DIY Small Sewing Project: Making A Zippered Pencil Pouch


For this project I used a pencil case pattern from Evie Sews Pattern Shop on Etsy.Opens in a new tab. It was pretty easy to make, and it can be made with a total of about one fat quarter of fabric or fabric scraps.

It was rated as a “confident beginner” difficulty, and I think that’s pretty accurate, but there were a couple of places that could be tricky. I would suggest that you don’t backstitch anything in case you need to undo something that you sewed wrong so that you can fix your mistake!

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Materials to make the pouch.

The pencil pouches need about one fat quarter of fabric total, including both outer and lining. I used two different fabrics for the outer side and the inner lining.

You’ll also need a 12″-14″ zipper, and fusible interfacing.

Thread, pins or clips, and a zipper foot will round out the rest of the supplies.

Making the pencil pouch

materials needed for the pencil case pattern

After buying the pattern from Evie Sews on Etsy,Opens in a new tab. print it out and cut out the pieces that you’ll need to make the bag. It also comes with instructions that you can print out to follow along with, or download as a PDF to use on your tablet or computer.

Clips for sewing

I used these sewing clips instead of pins, and they made it easy to attach the pieces together. You can find them on Etsy here: Sewing clipsOpens in a new tab.

With pins, you have to stop to pull them out, and half the time they’re facing the wrong way. The clips were easy to handle

The three pieces clipped together, lining and main fabric right sides together

This is a lined pencil pouch, so it’s a two-step process to get the zipper attached on each side witht he lining and outer fabric sewn together.

It wasn’t hard to do this part as long as you have a zipper footOpens in a new tab. to sew a narrow seam around the section that the zipper is attached to.

For an article about machine quilting, click here.

Sew through the lining, zipper, and main fabric alongthe curved edge

The zipper foot is narrow and will sew next to the zipper without pushing it out of place. You can find a lot of different zipper feet on Etsy, Opens in a new tab.but make sure that you’re getting one that will fit your machine since they all have different ways to attach to different machines.

The zipper attached to the main fabric pieces

The zipper will be attached to both sides of the pouch when you’re done setting it in, and the lining will also be attached.

The trickiest part of the pattern!

fold the edges together on the notched opening

Doing the bottom of the pouch is the trickest part in, my opinion. It has a built-in design that lets you create a flat bottom when you sew it without having to add an additional piece of fabric.

If you have experience with sewing you’ll probably be able to figure it out, but if you’re a beginner you should go slow on this section to make sure that you do it the right way or you might have to redo it.

turning the bottom of the bag right side out

When it’s done, there will be a flat section on the bottom of the bag and you’ll be able to stand it up.

pouch right side out

Here’s the finished bag before I added the tab on the zipper to finish it off.

fabric tab on a zipper ready to sew

And here’s the zipper with the tab before I sewed it on.

I did two versions of this pouch, one with a longer zipper and one that has a zipper that’s shorter.

For a free tote bag pattern, click here.

Pencil pouches

This was an easy pencil pouch to make, it takes about an hour to make one from start to finish.

Pencil pouches with pens in them

It’s not too big but I was surprised at how much it holds. I put these sharpies in one to see how tall they were and there’s plenty of room to put more things in there.

I’d say that this pattern is rated correctly on the “confident beginner” side, and that if you make one out of scrap fabric ot practice you’ll get faster on the second and third ones.

It would make a cute gift or a nice pencil case for a kid or a teenager’s school backpack.

Grab the pattern here on Etsy: Evie Sews Pattern ShopOpens in a new tab.


Kara Buntin

Kara Buntin has run a profitable home-based business since 1999, and has a background in art, theater design, and cake decorating. She's a top Etsy seller with over 51,000 sales on Etsy and her own website, and helps other home-based business owners with their business goals and SEO. She founded the Artisan Shopping Directory website to promote the artisans who are members of her EShop Success marketing program.

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