Last week I finally had a few spare moments to sit down and think. I gathered all my bias tape and zippers and came up with this tutorial. I love finding unique fabric, colorful trim, a fun notion or doo-dad and combining them all in different ways.
There are a few great things about this pouch. #1. LOTS of color #2. It is super easy to sew AND #3.. You don’t need to add lining. Not adding lining is my favorite part. The fabric is already quilted. It is a double sided quilted cotton from Riley Blake Designs. I was part of their blog hop last July and asked for way too much fabric. I’ve had extra in my stash begging to be used. I love that you just bind the seams and are good to go.
- Double sided quilted cotton fabric – check out Riley Blake Designs
- Bias tape – I used Wrights 1/2″ double fold bias tape
- Sewing supplies
- Rotary cutter, mat and quilting ruler – check out Creative Grids
- Disappearing fabric pen or chalk pen – I love using the Clover Chaco Liner
- Sewing machine
- Iron and ironing board
Before we get started, you need to cut your fabric. Below are the dimensions for 2 sizes:
- Small pouch – cut 2 rectangles measuring 13″L x 6.5″W
- Large pouch – cut 2 rectangles measuring 14″L x 9″W
Let’s get sewing:
- Cut 2 pieces of bias tape the length of your fabric. Leave a 1/2″ at each end. Cover the raw edge with the bias tape and sew. Make sure the bias tape is sewn to the long end of each rectangle.
- Cut your zipper to size. Cut the zipper 1 1/2″ shorter than the length of the rectangle [13″]. Cut 2 pieces of bias tab for the tab at each end. Cover the ends with the tape. I wrote a tutorial that will help this on Momtastic. Click here to see the tab step in more detail.
- Lay the zipper under the bias tape. Center the zipper. There should be 3/4″ at each end. Stitch in place.
- Lay the other rectangle on top of the zipper. Repeat as step above.
- Fold in half along the zipper. Right sides facing each other. Pin at side seams. Place into sewing machine and stitch the sides together with a 1/2″ seam allowance. Open the zipper and then sew the bottom edge together with the 1/2″ seam allowance.
- Cut the bias tape to the length of the side seam. Leave a little extra for wiggle room. Cover the raw edges. Repeat for the bottom edge.
- Pinch and wiggle the side and bottom seams to lay on top of each other. Make sure there is a 45 degree angle at the side, place the ruler 1 1/2″ from the tip and draw a line with a disappearing fabric pen. Pin. Place into sewing machine and stitch following the line.
- Cut off the ends. Bind the edges with bias tape. Turn right side out. Wiggle all corners into place and you are complete.
That’s it. Finished sizes are: small pouch is 11 3/4″L x 3″W x 4 1/2″H and the large pouch is 13″ L x 3 5/8″ x 6 3/4″
There are so many options for this guy. I’m surprised at the large size and how useful it is. I hold my sewing stuff in it, but it would also be great for make-up, baby gear or school stuff… And remember that gift giving season is coming up. I promise, any friend, sister or Mom would love to receive this pouch.
That’s it for today. Let me know how it goes. I love hearing from you. If you make a pouch, please come to my Facebook page and share your photos. Also, please come back on Thursday.. I’m working with Jo-Ann fabrics and sharing my Fabric A-Frame Organizer as part of the #SewYourStyle Jo-Ann and Pellon blog hop. I’m pretty excited about this opportunity.
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