pouch sewing tutorial

November 10, 2015

ann kelle fabric / pouch tutorial

I’m a big fan of pouches or mini bags. They help me keep things organized. In my purse, I have a ton of mini pouches to keep everything nice and organized.  For this free tutorial, we used my Rainbow Remix fabric.  I kinda went crazy with all the different fabric combos.  I think they turned out super cute.  We even used a really pretty gold leather on one of the bags. Enjoy the pics! The free tutorial is at the bottom of the post.

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  • Rainbow Remix by Ann Kelle fabric
  • Coordinating Kona Cotton
  • Interfacing (Pellon Shape Flex or Lightweight Fusible)
  • 5″ zipper
  • Thread
  • Scissors
  • Sewing Machine
  • Iron and Ironing Board
  • Chopstick or Bodkin
  • Free Remix Pouch Tutorial Template – Download HERE



Seam Allowances are 1/4″. Finished pouch measures 5 1/2″ x 5 1/2″.

Print out the Remix Pouch Tutorial Template. Here

1.  Cut 2 Upper Outer pieces and 2 Zipper Tab pieces using the Rainbow Remix fabric and 2 Lower Outer and 2 Lining pieces using the solid Kona Cotton. NOTE: To make a Remix Pouch with a single outer fabric, simply use the Lining pattern piece for both the Outer pouch and the Lining.

2.  Cut out 2 pieces of interfacing for each pattern piece. TIP: Cut the interfacing minus the 1/4″ seam allowance. This will help reduce bulk in the finished seams.

3.  Fuse the interfacing to the back of each corresponding fabric piece. NOTE: If sewing a Remix Pouch with a single outer fabric, skip to Step 7.

remix pouch 2 copy

4.  With right sides together (RST), sew the straight edge of the Lower Outer to the long edge of the Upper Outer.

5.  Press the seam down toward the Lower Outer and topstitch 1/8″ away from the seam. Repeat for the remaining Upper Outer and Lower Outer pieces

Remix Pouch 4 copy

6.  Create the 2 Zipper Tabs.

A. Lay out the fabric for each Zipper Tab.

B.  Fold the Zipper Tab in half with RST and press.

C.  Fold in each short end of the Zipper Tab approximately 1/4 ” with wrong sides together (WST) and press.

D.  Fold along the center crease again and press well.

remix pouch 5 copy

7.  Cut the zipper so that it is 5″ long.

8.  Attach the Zipper Tabs to the zipper ends.
A. Open the Zipper Tab and place the zipper end on top of the folded end. TIP: Use a small piece of Wonder Tape along the end of the zipper to temporarily secure it to the folded end of the Zipper Tab.
B. Fold the Zipper Tab so that the zipper end is now encased inside the Zipper Tab. Using your zipper foot, sew across the edge of the Zipper Tab to permanently secure it in place.
C. Trim the edges of the Zipper Tab so that it is the same width as the zipper.
9.  Center the zipper along the top straight edge of one of the Outer pieces with RST. Each Zipper Tab should be 1/4″ away from the sides of the Outer piece as shown below.
 10.  Place a Lining piece right side down on top of the Outer piece and zipper and align the top edges so they are even. Pin in place or use Wonder Tape to temporarily secure all pieces together. Using a zipper foot, sew the zipper in place using a 1/4″ seam.
 11.  Finish installing the zipper.

A. Flip the Outer piece and the Lining piece so they are now wrong sides together (WST). Press the seam.

B. Using a zipper foot, topstitch along the seam 1/8″ from the edge.
C. Line up the remaining Outer and Lining pieces with the zipper as done in Steps 10 and 11, then repeat Steps 12A and 12B for the other side of the zipper.

12.  Unzip the zipper at least half way (not shown). With the zipper in the middle, line up the edges of the Outer pieces with RST being sure to match seams. Pin together.

13.  Also, line up the edges of the Lining pieces with RST and pin. Make sure the seams at the zipper are folded toward the Outer pieces of the pouch.

Remix Pouch 12 copy

14.  Starting about 1 1/2″ down from the zipper on the Lining side, sew around the edge of the pouch using a 1/4″ seam. Do not sew through the Zipper Tabs (they should be just outside the seam allowance). Leave a 2″ to 3″ opening along one side for turning the pouch right side out.

Remix Pouch 13 copy

15.  Trim the edges if necessary and then clip the bottom curve on both the Outer and the Lining sides of the pouch. Be sure not to clip through the seam.

Remix Pouch 14 copy

16.  Turn the pouch right side out through the opening in the Lining. With the help of a wooden chopstick or bodkin, gently push out the seams of both the Outer and Lining sides of the pouch.

Remix Pouch 15 copy

17.  Close the opening in the Lining.

 A. Press under the edges of the opening in the Lining and pin together.

 B. Sew the opening closed using a 1/8″ or smaller seam.

Remix Pouch 16 copy

18.  Push the Lining back inside the pouch and using your fingers, gently push out the top corners of the pouch at the Zipper Tabs. Smooth out all the seams by finger pressing, then use the iron to thoroughly press both sides of the pouch for a nice, crisp finish.




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