I really enjoy my art journalling and have started collecting quite a few different pens. I wanted to make a zippered pouch to use as a pencil/pen case but really hesitated because of my reluctance to sew in a zipper. But, there are lots of tutorials and books on the subject so one day I took the plunge.
I liked the zippered purse in Anni Downs' book The Simple Life so thought that was a good place to start. I liked her purse for the size and the fact that she uses a little tab over the zipper which makes it look neater. I also find her instructions are always easy to follow and this was no exception.
Her purse has a lovely stitchery and applique design but I took the easy option and just used some 2 1/2" squares from my scrap basket.
In no time I had this lovely pouch (5 1/2" x 10") which is perfect for my pens/pencils.
But the only problem I had with this one is that the lining is hand stitched onto the zipper. I was a bit concerned about how strong that would be considering that I will be pulling pens in and out.
I found a good tutorial on Clover and Violet's blog that used the tab on the zipper but it's all machine stitched. I made one as a sample and it turned out well.
This little one is from Noodlehead's blog and it doesn't have the tab over the zipper. It was very easy to make except I should have sewn closer to the teeth when I was applying the zipper. I think that would have made the it less prominent. On her blog she makes these for gifts and I think that's a great idea.
Anyway, I'm glad I took the plunge and learned something new. I will definitely be making more.
Until next time