Simple Zipper Pencil Case

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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 Tutorial | littleredwindow.com | A simplified, easy tutorial to make a cute zippered pencil case!

Simple Zipper Pencil Case – finished size: 5″ x 8″ 

1 fat quarter outer fabric

1 fat quarter lining fabric

cotton batting

1 zipper

coordinating thread

Simple Zipper Pencil Case Tutorial | littleredwindow.com | A simplified, easy tutorial to make a cute zippered pencil case!

Cut:

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″

Simple Zipper Pencil Case Tutorial | littleredwindow.com | A simplified, easy tutorial to make a cute zippered pencil case!

Instructions:

1. First we’ll make the loop tag. Take your 2″ x 4″ rectangle and iron it in half the long way.

Simple Zipper Pencil Case Tutorial | littleredwindow.com | A simplified, easy tutorial to make a cute zippered pencil case!

 

Then fold each long edge in to the middle and press again.

Simple Zipper Pencil Case Tutorial | littleredwindow.com | A simplified, easy tutorial to make a cute zippered pencil case!

Now fold in half, one more time and pin.

Simple Zipper Pencil Case Tutorial | littleredwindow.com | A simplified, easy tutorial to make a cute zippered pencil case!Topstitch down both sides of the tag.

Simple Zipper Pencil Case Tutorial | littleredwindow.com | A simplified, easy tutorial to make a cute zippered pencil case!Now set this loop tag aside until later.

2. Next, lay out your zipper face up.

Simple Zipper Pencil Case Tutorial | littleredwindow.com | A simplified, easy tutorial to make a cute zippered pencil case!

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.

Simple Zipper Pencil Case Tutorial | littleredwindow.com | A simplified, easy tutorial to make a cute zippered pencil case!

Simple Zipper Pencil Case Tutorial | littleredwindow.com | A simplified, easy tutorial to make a cute zippered pencil case!

 

Fold back the top fabric and it should look like this:

Simple Zipper Pencil Case Tutorial | littleredwindow.com | A simplified, easy tutorial to make a cute zippered pencil case!

 

Now repeat with the other 3.5″ x 9″ outer fabric rectangle on the opposite half of the zipper.

Simple Zipper Pencil Case Tutorial | littleredwindow.com | A simplified, easy tutorial to make a cute zippered pencil case! Simple Zipper Pencil Case Tutorial | littleredwindow.com | A simplified, easy tutorial to make a cute zippered pencil case!Now flip the zipper over so it’s face down.

Simple Zipper Pencil Case Tutorial | littleredwindow.com | A simplified, easy tutorial to make a cute zippered pencil case!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.

Simple Zipper Pencil Case Tutorial | littleredwindow.com | A simplified, easy tutorial to make a cute zippered pencil case!Repeat for the other half of the lining/batting. When you open them up, it should look like this:

Simple Zipper Pencil Case Tutorial | littleredwindow.com | A simplified, easy tutorial to make a cute zippered pencil case!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!

Simple Zipper Pencil Case Tutorial | littleredwindow.com | A simplified, easy tutorial to make a cute zippered pencil case!

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.

Simple Zipper Pencil Case Tutorial | littleredwindow.com | A simplified, easy tutorial to make a cute zippered pencil case! Simple Zipper Pencil Case Tutorial | littleredwindow.com | A simplified, easy tutorial to make a cute zippered pencil case! Simple Zipper Pencil Case Tutorial | littleredwindow.com | A simplified, easy tutorial to make a cute zippered pencil case! Simple Zipper Pencil Case Tutorial | littleredwindow.com | A simplified, easy tutorial to make a cute zippered pencil case!

 

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!)

Simple Zipper Pencil Case Tutorial | littleredwindow.com | A simplified, easy tutorial to make a cute zippered pencil case!Now lay the three layer bottom sandwich on top of the top zipper piece with the outer fabric side DOWN. (So your two outer fabrics are together)

Simple Zipper Pencil Case Tutorial | littleredwindow.com | A simplified, easy tutorial to make a cute zippered pencil case!Next take your tag loop, fold it in half and insert it in between the top and the bottom outer fabrics with the loop pointing inside the pouch.

Simple Zipper Pencil Case Tutorial | littleredwindow.com | A simplified, easy tutorial to make a cute zippered pencil case! Simple Zipper Pencil Case Tutorial | littleredwindow.com | A simplified, easy tutorial to make a cute zippered pencil case!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.

Simple Zipper Pencil Case Tutorial | littleredwindow.com | A simplified, easy tutorial to make a cute zippered pencil case!Trim off the extra zipper.

Simple Zipper Pencil Case Tutorial | littleredwindow.com | A simplified, easy tutorial to make a cute zippered pencil case!

 

Now clip the corners on the diagonal being careful not to cut your stitching.

Simple Zipper Pencil Case Tutorial | littleredwindow.com | A simplified, easy tutorial to make a cute zippered pencil case!Reach in the through the open zipper, open it the rest of the way and turn your zipper pouch right side out! And you’re done!Simple Zipper Pencil Case Tutorial | littleredwindow.com | A simplified, easy tutorial to make a cute zippered pencil case!Simple Zipper Pencil Case Tutorial | littleredwindow.com | A simplified, easy tutorial to make a cute zippered pencil case!

Simple Zipper Pencil Case Tutorial | littleredwindow.com | A simplified, easy tutorial to make a cute zippered pencil case!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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42 thoughts on “Simple Zipper Pencil Case

  1. This is soo cute! I would love it if you joined and contribute your awesome posts at my link party at City of Creative Dreams on Fridays 😀 Hope to see you there at City of Creative Dreams Link Party

  2. I’ve made these before, but years ago, but I have to say this is one of the clearest set of instructions I have ever seen. I too have not opened the zip, and made a lovely little tag/loop and forgotten to put that in too – like you say, you only make mistakes like that once! Your fabrics are beautiful too.

  3. We totally need some zipped cases around our house! You made it look so easy!

    I never tried to make a loop tag before and your tutorial really helped clarify that! Also, really digging that teal sketched fabric!!

    Found ya from “The Makers” link party!

    Much Love,
    Trisha D.
    Black and White Obsession

  4. Love this project one because I too am particular about my pencils, and two it is the perfect project to mix and match cute fabrics! Pinning so I can make one for my kid’s stuff for the car! Thanks for sharing at The Makers!

    1. I think only people who are particular about writing instruments truly understand other people who are particular about writing instruments, right?! 🙂 Thanks for stopping by!

  5. super cute!! I love the fabric! Thanks for linking up to Create Link Inspire, you are featured this weekend! I’ve shared it all around and would love for to as well if you get a chance ;o) Emily@Nap-Time Creations

  6. What a great tutorial! I sew, and the thought of zippers intimidates me! This is such an easy way to do it. Thank you for sharing at What We Accomplished Wednesdays. Have a great week! ~Deborah

  7. Thanks for the tutorial! I used it to make small presents for my daughters teachers. School year will end next Friday and they will be pleased with these lovely pencil cases! Your tutorial made it easy for my daughter to help: she did the preparations (draw and cut the pieces), I sewed the zipper parts, and my daugther sewed the finishing rectangle all around. She also did a zigzag stitch on the raw edges – after cutting it with pinking shears. It took a bit more time, but the inside looks great now too! Pictures are here: http://www.onderdeblauwemaan.be/wp_odbm/2014/06/juffencadeautjes/

    Thanks again!

    1. oh my gosh, they turned out so cute! So glad your daughter was able to help and that the tutorial was helpful! That makes me so happy! If I was giving them as gifts, I would definitely finish the inside edges too, mine was just for me so I skipped that part 😉 Thank you so much for stopping by to share!

  8. Hello. Thank you for this tutorial! It was super easy. I goofed up a bit and didn’t stay close to the zipper edge so I had to cut probably a half inch from each side of the 2 non zipper pieces but it still turned out super cute!

  9. Made my first one of these a couple of weeks ago, and made four more this weekend. Thanks for getting my sewing mojo going, Cassie! Fun pattern, excellent tutorial!

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