I can’t believe it’s time for school already!
We’ve been getting ready here – and that means buying supplies of course! And I just had to make something to hold some of those supplies – so I sewed up this cute little Monogram Zipper Pouch for her!
It’s perfect for holding pens and pencils, or even a calculator! It also has little grommets at the bottom, so it can easily be slipped into a three ring binder.
It goes together so easily too – and you could make it with any embroidery or just a combination of fun fabrics.
Ready for a quick tutorial?
Here’s what you’ll need:
- Outside Main Fabric – 11″ x 13″ piece
- Lining Fabric – 11″ x 13″ piece, plus two pieces the width of your zipper x 8 1/2″
- Fusible Fleece – 11″ x 13″ piece
- embroidery floss, needle, disappearing marking pen
- 7″ zipper
- 3 grommets, tool for setting grommets, hammer
All my supplies (except the hammer :) came from Michaels.
Press your outside main fabric in half, so the fabric is folded into a 6 1/2″ x 11″ rectangle.
Mark the three spots for your grommets so they match the spacing of the rings of a binder, and up from the fold 3/4″.
In the bottom right corner of the top half of the fabric, trace a blocky monogram with a disappearing ink pen.
Pop your fabric into a hoop and start by outlining the letter in French knots. If you need a tutorial for those, check the Embroidery Tips page.
Continue around the letter working out with your French knots to cover a small area around the letter and then scatter out. There’s no wrong way to do it – just do as many as you like. Fill in any inside sections if you have them on your letter also.
Iron your fusible fleece to the back of your main fabric.
Press the short ends of your small fabric rectangles in towards the center, wrong sides together, then press the piece in half again. You’re making a little skinny piece of bias tape for each end of the zipper.
Slip the zipper between the folded ends of each fabric piece. Sew across the folded ends, this will extend your zipper to reach the full length of the zipper pouch.
Line the top of your zipper up with the top edge of your main outer fabric. The face of the zipper should face down towards the right side of the fabric. Lay the lining face down over this and sew along the top edge through all three pieces.
Now, this is going to seem wonky, but trust me here.
Fold the lining and the outer fabrics up and meet the other side of the zipper. Sew the pieces together. You’ll have a folded lining piece on one side and a folded outer piece on the either.
Open up the zipper and turn the pieces so the lining is right side out. The main fabric will be on the inside. A tube inside a tube. Still with me? :)
Line up your pieces so the zipper is towards the top. Move the lining pieces towards the center, out of the way. Line your outer fabric edges up right sides together and sew the seams from the bottom up to the zipper seam edge.
Tuck the main fabrics inside the lining out of the way. Press the edges of each side of your lining under 1/2″. Sew the ends from the bottom up, as high as you can go without sewing over the zipper seam. Trim the bottom corners of the seams.
Tuck your lining inside the main fabric so the lining is inside and the pouch is right side out. Make sure the corners are nice and sharp. Press the pouch.
Now you can stop here for a super cute pouch. Or you can add in the grommets so the pouch can be used in a binder. Mark and place your grommets. You’ll need the grommets and matching tool, and the packaging usually has the instructions for putting them in.
That’s just about it! Since my girl’s a bit of a math nerd, I added a little calculator charm to the zipper pull. So cute!!
Load up the zipper pouch with school supplies and you are ready to go!
I hope you like it!
As I mentioned, all the supplies for the pouch came from Michaels! Fabric, zippers, thread, grommets – the works./
Michaels has all sorts of supplies and project ideas to get you ready for Back to School!
You can check out their lookbook here. And did you know, Michaels offers teachers a 15% discount every day? That is so awesome. If you’re a teacher, just talk to a sales associate next time you’re in.
Disclosure: I was provided with a gift card to create the Back To School item above. All ideas and opinions are my own. :)
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