So, if you’re new here, you may or may not know that the other half of my job is over at Etsy where I sell hand-drawn printables in my shop. So I spend quite a bit of time drawing and I am particular about my pencils. But actually that’s a habit acquired in architecture school where you quickly learn NOT to use someone else’s pens or pencils without asking. People are very picky about that. Anyway, for someone who is picky about drawing tools and spends a lot of time drawing, I was using a crappy pencil case. It was tiny and didn’t fit things like my compass or the little drawing triangle I like to have with me.
So a new pencil case was in order and a couple weekends ago, I whipped one up. I know there are a million and one zipper pouch tutorials out there on the web but as always, my aim is to give you one that simplifies the process as much as possible. I’m all about efficiency which I hope is helpful!
Simple Zipper Pencil Case – finished size: 5″ x 8″
1 fat quarter outer fabric
1 fat quarter lining fabric
1 each from outer fabric, lining fabric and batting : 6″ x 9″ rectangle – this is the back of the pouch
2 each from outer fabric, lining fabric and batting: 3.5″ x 9″ – these will be the top of the pouch.
1 rectangle from lining fabric for loop tag: 2″ x 4″
1. First we’ll make the loop tag. Take your 2″ x 4″ rectangle and iron it in half the long way.
Then fold each long edge in to the middle and press again.
Now fold in half, one more time and pin.
2. Next, lay out your zipper face up.
Take one piece of the top outer fabric (one 3.5″ x 9″ rectangle) and lay it face down on top of the zipper as shown in the photo. Pin, and then, using a zipper foot, carefully sew alongside the zipper.
Fold back the top fabric and it should look like this:
Now repeat with the other 3.5″ x 9″ outer fabric rectangle on the opposite half of the zipper.
Layer one 3.5″ x 9″ rectangle of lining fabric with one 3.5″ x 9″ rectangle of batting and place them face down on the zipper just like you did with the outer fabric. Stitch alongside the zipper carefully.
Now, with your outer fabric facing up and your zipper foot still on, topstitch carefully down each side of the zipper, as close to the edge of the fabric as you can. This will keep the lining fabric from getting caught in the zipper and it just looks nice!
Now the top part of the pouch is done, set it aside for a minute.
3. Now to construct the pouch! First lay the 6″ x 9″ bottom lining piece down face down. Layer one layer of batting and then the 6″ x 9″ outer piece face UP so you have a three layer sandwich.
Next lay the zipper pouch top down with the outer fabric face up and open the zipper half way. This is VERY important, if you forget, you won’t be able to turn your bag right side out. (Although, trust me, I know from experience, that is a mistake you only ever make once!)
Pin all the way around and then sew all the around the whole pouch with a 1/2 inch seam. It helps to backstitch a couple of times when you cross the zipper and the tag loop to make sure those areas are extra strong.
Now clip the corners on the diagonal being careful not to cut your stitching.
This little pouch is the perfect size for me to carry three mechanical pencils, several kinds of erasers, a 6 inch ruler, a 6 inch drawing triangle AND a little compass. Please let me know if you make one, I’d love to see it!
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