Making A Scroll Case

Thank you for you interest in the learning how to make a Scroll Case! Whether you are just looking to see what this is or if you are here as an enthusiastic participant we appreciate you taking the time to take a look. So enjoy! Be sure to let others know about this challenge.

Sometimes people forget to return the scroll case that came with their scroll. If you know of anyone who has a scroll case and the recipient is still using it to keep the scroll safe, they are more than welcome to keep using the scroll case until they can frame their award scroll. If you know of anyone who has forgotten to return an empty scroll case please encourage them to have the empty scroll case transported to an event site that Their Majesties and/or Their Highnesses will be present at. The guard at the royalty room or scribal room will be happy to receive these precious items so they can be used to protect another scroll for another happy recipient.

What are Scroll Cases used for?

Scroll cases are used by scribes to transport completed award scrolls. Award recipients use them to safely transport scrolls home from the event site.

Why make a Scroll Case ?

Scroll cases provide a safe way to transport award scrolls. A whole lot of time and effort goes into creating each and every award scroll given out in court. Wouldn't it be sad if yours got destroyed before it got to the event site? Or worse, after you got it and it was ruined on the way home?

Who can make Scroll Cases?

Anyone who wants to! It doesn't matter how experienced or inexperienced you are at making scroll cases. They are actually pretty easy to make. We hope that this web page will act as a resource to you for both this challenge and in the future.

The more people participating the more scroll cases there will be to benefit the people who receive scrolls and that is the goal after all!

Now we understand that not everyone knows what goes into making a scroll case. So, at the risk of letting some of the magic out of the system here are some instructions on how to make a basic scroll case. But first a list of materials you will need to make a scroll case


- Fabric. Lots of fabric. Any kind of fabric is fine as long as it is tasteful. Scroll cases aren't really in period, at least not the kind we need, so if you happen to have fabric laying around, it probably will work just fine for a scroll case. It does need to be smooth and not likely to scratch or rub off the artwork on the scroll case it is there to protect. It is also a good idea to use fabric that won't bleed color onto the scroll it is supposed to be protecting.

- Cardboard. Yup, cardboard. Box bottoms, ends, sheets from plywood delivery and even diaper boxes. They are all good for making the stiff protection that a scroll case provides.

- Thin strips of elastic. Yes, another completely non-period material, but amazingly useful in keeping a scroll in the scroll case. When we say thin, we mean thin. Nothing wider than 1/4 of an inch and it is probably better to use 1/8 of an inch wide elastic.

- Thread. After all thread holds the fabric together and attaches the elastic. Generally useful stuff when you're sewing.

Hand Sewn or Machine Sewn?

This is one of those projects where machine sewing is probably better than hand sewing. You will get more done that way. However, if you really want to hand sew scroll cases we aren't going to try to stop you. However, no extra points will be given for hand verses machine sewn scroll cases.

Now with all of that out of the way, please look below for directions on how to make a basic scroll case. The example pictured below is just one way to make a scroll case. Scroll cases for this challenge do not need to follow the colors or insignia that are on this example. Please feel free to make your scroll cases out of any color fabric you wish. And no they are not required in any way to have the Northshield Compass Star on them. Plain is just fine.

How to make a scroll case:

This is the style of scroll case this tutorial will show you how to make.

1. Cut out two pieces of cardboard of equal size that are larger than a typical scroll (13” x 16” minimum is a good size, the example is ~ 14” x 17”). Two sides of a box generally work out well.

2. A note on fabric: cotton is a good choice. Fabrics that will not bleed onto scrolls are imperative. If you are not sure whether the fabric you are considering will do so, wet a piece of it, and place some paper on the damp fabric. If the fabric imparts color to the paper, do not use it for a scroll case. Patterned fabric may be used or solid colors. A stamp with fabric paint may be used to adorn the outside of the finished case, if desired.

3. Cut out a length of fabric that is ~2-3” longer than 4 pieces of the cardboard and a seam allowance on either side wider than the cardboard. (The picture has more than a seam allowance on either side.)

4. Fold each end of the fabric toward center, wrong side out. There should be a small gap in the actual center so that the ends are not quite meeting. The cardboard should not be in the fabric at this time.

Turn right sides out. Put a length of elastic down the middle of the right inside panel. The elastic should be taught but not stretched. Attach in place.

6. Insert the cardboard into the pockets.

7. Fold the case in half, so that the open pockets are on the inside, and the outer edge is a fold. Sew along the dotted line. The rough edges should be encased within the seam.

8. Stretch the elastic to the edge and tack it at the middle.

9. The inside of the case should look like this:

10. The outside of the case should look like this:

11. Good job! There are of course other methods. Feel free to adapt or use whatever method works best for you.

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