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School Book Zipper Pouch


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Do you have a child who loves 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 School Book Zipper Pouch is my inspiration from her email. These bags are pretty simple to make- do not be too afraid of sewing a zipper if you have never done one before, it is easier then you think! I’ll show ya! book pouch materials needed

  • 2 outer fabric rectangles (the owl fabric) 12 inches by 13 inches. Check out owl fabric here
  • 2 lining fabric pieces (the black fabric) 12 inches by 13 inches
  • 1- 12-inch zipper
  • Sewing machine
  • Matching thread
  • Straight pins
  • An iron
  • Heat’n Bond Lite
  • A scrap of lining fabric, for the child’s name


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  1. Add the child’s name to the bag by following the directions on the package of Heat’n Bond Lite.  Trace and cut out the letters of your child’s name, peel off 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 book zipper pouch 2
  2. Grab one of your lining rectangles and one of your outer fabric rectangles, and your zipper.  You are going to make a sandwich as shown above.  The right sides of your fabrics will face inward.  Pin them book zipper pouch 3
  3. Using the zipper foot on your sewing machine, sew down along the zipper of the pinned side of book zipper pouch 4
  4. When you are done sewing, pull your fabrics together on one side (as shown) and iron them down book zipper pouch 5
  5. Make a sandwich like before, but this time on the other side of the zipper.  Make sure your outer fabrics are one side and the lining fabric are on the other.  Pin it together and then sew it down just like we did for the other book zipper pouch 6
  6. When you are done open it up and it should look something like this. Iron down both sides nice and book zipper pouch 7
  7. Unzip the zipper a little over half book zipper pouch 8
  8. Bring both sides of the outer fabric to one side and both pieces of the lining fabric to one side.  Again, 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.  school book zipper pouch 9
  9. Pin it together, matching the sides as best you can. And make sure the zipper teeth are pinned down towards the lining book zipper pouch 10
  10. Sew all the way around leaving at least a 3-4 inch whole at the bottom of the lining fabric.  Clip the corners and any extra zipper ends when you are done book zipper pouch 11
  11. Turn it right side out.  I like to use a pointy tool to get all the corners nice and turned out to a book zipper pouch 12
  12. When you have it all turned out, zip it up, and iron it nice and flat.

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.

Happy reading!!

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school book zipper pouch

This post was created by Tasha from Creation Corner for the readers of Somewhat Simple. It originally published in September of 2011.

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