Sometimes people think I am a “professional seamstress” or at least an experienced sewer. Yes-I have done a lot of sewing, but most of it is self taught and none of it is professional. So, I had never tried making a zippered pouch before this and was honestly a little nervous to try. Guess what?! This is the easiest thing to make and I LOVE how mine turned out!
So much fun and a perfect project for our Learn to Sew Series for Kids.
Really you could make it any size-it could be a coin purse, a makeup bag, whatever you want.
Zippered Pencil Bag Pattern:
2 Fabrics (small amounts-scraps or fat quarters will do)
Zipper (I recommend a 9 inch if you are making a pencil bag. If you are making something else, pick a zipper that fits what you are making)
Grab your zipper and lay it out in front of you. You are going to want to cut your fabric to the length of your zipper. So, if you have a 9 inch zipper, cut your fabric 9 inches long. My pencil bag is 9″ x 5.” So, cut 4 pieces of fabric that are the length of your zipper by 5 inches (or whatever size you want your bag to be). This will be 2 pieces of your main fabric and 2 pieces of your inner fabric.
With your zipper laying in front of you, take 1 piece of your main fabric and 1 piece of your inner fabric and lay them on the zipper so that right sides are together and the zipper is sandwiched in the middle. In this picture the zipper is wedged in between the two layers of fabric and pinned along the top. (Be careful if you are using directional fabric that you lay it so that it will be right side up when you finish.
Here’s what it looks like from the inside or your pinned pieces:
Sew a straight stitch along that. When you get to where your zipper pull is, stop sewing, back stitch and remove the fabric. Move your zipper pull out of the way and then begin sewing again where you left off.
Do this to both sides of the zipper.
When you are finished it will look like this. You will need to iron it to get it nice and flat:
Open your zipper half way:
Now, to sew it all together you are going to lay it so that your outer fabric goes one direction and your inner goes the other, making sure that the zipper pull and tabs face towards your outer fabric. Pin the inner fabric to the inner fabric and the outer fabric to the outer fabric:
And sew around it all, leaving a small opening to turn it:
And you’ve got yourself a pencil case!