Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Back to School Pencil Pouch

Got kids going back to school? Make this pencil pouch to fit into a three ring binder or leave the ribbons off for a pencil pouch to keep in your bag.

Printable pattern pieces
1/8 yard Outer Shell
1/8 yard Lining and pencil fabric
12" Zipper
9" ribbon
Scrap Fabrics for metal band, eraser, wood, and pencil lead

1. Cut two pieces of the outer shell and lining each measuring 10 1/4" x 3 3/4".

2. Trace the appliqu├ęs to paper backed fusible webbing. I use Heat n Bond Lite for this.  Iron the fusible webbing to the corresponding fabrics and arrange on to one piece of the pouch fabric.

3. Using black thread stitch the details onto the pencil. See pattern pieces for reference.

4. Cut three pieces of ribbon that are approximately 3" in length. Fold in half and pin in three place along the front side of the bag. If you don't have a three ring binder to measure, mine went at 3/4"", 5 1/4"", and 9" down from the top.

4. Next, sewn the zipper down the opposite side to the bag fronts and lining pieces. If you would like detailed instructions on installing a zipper and sewing the pouch, you can find them here. (loads of pictures)

5. After sewing the zipper place the rights sides of the front and back together. Stitch all the way around the outer side leaving a 4" opening in the bottom of the lining.

6. Clip the corners, turn right sides out, and hand stitch the opening closed. Push the lining into the bag.

Fabrics are all from my A Walk in the Woods collection produced by In The Beginning Fabrics.

Have fun!

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  1. This is my favorite pencil pouch ever! Loved it, pinned it, and will make it this weekend! Thanks so much for such wonderful patterns!

  2. thank you for sharing this cute pencil bag! I plan on making some for my special little people!

  3. I love your pencil pouch. It is very creative.

  4. This is so cute! Thank you for the tutorial.

  5. Adorable pouch! I have a question on the black stitching. Do you stitch it in a free motion quilting style or are you using a regular presser foot with feed dogs up? I've been struggling to do this in the free motion style but I can't get my lines anything but wonky! Maybe I'm doing it wrong?


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