How to lengthen a zipper if you don’t have the right size.

How to lengthen a zipper. Pencil cases PDF sewing pattern. Stitched by Jennie

Rebecca Page Designs has two new patterns for back to school, a pencil pouch and a drawstring bag. You can get both patterns on sale for $3.50 until 11:59 pm GMT, Saturday, August 26, 2017.How to lengthen a zipper. Pencil cases PDF sewing pattern. Stitched by Jennie

My girls have not started homeschool yet this year, but I know that these pencil pouches will help to keep our supplies organized! I knew that I wanted each of my girls to have her own pencil pouch, so I let them each pick out their fabric. It was so much fun seeing each of their personalities come out in their choices! As they were deciding, I saw this fun sewing fabric, and knew I needed my own pouch for all of my sewing supplies. The only change I made for this pouch, was to make the “pencil” slots a little wider to hold some sewing supplies.

How to lengthen a zipper. Pencil cases PDF sewing pattern. Stitched by Jennie

After making my sewing themed pouch, I went to make my girls pouches. I had tons of zippers in my sewing supplies and they had each picked out the colors they wanted. However, I quickly realized that even though the zippers I bought online said they were the length I needed, they were actually a bit too short. Fortunately extending a zipper isn’t too difficult! Here is how I did it:

How to lengthen a zipper. Pencil cases PDF sewing pattern. Stitched by Jennie

Cut two pieces of fabric. They need to be slightly wider than your zipper and long enough to extend your zipper to the length needed in your pattern. My zippers were only about 1-2 inches short, so I cut out  two pieces of fabric at 1.5″ x 1.5″. You can trim any excess fabric in a later step.

How to lengthen a zipper. Pencil cases PDF sewing pattern. Stitched by Jennie

Sew your fabric to each end of the zipper with right sides together.

How to lengthen a zipper. Pencil cases PDF sewing pattern. Stitched by Jennie

Flip your fabric right side out and press. You can now trim you fabric to be the same width as your zipper. Your extended zipper is now ready to use for your pencil pouch!

How to lengthen a zipper. Pencil cases PDF sewing pattern. Stitched by Jennie

When I was taking pictures of all our finished pencil pouches, I let each of the girls style their own photos. Here are the fun and unique pictures my girls came up with!

How to lengthen a zipper. Pencil cases PDF sewing pattern. Stitched by Jennie

How to lengthen a zipper. Pencil cases PDF sewing pattern. Stitched by Jennie

How to lengthen a zipper. Pencil cases PDF sewing pattern. Stitched by Jennie

How to lengthen a zipper. Pencil cases PDF sewing pattern. Stitched by Jennie

How to lengthen a zipper. Pencil cases PDF sewing pattern. Stitched by Jennie

How to lengthen a zipper. Pencil cases PDF sewing pattern. Stitched by Jennie

Since we homeschool, my girls do not use backpacks. However, I did sew up the XL size of the drawstring bag (it comes in five sizes). This bag is large enough to fit a binder, a pencil pouch and some other supplies. I know my daughter will get good use of it, and I think is the perfect size for packing for a sleep over.

How to lengthen a zipper. Pencil cases PDF sewing pattern. Stitched by Jennie

How to lengthen a zipper. Pencil cases PDF sewing pattern. Stitched by Jennie

How to lengthen a zipper. Pencil cases PDF sewing pattern. Stitched by Jennie

The pencil pouch and draw string bag are perfect for back-to-school. I am also thinking I might make some for as Christmas presents for my nieces and nephews.

How to lengthen a zipper. Pencil cases PDF sewing pattern. Stitched by Jennie

How to lengthen a zipper. Pencil cases PDF sewing pattern. Stitched by Jennie

How to lengthen a zipper. Pencil cases PDF sewing pattern. Stitched by Jennie

Pattern: Pencil case and Drawstring bag by Rebecca Page Patterns

Modifications: I extended the length of my zippers, and adjusted the width of the pencil slots for my sewing case.

Fabric: All fabric is from Jo-Ann Fabrics

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