And I found that beauty does matter. Making things that will be worn or used is great. Making those things well (straight seams, symmetrical, etc.) is what we strive for. Making those same things pretty is just satisfying.
Modifications to the DIY Pencil and Drawing Pad Holder:
To make the notebook smaller, I use a length of 10 1/2 in. This allows for 8-10 crayons or pencils.
When using crayons the width need only be 14 1/2 in.
The crayon pocket needs to be 7 in. wide.
The crayon/pencil pocket needs to be 11 3/4 in long. When attaching the pocket to the inner lining you need to draw lines on the inner lining AND the pocket. The inner lining spacing is like the original: 1 1/4 in. on ends and 1 in. for the rest. The lines on the pocket should be 1 3/4 in. on the ends and 1 1/8 in. for the rest. When sewing the pocket on, start in the middle and match the line on the pocket with the line on the lining. Just bunch it up, there is not enough material for a pleat.
When sewing the pocket to the lining, start about 1/4 in. from the top edge. This leaves a free bit of fabric so that you have something to hang onto when trying to replace your writing utensils.
And that is my perfect DIY Pencil and Drawing Pad Holder.