Perfect Pencil Zipper Pouch Tutorial

Not only for back to school but for any day and time a simple zipper pouch is welcome in my house. I recently came across a super cute fabric with rulers on it and thought it would make the perfect pouch for pencils for my kids. See the perfect pencil zipper pouch tutorial today!

Pencil Zipper Pouch Tutorial

This project is part of this back-to-school tour organized by Sprouting JubeJube and Lulu & Celeste:

During this tour you can enter to win some fabulous prizes!! Be sure to read the entire post! Monday’s prize is 1 PDF pattern from Filles à Maman and 1 PDF pattern from The Eli Monster (excludes bundles).

This giveaway runs from August 22 12:00 am EDT  until August 23rd at 11:59pm EDT.


Please visit Monday’s host which is Sprouting JubeJube and check out the rest of today’s stops on the tour:

DIY CrushBLAVERRYSew and Tell ProjectThe Wholesome MamaCall Ajaire

Here is the list of all participating blogs:

Call Ajaire * The Wholesome Mama * Sew and Tell Project * BLAVERRY * DIY Crush * Phat Quarters * Mahlica Designs * Handmade Boy * Kaleidothought * The Berry Bunch * Filles A Maman * Sprouting JubeJube * Sew Happily Ever After * Tales of a Tester * 5 out of 4 Patterns * The Crafting Fiend * Create 3.5 * Sew Sophie Lyn * Sweeter Than Cupcakes * Wining Wife * Paisley Roots * The Eli Monster * Cindy Parrett Blog * Sew Starly * Élégantine! * Gracious Threads * Lulu & Celeste * Sewing By Ti * Amazing Adventures with Bubba and Bug * Simple Life Pattern Co. Blog * Inspinration * Mama You Can Make it For Me * Moon Star

Sewing a zipper pouch is not difficult at all! If you have never sewn one, this tutorial is for you! It’s detailed and I hope to have provided great images so you can see every little detail. So grab some fabric, actually two coordinating prints, as this pouch is fully lined and has no exposed seams. You also need some interfacing (not mandatory although it helps to keep the pouch sturdy longer) and an all purpose zipper. The finished pouch measures 4″ x 8.75″ and holds standard length pencils.

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List of materials used in this tutorial:

The image below only shows one fabric and my zipper.

Sewing instructions:

Cut two pieces 4.75″ tall x 9.5″ wide for the outside and two pieces for the inside. Cut two pieces 2.5″ x 2.5″ for the zipper extension tabs. If preferred for a bit more stability, also cut two pieces 4″ x 8.25″ fusible interfacing.

Following the Pellon fusible interfacing instructions, iron the interfacing on.

Take the zipper extension tab pieces and place them right side down, then fold in the left and bottom edges 1/4″. Press the folds down. I only used a pin to keep the folds down for this image.

Place your zipper’s end with right side down onto the left fold and leave about 1/4″ room from where the actual zipper part ends.

Fold down the top edge of the fabric piece so it reaches into the center. Pin in place.

Fold up the bottom fold of the fabric and overlap it in the center. Pin in place.

Sew along the left side of the fabric, backstitch the beginning and end. Keep a seam allowance of 1/8″.

Repeat this step with

It’s time to sew the pouch pieces! Place one of the lining pieces in front of you and place the zipper with right side up along the top edge as shown in the image below. Be sure to center the zipper so that both of the fabric tabs at each end reach out the same.

Take one of the outside pieces and place it right side down (and be sure to check that the print direction is going down as well). Align the top and side edges, then pin in place. The way you position the pins does not really matter. You can also use clips. Before you start sewing you would remove the pins one by one to not sew over them.

It’s time to get your sewing machine ready. Install your zipper foot! My Brother sewing machine comes with a zipper foot but yours may need a separately purchased one. It is really crucial to use a zipper foot as a regular foot won’t allow to sew close along the zipper which is needed to make a nice zipper pouch. Position your zipper foot to sew at the left side.

First, you want to position your zipper pull to the center of the zipper. It will get moved later on.

Start sewing at the left top edge with a seam allowance of 3/8″ which is about the width of the zipper foot. The zipper foot’s right edge runs along the fabric edge. Backstitch first and then sew until shortly before you reach the zipper pull.

Trim off your threads and reposition your zipper foot from the center to the beginning.

Start sewing again after you have moved the zipper pull. Backstitch the beginning. Continue sewing until you reach the end. Then backstitch.

This is how your project looks now.

To finish the instructions, please click on page 2 below!

Categories: KidsSewing
Tags: back to schoolcasepencil pouchzipper pouch
Denise :Hi! I'm a craft & sewing loving mom of 4 (+ 3 dogs). When I am not crafting or sewing, you can find me playing with my kids and dogs! I am a slow cooker & coffee addict. My favorite color is any color and I have a degree in business management. My 24/7 job is DIY Crush and Whimsy Couture, besides being a mom. Hope to inspire you to DIY with me!

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