In this instructable we will create a simple zipper pencil pouch. We will assume that this is your first sewing project and you know nothing about machine sewing.

The skills this instructable covers extend beyond simply making a pencil pouch and will help prepare you for more complex sewing projects.

This instructable will include the following information:

  • Creating a sketch
  • Choosing and identifying materials
  • Creating a pattern
  • Installing the correct presser foot
  • Instructions on assembling a zipper pouch

Step 1: Sketching your pencil pouch

The first step to bringing this project to life is creating a sketch! We will be making a simple zipper pencil pouch. A sketch is important to help visualize your idea, record dimensions, and create a pattern.

You might find it helpful to draw the project from multiple views depending on complexity

  • front
  • back
  • side
  • bottom
  • details
  • flat net shape

I wanted my zipper pouch to hold a few of my favorite drawing supplies, so I designed it to be slightly longer than the biggest pen. For me this happened to be 7.5 inches long and 4 inches tall. If you'd like your pouch to be a different size you can adjust the dimensions to suit your needs. Try to keep the shape a rectangle so you can follow along on how to sew it together in the next few steps. Remember to purchase a zipper that is the correct size for your design.

When sketching my idea I first drew it from a three quarter perspective view to get the general idea of what I'd be making onto paper.

I then drew it from a front view so I could easily mark relevant dimensions.

Finally I drew out what I thought the net (or flat) shape of the pouch might look like and transferred the dimensions from my front view drawing to the net shape drawing.

<p>I made iiiittttt!</p><p>It was so fun!</p><p>I even added some designs to the front.</p><p>I gave it away though...</p>
<p>Expertly crafted instructable. The devil is in the details and you covered them thoroughly.</p>
<p>Very nice and detailed instructions! </p><p>I especially like the design of the instructable :) - How did you manage to place pictures outside the &quot;picture box&quot; ? </p>
<p>Thanks I'm glad you enjoyed it!</p><p>You can place media outside the &quot;picture box&quot; by editing the html.</p><p>There's a button that looks like this: &lt;/&gt; in the top left hand corner of the instructable editing window. It will allow you to insert media directly to the text field.</p>
<p>Ah, I see.</p><p>Unfortunately I'm not familiar with html... </p><p>If there was a &quot;Inserting pictures in html for beginners&quot;- instructable I'd definitely read it... hint hint ;)</p>

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