Introduction: Multi-zip Pencil Case

No, I am not mistaken in the title, this is a pencil case!
No need to search for the opening, you can open it anywhere.

Supplies : 9 non-separable zippers
(done with18 cm long zippers but you can choose your size)

Step 1:

Put the zippers side by side, overlapping slightly (if you look closely the edge, there is a 3 mm border, I used it as a guide).

To be sure it doesn't move during sewing, I first overcast the zippers (if they aren't straight the case may take a "spiral" effect that is not very nice).

The longest is changing thread and can colors (I'm a perfectionist, I know ...)..
Don't forget to move the zipper along the way not to interfere with the presser foot.

Step 2:

Zigzag sewing the ends.

Sew the last two zippers to form the tube.

Step 3:

Well, then I'm sorry but we need to do math !!
You learned (yes, yes, it was part of the program):

C = πD (or C = π x 2R)

Clearly, the circumference is equal to π x diameter (or radius 2x x π)

Measure the case circumference and cut circles = π / (C + seam allowance)
(WARNING seam allowance is added to the circumference).

Step 4:

Cut 2 circles in a matching cotton and 2 circles in a stronger fabric (I took a blackout fabric).
I remind you that children always lost pen caps, using a strong fabric prevents from pen holes...

Overlay a cotton circle and a circle of strong fabric and sew zigzag.

Step 5:

Pin a circle on the tube zipper (right sides facing) and sew a straight stitch.
Well here I admit that it is sometimes a bit of a chore not to make fold.

I sew once, I check that everything is well placed and I double (even triple) the seam.

Do the same on the other side (don't forget to open a zipper in order to return the case!!)

Step 6:

Et voilà!
Aren't they funny ?

(The pink/beige case is done with invisible zippers)

The tuto on my website

Comments

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kodiwoedee (author)2014-10-23

This is an awesome project!

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Thanks !

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veryrealperson made it! (author)2014-10-13

Thanks for the inspiration.

https://www.instructables.com/id/3-in-1-Zipper-Purse-Tool-Roll-and-BackPack/

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hooch_is82 (author)2014-09-21

My daughter would love this. Gonna have to make one for her for Christmas this year. getting harder to come up with ideas but ones like this make it easier. Thanks for the great idea

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Thanks :-)

Be warned: after having sewed this one for my daughter, all her friends wanted one ... It was the gift at each birthday ;-)

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MicioGatta (author)2014-09-17

LOL, you beat me on time, I was thinking about writing an ible on a pencil case I've done with zippers, very similar to yours (it was flat). :) Well done.

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Thanks!

I know the flat one too, but I think a circle case is more funny :-)

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watchmeflyy (author)2014-09-17

Very cool! Nice design. :3

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seamster (author)2014-09-17

Very nice! This is a great, simple design.

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Abigail02 (author)2014-09-17

Haha I love this!!

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