Bags, Wallets, and Zips

Canvas Pencil Pouch Tutorial

Canvas Pencil Pouch Tutorial - Noodlehead

Canvas Pencil Pouch Tutorial - Noodlehead

Finally, right?! Eeek! I hope you find this tutorial fun and helpful!

Quite a few months ago I made these pencil pouches from the canvas fabrics in my collection for Cloud9 Fabrics, Rain Walk. So today I’m sharing the how-to and pattern template as a way of saying thank you to all who stop by my website, leave kind note, and are excited about sewing! I’m grateful for the community and fun and sharing!

Canvas Pencil Pouch Tutorial - Noodlehead

Materials:

  • 10″ zipper (I buy mine at Zipit)
  • templates CLICK TO DOWNLOAD (print at 100%, no scaling)
  • fat quarter – 18″ x 22″ cotton canvas for lining (I use an unbleached 9 oz. weight cotton canvas from my local Joanns, it’s perfect for showcasing all your pretty pencils and pens!)
  • 6″ x 18″ main print (canvas/denim/twill)
  • 6″ x 12″ accent fabric (canvas/denim/twill)
  • 1/4 yard fusible woven interfacing (I prefer Pellon SF101 which is 20″ wide)

Note about materials: If you choose to substitute a different fabric type than suggested, you may need additional interfacing for desired structure. Just sayin’.

Canvas Pencil Pouch Tutorial - Noodlehead

All seam allowances 1/2″ unless otherwise noted. Seam allowance included in template.
RST=Right Sides Together, WST=Wrong Sides Together

Approx. finished size: 3 1/4″ tall x 10 1/2″ wide x 1 1/2″ deep

Cut:

(1) Main, (1 Main reversed)
(1) Accent, (1 Accent reversed)
(2) lining
(2) fusible woven interfacing – using lining template

A note on cutting: Because you’ll want the color blocking to reflect on each side of the zipper, make sure you cut the exterior pieces accordingly (reversed as directed), they’ll look like this:

Canvas Pencil Pouch Tutorial - Noodlehead

*my exterior pieces in the following steps are shown without interfacing so as to hopefully better show the process.

Piece the exterior

  1. Start by sewing the exterior together by placing the main print and accent fabric RST and sewing using a 1/4″ seam allowance. Press seam to one side and topstitch. Fuse woven interfacing to wrong side.
    Canvas Pencil Pouch Tutorial - Noodlehead
  2. Canvas Pencil Pouch Tutorial - NoodleheadRepeat to assemble remaining exterior panel.Canvas Pencil Pouch Tutorial - Noodlehead

Prepare the zipper

  1. Bend zipper ends in place and sew (at both the pull side and end stop side).

    Canvas Pencil Pouch Tutorial - Noodlehead

    View from wrong side of zipper.

    Canvas Pencil Pouch Tutorial - Noodlehead

    View from right side of zipper.

Attach zipper

  1. With assembled exterior panel right side up, center zipper right side facing down (zipper pull at left) along top edge. Pin in place.Canvas Pencil Pouch Tutorial - Noodlehead
  2. Place one lining piece, right side down on top. Pin in place. Using your zipper foot, sew along top edge using a 1/4″ seam allowance.Canvas Pencil Pouch Tutorial - Noodlehead
  3. Press exterior panel away from zipper and topstitch along zipper using an 1/8″ seam allowance.Canvas Pencil Pouch Tutorial - Noodlehead
  4. Position exterior panel and lining panel WST. Press away from zipper.Canvas Pencil Pouch Tutorial - Noodlehead
  5. Repeat 1-4 to attach remaining exterior panel and lining panel to remaining zipper side. This time placing zipper pull at right. Make sure your exterior panel seams match up at the same location as best you can.Canvas Pencil Pouch Tutorial - NoodleheadCanvas Pencil Pouch Tutorial - NoodleheadCanvas Pencil Pouch Tutorial - Noodlehead

Complete Pouch

  1. Open zipper halfway!!!
  2. Position exterior panels RST and pin along sides and bottom. Position lining pieces RST and pin along sides and bottom. Be sure that you place pins at the intersections of where the lining meets the exterior on each side of the pouch.Canvas Pencil Pouch Tutorial - Noodlehead
  3. Sew around perimeter of exterior and lining leaving a 4″ opening at the bottom of the lining.
  4. Press seam allowance open. If desired, trim lining seam allowance to 1/4″ except at opening.Canvas Pencil Pouch Tutorial - Noodlehead
  5. Reach inside the pouch and wiggle the zipper open fully.
  6. Box corners by pinching one bottom seam to match it’s corresponding side seam. Sew. Repeat for remaining 3 corners.Canvas Pencil Pouch Tutorial - NoodleheadCanvas Pencil Pouch Tutorial - NoodleheadCanvas Pencil Pouch Tutorial - Noodlehead
  7. Turn pouch right side out through opening in lining.
  8. Sew opening in lining closed (by machine or by hand)
  9. Push lining into exterior and press along zipper edge. Tip: To get the pouch corners crisp, use your fingers to squeeze the seam allowance together at the side seam when the zipper is fully open. Use a chop stick or other dull instrument to poke out the corner on the metal end stop side. Canvas Pencil Pouch Tutorial - Noodlehead

I hope you enjoy making some pencil pouches! They make such fun teacher gifts and of course my kids love theirs. If you want extra credit these would be an awesome companion to a Wool + Wax Tote. I also wanted to point out that this is just one way to install a zipper or make a pouch, believe me when I say there are many many more options! Check out my other tutorials and patterns if you’re interested in working with zippers or love to make pouches.

Canvas Pencil Pouch Tutorial - Noodlehead

 

Bags, Wallets, and Zips

Tiny Treasures Basket & Tray Free Pattern

Tiny Treasures Basket & Tray Free Pattern - Noodlehead

Tiny Treasures Basket & Tray Free Pattern - Noodlehead

Yayyyyy! I’m sharing this fun (and free!) basket and tray pattern that I made up using Carolyn Friedlander’s new fabric collection for Robert Kaufman Fabrics – Euclid. It’s printed on gorgeous essex linen and I think it might be my favorite collection of hers yet.

Tiny Treasures Basket & Tray Free Pattern - Noodlehead

Tiny Treasures Basket & Tray Free Pattern - Noodlehead

I was dreaming up what project to make using Euclid and a basket kept coming to mind. The Euclid designs are perfect for home dec items, have you seen these gorgeous napkins? I definitely need some of those in my life. I think the basket and tray are so useful and you can never have too many places to hold all your favorite things, right?! Plus, this set is perfect for pairing up and displaying on your coffee table, dresser, or even in your sewing space. They’re so great for collecting and displaying small treasures. I especially like to think that the basket is perfect for yarn whereas the tray fits a small scissors, thread, and notions so nicely.

Tiny Treasures Basket & Tray Free Pattern - Noodlehead

They’re a fun almost origami-like shape and the leather handles and rivets look so amazing. You could definitely sew fabric handles or get creative using thick wool felt and hand stitch them on. Either way, I hope you’ll use this free pattern and have some fun with it! I can’t wait to see what you make.

Tiny Treasures Basket & Tray Free Pattern - Noodlehead


Pattern: Tiny Treasures Basket & Tray Pattern
Fabric: Euclid by Carolyn Friedlander (coming to shops in August!)


Tiny Treasures Basket & Tray Free Pattern - Noodlehead

Let me know in the comments if you’d be interested in being able to purchase sets of leather for the basket or tray from my shop. Handles for the basket are now in my shop!

Tiny Treasures Basket & Tray Free Pattern - Noodlehead

Have a great weekend!

Bags, Wallets, and Zips, tutorial

Carkai Gatherer Crossbody Bag

Carkai Gatherer Crossbody Bag by Anna Graham for Robert Kaufman

Carkai Gatherer Crossbody Bag by Anna Graham for Robert Kaufman

I have a new free pattern to share with you! And just in time for Christmas because this one is quick and satisfying to make! I had the opportunity to design this bag for Carolyn‘s new collection Carkai (which is shipping to stores any day now) for Robert Kaufman. I can’t ever say no to working with Carolyn‘s designs, they’re pretty much my favorite thing ever – every time. I am always blown away by her color combinations! Needless to say her designs inspire me.

Carkai Gatherer Crossbody Bag by Anna Graham for Robert Kaufman

Carkai Gatherer Crossbody Bag by Anna Graham for Robert Kaufman

Carkai Gatherer Crossbody Bag by Anna Graham for Robert Kaufman

So this is the Gatherer Crossbody Bag, I had such a fun time sketching out ideas! Admittedly sometimes getting from sketch to a design I actually want to make can be so difficult as well as time consuming. But this one definitely wasn’t the case. From sketching to starting work on my prototype went really smoothly. I feel really lucky when that happens. And I couldn’t stop at just one bag, three is always more fun. Playing with the different combinations is my favorite. Especially on a new project that hasn’t been released yet. Secretly I want to keep the pattern all to myself at that point, and run off with the samples. hehe!

Carkai Gatherer Crossbody Bag by Anna Graham for Robert Kaufman

This is a small-ish bag (Dimensions: 10″ wide x 9″ tall x 2 1/2″ deep) to be worn across the body. The flap closure is a fun opportunity to try out some leather or non-fraying faux leather or suede. I think you’ll find the button stud closure to be really elegant as well as quick and easy to install. The piping adds a nice pop an definition to the flap and front pocket. Stop by my piping tutorial for making your own and you’ll probably never want the store-made stuff again.

Carkai Gatherer Crossbody Bag by Anna Graham for Robert Kaufman

Carkai Gatherer Crossbody Bag by Anna Graham for Robert Kaufman

The straps finish in a sort of raw state which I think compliments Carkai nicely. They simply gets knotted around each side loop, although you can also use swivel/lobster clasps if you like using hardware. My goal was to keep the bag simple and one that didn’t require a lot of ‘extras’ that can sometimes be difficult to track down.

I hope you’ll try one and maybe gift one to a friend, too!

Click here to download the FREE Gatherer Crossbody Bag
(the link is on the Robert Kaufman site on the right hand side)

Carkai Gatherer Crossbody Bag by Anna Graham for Robert Kaufman