This DIY School Supplies is for a binder pouch. The instructions are for a 3 ring binder, but you can customize it to your needs. All the binder pouch seams are enclosed and it features a vinyl window to show your favorite fabric. A binder pouch like this can be used for school and can have many other uses.
The finished measurements are: 10 1/2″ W x 5 1/4″ L
1/3 yd waterproof canvas
11″ x 7 1/2″ cotton fabric for lining (Featured fabric)
Fusible Vinyl to protect lining (optional)
3 – 1/4″ grommets
From the Canvas cut:
- 2 zipper bands: 11″ x 1 3/8″
- 4 Side bands: 1 3/4″ x 5 1/4″
- Body: 11 x 9 1/2″
Lining (Featured fabric)
- 11″ x 7 1/2″
- Front Window 8 1/4″ x 5 1/4″
- to fuse over featured fabric 11 x 7 1/2″
All seam allowances are 1/4″
1 Fusible vinyl is convenient to protect your fabric from crayons and pencil marks. If you are using it, fuse the fusible vinyl to the lining according to the product instructions.
2 Sew the side bands to the vinyl. The vinyl piece should be in the middle and the side bands should be sewn right sides together. Top stitch 1/8″ close to the vinyl.
3 Sew the zipper between the body and lining. The right side of the zipper should be placed against the right side of the canvas (right sides together). Top stitch 1/8″ from the zipper.
The nylon metallic zipper works great for this project and more cost effective!
4 Sew the other side of the zipper to the zipper bands and top stitch 1/8″ from the zipper.
5 Sew the inner zipper band to the vinyl window right sides together.
6 Fold the inner zipper band seam allowance to the inside, matching the seam sewn previously – about 1/4″ and topstich 1/8 from the fold.
7. Move the lining out of the way and sew the bottom of the vinyl window to the body.
8. Fold the binder pouch so there is 1/4″ of the body above the zipper and about 1″ on the bottom. The space in the bottom will be used to install the grommets. Make sure the zipper is open and sew the side seams.
9 Turn the pouch to the right side through the zipper opening. Push the corners, using a point turner or a chopstick. For the top side, you’ll have to do it under the lining.
10 Fold the grommet band seam to the inside and top stitch 1/8″, catching the lining, and forming a rectangle. Press the lining using the fusible vinyl paper to remove the wrinkles.
11 Mark the center of the grommets band and 4 3/8″ to both sides – you can customize the grommet placements at this point. Cut a small circle to set your grommets – I used the cutter die of my grommet press. (you can also use grommet pliers or a grommet setting tool).
12 Install the grommets following your setting tool instructions.
These binder pouches are very convenient and your kids (and older ones too) will love them! I had a lot of fun making a few of these as gifts for the kids in my son’s birthday party! The Walking Dead and Harry Potter ones have been very popular. For these I used the nylon metallic zipper. This zipper looks great and is cheaper than the regular nylon zipper that I bought at Joann’s. Possibilities are unlimited!
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