My oldest child begins school in a week. (A week! School should not start in August in New England. Our summers are short enough! It goes against everything right and natural.) His supply list includes "A SMALL zippered 'pencil' bag for personal effects (please, no pencil 'boxes')."
Well, obviously I was sewing that. Zippers? Pouches? Yes, please.
I was looking for standard camouflage fabric, either jungle or desert, simply because he's a ten-year-old boy and likes that sort of thing even though he is the biggest pacifist I know at heart. But I couldn't find green or tan, and so settled for this blue, which my daughter said looked like clouds on the ocean. (I won't tell the boys that.) And of course I made two, because even though my younger son will be homeschooling, who doesn't like a new pencil pouch? I plan to make some out of different fabric for my daughter and myself, too.
I used 8" zippers for these. I have one I made with a 7" zipper, and that opening is just a little too short for a new, sharpened pencil. Both stores I looked in skipped from 7" to 9" zippers, so I ordered from Zipit Zippers again. Such a huge selection, and the orders come super quick.
I lined these with denim, to give it some sturdiness.
I was actually hoping to find some boy-appropriate upholstery fabric, because these pouches are sturdy without being bulky, but I couldn't. (I did, however, find a purple and green version of the same fabric those pouches are made from, so I bought a yard.) The denim lining does make it a little bulky, but a pencil isn't going to poke through it, either.
Alas, that was the only thing on his supply list I could make myself, but at least I'm sending along something handmade in his backpack. We'll just have to wait and see how it goes here with one in school and two at home.