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
- 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.