Originally posted here for Fancy Little Thing's Back to School Month
This is probably my favorite kind of sewing. Sewing clothes is great but, usually much more difficult and large scale. Sewing accessories like these pouches gives you the opportunity to really get creative with colors. And the added charm is just that; added charm. These make great gifts for virtually anyone. With the right fabric (maybe some upcycled leather or tweed) and the right charm (they have compasses, and books, and other manly-ish ones) it could even be a great gift for a guy.
Let's get started, shall we?
(10" or longer)
One sheet of Felt
(9" x 12")
(Found in the beading section of Hobby Lobby)
Cut your fabric into to two 9.5" x 3.5" rectangles.
Cut your sheet of felt in half and lay a section of fabric on each.
Now for some quilting fun! Sew some straight lines (or another design) down the length of your fabric.
Now for the zipper. Don't let this part scare you! It's not as hard as you might think. You don't need a special zipper foot. Just your regular old presser foot will do.
Sew with about a 1/4" inseam.
Flip the zipper over and sew a quick top stitch if you like.
Lay this piece right side up
and then lay down the other section of fabric face down and pin as shown:
Stitch with a 1/4 inch inseam and again finish with a top stitch.
Pin the fabric right sides together
and sew straight across the bottom.
Fold the pouch so that the zipper is right on top of the seam you just sewed.
Sew along the short ends of the pouch.
Cut off any extra material.
Turn it right side out and use an iron to help shape it. Add a little charm if you like and you're all done!
A spiffy little pencil pouch to give as a gift or just keep for yourself (;
Throw it in your bag/purse/backpack and be on your way.
Thanks to all of you who supported me in the idea of opening an Etsy shop (in this post). I truly appreciate each and every kind word. I finally did it! You can find my shop here. I'm not expecting to have many items in stock at one time, but I figured I would just add things as I go.
Here are the first additions to the shop! Click the pic for the link to the listing (: