Monday, October 10, 2011

Charmed Pencil Pouch Tutorial and an Etsy Shop!

Originally posted here for Fancy Little Thing's Back to School Month

This is probably my favorite kind of sewing. Sewing clothes is great but, usually much more difficult and large scale. Sewing accessories like these pouches gives you the opportunity to really get creative with colors. And the added charm is just that; added charm. These make great gifts for virtually anyone. With the right fabric (maybe some upcycled leather or tweed) and the right charm (they have compasses, and books, and other manly-ish ones) it could even be a great gift for a guy. 

Let's get started, shall we?


Scrap Fabric

(10" or longer)

One sheet of Felt
(9" x 12")

(Found in the beading section of Hobby Lobby)


Cut your fabric into to two 9.5" x 3.5" rectangles.

Cut your sheet of felt in half and lay a section of fabric on each. 

Now for some quilting fun! Sew some straight lines (or another design) down the length of your fabric.

 Now for the zipper. Don't let this part scare you! It's not as hard as you might think. You don't need a special zipper foot. Just your regular old presser foot will do. 

Lay one section of fabric down right side up. Lay the zipper face down and pin down as shown:

Sew with about a 1/4" inseam.

Flip the zipper over and sew a quick top stitch if you like. 

 Lay this piece right side up

and then lay down the other section of fabric face down and pin as shown:

Stitch with a 1/4 inch inseam and again finish with a top stitch. 

Pin the fabric right sides together

and sew straight across the bottom.

Fold the pouch so that the zipper is right on top of the seam you just sewed.

Sew along the short ends of the pouch. 

Cut off any extra material.

Turn it right side out and use an iron to help shape it. Add a little charm if you like and you're all done!

A spiffy little pencil pouch to give as a gift or just keep for yourself (;

Throw it in your bag/purse/backpack and be on your way.


Thanks to all of you who supported me in the idea of opening an Etsy shop (in this post). I truly appreciate each and every kind word. I finally did it! You can find my shop here. I'm not expecting to have many items in stock at one time, but I figured I would just add things as I go. 

Here are the first additions to the shop! Click the pic for the link to the listing (:



  1. Ohh congrats on an Etsy shop.
    I decided to make the leap recently :D
    Good luck for yours x

  2. you could always post all the pics of things you make, and just make them as people order them

  3. These are so so SO cute. I actually like to keep all of my chapsticks and lip balms in a little pouch in my purse (I have a lip balm addiction), and this could work perfectly too! Thanks!

  4. So cute! I've pinned this on pinterest. Thanks!

  5. so cute!! Added your Etsy shop to my faves - can't wait to see what else you add :) Congrats!

  6. Congratulations on opening your shop. That's fantastic! I am still scraping together courage! Go you :-)

  7. This is so darling! Thank you so much for sharing! I am excited to try this.

  8. so glad you did! the pouches are adorable :)

  9. The pencil pouches are precious. Pinned! Congrats on opening an Etsy Shop. I'm so nervous about doing it, but I'd love to at some point!! I'd love to hear how it's going!

  10. Hey there, We've included you on our latest post. We've nominated you for the "Versatile Blogger" award. Please come over and check it out. Thanks for all of the inspiration :)

    Corie @ Design DNA

  11. Love these! Easy and cute, my favorite. Will definately be doing this soon. Thanks!

  12. How beautiful! I'm so going to make one too, because you can never have enough pencil cases. Well, at least I can't have enough of them. ^___^

  13. What a simple yet amazing DIY. This pencil case is sooooo adorable, i'm definitely gonna make one! Thank you!

    I have a few tutorials on my blog if you want to take a look :)

  14. Love the tutorial! Congrats on opening an etsy shop!

  15. Where do you get your fabric? It's always so cute and different!

  16. incredibly cute and great tute too!

  17. these are great, love colors and patterns, charms are really cute, too.

  18. Loving all your tutorials! These pouches are so cute!

  19. Just found your site, its great!

  20. Oh my gosh - I just stumbled upon your blog and read it from start to finish. This is my favorite project yet - the colours and charms are amazing!

  21. wonderful tutorial, just added this to my gift list!

  22. I've been wanting to make one of these for awhile (found another tutorial) but they said that I needed a special zipper foot and I don't have one. Your tutorial is easier and something that I can do on my 1945 Singer. I am now a follower. Thanks for sharing!

  23. I loved this project so much, I had to talk about it on my own blog!

    I always look forward to your posts Katy! You're doing some awesome stuff!


  24. Thank you for posting fun and easy projects. I struggle with thinking I can make things but your posts inspire me! I am going to make this pencil bag for my knitting needles!

  25. I whipped one of these little guys up this evening. Such a fun little project. Thanks for such a great tutorial and for having such an awesome blog =)

  26. excellent tutorial especially tackling a zipper which i find incredibly intimidating. thanks for sharing.

  27. Found this on Pinterest a few days ago. This tutorial is awesome!! Just finished making this pouch, with a few alterations. I changed the dimensions to 9" by 5" to better use the whole piece of felt with minimal scraps, and because I have LOTS of writing utensils. In retrospect, I would use a serger or zig zag stitch for the bottom seam. The fabric there is fraying a lot. Thanks for writing this. :-)

  28. Thanks for making the dimensions of this a no-brainer! :) I had this pinned to my "purse/pouch inspiration" pinterest board for some time... and just turned out two super-cute teacher gifts in record time! :) Thanks for the inspiration!

  29. Great tutorial! I've used fusible fleece and batting and just plain fusible interfacing when making pouches -- but I've never tried felt! What a great idea!!

    Adorable pouches! Good luck with your Etsy shop! Take advantage of the free classes in Online Labs.

  30. Just made 2! One for each daughter. I used felt on one and plain flannel on another. They both turned out great! Quick and easy, I think this is my new "go to" for gifts. Thanks!

  31. love this super easy tutorial! The dimensions are simple to change also based on what size zipper you have or what you're using it for. Thanks so much for sharing!

  32. I made one!! I actually pinned it and made it!! I turned out great! This is my 3rd sewing project ever! Thank you so much for the great tutorial :)

  33. I need a new pencil case and I've got some Moroccan patterned fabric, will definitely be giving this a go!!!
    Dreams In A Poppy Field...

  34. Fantastic tutorial, thank you - I'll make lots of these I'm sure! Check out my first attempt on the blog here:

    The Owl Club: just for me

  35. Thanks for this wonderful tutorial :) I made one for a friend of mine who loves pens and she is delighted with it. Instead of making straight lines with the machine, I just went wild and made a crazy circle, lines, pattern. It turned out beautiful :) I am suere I will be making more :)

  36. Hello! Thank you so much for providing this tutorial! I had lots of fun making this!
    Best Regards,
    Mary Lopez

  37. I pinned this and I made this today....and it's turned out sooo well!! Thank you thank you tons :) and your tutorial is very nice and easy to follow. I did not have any charms but did have a couple of inexpensive charm earrings at hand which did just fine! I love the way my pouch looks and it's all thanx to you.

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  40. This is the perfect pouch that i have been looking for thank you for sharing it! I wish there was a video, but either way im thinking i can still get it made!

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  43. Hi! Verbena, I was stunned after checking your tutorial that something like this can be made at home! After checking I found that I want to make pencils cases like this like this which looks classy and elegant at the same time!


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