Sewing Tutorial: Make a Marker Holster

Keep your little one’s craft supplies handy. Giddy up.

Is your little cowboy (or gal) constantly leaving arts and crafts supplies strewn around the house? Here’s a little something that can help with that. Make an easy-sew marker holster and keep all those pens, pencils and markers handy. I know you can always throw them into a zip-top bag (and I sometimes do!) – but these are a lot cuter. The elastic detail adds color and function, and you can personalize the holsters easily with iron-on lettering. They’re a perfect home for back-to-school supplies, and they also make thoughtful gifts.

Sewing Tutorial: Make a Marker Holster

To make a holster, you’ll need these sewing supplies:

  • 1/4 yd fabric (main print)
  • 1/4 yd fabric (solid lining)
  • 1/2 yd fusible fabric interfacing
  • Dritz® 5/8″ fold-over elastic (colors shown are: Tile Blue and Yellow)
  • Dritz® iron-on letters (styles shown are: Monogram and Block)
  • Straight pins
  • Omnigrid® ruler, mat and rotary cutter
  • Scissors
  • Sewing machine
  • Iron

Sewing Tutorial: Make a Marker Holster 1) Cut fabrics to the following sizes:

Main (print):

  • 5-1/2″ x 15″ – body
  • 5-1/2″ x 10-1/2″ – middle pocket

Lining (solid):

  • 5-1/2″ x 15″ – body
  • 5-1/2″ x 14″ – front pocket

Interfacing:

  • 5-1/2″ x 15″ – body
  • 5-1/2″ x 5″ – middle pocket
  • 5-1/2″ x 6-3/4″ – front pocket

Elastic: 5-1/2″


Sewing Tutorial: Make a Marker Holster 2) Fold pockets in half widthwise, wrong sides together, and press to crease. On wrong side, position interfacing pieces at crease over one half of the pocket. Follow manufacturer’s directions to fuse interfacing to pockets and main body.

Note: the seam allowance will extend slightly past the interfacing. This will eliminate bulk at the seam.


Sewing Tutorial: Make a Marker Holster 3) Place the lining body fabric flat on the table, right side up. Fold middle pocket fabric back over the interfacing at the fold. Position the pocket at the bottom end of the lining. Pin.

4) Place the main body fabric on top, with right sides together. Pin edges. Stitch with 1/4″ seam, leaving the bottom end at pocket open. Turn right side out. Press.


Sewing Tutorial: Make a Marker Holster 5) For flap band, place the elastic strip on the right side of the front pocket half with the interfacing, and 1/2″ down from the center fold. Pin.

Now fold pocket fabric back over the elastic, right sides together, aligning edges.


Sewing Tutorial: Make a Marker Holster 6) Pin and stitch just the two long edges with 1/4″ seam. Turn right side out. Press.

Sewing Tutorial: Make a Marker Holster 7) Lay the body piece on the table with the middle pocket facing down. Position the front pocket on top, with the elastic side facing down, aligning the two open ends. Stitch the two open ends together with 1/4″ seam.

Optional: Getta Grip® Clips work great when the fabric is too bulky for pins!


Sewing Tutorial: Make a Marker Holster 8) Press the seam towards the front pocket. Topstitch 1/8″ from seam on front pocket.

Sewing Tutorial: Make a Marker Holster 9) Flip the front pocket to the front, and pin so the folded edge is 1″ below the top edge of the middle pocket. This will add 1″ to the length and create a 1″ accent piece on the back.

10) Topstitch long edges and across flap to finish.


Sewing Tutorial: Make a Marker Holster 11) Following package instructions, apply iron-on letters to the front flap or bottom of the front pocket.

12) Fold the flap down and tuck into the elastic band to close.

You like? I’d love to hear what kind of easy-sew storage solutions you have for your kid’s stuff. Please leave a comment and tell us.

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