I have a problem keeping track of pencils in my house probably because a certain toddler loves to pull out the eraser and chew on it while he dumps the lead and breaks them all one by one. So whenever I need one for pattern drafting they are so hard to find! I don’t mind sharing most things, but toddlers shouldn’t be playing with mechanical pencils anyways.
I made these cute pencil cases as an easy solution. First, they are the perfect size for mechanical pencils, I’m sure regular pencils or colored pencils would fit, too. Now I can stash all my pencils in the same place.
This is a basic zipper pencil pouch tutorial but the pattern is a super weird shape to account for the cute bow knots at the top and/or bottom.
The weird shaped pattern makes it a yardage sucker, but it’s worth it! And you’ll have lots of scraps.
The construction of this pouch is pretty complicated. I would definitely recommend sewing up a basic zipper pouch before proceeding. It gave me a headache figuring out how to do this, so I hope that these instructions are clear enough!
You can make this pouch with a bow at each end, or just one end. Follow the dotted line on the pattern piece if you want just one bow end.
free pattern download for the knotted zipper pencil pouch tutorial
3/4 yard main fabric
1/2 yard lining fabric
1/2 yard lightweight interfacing
Fuse interfacing to wrong sides of all 4 main and lining pieces.
To insert the zipper, lay it face down on one side of the main (gingham) piece. Pin in place and baste. Then put the lining piece on top, face down and sew at 1/4″. Repeat on the other side of the zipper and press when your zipper is inserted.
Now turn it over so the lining is on the bottom and the zipper is facing up.
Lay the second main piece on top of the zipper and pin it on. If you have too much fabric, pin a little pleat over the zipper.
Trim and clip the seam allowance and then turn. The corners will be a little tricky to turn, but you can do it! Push the lining into the bag. Now stitch up the opening you left in the lining with a topstitch or a hand slip stitch.
I’m definitely a pencil person in the great pencil/pen debate, I am too indecisive for pens. What about you? Pencil or pen?
Fabrics used in this post:
lilac gingham c/o Fashion Fabrics Club
brown 1″ gingham c/o Fashion Fabrics Club
orange 1/4″ gingham, Fashion Fabrics Club
polka dot c/o Two Blue Birdies
kawaii deer c/o modes4u.com