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How to Pouch…. January 19, 2008

Filed under: How To....,Sewing — mintlatte @ 1:02 pm

As promised, you want fast easy pouches…you got it.   I have made a few small ones for sock projects, but the same concept can easily be applied to make one any size you need…..

I have made a few different kinds of these, some with square bottoms and other kinds of heavy construction but found these to be easier and a touch more versatile.

You will need:

Two coordinating fat quarters (or one if you want the lining and the outside of the pouch the same), scissors, a sewing machine (you can hand sew if you are veeerrrryyyy patient) some method to mark your fabric (chalk or fabric pens) a large safety pin, and some ribbon or cord to use as the drawstring.  If you like you can get one of those fancy cord grippers to keep it closed, but I usually just slip knot mine. 

Personally I have a little stash of fat quarters.  I think fat quarters are about the cutest things ever, especially if they come in matched sets tied with ribbons or string….I habitually purchase ANY fat quarter bundles I find on clearance, and I keep them in a little basket, and use them whenever misc. ideas jump into my head…..

fat quarters

Grab two coordinating prints that make you happy…… Really, you can just use one, but then your lining and the outside will be the same!!!

Fabrics 

Which leads us to our next step, press those fabrics into submission (relative squareness, this helps A LOT… trust me, just do it. ) Now cut them in half… you should get two approximately 11″ x 18″ pieces from each fabric.

halve it

Fold each piece in half RIGHT sides in, so that you have an 11″ x 9″ rectangle.  Sew UP from the fold on the bottom to the top edge on both sides, leaving at least 1/4″ seam allowance, you can leave more if you like (or if you lazily leave the selvage edge on).  I always sew up from the bottom, if the top turns out uneven, you can trim it, but if you sew down, and the bottom fold is uneven…wonkiness ensues.sew sides

When done you should have two like this….

two sides

Here is where it gets fun!  Turn the outside fabric right-side out, and place the outer pouch INTO the liner pouch, essentially you should have a little bag with the right sides together on the inside, and the wrong-sides facing you….

insides in

Give the two together a happy little shot of steam or even a good press, and lay it out in front of a ruler.

mark it

From the top, mark 1 & 1/2″ (you will be sewing across this line….) now find the top center and mark off one inch each side from the top center.  You will sew across the horizontal line all around the top of the bag EXCEPT for the two inch area marked off by the vertical lines.

sew top

Sew all the way around the top perimeter of the bag starting from the outer mark, and stopping at the inner mark.

with gap

Now is a really good time to trim all those loose thread ends, as it is your last chance.  Dark floater threads can often be seen through a light colored liner. If you think they won’t show feel free to ignore them 🙂  Using the little two inch hole at the top turn the whole mess inside out…..

inside out You can now tuck the lining fabric into the outer fabric, finally things will start looking right at least 🙂

Once again hit the iron, a good pressing can make even rubbish look fairly good at this point, so go for it….

press again

Now sew around the top again, all the way this time, with a 1″ seam allowance (this catches all the extra edge folded inside before and makes a brilliant drawstring tube!)

sew drawstring tube

All that’s left to do is thread through the cord, use your safety pin like a giant blunt needle, pull the cord through the top drawstring channel….

 drawstring tube

Make sure the cord will be as long as you like, then knot the ends together, I usually pull the knot through to the back side of the drawstring channel so it cant be seen, and I like to tack it in place so it doesn’t move either…

tack drawstring

And voila: finished pouch fit for a sock!

pouch with yarn

closed

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2 Responses to “How to Pouch….”

  1. Marin Says:

    Yee-ha! I have new material… now I know what to do with it!

  2. lyda Says:

    Awesome!!! I’m going to make a bunch of these. Thanks for the great directions!


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