By now you'll have realised that the first time I try a pattern, I follow the instructions and measurements exactly. The next time I play...
I made this box pouch using some beautiful mexican oilcloth fabric that I won a while ago in a giveaway from I Just Love that Fabric. As I am intending for this pouch to be used as a pencilcase for Rascal, I increased the length.
Oilcloth is not the easiest fabric to work with. If you use pins, you need to do this where the holes won't be seen. It can also be difficult to sew the shiny side of the fabric using a sewing machine, but this is easy to fix by either laying a sheet of tissue paper between the presser foot and the fabric or by putting a piece of masking tape on the bottom of the presser foot- EASY! (I tried both of these techniques and they both work but my favoured option is the masking tape.)
... and the thing that I forgot (I always become over confident the second time that I make something and make a silly mistake). I forgot to add the tabs at the ends of the zipper. Not the end of the world, but they would definitely make the zip easier for a toddler to open and close.