Little boxy pouch tutorial

My latest favourite thing to make, little boxy pouches.  It took me almost an entire morning, lots of paper and sellotape and countless cups of tea to figure this out.  I’m here to save you the bother.  This little bag is 4.5 inches long, 3 inches high and 2 inches deep, just right for a lipstick and a compact (or better still, lots of sweets).

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1.  Choose your fabric.  This is a great project for showing off a teensy piece of fabric.  This is a Japanese fabric bought from nuno.plus – I’m guessing I’ll be able to squeeze three little boxy pouches from one fat quarter.  Bargain!!

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2.  Cut two rectangles measureing 8 inches by 6 inches.  The longer length is the top.  Turn under a half inch on each piece and press, this is where you’ll be fitting the zip.

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3.  I like to use zips that are more than long enough, I find it easier to sew them in when the zip pull is well and truly out of the way.  Take time to master your zip foot, once I’d figured it out zippering became a doddle.  You can trim off the extra zip later on.

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4.  Flip the pieces over so the right sides are together and the zip is at the top.  Sometimes I pin, sometimes I don’t – depends on the grippiness of the fabric.  Sew along the bottom.  It’s tricky to press the seam flat,  but give it a go if you feel like it.

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5.  Rearrange the tube so that the bottom seam sits on top of the zip (or so the zip sits on top of the bottom seam if you like).  Here’s when you better make sure the zip pull is in the middle.  I’ve had to unpick a couple of bags because I didn’t stop to check this.

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6.  Sew up the two sides, you could run the stitches back and forth across the zip a few times for strength.  Trim off any extra zip, I leave just under an inch poking out.

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7.  This isn’t a step, just showing you what you’ve got so far.

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8.  Pinch the corners out, it’s a bit like origami.  Keep pinching, tweaking and measuring until you have a box shape that pleases you.  Pin it all in place and try to get each corner the same (as much as you can anyway).

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9.  I use my quilters ruler to help get my corners nice and square.  The pencil line is (approx) 3 inches,  this is how tall your box will be(ish).

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10.  Sew up all for corners,  this is your first chance to check out the size and shape of the box and make any changes.  If you’re happy then carry on, if not grab that unpicker and start again.

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11.  Nearly there now.  Snip off the corners and get ready for the fun part.

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12.  Turn it all the right way out and yahoo!  a super cute little boxy pouch.

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I hope these instructions are clear.  You can make bigger or smaller pouches by adjusting the original fabric size or pinching more or less at the corners – I’ve yet to figure out a magial formula for sizing, lots of trial and error mainly.

Do let me know if you use this tutorial, I’d love to see how it works out for you.

***How I add lining***

There may be a quicker way but this is how I add a lining.  Basically I make another bag but instead of putting a zipper in I hem the opening at the top.  Then I fit it inside the first pouch and hand sew it in.  Sorry if you hoped for a quicker way – and to honest, if anybody thinks of one please let me know!

 

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