DIY.. Double Sided Vinyl Pouch

I’ve thought about making a double sided vinyl pouch for months. Every time I shove something into my purse – receipts, coupons, make-up, crayons.. The vision of my pouch pops into my head.

The best part, it folds in half and will fit nicely into a purse or suitcase..

I’ve made a version of this pouch before and use it all the time.  Clear vinyl rocks – I love how easy it is to see all my stuff inside. I have a lot of work travel coming up and I wanted to use the pouch to hold my worldy possessions. Perfect timing to finally put my thinking cap on and figure out how to make it…

Materials Needed:

  1. Clear vinyl – 8 gauge
  2. Oil Cloth
  3. Cotton Fabric
  4. Fusible interfacing – Pellon Decor Bond 809 works great.
  5. Disappearing fabric ink pen
  6. Velcro strips
  7. Sewing machine and sewing supplies
  8. Double fold bias tape
  9. Paper scissors
  10. Pen and ruler
  11. Wonder clips – Optional. Don’t own wonder clips? I suggest you buy a pack, they work great on projects where pins just won’t do.

Note: I love sewing with vinyl and have tried heavier gauges on different projects. This was the first time sewing with the 8 gauge. At first I thought it might be a bit thin, but after I tested it out on a few samples, I really like the end result. Afraid to sew with vinyl? Fear not, I have a quick tip post on the subject.  Click here to read more about it.

Before we get started, you will need to do the following:

  1. Cut the oilcloth: 1 rectangle measuring 9″ x 11″ and 2 strips measuring 9″ x 2″
  2. Cut the lining and fusible interfacing: 1 rectangle each measuring 9″ x 11″
  3. Cut the clear vinyl: 1 rectangle measuring 9″ x 10″
  4. Cut velcro:  2 strips measuring 9″ in length. 2 pieces 1 ” in length
  5. Fuse the interfacing to the backside of the cotton lining

Cutting directionsV2

Alright, time to get sewing:

Step 1 – Lay the lining on top of the oilcloth. Wrong sides together. The oilcloth should be facing right side down. Turn and fold the short end under 1/2″. Finger press to hold the fold. While holding the edge under, place the velcro on top. The velcro placement needs to be close to the edge. Use wonder clips to secure at edge. Place into sewing machine and edgestitch the velcro down. Repeat for other end. Stitch along the other long side of the velcro.

Step 2 – Now place the long rectangle pieces onto your work surface. Right side down. Turn and fold the short side 1/2″. Place the folded edge OVER the clear vinyl edge. Finger press. Lay the velcro on top. The velcro placement to be close to the top edge. Use wonder clips to help hold in place. Place into sewing machine and edgestitch the velcro down. This secures the top side of the velcro down. Turn the fold the other side under 1/2″. The velcro should hide the edges. Adjust so that the seam allowance is even. Place into sewing machine and topstitch down. Repeat for the other side.

Step 3 – Turn the vinyl piece to be right side up. Measure inwards about 5/8″ and place the 1″ velcro piece. Stitch down. Repeat for the other 3 velcro pieces.

Step 4 – Place right sides together. Use wonder clips to secure at top and bottom edges. Place into sewing machine and stitch together with a 3/8″ – 1/2″ seam allowance. Repeat for the other side.

Step 5 – Cut 2 of bias binding approximately 12″ . Place the double fold bias tape over each seam allowance. Fold under at each end. Stitch down with sewing machine.

Step 6 – Gently pull the pouch right side out. Wiggle around to lay nicely. Finger press seam allowance edges.

Step 7 – Fold in half to find center.  Mark a dashed line with the disappearing ink pen. The pen line may not hold. If this is the case, use tape or something to help guide the stitch line through your sewing machine. Place into your sewing machine and stitch following the line. Backstitch at each end.

Well, that’s it. Fun right? Think of all the stuff you can fill it with – coupons and store receipts, make-up and brushes, travel essentials, phone cords, kids stuff, school stuff.. Oh the list goes on.

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27 Responses to DIY.. Double Sided Vinyl Pouch

  1. onel April 27, 2014 at 8:46 pm #

    This vinyl pouch is such a practical idea! I have this big bag but they have no additional pockets inside the bag, which makes it difficult if I place my keys and cell together. I know I can always use a cell pouch to protect it but I’d rather make a pouch like this to organize all the stuff. Again thanks a lot for the sewing instructions! Love this!

    • Haberdashery Fun April 27, 2014 at 10:45 pm #

      Thanks Onel!

  2. Anne Weaver April 28, 2014 at 10:18 am #

    This is awesome!! I could use a couple in my purse! I’ve linked to your tutorial on Craft Gossip here:

  3. Alex April 29, 2014 at 11:53 am #

    This is such a cute idea! Perfect for storing make-up in a carry on!
    Thank you for sharing!

  4. Amy @ Marvelous Mommy May 2, 2014 at 4:24 pm #

    Love this! Great tutorial too!

  5. Patti May 4, 2014 at 7:29 pm #

    I’ve been looking for just the perfect vinyl case to use in my carry on bag. It never crossed my mind to sew my own. That’s for sharing this.

  6. MamaTijeras May 5, 2014 at 11:46 am #

    Great idea! Thanks for sharing!

  7. Morgan May 6, 2014 at 6:29 pm #

    Your tutorial is awesome and I have never thought of sewing with vinyl. Do you have an etsy shop? I think you have excellent products! Thanks for linking up, you are inspiring me to get back to sewing big time.

    • Haberdashery Fun May 9, 2014 at 4:04 pm #

      Hi Morgan, I’ve been meaning to respond. Thank you so much for the comment, it made my day. It’s nice to hear that my little projects are inspiring people. :) Have a great weekend.

  8. Heather Haigh May 11, 2014 at 10:33 am #

    That’s a really clear Tutorial – thank you. Those wonder clips look really useful – I must get some of those.

    • Haberdashery Fun May 11, 2014 at 5:32 pm #

      Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment :). For sure get the wonder clips – I suggest starting with the small size… There are so many uses for them. I love to use them when pins won’t work/will leave holes.

  9. Rachel May 19, 2014 at 1:10 pm #

    Oh WOW! I love this so, so, so much. The design is genius. I can’t wait to make one… super giftable too! I would love to link to your tutorial if you didn’t mind!

    • Haberdashery Fun May 19, 2014 at 3:34 pm #

      Hi – Thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment. It is ok to link back to my blog :) I would love to see finished images of your pouch.

  10. Tea June 17, 2014 at 10:59 pm #

    my sister just pointed out to me about carrying baggies for her cell charger and cord; This is a really cool project and just in time. Thanks for being a guess on SewCanShe with this feature.

    • Haberdashery Fun June 20, 2014 at 9:48 am #

      Isn’t that the truth? I use ziplock baggies for everything! I get inspired when I shove something into one and think ah-ha!! I need to make a pouch. Have a great weekend.

  11. Nat June 26, 2014 at 5:20 am #

    Thank you very much pour your tutorial! It makes it so easy to do!! You can see it on my blog.
    I’ll comme back on you blog because there’s is a lot of wonderful ideas !! (excuse my bad english !…. ;-( )

    • Haberdashery Fun June 26, 2014 at 10:18 am #

      Thank you! I checked out your finished pouch and it is amazing! Love the polka dot fabric you chose!

  12. marité July 7, 2014 at 10:34 am #

    Please voulez vous me dire comment faire pour pouvoir lire et utiliser vos tutos en français
    Car j adore ce que vous faites.

    Merci merci

    • Haberdashery Fun July 14, 2014 at 4:36 pm #

      Thank you for your comment!:) Your best bet would be to translate the tutorials on google..It might work, as I translated what you said to me :) I’m sorry I can’t be of more help.

  13. Cheryl August 16, 2014 at 4:01 pm #

    What kind/size of needle did you use with the 8 gauge vinyl? What kind of thread? I’m working on a project using 12 gauge but I’m not sure which thread is best I don’t need super-strong (making pockets to insert name tags – sewn onto a garment bag).

    • Haberdashery Fun August 16, 2014 at 4:19 pm #

      I used a standard needle size and cotton thread. I’ve used clear thread as well, but it was harder to use. Keep extra long tails and hold on to them when you start sewing, it will help feed the vinyl through. Test your machine with a small piece of vinyl before you get going on your project. Also, once you puncture the vinyl it’s basically ruined. So you only have one shot sewing it


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