A Simple Little Pouch Tutorial

February 25, 2016 § 25 Comments

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Hello, lovely people.  I recently gave a demo at my local quilt shop on how to make this little pouch . Here it is for you to enjoy.  I made the first one back in December and then gave it away as a gift.  That yellow fabric was SO lovely, but it was a clearance fat quarter and I haven’t found any more elsewhere. Granted, I haven’t looked all that hard either.

The inspiration started with a photo I saw on Pinterest. I just really liked the shape. So I started playing around with a piece of paper until I found a size that I liked. You can do the same and make this pouch bigger or smaller. If you make it smaller, though, you will need to either find a smaller zipper or cut down a bigger zipper. I used the 14″ zippers that are sold in my local quilt shop.

With that, let’s get started. You will need 3 different fabrics, one for the outside, one for the lining and one for the binding, and a 14″ zipper to match.

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  • Cut the outside fabric approximately 11” x 13”.  You can go a tiny bit smaller and still use a 14″ zipper but not much more than an inch smaller. After that you will need to find a smaller zipper.
  • Cut batting a little bit bigger than the outside fabric.
  • Cut lining fabric the same size as the batting.
  • Quilt as desired. I used a walking foot to quilt the pouch. You may also have an even feed feature on your machine.
  • I quilted mine with vertical lines 1” apart and parallel to the shorter edge and then diagonal lines to make a diamond pattern all over the bag.  I like to use my Hera Marker to mark where I want to sew.
  • Trim the rectangle to square it up. But don’t trim it much smaller than 10 1/2” x 12 1/2”, otherwise you may need a smaller zipper.

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  • Using a fabric marker of choice, mark a 6” diameter curve on each corner of the rectangle. This just happened to be the size of my cereal bowl. But you can use a pencil with string or a compass. You may even consider making the curve from a piece of template plastic if you want to make a lot of pouches. Then you will always have it on hand.

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  • Cut along the marked corners to make the corners rounded.

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  • Cut a 2 1/2” x Width-of-Fabric stripe for the binding. Press in half lengthwise.  If you are cutting from a fat quarter, you will need two 2 1/2″ strips, one for each side of the pouch.
  • Start sewing the binding to the quilted pouch rectangle in the middle of the short end and on the lining side. No need to finish the starting edges because this will eventually be cut off.

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  • Sew the binding to the lining side, fold over, and stitch it down to the outside of the pouch. I stitched the binding entirely by machine.
  • If you would prefer to hand sew the binding, then start by sewing the binding to the outside of the pouch and hand sew to the lining side.

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  • Mark the centers of the long edges with a pin or a marking pencil as well as the center of the zipper.

 

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  • Pin the zipper to the pouch.
  • Make sure that the distance between the end of the zipper and the center of the pouch side is the same on each side. You may need to repin to make them nearly the same.

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  • Sew one half of the zipper to the pouch, matching the center of the pouch with the center of the zipper. Be sure to use a zipper foot so that you can stitch close the the edge of the binding.
  • Starting in the center of the short end, topstitch the binding, then continue stitching to secure the zipper to the pouch. Stop sewing when you have reached the center of the other short end.

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  • Repeat by pinning the other half of the zipper to the other side of the pouch, matching the center marks of the pouch and the zipper.
  • Make sure that the ends of the zipper on the second half meet at the same place as the first half. You may need to repin and ease the zipper around to get it to match the first half.

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  • Start in the center of the short end where you previously ended and topstitch the binding and then sew over the zipper to secure it to the pouch, ending at the end of the other short side where the stitching started.
  • This is probably the most challenging part of the bag. It can be a little tricky trying to squeeze your presser foot into that tight corner.  You don’t need to start in the exact center. You probably have about an inch of leeway to adjust your starting point. That little corner will eventually be cut away.

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  • Fold in the ends of the pouch to make a pleated bottom. Mark a 3” line across the fold with a permanent marker or temporary pencil. This will be your stitching line. Mark the other end of the pouch in the same way.
  • Stitch along the marked line on each side, then cut away the corners, leaving a 1/4″ seam allowance.

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  • Cut two 4” x 2 1/2” pieces of binding from the lining fabric.
  • Fold each one in half and press. You will use these to cover the cut corner edges inside the pouch.

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  • Sew the binding to each corner. Fold the ends in and then fold over the binding. Pin in place and sew it down. This makes the inside so neat and tidy.

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  • Where there is a hole between the zipper and the corner seam, hand stitch the pouch binding together with a ladder stitch.  I stitched it twice for extra strength.

 

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This completes your Simple Little Pouch!

You can play with the size, or even adding a wrist strap or small handles to the top.  Make it your own!

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