Learn how to sew an easy DIY pencil pouch with scraps of fabric and a zipper. This is a great beginner sewing project that teaches how to sew a zipper!
I’m always losing pens and pencils in my purse, and my kids fight over markers unless it’s clearly separated for each kid.
I made an easy DIY pencil pouch to keep my purse organized. I made one for each kid so they only use what is in their own pencil pouch, and now there’s no more fighting!
These pouches are great and can hold pencils, pens, markers, gluesticks, and small scissors. I love keeping everything in one place so it doesn’t get lost.
My kids can grab theirs and go do some art outside or in another room because it’s so easy to carry it wherever they go.
Do you love to sew? Here are some fun sewing projects to try!
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- back to school sewing projects
- how to sew a zipper
- how to put a zipper pull back on
- How to fix a zipper: replacing the pull and stops
- How to sew a zipper pouch
- Small cat zipper pouch pattern
- small zipper pouch tutorial
- Easy gifts to sew
- Fat quarter sewing projects
Easy DIY Pencil Pouch
- 2 peices of fabric cut 9 inches by 9 inches
- 1 plastic zipper 12 inches long
- sewing tools
- sewing machine
Place squares wrong sides together. Serge or zigzag around all the edges.
Place the right side of the fabric (outside of the pouch) to the right side of the zipper. Match up the top edge of the fabric with the top of the zipper tape. Pin the edges together.
Put a zipper foot in your sewing machine. Sew along the edge with the zipper foot next to the zipper teeth.
Press the seam and fabric away from the zipper. Topstitch the seam and fabric away from the zipper.
Pin the right side of the other edge of the fabric to the right side of the other side of the zipper. Match up the top edge of the fabric with the top of the zipper tape.
Sew along the edge with the zipper foot next to the zipper teeth.
Press the seam and fabric away from the zipper. Topstitch the seam and fabric away from the zipper. I found this to be easier if the zipper was opened up.
Pull the zipper pull down until it is close to the edge of the fabric, but keep it within the boundaries of the pouch.
Cut off the excess zipper.
Turn the pouch right side in. Pin the short edges of the pouch together making sure the zipper is in the center on both sides.
Sew across each edge with a 3/8 inch seam allowance. Make sure to backstitch at each corner and be very careful when sewing over the zipper teeth.
Turn the pouch right side out. Push out the corners and fill it with markers, pens, or pencils. Zip the zipper up to keep everything inside.
If you make something using this pattern, I’d love to see! Please share it on social media with the hashtag #heatherhandmade and tag me!