Shark Pencil Case Tutorial

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Back to school time! Around here we pick out new pencils, load up our pouches and fill up on supplies {I always pick up a few things for myself and my sewing cottage}.

This year…and since it’s shark week, and the fact that the oldest has always had a fascination with sharks, I went with a little bit different.

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A shark pencil case.

Yes, something that could hold a bunch of pencils and look cool….and was for a boy too!

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Materials List:

grey -or your choice of color- fabric scraps

lite interfacing

red fabric- lining

white zipper 7″

pinking shears

shark pouch template– print off your and cut out pieces

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Instructions for Shark Pencil Case~

1)  Sew together your scraps until they are large enough to be cut out with the template

2)  Pin template in place and cut out 2 body pieces- out of patchwork and out of interfacing

3)  Laying the patchwork body piece on top of the interfacing, quilt together.  (I quilted straight lines)– set aside these two pieces


4)  Layer these in order– back fabric, interfacing, interfacing, top fabric, template for fin.

5)  Pin together the layers and cut out


6)  Sew around the sides (you can leave the bottom un-sewn)

7)  Cut the sides with your pinking shears– don’t cut your seam!


8)  Repeat so you have 2 side fins and one large fin for the top of the shark

9)  Take the body piece you are using for the top of your shark and fold in half- iron to crease

10)  Lay the large fin in the center of the shark and with the raw edge or bottom of the fin touching the center creasesharkpencilpouch3

11)  Fold the shark body in half again and sew 1/4″



12)  Repeat this with the bottom of the shark….with no fin.  Just fold in half and sew 1/4″

13)  Pin and stay stitch the side fins of the shark


14)  Lay right sides together and sew the sides and bottom fin of the shark- catching the side fins.  Stop and start your seams at the dots marked on the template

15)  Snip the curves, corners, and valleys


16)  Turn right sides out

17)  Cut out 2 pieces for the shark lining— notice that I didn’t cut the tail– you don’t really need it.  Just end the pouch with a square bottom- it does go to the end of the tail in length


18)  Lay right sides together of the lining and sew down the sides and bottom– leave a 3″ opening on one side for turning later and stop and start at the marks

19)  Pin the zipper or stay stitch the zipper in place at the mouth

20)  Place the pouch inside the lining and pin along the mouth with the zipper in between– this area is small, it’s a bit tricky


21)  Sew around the mouth securing the zipper — you might need to play a bit with this step. It’s tricky.  In the end after I had the bag all done, I did go back with needle and thread to secure the ends of the zipper– and to close an opening or hole.  If you find that you need a few touch ups after it’s done, just do it and don’t worry about it.  Mine turned out just fine after a few stitches here and there. Not even noticeable that the zipper was a little tough to deal with.

EDIT:  this has been added to help with the zipper.  Thank you to tm for putting into words what I didn’t!  You are the best!

Okay, to attach the zipper.

If it helps to picture it, remember that your finished zipper will be opposite of how you need to attach it. (The last step, we will turn both the lining and the zipper together, and then stuff them inside the shark. Doing this, will flap the zipper completely.)

That being said, we have to attach it “backwards” so it is correct in the end.

You should have the shark body, right side out. I placed it in between my knees, tail down, head up.

Take your zipper, and un-zip it.

Holding the 2 loose ends of the unzipped zipper in one hand and the zipper pull in your other, flip the zipper pull through it self. The zipper pull will be facing inward, but the 2 loose zipper ends will be facing outwards. Place the zipper pull in one corner of the mouth with the “teeth” facing DOWN toward the tail. The fabric part of the zipper will be facing up. Line up the fabric part of the zipper with the raw edge of your shark mouth.

Loosely pin zipper to shark. (loosely, cause we are going to re-pin it again with the lining. it doesn’t have to be prefect in this first step)

The zipper will be open and pinned to the OUTSIDE of the sharks mouth, with the zipper pull facing IN / upside down.

Next, take the red lining piece (right side together / inside out) and place it OVER the shark body, and OVER the zipper. 

Both ends of the zipper will be sticking out it is okay, you won’t see them in the end. If you zipper is too long, it is still okay. you won’t see it in the end, as it will be in-between the red lining and the inside of the shark, hidden.

One by one, take a pin out, and re-attach it, so all 3 parts are pinned together; shark, zipper, red lining.

***Remember, the zipper teeth are facing down, toward the tail and the fabric of the zipper is facing up, and is aligned with the raw edges of both the shark and the lining. You zipper pull will have a twist in it, cause earlier you pulled it through itself. this is correct.

Now, I hand stitched the zipper in place, because I am not experienced enough to do this with my sewing machine. 

***Keep in mind, if you sew too close to the TEETH of the actual zipper, the red fabric will get stuck in the zipper every time you try to open / close the zipper. Give yourself a little bit of room!

Once all 3 layers are sewn, pull the red lining up and over the head of the shark. Give it a yank, so the zipper also turns or flips.

Then, stuff the red lining into the sharks mouth. Pull out the zipper pull, which will correct your zipper direction.

Leave the stop ends of the zipper hidden inside.

(As the pattern says, you might have to go back and hand stitch some holes, etc. Because I did mine by hand, I did not have to.)

22)  Pull the bag through the opening and close the opening

23)  Stuff the lining inside the bag

24)  Stitch 2 black buttons on the top for eyes


Stuff the shark case with pencils, pens, glue sticks…or whatever supplies you’d like!  It’s just deep enough for the pencils and it can be stuffed quite full!

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What’s your favorite school supply– or what would you stuff inside?

Are you ready to learn a few more bag making tricks?  You’ll find this online class super helpful.  Plus, it’s free!


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