I love making things to store my craft stash in. This quick pouch takes less than an hour to make and you can make it to any size depending on the zipper. Mini ones would be cute for buttons and little bits. They’re also great just to put your work in when you travel – I always have one packed and ready to go with a crochet needle, scissors and ball of wool if I fancy making a granny square while I’m on the train or in the back of the car!
Step 1: Choose and iron your fabrics – you want 2 contrasting ones for an outer and a liner. Measure the length of your zipper and add an inch. I used an 11 inch zipper so cut my fabric into 12 inch x 9 inch rectangles.
Step 2: Get your pieces ready – you should have 2 pieces of fabric in each design and one zipper.
Step 3: Place the zipper at the top of the lining piece (right side up). Place the outer piece on top of the lining and zipper with the right side facing the zipper.
Step 4: You should have the 2 pieces of fabric aligned so that the right sides face the zipper (I’ve pulled a bit of the fabric back in this picture so you can see how the fabric lines up).
Step 5: Pin the fabric together.
Step 6: Sew along the top of the zipper as close as you can to the zip part. When you get near the end try and nudge the zip open a bit as it can be bulky to sew past the zipper fastener.
Step 7: You can see the pouch beginning to take shape. Line up the outer piece of fabric on the other side of the zip – again with the right side facing into the zip.
Step 8: Pin the liner piece to the zip and outer piece of fabric – with its right side facing the zipper.
Step 9: Lay the pouch out and open the zipper halfway. Fold the fabric back so the outer pieces are on top of each other (right sides facing) and the liner pieces are on top of each other (right sides facing).
Step 10: Stitch along the edges leaving a small gap on one side. I started at the zipper so I could make sure I was sewing at the edge of the zipper (usually there is a metal bit near the end so you can sew up to that to keep it neat).
Step 11: Turn the pouch the right way out.
Step 12: Trim the edges and cut the corners into diagonals. This will make the pouch lay neat and flat. Then stitch the small gap closed.
Give the pouch a good iron and it’s ready to fill with supplies!!
Happy crafting 🙂