December 23, 2013

Zippered Pencil Case Tutorial

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Are you looking for a fast, last-minute Christmas gift? Try this zippered pencil case. This is easily customize-able to fit the recipient's personality. Don't let the zipper scare you! It's actually really easy to sew up.

This would make a great stocking stuffer. Fill it with some colored pencils, regular pencils or fun pens, and you're good to go!

I appliqued hexagons in a honeycomb pattern, but you could do whatever you want. Here's what to do.

You will need:

Fabric (scraps work great)
A 7 inch zipper
Sewing supplies, such as scissors and thread

First, cut out your fabric. My rectangles are 6 inches by 10.5 inches. Also cut out your applique pieces {here is a hexagon template if you want}, and some scraps for the zipper ends {to make the zipper long enough for the pouch}. 

First, stitch one of your scraps to the bottom of the zipper with right sides together, like this:

Trim off the end of the zipper.

Repeat with the other end and the other scrap piece. Your zipper should now be 10.5 inches long, including the fabric {or the total length of the top of the pencil case, if you made it different dimensions}.

Next, applique your case. I arranged the applique pieces how I wanted them.

Then just stitched them in place.

Line up the zipper with the top of the pouch. The zipper should be face down on the top of the pouch. Stitch the zipper to the pouch along the top edge of the zipper and pouch.

Then stitch the back of the pouch to the zipper the same way. When you're done, it should look like the picture below. Press flat and topstitch along the edges of the zipper if desired.

Fold the pouch so that right sizes are together and stitch it down one side, across the bottom, and up the other side. Make sure the zipper is open when you do this so that you can turn the pouch right side out! You can zig zag the raw edges to help keep them from fraying.

Ta da! All finished! 

1 comment:

Kelsie said...

I'd like to make some little bags like this for organization in my purse! Very cute

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