Learn to Sew Pouches
This is part of a Learn to Sew Series:
Teaching Children to Sew
This is a way to teach your child to sew (even if you don’t know how.)
It is perfect for a project after the Learn to Sew Tissue Pack Cover
or the Learn to Sew Pillow.
This is a Mini Friendly Pattern and can be made on a mini sewing machine.
- ¼ yard (or fat quarter) of 2 fabrics
- 7” zipper
- Charm (optional)
- Sewing machine (Janome Mini works great for this project)
- Basic sewing kit
- Rotary cutter, mat, and ruler
- Wonder Clips (optional)
- Point turner (optional)
- Spray starch (optional)
- Needle nose pliers (optional)
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Cut the Fabric
- Iron fabric. Iron out any folds. Optional: Use spray starch for a crisp, smooth finish on the fabric. This makes it easier for little hands to handle. Use manufacturer’s instructions.
- Cut fabric using the rotary cutter, mat, and ruler. Cut 2 pieces of fabric for the outside and 2 pieces of fabric for the inside, all the same size. Recommended size is 8 ¼ X 6 inches. You may use a different size if you wish. Just make sure that it won't exceed the length of the zipper. (The instructions that follow show pieces that were cut 6 X 6 inches.)
Warning: Do not let children use a rotary cutter.
Child Option: Make a pattern on paper of a desired size. Pin to fabric. Cut with scissors.
Sew Zipper Side 1:
- Stack 3 layers beginning by placing an outside fabric, right side up. Place the zipper, right side down with tab-stop to the right. (If using 8 ¼” fabric, center the zipper.)
- Place the inside fabric, right side down over zipper. All the top edges should be even. Both fabric edges should be even.
- Use wonder clips to clip fabrics together. Pins can be difficult to pin through the zipper.
- Sew along top edge through the 3 layers close to zipper teeth. Although you cannot see the zipper teeth, you can feel the ridge of the teeth. You can use a zipper foot, or change the needle position to the left to sew this seam.
Iron fabrics away from zipper so that right sides are out.
Sew Zipper Side 2:
- Place the second outside fabric, right side up. Place other side of the zipper, right side down with tab-stop on the left over outside fabric. (There will be fabric from the last seam hanging off the bottom edge of the zipper.)
- Finally place second inside fabric right side down over zipper. All top edges should be even.
- Clip together and sew along top edge close to zipper teeth as before.
Iron the fabrics away from the zipper.
Prepare Pouch to Sew:
- Zip the zipper until the pull-tab is in the center of the fabric (half way).
- Bring right sides together of the outside fabrics.
- Lift these fabrics up until the inside fabrics fall together.
- Linings should align together and outside fabrics should align together like a pillow.
- Pin around all 4 sides. Place a 3” piece of washi tape at the lining end.
- Lay the zipper teeth toward the inside (lining) fabric on the zipper stop end and pin.
- Fold the zipper in half lengthwise on the zipped end with the teeth toward the lining and the tape toward the outside fabric and pin.
- Change setting on machine from zipper to normal, or change presser foot as necessary.
- Sew 4/8" around the pouch, keeping the 3" opening for turning. "Walk" the machine as you sew over the zipper at both locations. Pivot at all corners.
- Clip corners.
- If zipper is extending on one side, you may cut the end. You may hand sew a new stopper.
- Remove washi tape. Reach into opening, turn entire bag right side out. It will look like 2 bags extending from both sides of the zipper. Poke out corners of outside fabric with a point turner through the opening.
- Stitch opening closed close to fold.
- Tuck the lining fabric into pouch and iron flat.
- Optional: Add a charm to the end of the zipper pull-tab using pliers.
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