouch so that it all lays flat nicely.

Step 5: Sew On the Elastic

Fold the unsown ends in and insert the elastic. Sew a straight line across to attach the elastic. I like to start with one end, then check the size and fit again before finishing sewing the other end. Once you're happy with your size, fold in the other end, insert the elastic and sew a straight line across.

And you're done! Slide it on, insert your pens and enjoy!

Bible Study Pen Pouch

My Bible is a hard back journaling Bible, and it works great with the hard back. My mom loved my Bible study pen pouch and she wanted me to make one for her! It also worked well on her soft, leather bound Bible. We just slid it closer to the binding.

Bible study pen pouch

I have plenty more fabric to make a couple more! These would make great gifts with a cute journal as well, and they only take a few minutes to make.

Happy crafting!


  1. Ticia on April 8, 2019 at 10:58 pm

    Oh my goodness, I love that poem! We’ve got Bibles being made for all 3 of our kids being passed around to family members to write notes in.

  2. Theresa on April 9, 2019 at 8:26 am

    I love this idea! It will make a great tutor gift. Thanks for sharing!!

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