Binder Zipper Pouch {A-Z Series, “B”}

Welcome back to our super fun Back To School A-Z Party! Did you do your homework last night? I hope you did because all month long is full of school assignments and you wouldn’t want to get behind! So let’s hear it class, what letter comes after “A”? RIGHT…it’s the letter “B” and today Ms. Becky from Patchwork Posse is going to teach us all about the letter “B” with her adorable and super handy Binder Zipper Pouch. Open up your notebooks and grab a pencil because you will surely want to take notes! Enjoy!!!

Hello everyone! I’m Becky from Patchwork Posse. I’m here to share a project to use your small bits of ribbon and fabric with. I blog about lots of easy sewing projects, and I’m the home of the Yearly Round Robin Quilt Along.

Today we are tackling letter ‘B’. Binders are the best way to keep organized…for kids or for families. I have a few for girl scouts, recipes…ect. One thing I find handy to have along with the binder is a zipper pouch that fits on the rings, is removable, and see through. I love seeing exaclty what I need when I need it without searching forever to find it.

This 3 ring binder zipper pouch features a mesh front that you can see through…and is really simple to sew.

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To keep the raw edges around the zipper under control {I hate it when the zipper gets stuck because of thread!} I used a wider ribbon around the zipper. This makes the process go quicker and so much less raw edges!

I also used 5″ squares from a charm pack, but feel free to use one piece of fabric for those sections. I didn’t use a stabilizer or another lining fabric. I was happy with a little floppy zipper pouch- it easily conforms to the contents of the binder, but if you’d like something a little firmer, you are more then welcome to do so.

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Materials Needed:

7″ zipper

2– 1 1/2″ X 9″ ribbon

4– 1 1/2″ X 2″ ribbon

3– 1″ X 2″ ribbon

3- rings

7″ X 9″ mesh or clear plastic- pocket

8– 5″ squares fabric- inside and backside of pouch

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3 Ring Binder Zipper Pouch Tutorial:

1) Sew 4 5″X5″ squares together to make a 4 patch. Repeat with the other 4 squares. Square up to 9″ X 9″.

2) Fold in half the 1″ X 2″ ribbon, tucking the rings inside and sewing to secure.

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3) Sew the rings with the ribbon at the bottom of one four patch square– one ring centered at the seam for the 4 patch, and the end rings are placed 1/2″ from the edges so they don’t get caught in the seams.

4) Sandwich the zipper ends in between two 1 1/2″ X 2″ ribbon pieces. Sew across the top and iron back.

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5) Repeat step 4 with the other zipper end.

6) Place the long ribbon strip along one side of the zipper.

7) Sew the ribbon to the zipper.

8) Repeat step 6 with the other side of the zipper.

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9) Place the mesh or clear plastic under the bottom of the zipper piece, overlapping 1/4″.

10) Sew in place.

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11) Trim the zipper and mesh/plastic section to 9″ X 9″.

12) Layer the pieces- 4 patch, mesh and zipper section, 4 patch. Make sure the rings are at the opposite end of the zipper!

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13) Sew all the way around the pouch, leaving a 3″ opening on the side for turning.

14) Snip corners and turn right sides out.

15) Sew all the way around the pouch 1/8″ closing the hole used for turning.

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16) Hook to binder. The rings at the bottom make it so it will fit any size of binder. They adjust with the fixed rings easily.

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Awesome!!! When I was a little girl, I looooved little pencil bags and boxes and anything that would hold pencils, pens, markers, etc. AND, if it went in my binder or had a handle to carry it around with even better! I seriously had a slight addiction to anything that had to do with doodling! It was wild, and I loved it! Hehe! So Becky, hats off to you for making my mind go wild with memories of pencils, pens, notebooks, binders and all the rest. I am in love with this little pouch and can’t wait to make a couple for my kiddos! For more fabulous project by Becky, make sure to jump over and say hello at Patchwork Posse.

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2 Comments

  1. Posted August 4, 2014 at 2:08 pm | Permalink

    Awesome! I like the idea of using mesh for the front. I’ve got a Craft Gossip post scheduled for this afternoon that links to your tutorial:
    http://sewing.craftgossip.com/tutorial-3-ring-binder-zipper-pouch/2014/08/04/
    –Anne

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      Posted August 6, 2014 at 11:22 am | Permalink

      Hi Anne! Awesome! Thank you so much for including this super fun tutorial. I love Craft Gossip and appreciate you including us amongst your incredible features! Have a wonderful day and thank you again Anne! Michelle :)

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