Customize a quick and easy pouch with your favorite fabrics. Fabrics are from the Rise collection by Melody Miller for Ruby Star Society.

November 20, 2020

Inspired by: Buttons and Bits from designer Kristyne Czepuryk

Quilt tester: Diane Tomlinson

Materials for One Pouch

Yardages and cutting instructions are based on 42" of usable fabric width.

  • 10×14-1/2" rectangle exterior print
  • 18×21" piece (fat quarter) lining print
  • 1-1/4 ×21" binding print
  • 12×17" batting
  • 10"-long zipper

FINISHED POUCH: 9-1/2×6-3/4×1"

Cut Fabrics

Cut pieces in the following order.

From lining fabric, cut:

  • 1—12×17" rectangle
  • 2—1-1/4×7" strips
  • 2—1-1/4×2" rectangles

Assemble Pouch

Measurements include 1/4" seam allowances. Sew with right sides together unless otherwise stated.

Press seams in directions indicated by arrows on diagrams. If no direction is specified, press seam toward darker fabric.

1. Layer exterior print 10×14-1/2" rectangle, batting, and lining print 12×17" rectangle; baste. Quilt as desired, keeping stitches at least 1/2" away from edges, to make pouch body. Trim edges even with exterior print rectangle.

2. Fold pouch body in half with right side inside to make a 7-1/4×10" pouch; align top edges. Referring to Diagram 1, sew together side edges. Cut a 1/2×1/4" rectangle from each bottom corner. Lightly press bottom edge to mark centerline.

3. At one bottom corner, pull apart layers. Align side seam with bottom centerline. Sew together with 1/4" seam allowance (Diagram 2). Repeat with remaining bottom corner.

4. Use lining print 1-1/4×7" strips to bind side seams with a single-fold binding. (To add single-fold binding, machine-stitch one long edge to a side seam with right sides together, fold remaining raw edge under 1/4", fold strip over seam, and hand-stitch in place.)

5. Fold one long edge of lining print 1-1/4×2" rectangle under 1/4". Align long raw edge of rectangle with raw edge of one bottom corner (Diagram 3); stitch in place. Fold in short ends of rectangle to meet in center. Fold rectangle over corner. Hand- or machine-stitch folded edge in place to bind corner. Repeat with remaining lining print 1-1/4×2" rectangle.

6. Turn pouch body right side out. Use binding print 1-1/4×21" strip to bind top edge with a single-fold binding (Diagram 4).

7. Turn pouch body wrong side out. Open 10"-long zipper. Pin each zipper half to one side of pouch body, aligning zipper teeth with top of binding (Diagram 5). Leave 3/4" between ends of zipper teeth at one side seam (Diagram 6); allow excess zipper to extend past opposite side seam.

8. Referring to Diagram 5, use thread that matches the zipper to backstitch 1/8" below zipper teeth and to make herringbone stitches along bottom edge of zipper tape, making sure stitches are not visible on right side of pouch body.

To backstitch, pull needle up at A (Backstitch Diagram), insert it back into fabric at B, bring it up at C, and push it down at D. Continue in same manner for desired number of stitches.

To make herringbone stitches, bring needle up at A (Herringbone Stitch Diagram) and push it down at B. Bring needle up at C, about 1/8" from B, and push it down at D, crossing over previous stitch. Continue in same manner for desired number of stitches.

9. Referring to Diagram 7, fold zipper ends against lining. Use thread that matches zipper to tack-stitch zipper ends in place.

To make tack stitches, pull needle up at A (Tack Stitch Diagram), insert it back into fabric at B, bring it up at C, and push it down at D. Continue in same manner for desired number of stitches.

10. Turn pouch body right side out. Push out bottom corners and close zipper to complete pouch.