Jun 5, 2009

How to make a pen case

Today I write my way to make a zipper pen case. It is what I wrote previous post, but this is without sarubobo.
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You need,
the outer fabric, the inner fabric and the zipper(of 20 cm).

The pattern is like the picture.
Pen case pattern
Put 7 mm allowance for the upper side(to attach the zipper), and 5 mm for the others.(The pattern doesn't include the allowances).

At first, cut the fabrics as the pattern, 2 pieces for the outside and 2 pieces for the inside.
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If you want to decorate the outside fabrics, do it now or after you put the zipper.
I put a piece of tape on the front.
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Then sew the zipper. Put the inner fabric, the zipper and the outer fabric in piles, like the picture below (the right side inside).
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Take care of the zipper, in this case, put the right side upper.
Put some pins and sew 7 mm inside from the edge.
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The picture shows after I sewed it.

Then put the fabrics for the other side and sew as the same way.
After you sew it, it comes like the picture below.
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Then open the zipper(it's important!) and turn the fabric like this picture, put the right side inside.
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Sew leaving the space to turn it out on the bottom of the inner fabrics.

When you sew it, take care to fold the allowance of the zipper to the outside fabric(to the right side in the picture). It's to put the zipper in good way.

Then open the allowance like the picture for the good looking.
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Make the gusset. Take the corner of the outside and the inside like the picture making triangle.
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Pile them and put the pin 2 cm from the corner and sew there.
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Do the same on the other side and cut the corner leaving 5 mm allowance.
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Then turn it out from the space and close the space.
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You did it!
I put a sarubobo as a charm (* v *).
Sarubobo pen case

I think this is an easy way to make a zipper pouch.
Please try it and if you find some difficulties, please write me!
maimairuru (at) gmail (dot) com

See you !


Kym said...

Thank you for this tutorial. You've made it look so easy! Your work is all beautiful. My favourite is the cat zipper pouches. So cute!

Marisunnychan said...

Oh Mairuru! Thanks seems such an empty word since I have said it sooo many times but again thanks for this tutorial! I am dying to try it but will have to wait till I get back home!!! But it is in my list of must do things!!
Your works are so nice, neat and unique! and your blog... well just wonderful like paradise for a clumsy girl like me, thanks to your tutorials I have been able to do soo many things!!!
Hugs! Hugs! Hugs!

zime said...

Great Mairuru!! Thank you so much for this tutorial!! You're so generous!!! I love it!!

Alison said...

I keep saying this, but thank you so much! Not only is your handwork beautiful, but the way you explain things makes it easy to understand. This weekend I will try making a pencil case (and a sarubobo or two) I have tried in the past to make a pencil case, but never figured out how to have the inside look tidy. Your instruction is so clear. Thank you again.

MamaKnits2Much said...

I wonder why I never thought of sewing in the zipper first! So much easier than trying to get it in neatly after the bag is all made. Thank you Mai for sharing your methods for making all of your things. You have inspired me to pick up my sewing again after many years.

Merruli said...

I hope it is ok with you that I just linked to your blog from my last post. I finished my first sarubobo and told that I found a tutorial for them in here. Thank you for teaching it!

Rachel@oneprettything.com said...

This is fantastic! I need one of these to hold all the fine tip Sharpies I carry in my purse. Thanks SO much! I'll be linking.

Nikki said...

This is a great tutorial. Thanks for taking the time to put it together and for sharing your creations.

Nappy Miss Sew 'N Sew said...

Mairuru, this is so cute. Thank you for the tutorial. I am going to make one of these pencil cases for my god-daughter this weekend. Your directions are clear and the photos are great.

Diana said...

Great tutorial! The pictures really help make everything clear. This is a super idea.

Anne said...

Great project!! Your creativity continues to amaze me! I posted a link to your tutorial on Craft Gossip Sewing:

Neko said...

Thanks so much for mosting this, Mairuru, I've been wodering how to make those shaped pencil cases! All your work is really inspiring and your tuorials are really helpful. Keep going, you're amazing! love, Neko

mairuru said...

Thank you very much for everyone!
I'm happy to share it. If you have any trouble with this tutorial, please tell me!

Arigato (* v *)!!!!

Jacqueline said...

Mai this is soo cool! Thank you for another great tutorial..i love this one lots! Hope your having a wonderful weekend and love to you!

Tzugumi said...

I really like this tutorial, even if I prefer knitting :)
I've seen all your old post and I love when you speak about your contry...as a great reader of Banana Yoshimoto and Haruki Murakami, I love Japan.
Have a nice day :) Cheers from Italy!

Anonymous said...

great tutorial, something lovely to create in the evening in front of the telly. Beautiful blog, it's like a frolick in an enchanted forest.

mairuru said...

Hello Perrine,
No problem! Please do it as you like. I'm happy if I cannot read it...

Mai (* v *)

Lavinia said...

Wow!! beautiful!! I´m definitely making one!! thank you so much for the tutorial ^__^

sfer said...

Hi Mairuru! I wanted to thank you for this tutorial. I was looking for a really easy way to put the lining into my pouches, purses and pencil cases, and I think this way you have shown us in this tutorial is just perfect!! I used it for the first time this weekend to make these pouches and I'm so happy about the results!!

Thanks a lot ^^

Tiia said...

I'm just making this kind of pen case. It looks just perfect and stylish. And making sarubobo for it at the moment.
I want to say my gratefulness to you.
This was very clear and easy tutorial. So, thank you Mairuru

Anonymous said...

Thanks so much for this! It's awesome. I used it to make a pencil case, and will make more soon.

spiced*candy(: said...

Hi Mai! Thanks for the tutorial :) I've made a few pouches for my teachers :D you can see them here!
thanks so much! Finally im able to sew zippers painlessly! ^^v

Anonymous said...

im desperate to make this pencil case for a christmas gift for my mum, dad, grandma and grandpa. i just cant figure out how to do the end bit, the gusset. which way do you bring the outer and inner fabrics together?
thanks soooo much!
ps im japanese too, but i live in australia.

mairuru said...

I'm sorry for the bad explanation.
Please put the sides(of the outer fabric and inner fabric) inside, and the bottoms outside. So you could see the bottom lines.
Could I explain well ...???

Anonymous said...

No, your explanation isn't bad at all, many others have understood your instructions! But I'm 12 and only a beginner, my sewing is abysmal and i am not being modest.

And for that reason i am still confused. What do you mean by the 'bottom' of the fabric? So, to bring the corners together, which way am i supposed to fold it?
Sorry, my ignorance must be rather frustrating - but i hope you understand the situation.

Anonymous said...

Hello again. Looking carefully at your finished pen case, do i simply just box the corners?

mairuru said...

I wanted to tell the bottom of the pen case.
Could you see this site?
She used more pictures than mine.

I'm sorry for making you confused.
You could make it without sew there. After you turn it out, you could make gusset.

Anonymous said...

oh, thank you, thank you! i got it now, though they were a bit wonky. Well, what did i expect~lol.

By the way, i love the black gingham!

vuong said...

Could you do this with leather??

Gail said...

Thank you so much for the tutorial! I modified the measurements a bit and made a coin wallet type of thing for my boyfriend! Thanks!

Anonymous said...

I LOVE your work!! :) you're inspiring me to sew things and i don't even really know how XD and great work on carving your own stamps! :) i should really practice on that too, considering i have the material to make them lying around, lol. and thank you for the tutorial :D i think ill be making a pen case and a coin purse :P

Anonymous said...

that is harddd

Anonymous said...

that is hard

alexandra_blogger said...

this is SO cool. it kinda looks complicated. but it turns out great! uhh. the problem is that i want to do this. but i dont really want to go out and buy a zipper. how do you make one with a button? THANKS :) ^.^

honeybee said...

thank you so much for this great tutorial!!! i just finished making one and so thrill to have my own handmade pen case now.thanks again =)

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Somehow i ended up with one side larger than the other even though i did stich the pieces by the middle. Anyhow, it looks almost right, so I'm keeping it like that. Thanks for the tutorial.
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Ana said...

Hey, your tutorial is quite helpful, but a little bit hard to follow at times. Thanks to you I made a beautiful yellow pen case that I named "Tropicana"

Rowan said...

Thank you very much for this lovely helpful tutorial! Now I have a beautiful little pen case ^^ Thank you! 88D

Anonymous said...

Was this hand sewn or did you use a sewing machine?

Anonymous said...

I'm excioted to try this but how did you make the little doll things attached to the zip ... please? Thank you

Anonymous said...

I made it.... It's really easy and thank you so much...!

Anonymous said...

This is fantastic, I just have one question. How did you affix the sarubobo to the pencil case?

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the pattern, just one question. How did you attach the sarubobo to the zipper?

Unknown said...

So cute!!
I'll try it ;))

Eva said...

This looks great, but I'm rather new at sewing so I have a newbie question :)...So since the allowances aren't in the pattern do I have to cut out a bit larger pieces of fabric than in the pattern?

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