Peppermint Pencil Pouch TUTORIAL

It’s time for the TWELVE WEEKS OF CHRISTMAS again. A huge welcome to the readers from Bluprint Textiles!! This week we are making a cute little pencil pouch. There’s a zipper, but don’t fear the zipper! Just follow along and I’ll get you through it!!

1. Fabric: You’ll need two 9 1/2″ x 5″ pieces of flannel. For the front panel, you need four 1 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ strips each of two fabrics (red & white). For the back panel, cut one 9 1/2″ x 5″ piece. And cut two 9 1/2″ x 5″ pieces for the lining. You will also need one zipper. I HIGHLY recommend Atkinson zippers! You can easily trim them to the size you need and they come in an awesome rainbow of colors. Once I started using them, I’ve never bought anything else! If you are buying another brand, you’ll need a 9″ zipper.

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2. Marking the 45° Angle: Place one piece of flannel 1″ from the 45° mark on your cutting board.

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Place your ruler on the 45° line.

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Using a Frixion pen (or temporary marking pen of your choice), draw a line on the 45° angle.

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3. Sewing the Strips: Place a white strip to the right of the marked line.

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Place a red strip on the white strip. Put the red strip 1/2″ from the bottom of the white strip.

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Sew a 1/4″ seam down the left side. (I turned the whole thing around so I still sewed on the right.)

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Marry your seams.

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Finger press while the fabric is still warm.

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Press.

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Place another red strip on the white strip 1/2″ from the top. Sew on the right side.

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Continue piecing in the same manner. You will need to cut the last piece of white in half.

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You will cut the excess off the last piece of red.

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Then cut the red piece in half for the two corners.

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You will end up with this.

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Run a few stitches across the corner to tack down the corner. This is easier if you sew with the flannel side up.

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Trim using the flannel as a guide.

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4. Sewing the Back Panel: Place your back panel fabric on the flannel.

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Mark a 45° angle using a Frixion pen. Place your front panel below your back panel. Align your ruler on a strip to mark the angle.

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Mark lines 1″ wide across the whole panel.

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Stitch along these lines. I used a longer stitch length.

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5. Putting in the Zipper: On the front panel, pin the zipper, right sides together. If you’re using an Atkinson zipper, you can leave excess on both ends. If you are using a 9″ zipper, you’ll align each end.

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Sew using your zipper foot. Remember to move your needle all the way to the left.

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Attach the zipper right sides together to the back panel.

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Both panels should be right sides together and the zipper will be attached right sides together to each panel.

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Press. This is what you should end up with.

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Open the zipper.

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6. Putting in the Lining: Pin the first piece of lining right side to zipper wrong side. Stitch. Repeat for the other side.

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This is what you should have.

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Press both sides.

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Top stitch along each side of the zipper. I used a longer stitch length.

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7. Sewing up the Pouch: UNZIP THE ZIPPER HALFWAY. Very important! Fold up the two outer panels.

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Pin all sides except the bottom of the lining.

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The zipper should not lean to either side.

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Sew across the bottom of the pouch first. Then sew each side starting with the outer panels and sewing towards the lining. Use 3/8″ seam allowances.

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Sew VERY slowly over the zipper. VERY SLOWLY.

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This is what you should have.

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Trim the corners of the outer panels.

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Trim off the excess zipper. I use old scissors.

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8. Finishing: Unzip the zipper as far as you can.

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Turn the pouch right side out.

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This is what you should have.

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Fold in about 1/2″ on both sides of the lining. Pin.

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Top stitch 1/8″ seam across the bottom.

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This is what it will look like.

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You’re done! Fill your pouch with all your favorite things!!

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