• Nicole Wall

Sewing Tutorial: 3-Ring Binder Pen Pencil Pouch

This pouch is not lined. I'm sure you're thinking, why does she have her color pencils in the box... in the pouch? Well, I want to be able to carry my color pencils with me, as this is what I use to fill out my calendar, but I don't want the pencils tips to break. I don't like broken pencils. "It's in a binder, the chances of it breaking is slim." ... well, that's a chance I don't want to take. :)

Binder Pencil Pouch Tutorial

So, let's get started!

Materials & Tools:

  • 1/4 yard (or 9" or 1 fat quarter) Heavy Weight Cotton Fabric

  • 1" 72F Peltex Pellon Interfacing

  • (3) 1/4" or 1/2" Wide Grommet or Eyelets and Tools that you'll need for them*

  • 9" Matching Zipper

  • Matching Thread

  • Sewing Needle

  • Sewing Machine (with standard sewing foot and zipper foot)

  • Iron & Ironing Board

Inside Binder Pencil Pouch
Inside the Pencil Pouch

I used 1/4" wide Grommet since I'm using this pouch for my 1/2" wide binder. If you have a large binder with thicker rings, I recommend using 1/2" wide Grommet/Eyelet. I just don't like the sound of the Grommet/Eyelet clicking against the rings. It's the little details, I know. :)

Some Terms/Lingo:

RST = Right Sides Together

WST = Wrong Sides Together

Seam Allowance: 1/4"

Step 1:

Cutting your 2 main pieces

Cut (2) 7" x 11.5"*

*Optional Preference: if you want the pouch to be a little wider, you can cut the pieces 8" x 11.5"

Step 2:

Cut the 72F Interfacing

Cut (1) .5" x 10.5"

Step 3:

Place the 72F Interfacing

.25" away from one edge. See photo below:

Step 4:

Iron the 72F Interfacing.

Iron from the cotton fabric side.

Since 72F is double sided fusible, you'll want something to protect your ironing board (parchment paper works).

Step 5:

Cut 1.75" off of the panel with the interfacing. The other panel should still be 7" x 11.5"

Save scrap for the zipper.

Step 6:

From the 1.75" scrap, cut (2) 4"

Step 7:

Fold them and pin them in half like shown below and stitch .25" from the fold.

These are the zipper tabs.

Step 8:

Using your sewing needle and thread, stitch together the zipper like shown below:

Step 9:

Stitch the zipper tabs to the zipper with the fold toward the inside zipper. I placed them about 1/8" away from the metal and stitched 1/4" from the zipper metals. Here you'll see 2 different stitches on the zipper tabs.

Step 10:

Place the zipper RST with the smaller panel, opposite side of where the interfacing is located.

Step 11:

Iron the fabric. Have the fabric fold over the zipper. And stitch.

Step 12:

Place RST of the zipper panel and the other panel. Stitch together.

Step 13:

Repeat Step 11 for the other side of the panel.

Step 14:

Pin the long edge of the panels RST.

Feel free to trim the tabs to edge of the panel before stitching.

Step 15:

Make sure your zipper is open more than half way so you can turn it right side out before stitching! Stitch 1/4" along the edges. Stitch the short sides first, then the long side.

Step 16:

Trim the corners. You'll see that the stitching is right next to the interfacing.

Step 17:

Turn Right Side Out through the zipper. Move the seam to the edge as close as possible. Pin so it doesn't move around. Iron the interfacing from the non-zipper side, as well as ironing all 4 edges for a clean crisp look.


Here you can see the interfacing outline.

Step 18:

First, stitch 1" from the edge, you should be stitching on the inside of the interfacing. Second, stitch 1/4" around the perimeter of the pouch.

Step 19:

Place your pouch next to your binder rings. Mark where you want the hole to be. Then mark 1/2" from the edge to your first mark. This will place where the center of the rivet should be place.