I needed a little gift for a special little Kindergartner graduate so I decided to make another zippered bag and put colorful gel pens inside. (a bunch of fingernail polish colors would be fun too for an older girl or make the bag out of more boyish fabrics and fill with Matchbox cars! Hmmm. . . I think I'll probably end up making a lot of these. . .)
this tutorial for the gathered zippered bag that I made for me, but instead of following the dimensions given, which would have been much too big, I used the back of the pen package as my pattern for cutting out 4 rectangles of fabric. (2 for the exterior, 2 for the lining) and embellished the front with an appliqued initial and an eyelet ruffle instead of having a gathered front.