Tuesday, May 5, 2015

qayg pouches {a tutorial}

As promised, I'm back with a tutorial on how to turn a qayg slab of patchwork (or any kind of patchwork for that matter) into a pouch.

I like to use metal zippers for his kind of pouches as I think their chunkier look fits this style of patchwork well. I buy my zippers in many colors and sizes on Etsy from Zipit but there are others who sell great zippers as well.

This is a sort of "generic" tutorial which can be adjusted depending on what size and shape of pouch you like, what zipper you have on hand, how big your patchwork slab is, ...

Here's what you'll need:
patchwork slab big enough for two exterior panels
metal zipper (1" shorter than width of your pouch's exterior panel)
3" long ribbon of choice
fabric for lining (you'll use exterior panels as templates)

round object (I used a cup) to round corners
disappearing fabric marker or pen
Wonder clips and/or pins
zipper foot for your sewing machine

Use 1/4" seam allowance unless otherwise noted. 

Please read all the instructions before you start sewing :)

1. Measure your zipper. Mine is 8" long (only measure from beginning of teeth to end stopper, not the zipper tape).

 2. Cut your slab of patchwork into two panels. Width of panel depends on length of your zipper (just add 1" to your zipper length) x how tall you want your pouch to be (also depends on the size of your slab). My exterior panels measure 5.5" tall x 9" wide.

3. Use a cup or any round object to round corners of your exterior panels by tracing the curve and cutting on the line. Use one panel as a template to cut out two linings.

4. Prepare the zipper - fold zipper tape towards wrong side at about 35 degree angle, tack in place either by machine or by hand. Make sure to stitch only within seam allowance.


5. Fold ribbon in half and baste (using 1/8" seam allowance) it to right side of exterior panel bout 1" from the top edge. Center zipper right side down along the top raw edge of exterior panel. Align the zipper with the edge, pin to hold in place. Baste, using 1/8" seam allowance and your sewing machine zipper foot, taking the pins out as you go.

6.  Place lining right side up on a flat surface. Place exterior with basted zipper right side down on top. Align all the edges and pin along the top edge (zipper is sandwiched in between the two layers).

7. Stitch along the top pinned edge taking the pins out as you go. Use the edge of your zipper foot as a guide to make sure your stitching is as straight as possible.

8. Press both the exterior and lining away from zipper. This is what your pouch will look like at this stage.

9. Place second exterior panel right side down on a flat surface. Put the zipper + exterior and lining from previous step on top - right sides together. Align top raw edge of exterior with zipper tape. Pin and baste along the top edge using 1/8" seam allowance.

10. Place second lining right side up on a flat surface. Put the pouch from previous step lining side down. Align top raw edges, pin, and stitch along the top edge taking the pins out as you go.

11. Press both exterior and lining away from zipper and topstich on both sides along the zipper using 1/8" seam allowance.

12. Open the zipper about half way, align exterior panels on top of each other and linings on top of each other as well, pin/clip all the way around. (topstitching seams are pointing towards lining)

13. Start sewing all the way around making sure to leave about 4" opening in the lining seam for turning. Press the seams open and clip around the curved edges.

14. Turn the pouch right side out through the opening in the lining. Stitch the lining closed.

15. Push the lining gently into the pouch, give it one final press, remove all the stray threads and you're finished, yay!

Congratulation! Add a little zipper pull to your zipper if you like, fill with the pouch with goodies of choice and enjoy.

Hope you enjoyed this tutorial.

And, as always, if you make a project using any of my tutorials please add it to my Flickr group. I love seeing all your amazing creations.



  1. I've been looking forward to this tutorial since you mentioned it yesterday! You always make the most beautiful bags and pouches, I love getting to see how you construct them. Thanks for the tutorial!

  2. Perfect tutorial and gorgeuos pouches! If I ever get caught up...this is my next project! Thanks for the follow up!

  3. All clear and simple, thank you very much for tutorial! And for the time you spent to teach us :)

  4. oh, so FABULOUS!!!! can't wait to make some with my girls!!

  5. This tutorial is awesome!!! I've made a few pouches but the techniques just didn't "stick" in my brain. The photos in your tutorial really helped me visualize each step. I am in a pouch swap in my guild and hopefully once I get my partner's deets (and make sure there are no crazy requests) I will give this a try!

  6. Love this! I'm definitely going to try these. Where did you get your awesome ribbon? I love how it looks like mattress ticking.

  7. I so love your 9-patch pouch! Enough to get over my zipper anxiety to make one. Thank you for this tutorial!

  8. Great tutorial, Svetlana! Love your style!

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  10. I like your method of installing the zipper! Cute bag too! Thank you

  11. Thanks for sharing! Your blog, pictures and tutorials are so nicely done. So beautiful to the eye! You are very create and thanks SEW much for sharing your talent!

  12. Should step 9 read: "9. Place second exterior panel right side UP on a flat surface."? That's what your photo shows

    1. Yes- I thought that as well & was very confused until I held everything in place running through the next steps before sewing to figure that out! Great tutorial & I'm almost done with my 1st zipper pouch!

  13. Thanks so much, what lovely fabrics you have chosen. I look forward to making a few of these little purses soon. I really appreciate how clear and concise your instructions are and the photos help heaps.

  14. I remember checking out your blog post awhile back about how to do QAYG. can't seem to find it now, your links on this blog post aren't currently bringing up anything. Did you take it down?

  15. That is a great charm pack. I think I have a charm pack that needs a pattern. Thanks for sharing. Cotton Bags India

  16. LOVE this pouch! Thank you! I DO believe Step 9 should read: "Place second exterior panel right side UP on a flat surface." ...like your photo shows, yes?


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