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Zipper Pencil Case

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A zipper pencil case was such a trendy, popular item to have at school for children, and now you can create one for yourself or the kids! It's an excellent project for beginners to advanced level sewists.

This pencil case requires no fabric or interfacing, it only requires several zips. If you have a bunch of old zips that you never got around to using, that’s perfect for this project!

Machines Used

  • Brother NV50S Sewing Machine

What you'll need:

  • Sewing machine
  • Zipper foot
  • Thread (in your colour choice)
  • Scissors or thread trimmers
  • Pins/small clips
  • 12 x 8" zips (in your colour choice)

Don't have an overlocker? Use a built-in zig zag stitch on your machine to finish off the edges to stop the fabric from fraying.

Zipper Pencil Case

Step Overview

The steps below are just an overview of the project instructions and must be used in conjunction with the tutorial video. Print these steps out to have beside you when watching the video as a reminder.

  1. Arrange zips in your desired order, alternating ends.
  2. Half open your first two zips and pin/clip together (opposite ends + right sides together).
  3. Sew the two zips together using your zipper foot, a straight stitch and a ¼” seam allowance.
  4. Open your zips flat.
  5. Pin your next zip on.
  6. Sew the next zip using your zipper foot, a straight stitch and a ¼” seam allowance.
  7. Repeat steps 5 and 6 until all 12 of your zips have been attached.
  8. Fold your zip case in half (right sides together).
  9. Pin or clip the two end zips together (right sides together).
  10. Stitch final two zips together to make a loop of zips.
  11. Open one zip all the way in the middle of your pencil case.
  12. Open each zip slightly so as not to sew over them in the next step.
  13. Clip the ends together to secure while sewing.
  14. Stitch down each open side of the bag (right sides together).
  15. Trim the edge and overlock/zig-zag.
  16. Turn your zip bag right side out through the open zip.
  17. Done!

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These pencil cases can also be donated to charity. If you want to contribute to a great cause, the charities listed below accept handmade pencil cases. Just send your creations in to the mailing address provided. 

Are you a charity that would accept this item? Contact us to have your details added here.


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