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…
- Clear vinyl – 8 gauge
- Oil Cloth
- Cotton Fabric
- Fusible interfacing – Pellon Decor Bond 809 works great.
- Disappearing fabric ink pen
- Velcro strips
- Sewing machine and sewing supplies
- Double fold bias tape
- Paper scissors
- Pen and ruler
- 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:
- Cut the oilcloth: 1 rectangle measuring 9″ x 11″ and 2 strips measuring 9″ x 2″
- Cut the lining and fusible interfacing: 1 rectangle each measuring 9″ x 11″
- Cut the clear vinyl: 1 rectangle measuring 9″ x 10″
- Cut velcro: 2 strips measuring 9″ in length. 2 pieces 1 ” in length
- Fuse the interfacing to the backside of the cotton lining
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.