What’s the Project? Your kids will love it when you use this cute pencil case pattern to make them a fun pencil pouch for their school supplies. An easy sewing pattern to follow and it works great for kids of all ages!
Well, the sad day has come, and for us Back to School has happened.
I guess I can console myself with the thought that with 3 out of 4 in school and the little guy doing preschool I will have more time for projects!
For my first afternoon with the kids at school, I sewed up one more back to school project. I’ve got a major thing for school supplies, so this was fun. It’s a pencil case pattern that fits all your pencils, pens and even scissors or other supplies.
It’s a pretty quick project and it’s one of the easiest ways to sew a zipper, so if zippers scare you, try this!
And you can make it in any fun fabrics of course-so it’s great for boys or girls:
I think it’s so cute I might need one of these for myself!
Pencil Case Pattern:
- 1/4 yard each of 2 coordinating fabrics
- 9-inch zipper (or slightly bigger. Some readers haven’t liked the size of this and have wanted a little larger. If you choose to do a little bigger, adjust your measurements below to compensate)
Pencil Bag Pattern Sewing Instructions:
Cut your fabric into rectangles that are 9.5″ x 5.5.” You will need 2 from each fabric:
Once your fabric is cut, get your zipper ready. Place 1 piece of your inner fabric in front of you and lay the zipper on it with the top of the zipper facing up:
Then place 1 piece of your outer fabric on top of that with the right side down. Pin along the zipper:
Stitch along that zipper edge. When you get close to where the zipper pull is, stop sewing, knot your thread and move the zipper pull out of your way by unzipping it. Then continue sewing to the end.
It should look like this now:
Now you need to do the same thing on the other side of the zipper. You can see that I have my inner piece below the zipper and then I will add my outer piece on top but facing down:
Sew again along the zipper (but on the other side this time).
Now take your fabric and lay it so that the right sides of the main fabric are touching and the inner fabric is sandwiching it (with right sides out):
Sew along the long, raw edge at the bottom of this:
Then fold it so that the zipper is in the center: (make sure your layers inside are laying smooth and not on top of each other)
Unzip the zipper halfway. Sew each of the short ends. You will sew through the ends of the zipper. Just make sure that it is pulled together as you sew through it.
Now you are going to do box corners. To do this, grab one of your four corners and pinch it to form a triangle with the raw seam going right down the center of your triangle. Sew along the tip of this and then snip off the end:
Do this on all 4 corners, making sure that you keep them each even.
Pull it all right side out and you’ve got a fun little pencil bag!
That’s it! I hope you love sewing this cute pencil case pattern!
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