Pouches are one of the simplest + most useful sewing projects, even for a beginner. Not just super-useful, though, they're a fun project because you need just a fat quarter of fabric, or less!
I had some scrap pieces of hand-dyed Kona cotton, left over from test batches (when I was testing colors for my final Sweet Peach recipe). The colors and mottling are so pretty. I wanted to make sure I used them, even though the pieces were fairly small. So I whipped up 2 different kinds of pouches!
Read on for details and links to the tutorials I used.
I sewed this after Julian went to bed last night, and loved it so much that I grammed it right away—including a note about WHY I don't usually sew in the fringe hours. I'm too tired to be detail-oriented! My zipper is a little wonky. DERP. No worries, though, this new little pencil pouch is still pretty + will be perfect to carry a few drawing pens and pencils in my purse.
zippered pouch materials
- 2 pieces outer fabric, measuring* about 9" x 7" / I used hand-dyed Kona cotton
- 2 pieces lining fabric, measuring* about 9" x 7" / I used a scrap from Ikea
- 9" zipper / I used a metal YKK zipper from Zipit on Etsy
- Zipper foot for your sewing machine
* Note on these measurements: I should have cut my fabric about 10" wide to give clearance for my metal zipper. You can't sew over metal zippers the way you can plastic ones! Also, the height of the fabric is totally up to you; this is a rather tall measurement for a pencil pouch, but I wanted to keep my shibori design intact.
I used a couple very basic zippered pouch tutorials to put this together, since I hadn't done one in a while. You can see a few pinned on my Things I Want to Make board. That said, my favorite zippered pouch tutorials are the Open Wide pouch from Noodlehead and the ones on Purl Soho. Those are more detailed than this pouch, but the tutorials are fantastic. If you're new to zippers, I'd recommend at least reading a few tutorials before you embark, anyway!
Drawstring pouches are so simple, and you don't even need a zipper foot to make it happen. I sewed this bag to house the mini First Aid-kit in my car. It holds a bottle of sunscreen, a box of Band-aids, some Neosporin, and Benadryl for bug bites. Easy-peasy, and way cuter than the plastic baggy I was using until today!
drawstring pouch materials
- 1 piece of fabric, measuring about 8" x 21" (about half of a fat quarter) / I used hand-dyed Kona cotton
- Ribbon or twill tape
I used this simple tutorial from Moda Bakeshop, didn't change a thing! I did have to stitch the ends of my twill tape, because it frays easily.