A new era officially kicks off for my little family today: my oldest daughter, Sophie, starts kindergarten this morning! She’s super excited for the start of a new school year, but I’m trying not to be a blubbery mess – especially since my youngest daughter, Alice, starts preschool (at the same school!) a bit later in the week. Anyway, in honor of Sophie’s first day of kindergarten, I have a fun project for you today: a DIY watercolor floral pencil pouch!
A couple of weeks ago I rounded up eleven of my favorite pencil pouches available for purchase, but I couldn’t find a floral option that I really loved. Vibrant watercolor florals have a special place in my heart, so I teamed up with Courtney from Swiss Cottage Designs to create a colorful illustrated floral pattern for this DIY version! Of course, I styled these as pencil pouches, but you could also use it as a makeup or catch-all bag – or make a bunch of them to give as bridesmaid gifts! The whole process is a snap, so let’s get right to it!
To make this DIY watercolor floral pencil pouch:
Step 1. Download and print our watercolor floral template onto iron-on transfer paper for white or light color fabrics. The instructions are different for each type and brand of transfer paper, so be sure to follow the printing instructions on the package.
Step 2. Cut out the floral pattern. It’s totally fine to cut loosely around the entire floral illustration, you just want to cut everything down to fit the size of the zipper pouch.
Step 3. Place the floral pattern on the zipper pouch and iron on according to the package instructions. Some will have you iron on face down, some face up, some require everything to cool before removing the liner, etc. – so just be sure to follow the exact instructions according to your package. It’s totally easy!
Step 4. Fill your floral pouch with pens, pencils, or whatever makes you happy and you’re good to go!
I just love how these turned out! So vibrant and cheerful – and so useful in so many ways. Download the printable floral watercolor pattern from Swiss Cottage Designs below!
Photos by Nole Garey for Oh So Beautiful Paper