This is the time of year when tote bags filled with towels, swimsuits and sunscreen are replaced with backpacks full of folders, books and brand new pencils. This fall your favorite student can return to the classroom in style with this inexpensive, easy to make pencil pouch.
You don’t even have to buy anything new to make this project. I used a discontinued upholstery sample and a thrifted long, metal zipper for my case. All you will need is a piece of heavy fabric and a zipper that is at least 12″ long.
Cut a 10″ x 7″ piece of heavy fabric. If you’re using lightweight fabric, you could iron a piece of fusible interfacing to the back to make it more durable.
With right sides together, pin the zipper face down onto the long side of the fabric. Make sure the zipper extends at least an inch past each short edge of the fabric but the zipper edge will be lined up with the long edge of the fabric.
Use the zipper foot on your machine and sew one side of the zipper to the long edge of the fabric.
Now fold the rectangle in half, right sides together, so the other side of the zipper lines up with the other long rectangle edge.
Pin the zipper in place.
Now sew along the other edge of the zipper.
Turn everything right side out and press the seams next to the zipper so they lay flat.
Topstitch the seams.
Turn everything inside out again.
Tuck the ends into themselves like this:
Pin in place.
Sew across the end. Be sure to go slow when sewing over the zipper teeth so you don’t break your needle.
Your seam will look like this:
Open the zipper before you tuck in the ends on the other side.
Do the same tuck on this end then pin and sew in place with the zipper open.
Use your old scissors (not your sewing scissors of course) to clip both ends off of the zipper.
Now turn the whole thing right side out again and push out the corners so it looks like this:
Fill it up with pencils and markers for a great “Back to School” gift for that special student or artist in your life.