- 4 strips of cotton or linen fabric, measuring 1 1/2 inch x 9 inches (patchwork pouch exterior)
- rectangle of cotton fabric, measuring 8 1/2 x 4 1/2 inches (lining)
- length of ribbon, measuring 2 inches x 1/2 inch wide
- fusible wadding such as parlan, measuring 9 x 4 1/2 inches
- small leather label (optional)
- 4 inch metal zipper
Finished Size: 4 inches across the front edge x 4 inches along zipper opening.
1. Stitch the four patchwork strips together to make a rectangle measuring 9 x 4 1/2 inches. Press the seams open. Press the fusible wadding to the wrong side of the patchwork panel. Using a stitch length of 3.5, stitch through both layers 1/8 inch from each seam.
2. Cut the patchwork panel in half so that you have two squares measuring 4 1/2 x 4 1/2 inches. Rotate one square 90 degrees and then stitch the squares together along one edge. You will now have a rectangle measuring 8 1/2 x 4 1/2 inches. (Refer to photo below).
3. To install the zipper we used the same technique that we used in our Pencil Case construction. This is an easy method for inserting zippers. Check out our pencil case post for more photos if you are unsure of the technique. Place the zipper face down on the left hand edge of the patchwork panel so that the edges are aligned. Baste in place. Place the lining panel face down on top of the patchwork panel. Stitch along the left edge using a 1/4 inch seam allowance. If you open it up, it should look like the photo below.
4. Bring the remaining patchwork edge over to the other side of the zipper and base in place. Bring the remaining edge of the lining around to the other side of the zipper so that all the edges are aligned. Stitch along the edge using a 1/4 inch seam. It should look like the photo below.
5. Open the zipper and turn the pouch out the wrong way.Centre the zipper along the bottom edge as shown. Stitch a 1/4 inch seam along the bottom edge and trim the excess part of the zipper. Overlock (serge) or zigzag the raw edges. My overlocker was packed away as we have a guest staying in the sewing room, so I used a small zigzag stitch to finish the raw edge. If you don’t like to have an exposed edge inside your pouch, you could cover it with a length of bias tape to hide the raw edge.
6. Turn the pouch out the right way. Fold the small piece of ribbon and baste it to the top edge as shown in the photo below.
7.Turn the pouch out so the lining is showing. Fold the top edge so that the end of the zipper is on one side. Pin and then stitch along the opening. Zigzag or serge the raw edges as shown in the photo below.
Turn the pouch out the right way, and it is ready to use.
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