I use a lot of Sharpies and I got tired of having them loose in my backpack. They would always to the bottom and I could never find the color that I needed. So I decided to organize them with a simple zipper pouch.

In this Instructable, I'll show you how I made it for only a couple of dollars.

I made this at TechShop.

Step 1: What you'll need

For this project, you'll need the following:

  • Fabric - I chose to use vinyl. You'll need a 8"x10" piece.
  • Zippers - I purchased a 4-pack from the dollar store.
  • Fabric scissors
  • Thread

Since I'm doing this at TechShop, I'm using their basic sewing machine. You just need to supply the needles (which I also found at the dollar store) and you can check out a kit that has the feet and everything else you need for the machine.

Because I'm working with vinyl, I chose to use a #16 needle.

<p>Zippers can be a pain. I got in the habit of sewing a little bit of material over the end to act like a little hood, as an end-stop for the zipper. Works really well. I'll see if I can come up with a good photo for you</p>
<p>I'm glad you didn't get all fussy about the zipper. People often get intimidated by those darn things and miss out on sewing fun stuff! I liked your instructions and the photos were very clear. Also appreciated the directions to just trim the zipper if it was too big, although this doesn't work so well if the zipper is metal. (Anybody remember metal zippers besides me?) If your clear directions aren't enough to eliminate zipper--phobia, folks, don't forget about velcro (or any hook-and-loop fastener).</p>
Thanks! for the zipper, I only trimmed part of the excess fabric from it, not any part of the actual zipper. I had never sewed a zipper before this so it was a learning experience for me. :-)
<p>nice work, thank you.</p>

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