Thursday, September 22, 2011

School Book Zipper Pouch Tutorial

How many of you have a child who loves to read?  How many of you have a preschooler, kindergartener, or 1st grade child who brings a book home from school every night to read?  Recently, I got an email from a school teacher who wanted to find a way to go a little "greener" with the books she sends home daily with her students.   This fun Book Zipper Pouch is my inspiration from her email. 
 You will need to cut out 2 outer fabric rectangles (the owl fabric) 12 inches by 13 inches.  Then cut 2 lining fabric pieces 12 inches by 13 inches (or whatever size you would like your Book Zipper Pouch to be).  You will also need 1 12 inch zipper, a sewing machine and matching thread, pins,and an iron.  If you would like to add your child's name onto the bag you will also need some Heat'n Bond Lite and a scrap of lining fabric.
 If you want to add the name of your child onto the bag (like I have) you will need to iron some heat'n bond lite onto a scrap of your lining fabric (or any coordinating fabric you would like).  Follow the directions on the package of Heat'n Bond Lite.  Trace and cut out the letters of your child's name, peel of the paper off the back of the letters and iron on your child's name onto one of the outer fabric rectangles. (Be careful when placing the name to not be too close to the edges so you do not sew over it when making the zipper pouch.) Then sew the name down onto the fabric.   
 It should look something like this when you are done. 
Grab one of your lining rectangles and one of your outer fabric rectangles, and your zipper.  You are going to make a sandwich like this.  The right sides of your fabrics will face inward.  Pin them together.

Put your zipper foot on your sewing machine.  Sew down the one pinned side of your fabrics along the zipper.
When you are done pull your fabrics together on one side like this.  Iron them down flat. 
Now, make a sandwich like before, but,on the other side of the zipper.  Make sure your outer fabrics are one side and the lining fabric are on the other.  It should look something like this.  Pin it together and then sew it down just like we did for the other side.
 When you are done open it up and it should look something like this. Iron down both sides nice and flat.
 Unzip the zipper a little over half way.
Now, bring both sides of the outer fabric to one side and both pieces of the lining fabric to one side.  Make sure you unzip the zipper inside.  You don't have to do it all the way, but at least half way unzipped.  Otherwise once we sew around this big rectangle you will not be able to turn it.  Pin it together.  Match the sides as best you can. 
Make sure the zipper teeth are pinned down towards the lining fabric.
Sew all the way around leaving at least a 3-4 inch whole at the bottom of the lining fabric.  Clip the corners when you are done sewing.
Clip off any extra zipper ends.
Turn it right side out.  I like to use a pointy tool to get all the corners nice and turned out to a point.
 When you have it all turned out, zip it up, and iron it nice and flat.  It should look something like this.
Now, you have a super cute bag for your child to carry their books around with them.  This could be used for a child in school or for library books if they are only allowed to check a few out at a time.  It could also carry some small art supplies or a few toys.
These bags are pretty simplistic to make (do not be too afraid of sewing a zipper if you have never done one before, it is easier then you think).  Happy reading!!
I will be linking this up some of THESE link parties.


Maridith @ Strictly Homemade said...

This is a great idea. My daughter always comes home with a plastic bag with books. I am going to have to make her one of these! Thanks for the inspiration!

Hope you are doing well!

LeAnne said...

Love these! What a great thing for teachers! Love the fabrics you picked. They look super simple too.

If a teacher wanted to make them reusable year-after-year, you could just applique on a number instead of a name. Definitely not as cute and personable, but you know if money and time were a concern.

Aurie{OurGoodLife} said...

I love these - admittedly the owl fabric is what drew my eye :)

I'm afraid of zippers, but this looks pretty easy - thanks!!

Mormishmom @ Funky PolkaDot Giraffe said...

So fun! This would be perfect for JT. Thanks for sharing!

Gwen @ Gwenny Penny said...

I love, love how you did the names. Great font and love the stitching. Really detailed tutorial, Tasha. Thanks :)

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