Earlier this week, I was preparing for a road trip and found myself in need of some pouches to organize bits and bobs that I'd be taking with me. I didn't need anything big and fancy, and didn't want to spend much time on them. I just wanted something sturdy and cute that I could toss in my bag.
I sewed up a couple of these simple circle pouches using my Let's Play House fabric, but this project is also suitable for scraps. Altogether, I used about a fat quarter of fabric for each, including the lining and zipper tab.
To create my circle pattern I used a small plate from my kitchen, which measured a little over 7", so my fabric pieces just needed to be a little larger than that.
You will need to cut:
- 2 circles each from exterior fabric, lining fabric, and batting
- 1 rectangle at 2.5" x 5" from lining fabric (or a suitable size for your circle)
You will also need a zipper that is longer than the width of your circle. For my ~7" circle, I used 9" zippers.
Set aside one set of circles, and cut one of each fabric/batting exactly in half. These will make the front the pouch. I did this by folding them in half and cutting along the fold.
Take one of each half-circle and pin with the top edge of your zipper in the following order, bottom to top:
- Lining fabric, right side up
- Zipper, right side up
- Exterior fabric, wrong side up
Sew through all layers using a zipper foot. If you don't have a zipper foot, use 1/4" seam allowance and sew carefully!
Flip the fabric/batting away from the zipper and press. Top stitch through all layers 1/4" from the zipper.
Flip the unsewn edge of your zipper up, and repeat the steps above for your remaining half-circles.
Take the rectangle of lining fabric, and press it in half, long edges together.
Unfold the rectangle, and iron the long edges in to the middle line you just creased.
Fold along the crease and press again, making sure the long, raw edges are tucked in. Sew along the open edge with 1/8" seam allowance. Set aside.
Open the zipper slightly, and pin the opening closed. Baste the opening, across the zipper teeth, close to the edge of your circle. Go slowly - be careful not to break your needle on the zipper teeth.
Now fold the zipper tab in half, and place at the opening you just basted. I put mine inside the circle by about 1". Leave the raw edges to hang with the ends of your zipper (we'll cut the excess away later), and baste in place.
Take your fabric circles, and layer as follows, bottom to top:
- Lining fabric, wrong side up
- Exterior fabric, right side up
Make sure the zipper on your pouch front is open and layer it with your fabric circles. The pouch front should be lining side up. Pin in place all around the circle.
Using 1/4" seam allowance, sew around the entire circle through all the layers. Take care as you sew over the zipper teeth. (Can you tell I've broken a few needles in my time?)
Using sharp scissors, trim through the excess zipper tape. I also trimmed the raw edges of the pouch with pinking shears to prevent fraying.
Flip the pouch right side out and press. Topstitch through all layers using 1/4" seam allowance and a long stitch.
Now your pouch is ready to be filled with whatever goodies you'd like!