Thursday, February 9, 2017

boxy pouch {a free tutorial}

Hello friends, welcome!

Most of you know by now pouches of different shapes and sizes are one of my very favorite projects to sew and today I'm happy to share a new free tutorial for a boxy pouch with you today.

Pretty cute, aren't they? These pouches finish at 7" wide x 2" tall x 3" deep and would work great as pencil or make up pouches.

 And, to make things easier for you I even turned this tutorial into a printer friendly pdf file. Just click on the link below :).

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Ready to start sewing? Here we go!

Click here for printer friendly pdf file of this tutorial.

Materials needed:
main exterior fabric: two - 5.25" tall x 10" wide rectangles
contrasting exterior bands: two - 1" tall x 10" wide strips
lining fabric: two - 5.75" tall x 10" wide rectangles
raw edge binding: two - 2.5" tall x 4.5" wide rectangles
fusible fleece:  two - 5.75" tall x 10" wide rectangles
SF101 interfacing: two - 5.75" tall x 10" wide rectangles
9" zipper (metal or nylon depending on your preference)
two - 0.5" wide x 2.5" long ribbon for side tabs

You will also need:
disappearing fabric pen, ruler, zipper foot for your sewing machine

Use 1/4" seam allowance unless otherwise stated.

Exterior Panels 
1. Stitch contrasting exterior bands to top edges of both main exterior panels. Press seams towards contrasting bands, topstitch along the seam using 1/8" seam allowance.

2. Follow manufacturer's instructions to adhere fusible fleece to wrong side of both exterior panels.

3.  Follow manufacturer's instructions to adhere interfacing to wrong side of both lining panels.

4. Center zipper right side down along the top raw edge of exterior panel. Align zipper tape with exterior's top raw edge. Place lining panel right side down on top, align top raw edges, zipper is sandwiched between the exterior panel and lining.  Pin to hold in place. Use the edge of your zipper foot as a guide and stitch along the top pinned edge taking the pins out as you go. Press both exterior and lining away from zipper.

5. Attach second exterior panel and lining to second zipper tape following the same directions. Press the panels away from zipper.

6. Use 1/8" seam allowance to topstitch along both sides of zipper, stitching through both exterior panel as well as lining.

7. Fold both side tab ribbons in half, center each along one edge of zipper as shown in picture below, baste using 1/8" seam allowance.

8. Open zipper half way and keep it that way! Align exterior panels on top of each other and lining panels on top of each other, pin along both long edges as shown below. Stitch along the pinned edges backstitching at the beginning and end. Press the seams open.

9. Turn the pouch lining side out, align zipper over bottom seam. Use Wonder Clips to hold zipper in place.

10. Use disappearing fabric pen to mark A points as shown below.

11. Use ruler to measure and mark 1" away from both sides of point A, mark those as point Bs. Do the same marks on each side of the remaining three points A.

12. Align points B over each other, point A is hidden inside (make sure all the raw edges are aligned). Use Wonder Clips to hold each edge folded as shown below.

13. Use 1/4" seam allowance to baste both side edges. Check on the exterior side to make sure all the panels and folds are caught in the seam. If something got out of place in the process go back, rip out the seam, and redo the folds.

14. Fold and press both binding strips in half lengthwise. Align one binding's raw edges with pouch's raw edge, use 1/4" seam allowance to attach binding to pouch (about 1/2" of binding will be sticking out on each side, don't attach that to pouch at this time).

15. Fold the part of binding that was sticking out in previous step around the side edge, hold in place and fold binding over to cover raw edge. Use clips to hold everything in place.

16. Wrap and bind second corner the same way. Use 1/8" seam allowance to stitch binding in place.

17. Follow the same directions to bind second side raw edge.

18. Turn the pouch right side out, adjust the sides to make your pouch rectangular and boxy, add zipper pull if you wish, and you're all finished. Congratulations!!

I'd love to see your lovely makes. Please share your finished pouches in my Flickr group
(sotak handmade inspired) or on Instagram using

Happy sewing! Svetlana


  1. OH MY BLERG a boxed pouch without boxing eight corners? I'm in. Can't wait to make this! Thanks!!

  2. so pretty, thank you for the tutorial ..

  3. What a great tutorial! Thank you! ...I guess, I know what I'll be doing on the weekend. ;)

  4. LOVE it! I have been looking for a boxy pouch that doesn't have exposed seams inside. Thank you thank you thank you!

  5. How can I ever resist such a charming Box pouch, made up in Rifle Paper Company fabrics along with that cute black and white stripe? Thank you very much for sharing your talents and this tutorial. --Elizabeth

  6. So, so cute! and just in time for me to make one for my daughter's birthday! Thank you so much!

  7. Looks great - thanks for the free tutorial. xx

  8. Cynthia, I have always wanted to try making a small pouch and this just might be the tutorial to get me to try. I have never sewn a zipper in my life. SO CUTE!!!!! What great gifts these would make!

  9. what are the "clips" holding things in place before you sew?

  10. What a cute pouch...thanks for the tutorial (and for making it printer friendly)!!!

  11. This looks like a very practical pouch and also would make a perfect gift! I haven't done zippers in years but I will give it a shot. Thank you so much for the pattern and tutorial! I've already printed it out.

  12. I love your fabric choice. this looks really easy. thanks for sharing.

  13. Just made 2 of these little darlings! Adore the inset of contrasting fabric or stripes on either side of the zipper. Adds the extra detailing that takes this pouch to next level. Thank you for the wonderful tutorial.

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