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Topic: Zipped Pencil case for your 3 ring binder TUTORIAL  (Read 9910 times)
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« on: September 13, 2008 10:39:15 AM »

Time for a back-to-school tutorial!
This will show you how to make a zippered pencil pouch that fits into your three ring binder.

(Note: this is a condensed version of the tutorial. For more photos and info you can view the full tutorial on my blog http://www.laupre.com/blog/?p=121)
Step 1
Gather your supplies!

To make this pencil pouch youll need:

-Fabric for the body of the pouch.
Youll need two pieces of fabric.  I suggest a sturdy material like canvas or cotton duck.  Use a regular piece of paper as a pattern or measure the rectangles to about 8.5″ x 11″.

The zipper should be around 11″ long.  If youre using a pre-cut length be sure to get one just a little bit longer than that and cut in down after its sewn in place.

- 3 Grommets and the tool to set them.
The grommets will have to be large enough so that the clasps on your binder will fit through them.  youll want the two part grommets and not small eyelets.

-Bias tape
store bought or make your own

- Decoration for the pouch.
For this tutorial Ive used a length of ribbon and some pieces of cotton fabric to applique my design.  You can use whatever youd like to get the look for you The possibilities are endless.

Step 2
Decorate the rectangles to suit your taste

Step 3
Add the zipper.

Take one of the rectangles of fabric and cut a straight line for your zipper along the long edge, about 2″ from the edge.

With a hot iron or by finger pressing, press the edges of your new cut to the underside of the fabric.

Stitch the zipper in place.

Step 4
Fit your bias tape around the edges and stitch that in place.

***  To keep it neat and without bumps or wrinkles around the curved corners you should iron the bias tape while shaping it around the curve.  Tape cut on the bias will stretch and take the shape easily with a little coaxing, and taking a few moments to do this will make a huge difference in the quality and look***

Step 5
Place your grommets in place to fit your binder.  You can use the binder itself to get the holes in the right places, or measure and place the grommets 4.5" apart (for US standard paper size).

And that's it!
Snap it in, Fill it up, and enjoy!

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« Reply #1 on: September 13, 2008 11:02:06 AM »

those pencil cases look great! I would have never thought to make my own, what genius.  Smiley Thank you for the tutorial and the great idea for when my daughter's pencil case falls apart.

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« Reply #2 on: September 13, 2008 02:56:11 PM »

oh how cute! I used to love getting the plain ones and using paint markers to decorate haha I don't have a need for them now, but if I need to in the future I will so be using this tutorial! Thanks for sharing! Cheesy

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« Reply #3 on: September 13, 2008 05:39:13 PM »

This is great. My daughters are not in school anymore, but looking at this makes me wish they were so I could make some for them.

« Reply #4 on: September 13, 2008 06:57:32 PM »

Those are super cute!!!  I love the applique work.  Thanks for the tute.


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« Reply #5 on: September 13, 2008 08:09:59 PM »

OH! I love this! What a great idea! And your rendition looks fabulous!  You did a really good job on this!

Thanks for sharing and for taking the time to do this for us!
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