This little pencil pouch started out as a test for a larger project, but I liked the appliqué so much it seemed a shame to let it go to waste. So with the addition of a zipper and a few more seams, my test patch turned into a cute case for all the loose pens floating around in the bottom of my bag.
This is a great project for using up scraps! To make one, you’ll need:
- A 14″ zipper in the color of your choice
- Two 4-3/4″ x 10″ rectangles of canvas for the outer pouch
- Two 4-3/4″ x 10″ rectangles of cotton fabric for the lining
- Scrap fabric for the applique – yellow, tan, pink, black and grey (or silver)
- Pellon EZ Steam II fusible adhesive
- The appliqué templates (download here)
Print out the templates at 100% and trace them onto the fusible adhesive. Cut out the adhesive shapes and apply it to your fabric scraps. (Colors for each piece are noted on the template). Cut out the fabric pieces.
Fold one of the outer pouch pieces in half, long edges together, and finger press to mark a center line. Do the same with the eraser, pencil and wood pieces of the appliqué. This will help you keep all the pieces in a straight line.
Lay out all of the pieces except the eraser band. DO NOT iron them down yet. A few assembly notes:
- The pencil and eraser pieces are meant to lay end to end, with the edges just touching.
- The top (wide) end of the wood piece fits under the yellow rectangle for the pencil. Line up the sides of the two pieces, with just a little of the tan tucked under the yellow rectangle.
- The top (wide) end of the lead piece fits under the tan shape for the wood. Again, line up the sides of the pieces, with just a little of the black tucked under the tan shape
- The grey/silver pencil band goes over the pencil and eraser pieces, with the join of the two pieces (roughly) centered under the band
When you’re happy with the alignment of the shapes, fuse them in place.
Stitch the pieces in place. I stitched the vertical lines first (the long edges of the eraser band, and the straight lines on the wood piece), about 1/8″ from the edges.
Measure in 1″ from the top and bottom of the pencil and stitch two horizontal lines. Last, stitch around the outer edge of the entire appliqué, about 1/8″ from the edge.
To hide the thread ends and keep them from unravelling, I used a hand sewing needle to pull the black thread ends through to the back side of the piece and tied them together in pairs with the bobbin thread. This is my favorite trick for neat appliqué top stiching!
Next, center your zipper on top of the appliquéd piece, with the right side of the zipper facing the right side of the piece. Layer a lining piece on top (right side of the lining facing the right side of the appliqué.) Stitch the pieces together close to the zipper.
Repeat for the other side of the zipper and the remaining outer bag and lining pieces. Press all the seams away from the zipper.
Re-fold the pieces so the lining pieces face each other (right sides facing) and the outer bag pieces face each other (right sides facing), with the zipper in the middle. Make sure the zipper is about halfway open.
Stitch all the way around the outer edges with a 1/2″ seam, leaving about 3″ at the center bottom of the lining open. Trim off the excess zipper and urn the pouch right side out through the opening, then stitch the opening closed and tuck the lining into the bag.