How to Sew 3-ring Pencil Pouches with Grommets


Make your own DIY pencil pouches to go in a 3-ring binder!


Guess what??? It’s almost back to school time! Here in Florida school starts up in less than a month.

We should start shopping for school supplies soon (or we could just scavenge the left-overs at Target the weekend before school starts – as we usually do – he he).





In the meantime, I decided to see if I could make my Clippie Zippie pouch work as a 3-ring Zipper Pouch. 

It’s already the perfect size for pencils – and it’s see-through if you sew the front with either mesh (my favorite) or vinyl.


The only change that I had to make was to leave off the clip tab and install 3 large eyelets instead.

Side note: people must think eyelets are difficult to use based on the number of unopened packages I’ve found at yard sales and thrift stores! They are actually very easy to install – I always just follow the instructions on the back of the package. 🙂


In order to mark correct placement of the eyelets, I laid the finished pouch (that doesn’t have a clip tab) inside a 3-ring binder.

Then I used a pencil to make small dots where I would center the eyelets.


My favorite part is that I sewed up these two 3-ring zipper pouches entirely from scraps!

I started with a couple yards of left-over navy polka dot bias binding that I had in my scrap bin.

Then I realized that it would look cute with my precious Heather Ross Briar Rose scraps.


And I was right… My girls love them and I have 2 less items to scavenge for the weekend before school starts! 

Make your own 3 ring binder pouches by sewing up my free Clippie Zippies pattern (without the ‘clippie’). Then add 3 large or extra large eyelets. Viola!

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