This 3 ring binder pouch tutorial, written by Kathleen Farley of Seamsrite4u, makes an excellent back to school surprise for any of the students or teachers in your life.


The 3 ring binder pouch created from this tutorial is perfect for use in a school binder to hold school supplies such as pencils, rulers, notecards etc. The binder pouch consists of two small zippered pouches and one large pocket. The pouch measures 9″ x 11″. Canvas, nylon, and cotton (fat Quarters and scraps are perfect) are recommended for the construction.


  • Back piece: 10.25″ x 11.5″
  • Lining: 8.25″ x 11.5″
  • Top front pocket A: 1.75″ x 8.25″
  • Top front pocket B: 4.75″ x 8.25″
  • Bottom front pocket: 5.75″ x 8.25″
  • Fusible Interfacing: .75″ x 10″
  • 3 Zipper tabs: 1.5″ x 2″
  • 2-7″ zippers
  • 1-11″ zipper
  • 3-10mm grommets

Note: Everything is sewn with 1/4″ seam allowance


Starting with the zippers, press zipper tabs 1/4″ on all sides, WS together, then in half short side to short side.

Attach the tab to the end of the 7″ zipper and repeat for the other zipper.

With the top front pocket A piece laying RS up, take one of the zippers and lay it RS down along the bottom edge of piece A. The RS of the zipper and the fabric should be touching, with the zipper tab to the right and the zipper pull to the left.

Once sewn along the bottom edge, flip the zipper so it is right side up. Press piece A so it can be top stitched to the zipper. Topstitch a second time making sure the zipper edge encases the raw edge of fabric piece A underneath.

With the pocket A piece laid out as above, take front pocket B piece and lay the top edge RS down on the zipper. Sew it in place. Open it up. Top stitch as above.

Take the Second 7″ zipper and attach it to the bottom of pocket piece B, the same way you did the first zipper. Flip open and top stitch.

Now take the front bottom pocket piece and attach it to the bottom edge of the zipper the same way you did to the previous pieces.


Now, take the lining and lay it down RS up. On top of this, lay the front piece RS up. The WS of the top piece should be touching the RS of the lining.

Sew along the top stitch line of the second zipper adhering the front piece to the lining. Baste along the top edge and bottom edge of front piece adhering it to lining.


Attach a zipper tab on the zipper pull end of the 11″ zipper. Remove the excess zipper tape under the tab (this makes the side zipper lay flat.) Sew the zipper to the front piece along the right side, laying the zipper RS down and sewing through all of the layers.

[Ignore the fact that the zipper in the photo lacks a tab. I had to go back and insert it.] Flip the zipper open so the RS is facing up and top stitch. Make sure the lining is encased under the zipper tape. It gets a little thick around the zipper tabs of the front pockets.

In the same manner as the previous pieces, attach the back piece on the other side of the zipper. (It will be wider than the front piece to accommodate the grommets.) Align the RS of the fabric along the RS of the outer edge of the zipper and sew. Flip the fabric open and topstitch along the zipper, etc.

To enclose the large pouch, fold the fabric in half, along the large zipper, with the RS together. There will be extra fabric in the back (for the grommets.)

Secure the top and the bottom of the large pouch by stitching over the edges. To finish the edge, go back over it with a zig zag stitch or serge. Do not sew the left side with the extended back.


The next few steps will prepare the edge for the grommets, using either a table top press or the device that comes packaged with grommets.

Flip the binder pouch RS out.

Take the left side of pouch, where it extends beyond the edge, and press a 1/4” seam on the three sides. Fold over that piece so it covers the open edge of the small pouches by 1/4’’ and crease (so you know where the fold will be.) Open this up and lay the fusible interfacing strip against the crease. Fold the fabric back over, carefully lining up everything, and press.

Topstitch along all four sides of the grommet strip, getting as close to the edge as possible.

To place the grommets, place a mark at the middle of the grommet strip and 4.25” on either side of the middle, for a total of three marks. (See the pink lines in the above photo.)

The grommets should be placed ¼” in from the outside edge according to the directions of the device you are using to install them.

Congratulations, your project is now complete!

The pouch contains no raw edges. All edges are encased or finished with a zigzag stitch.