Make your own Pencil Pouch

Making your own pencil pouch is fun and simple!  In this tutorial, I will show you how to use a nylon zipper and your favorite fabrics to create your very own pencil pouch.    Pencil Pouches are perfect for every day and especially for back to school!  This versatile project make a quick and easy gift too!  Let’s get started and don’t forget to watch the video too!

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Make your own pencil pouch – Materials List

  • Qty (2) Exterior fabric pieces: 10.5″ x 5.5″.
  • Qty (2) Interior fabric pieces: 10.5″ x 5.5″
  • Qty (2) thin batting pieces: 10.5″ x 5.5″ (I use THIS BATTING for my pencil pouches)
  • Zipper Tab fabric: 2″ x 4″
  • Qty (1) 13″ Nylon zipper – I get all my zippers right HERE
  • Optional label – Check out Dutch Label Shop

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Make your own pencil pouch – Supply List

  • Sewing Machine
  • Cotton Thread (I recommend Aurifil 40 wt)
  • Rotary Cutter with sharp blade (no kidding about a sharp blade)
  • Cutting Mat (I am using THIS MAT for this project)
  • 505 Fabric Spray Adhesive (I fused my batting to the back of my exterior fabric)
  • Seam Roller (I use this instead of an iron)
  • Sewing Pins and Wonder Clips
  • Thread Snips – I love my little scissors from Warm Crochet
    • use coupon code SMM for 10% off your order

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assembly instructions

  • Firstly, cut off both ends of your nylon zipper.  Be sure to move the zipper head to the middle.  Next, take your zipper tab piece and cut this in half.  Secure the zipper tabs on each end of your zipper, using clips.  Sew the zipper tabs to the zipper tape ends.  For an in-depth tutorial of zipper tabs, check out THIS ARTICLE.
  • Secondly, place the front of the exterior fabric piece, right side up.  Place the zipper along the top raw edge, the wrong side down.  Clip in place and cover this with the interior fabric piece.  Clip all together and sew along the top edge with your zipper foot.  Be sure to secure this side with topstitching.
  • Next, follow the same steps on the back side of the pencil pouch.
  • Finally, OPEN YOUR ZIPPER!  (This is important).  Secure the exterior and interior pieces together (right sides together) and secure with clips.  Sew along the entire perimeter of the project, but leave a 3-4″ opening on the middle of the interior fabric side.
  • Now you can flip your project right side out and sew the opening closed
Sewing Tip!

You will be sewing through many layers when you get to the zipper junction.  I like to take it slow at this point and use a chopstick to help the fabric through.

I created a YouTube tutorial to help you learn to make your own pencil pouch.

Making your own pencil pouch is fun and simple!  Be sure to follow along in my step by step tutorial. I even made a video! Let's make a Pencil Pouch! #pencilpouch #Sewing #BackToSchool #Easy #Beginner #VideoTutorial #DIY #SewMuchMoore #SewMuchMooreInStore

I hope you learned a lot from this tutorial.  Don’t forget to subscribe to my YouTube Channel!

I would love to know how you are going to use this technique in your next project.  Let me know in the comments below!

Happy Sewing!

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Learn to make Zipper Tabs

Sometimes, it is hard to find the exact zipper needed in your for a project.  There are so many different types, colors and sizes of zippers.  In this tutorial, you will learn to make zipper tabs with a nylon zipper.

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But first, let’s explore the anatomy of a nylon zipper.

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I like to use colorful zippers!  They make projects fun and exciting!  Let’s dive right in and Learn to Make a Zipper Tab!

Supplies:

  • Nylon Zipper (I get all my zippers right HERE)
  • 3″x 4″rectangle of quilting cotton fabric
  • Thread (I recommend using a 40 wt thread – perfect for zippered projects)

Tools:

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Basic Instructions:

  1. Fold and press fabric rectangle in half lengthwise , wrong sides together
  2. Open it back up and fold each side to the center; press.
  3. Trim the ends of the zipper tail to just beyond the “stopper”.
  4. Slip the zipper end in between the folded fabric to create a sandwich.  Fuse in place.
  5. Straight stitch along the edge.  Trim off ends of fabric from zipper tab.
  6. Open zipper and repeat steps 3 & 4.  Be sure to line up the zipper straight across the top opening before attaching the zipper tab.


Important Tips:

  • Go SLOW when stitching over the coil part of zipper.  If the needle hits the zipper coil too fast it could snap and break.
  • Consider stitching the fabric a couple times, just for security sake.

I created a YouTube tutorial to help you learn to make zipper tabs.  Enjoy!

Zipper tabs are the perfect little detail for small pouches.  Sometimes, even if the zipper is the right size, I will make it smaller just to add the tabs.  I just love the added punch of color!  Like I mentioned before, I get all my zippers from my favorite zipper source.  There are so many colors available and so many different zipper types and sizes too!  This shop even has some excellent zipper pulls available as well!

Zippers from Zipit are really the best source of zippers online. They have all sizes, colors and types! #zippers #sewing

I hope you learned a lot from this tutorial.  I would love to know how you are going to use this technique in your next project.  Let me know in the comments below!

Happy Sewing!

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