Monday, March 11, 2013

"B" is for Boxy Pencil Pouches

Sew: boxy pencil pouches

Easy to sew boxy drop cloth canvas pencil pouches with rainbow print lining and rainbow colored zippers.

These pencil pouches are part of a party favor.
I made these pencil holder party favors and then started thinking about how the girls would transport their favors home?

Solution: boxy pencil pouches:

I used a pattern from spiegelstiksels blog, it's in Dutch and doesn't seem to translate well but her pictures give a good step by step.

Here's how to make the boxy pencil pouches:

1. Make a paper pattern using the dimensions from spiegelstiksels blog post here.

2. Cut 2 drop cloth exterior, 2 cotton lining, 2 interfacing, 1 - 10" zipper:
(I used 12" metal zippers purchased as a rainbow set from Zip It here.)

3. Start by sewing in zipper:

4. Sew both sides then top stitch drop cloth (and lining together) to keep from getting caught in zipper:

5. Place right sides together and sew bottom seams, be sure to leave 4" opening in lining at center:

6. Sandwich long ends together and stitch across, start and stop 3/8" from ends:

7. To make mitered corners pinch open corners together and sew both lining and exterior.

8. Turn right side out, slip stitch closed the opening in lining at center bottom:

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  1. What darling pencil holders! I bet the would work for other things, too! I love the colors.
    I would love if you would share this at my link party.
    Take care,

  2. Visiting from Frugal Friday. I love these.

  3. I love these! I was hoping to find instructions for something like this for my art pens and pencils when I travel! Thank you so very much! :)

  4. I'm having trouble with the corners, can't seem to get them right. Do you have a picture of that step? The one on the Dutch site isn't clear to me either... not sure why I'm having such a hard time understanding! Thanks!

    1. Sorry I don't have a photo of that step. I do hope to make this project again soon in a slightly larger size and will take better photos.

  5. Please help... I'm (stupidly) having trouble telling if the paper template is in Metric system or US Inches. And approximately how long will it be when finished (for those who have tried making it). I tried to measure 24 inches and it took up 3 pieces of A4 paper! I don't want the pencil case to be too big though! Can someone please reply? I need this urgently!

    1. It's been awhile since I made this pouch but I believe the pattern is in centimeters? My pieces look to be about 12" x 7" roughly. Hope that's helpful.