I love fall. It's my favorite season: pumpkin spice everything, crisp mornings, light sweaters, the list goes on! This year has been especially exciting because my daughter started kindergarten (everyone told me time flies, and it really does!).
In the midst of new outfits, shoes, and backpacks, I started labeling EVERYTHING.
Although I trust my daughter not to forget her water bottle or lunch box…she's five.
I really wanted to have something special to take with her and a monogrammed pencil case was the perfect answer!
Not only is it useful, it's SO CUTE. I've already made her 2 (I don't even think she has that many pencils, but they are addictive).
This lined zipped pouch is very easy to prepare, especially if you have made one of my other zipped pouches.
Really, it was a good excuse to learn how to use my embroidery machine, which I really haven't touched since I bought it 8 months ago (yes, I look guilty as I write this).
I wanted to learn, it just seemed a little overwhelming. I'm happy to say it was a lot easier than I thought, once I found the right tension, thread, and stabilizer.
I followed a few videos online to learn the basics, and I've been making monogrammed items every day since!
If you haven't had a chance to use your embroidery machine yet, this is a great opportunity.
- (2) 9.5″ x 4.5″ rectangles of exterior fabric (for embroidery, keep it larger to fit the hoop)
- (2) 9.5″ x 4.5″ rectangles of lining fabric
- (2) 1.3″ x 3″ rectangles of exterior fabric (will be folded over zipper ends)
- (1) 9.5 inch zipper (a 9 inch zipper could also work if that's all you have)
- An embroidery machine
BONUS: To see a video tutorial for making this bag – CLICK HERE
Embroider the monogram
I chose to use the cursive fonts that came pre-installed on my Bernina 570 QE. I typed my daughter's initials with the middle initial larger than the other two.
I used a soft, velvety fabric with a tear-away interface. I really like the tearing for this type of project.
My tension always needs to be adjusted at the start so I keep my speed very low at first and once the tension seems good I speed it up.
After embroidering (it's so cute!), I finished cutting the fabric pieces to match the rest of the cutting requirements.
Sew the zipper
This is a very simple zippered pouch, nothing fancy here! Lay the lining fabric right side out and align the top edge of the zipper with the top edge of the lining rectangle.
It should be centered (you don't have to be perfect here).
Lay the outer fabric right sides together to create a sandwich: lining, zipper, outer fabric.
Sew about ¼” of seam allowance next to the zipper. I used my zipper foot to make this step easier.
Open the sandwich and flatten it so that the two pieces of fabric are on one side and the unsewn edge of the zipper is on the other side.
Sew a line 1/8″ down to secure the fabrics and help keep the seam flat.
Repeat this step for the opposite side of the zipper.
Place the lining right sides together, zipper side up and outer fabric rectangle side down.
Pin or clip and sew ¼” from the zipper to secure the layers.
Open the diapers and flatten them with the lining on the bottom and the outer fabric facing up.
Sew 1/8″ from the zipper to flatten/secure the seam.
Finish Zipper Bag
Pull the outer fabric rectangles to one side of the zipper, right sides facing each other. Pull the lining fabrics to the other side, right sides together.
Pin or clip around the edge.
Sew ¼” around the perimeter leaving an opening on the lining side to pull it right side out. (I actually sewed 3/8″ on the lining to make it a little smaller than the outer fabric).
Make sure to go slowly when sewing the zipper. Lower the needle and raise the foot to pivot during turns.
Finish the bag
Cut the corners and turn the bag right side out.
Fold over the hole edges of the lining fabric and sew closed.
Tuck the lining fabric into the outer fabric, your monogram bag is finished!