It's back to school time for the kids again and that means that new school supplies are a must. They will need pens, pencils, glue sticks, notebooks, and much much more.
To help keep the school supply overload neat and tidy, I have created these convenient notebook organizer pouches in two different sizes.
Not only do these organizers act as a notebook strap to keep it closed, but they also carry all the must have supplies.
For Both Pouches
- Sewing supplies (sewing machine, coordinating thread)
- Self stick 3in. velcro strips
For The Big Pouch
- 2 rectangles of fabric 7 1/2 in. X 22 in.
- Elastic strap, 13in
For The Small Pouch
- 2 rectangles of fabric 7 1/2 in. X 9in.
- Elastic strap, 10 in.
Step 1: Measure and cut your fabric so you have two equally sized rectangles. Lay your rectangles on top of one another with the top sides together facing in.
You can use the same fabric for both of your rectangles or you can switch it up and go with two different kinds. I really like to experiment different colors and textures.
Step 2: Leaving the top open, sew around the sides and bottom of your fabric. You'll have a little bag.
Pull one side of the thread through the fabric and tie off the two pieces. Trim the excess.
Step 3:Trim the corners and any extra fabric around the seam.
Then, pull the bag right side out and press the seams flat with an iron.
Step 4: If you are using two different fabrics, choose which one you want on the outside and which fabric you want as the liner. Lay the liner side up and then find your desired depth of your pouch.
To find the depth, fold up the bottom half and then fold the upper half over it. Once you have found the depth, press with an iron.
Step 5: Now that you know where the pouch will be folded you will add the velcro strips. Apply one side of self-stick velcro to the bottom flap, as shown below.
Now attach the second piece to the first, with the paper still on it. Test out where it will fall on the upper half. When you are satisfied with it, remove paper and stick to the upper half.
Step 6: Detach and sew on both velcro pieces. Since the bottom half will be folded, the stitching won't show. When sewing the velcro on the upper half, don't stitch through the top piece of fabric. The stitching will be hidden inside.
Step 7: Place a half inch worth of the elastic where the bottom flap meets the middle, place the flap over top, and pin. Run the rest of the elastic around the back of the pouch and repeat this step on the other side.
Step 8: Fold in the rough edges on top and pin them together.
Step 9: Starting at the bottom, sew up one side, across the top, completing the hem, then down the other side. Tie off your threads as you did in step 2.
Now you're done! Now just fill it with the essentials, put it on a notebook and have the kids head out to class.
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