Wednesday, August 27, 2014

"F" is for Flat Pencil Pouch

Sew: diy flat zipper pencil pouch

It's back to school for us next week and every Fall my kids ask for new pencil pouches.
I'm happy to oblige and this year we went with the flat zipper pencil pouch.

The finished size is 10"w x 8"h and I love the contrasting lining on the interior.

This time around I used metal zippers with ring pulls.  The ring pull makes it very user friendly at school.

It's super roomy inside despite being flat so there's plenty of space for pencils, pens, markers, erasers, scissors - all the school supplies.

How to sew a flat pencil pouch with zipper:


- exterior fabric
- lining fabric
- medium weight fusible interfacing

Step 1: Cut fabric, lining and interfacing.  One each for back, top front and bottom front.

Step 2: Place bottom front right side up, place zipper face down flush at one side then place lining right side down.  Sew zipper in place using zipper foot.

Press open lining and exterior away from zipper.

Step 3: Top stitch exterior and lining 1/8" from zipper.

Step 4: Repeat steps 2 - 4 for top front pieces and other side of zipper.

Step 5: Place exterior back right side down on top of finished zipper piece.  **Be sure zipper is at least half way open. **

Sew back in place on all 4 sides start at zipper and go around bottom stopping at other end of zipper.  Repeat for top portion.  DO NOT sew over zipper portions yet.

Step 6: Repeat step 5 for lining pieces except leave a 6" opening in bottom.

Step 7: Now lay flat and sew zipper portions closed, be careful going over the zipper teeth.

Step 8: Clip corners and turn right side out through opening in lining.

Step 9: Top stitch lining shut.
Push lining down into pouch, press.

For lots of other diy zipper pouch ideas click here.

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  1. It must be so cool to be your kids. They have custom-made supplies, toys, furniture... you're awesome, Mama!

  2. Hi there! Thank you for sharing the pattern but I dont understand how fabrics are sewn in step 6...