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Easy DIY Pencil Pouch

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!

diy pencil pouch

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.

diy pencil pouch

Do you love to sew? Here are some fun sewing projects to try!

diy pencil pouch

Easy DIY Pencil Pouch

supplies

diy pencil pouch supplies

Place squares wrong sides together. Serge or zigzag around all the edges.

serge wrong sides together

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.

pin and sew right sides together

Press the seam and fabric away from the zipper. Topstitch the seam and fabric away from the zipper.

topstitch fabric away from 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.

pin and sew right sides together

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.

press and topstitch fabric away from zipper

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.

cut off 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.

center zipper and pin sides closed

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.

sew sides

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.

diy pencil pouch

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!

diy pencil pouch

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