Today I’m excited to share a pretty, little gift pouch tutorial with you.
This pouch is perfect for those just starting to sew…especially teen girls who want to make handmade gifts for friends or teachers! (And they look super cute filled with a few favorite things as well!)
Here’s what you will need to make these pouches:
*2 coordinating fat quarters (You can actually make 2 of these pouches using your 2 fat quarters!)
*Your usual sewing supplies…scissors, sewing machine, pins, etc
And here is how to put them together:
#1. Cut each of your pieces of fabric and your interfacing to be 8 and 1/2 inches wide and 18″ long.
#2. Iron your interfacing on to the wrong (back…unprinted) side of your exterior fabric.
#3. Using something round, like a mixing bowl, round the top edge of both pieces of fabric. Do this by placing the bowl at the top of the fabric, tracing around the arch with a pencil, then cutting along the newly drawn line.
#4. Place your exterior and interior fabric on top of one another with right (printed) sides together. Align the arch and the sides. Pin.
#5. Sew around the entire perimeter of the pouch. Begin on the short flat side and leave a two inch opening so you can flip your pouch right sides out. (You can see in the photo showing the pins that I have marked the opening on the bottom of my pouch with a pencil.)
#6. Using the opening at the bottom of the pouch flip your pouch right sides out and iron.
#7. Top stitch around the entire perimeter of your pouch. (Top stitching will close that opening you used for flipping the pouch right sides out.)
#8. Fold your pouch in thirds with the rounded end overlapping the flat end. Mark where you would like to place your velcro. Unfold. Stitch velcro in place.
#9. Refold pouch. Making sure your velcro still aligns and then pin the bottom flat fold into place. Stitch along each side to create your pouch. (NOTE: Do not sew the top flat to the sides! Open the top flap up before you start sewing.)
#10. Fold the top flap down to close your pouch using your velcro and you are all done….unless….you want to sew a decorative something something over the top of your velcro stitching. I added a simple fabric flower to mine, although my daughter wants to put iron on patches on hers….
All that is left to do now is to fill them with fun items and give them away!