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Back to School Pencil Pouch Tutorial

I love this time of year! We are in the last stretch of summer. Fall is just around the corner. Students are preparing for another year of learning and exploration. Sometimes I think it is the teacher in me that gets so excited, yet I think I’ve always had a love for this time of year with all of its cute school supplies, fall clothes hitting the shelves, and a sense of newness and possibility in the air. My favorite school supplies have always been post-it notes, cute pencils/pens, and pencilpouches.Here’s a tutorial for sewing one of these essential school supply items…

Back to School Pencil Pouch

These pouches are so easy to make that even your “going back to school” tweens or teens could personalize and sew one for themselves! Here’s how…Supplies

  • basic sewing supplies (needles, thread, scissors…)
  • sewing machine
  • knit fabric
  • ball point sewing machine needle
  • snap
  • one sheet of computer paper (8 1/2 inches by 11 inches)

Directions

1. Use a piece of computer paper (8 1/2 in. by 11 in.) as your pattern. Pin it to the knit fabric and cut around it. Repeat this step to create two rectangular pieces of fabric.2. Iron each piece of fabric. Sometime the edges of knit fabric tend to curl up, so ironing the fabric will help with this.3. Place the two fabric pieces together with the right sides facing each other. Place a pin in each corner to hold them together.

4. Make the necessary adjustments to your sewing machine for sewing with a knit fabric. (You can usually find a chart with the various settings in your sewing machine manual. If you aren’t sure what to change your settings to, you can use the settings that I used. I set the stitch width and length to 1.5, the presser food pressure dial to 1, and the stitch type to zigzag.) Insert a ball point needle into your machine which does much better with knit material.

5. Sew along both of the shorter sides of your fabric pieces. Remember to backstitch at the start and finish.

6. Turn the pouch right-side-out and press the seams.

7. Fold the pouch in half by bringing the two shorter sides together and ensuring that the rights sides of the fabric are facing each other.

8. Sew along the two open sides. Again, remember to backstitch at the start and finish.

9. Trim these two edges with your pinking shears to neaten them up.

10. Attach a snap. You can also sew buttons, flowers, or ruffles onto your pouch to give it a little extra flair.

*Optional: If you prefer to add a little dimension to the pouch you can follow these simple steps to create box corners. Turn the pouch wrong-side-out. Push the corner out as shown in the picture above. Sew a seam in a little from the corner and snip off the excess material beyond the seam. Turn the pouch right-side-out again.

Fill your pouch with pens, pencils, highlighters, and any other necessary supplies. Good luck to all of the students embarking on a brand new school year of adventure and learning!

Happy Sewing!

What is your favorite school supply?

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Jennifer is a wife, mother, and former teacher turned stay at home mommy.  She is the face behind the blog The Life of Jennifer Dawn where she shares posts about her family, motherhood, crafts, sewing projects, and recipes.  She is also the designer and owner of the small Etsy shop Bluebird Cottage Designs.

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