Tuesday, March 19, 2024

Making a simple envelope style pouch....


I've previously shown the slow stitched fabric pouches which have brought me joy to make over the past month, and as you have requested, today I'll show you how to make your own. 

These pouches can be made any size you want, you just need two squares of fabric the same size, some thin fusible wadding 1/2" smaller than your squares, and a long length of 1" wide fabric for the tie. 

For three of my pouches I used two different fabrics, but for the green linen check pouch I used the same fabric. Use what you like, experiment a little, and just have some fun. 
What I loved most about the process of making my pouches was not having to hurry, being able to pick it up and put it down at leisure, usually slow stitching quilted lines in the evenings for little while at a time. 
I have previously made two pouches from 10" squares, one from a 12 inch square, and for this tutorial I made one from an 8" square. 
So as I said, choose your square size and cut yourself two pieces of fabric, and one piece of thin fusible wadding, 1/2" smaller than your squares. You'll also need a 1" wide length of fabric, twice as long as your square - so if you have a 12" square, cut a 24" long length of fabric for the tie.

(the photos aren't as good as I'd hoped, due to using my phone and not my camera)

Use a bias maker to turn the 1" wide fabric into bias. You don't need to cut your fabric diagonally because we're not going to use it as bias, but as a the wrapping tie. 

Once made, fold the bias in half and sew the halves together. Tie a tight knot at each end of the tie. 

Fuse the thin wadding to the wrong side of one of your squares (best to choose the fabric which will feature as the outside of your pouch)...

With right sides facing, pin the fabrics together. Sew around the four sides of the square with a 1/4" seam, leaving a 3" opening along one side. 

Turn right side out through the opening. Press the opening down before ladder stitching it closed. 

I took the next lot of photos before I quilted the square, as it was easier to get as many 'step' photos as I could at the time. 

Press in three corners of the square, envelope style.

NOTE: another lovely thing about these pouches is that they are reversible, so choose your lining fabric carefully too.

Now, before we stitch the folds together, it's time to quilt the square. I just do small stitches in straight lines, fairly close together - this effect makes me very happy. No idea why, but it does!

Now sew the tie to the top (open) flap...but sew it 1/3 of the way along the length. You need one end of the tie to be twice as long as the other (for wrapping around at the end).
Then sew the two folded sides together with a ladder stitch to complete your pouch. :-)

I hope you make one (or more)...they have come in very handy in my house. Two are cases for my reading glasses (one at home and one in my handbag); one holds my crochet hooks; and this smaller one which I made for the tutorial holds nail clippers, small scissors, a nail file and a hanky, for my handbag.

As well as little pouches, this past week I've also been working on more Dresden blocks for Blossom's 30th birthday quilt (due in May)...

...completing the repair and extension of Rafaella's damaged crochet blanket...

...a return to working on my own crochet blanket (first one I have made for myself)...

...baking a new sourdough banana bread recipe, which is now the family's favourite...

...and back to baking sour dough bread again, thanks to Elly who did a video on baking with sour dough in the hot and humid areas of the country.

Tomorrow I'm choosing to have a nice slow day at home, pottering around in the sewing room, listening to an audio book, and enjoying fresh herbal teas with greens from the garden. I've had a very busy few days deep cleaning the kitchen appliances, sorting the linen cupboard, organising my home apothecary supplies, weeding, and planting herbs...as well as the usual homemaking rhythms that bring me joy.

I'll have the pie photos and steps on Thursday for you, and hopefully the recipe book (part 1) on Friday or Saturday. 

God bless you dear ones, and may the remainder of your week be blessed in every way. 


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Joanne said...

Hi Jennifer,
Your bread looks great !
I spotted the kitchen thermometer in the link, her video....that's really warm indoors ! Sweaty face emoji :)
All your crochet work looks very cudly and cozy. Hope Winter temps arrive soon .
The cross stitch project I'm working on is coming along. Once back in the rhythm of cross stitching, it's sometimes hard to put it down . needle and thread emoji :)
Thanks for this weeks tutorial :)
hugs, take care,

Anonymous said...

Hello Jennifer,
Thank you for the lovely post and for the tutorial and for the recipe. I am in the process of making life simpler also and taking care of my health as some issues have arisen that there is no solution for at this time due to severe allergies I developed as a result of my first covid vaccine. That being said I am truly savoring these simpler times I am choosing and the peace it is bringing to my heart and my mind. The Lord knows always whom to send into our lives to help convey His care and His love. You are one of the wonderful women He has sent to minister to me and assure me of His continuing presence each day.
I, too, have picked up my yarn and for me a crochet hook and am loving anew the rhythm and beauty of this craft. I am looking forward to making pouches with the same frame of mind.
Blessings to you and to yours as you journey through the next days,
Hugs and Hugs,

vallie said...

Oooh, thank you Jennifer! Thank you for that tutorial, can't wait to make some! God Bless you!

Lin said...

I was chatting with a friend yesterday and she reminded me that I taught her (and several other friends in France) to make one of these when she was learning patchwork. We made 12" Jacobs Ladder blocks so she learnt about making templates and sewing patches together. Then how to quilt and bind. The bags were then used for their p and q equipment. All the basics in one go. Love yours Jennifer. The breads look delicious and I do love a Dresden. xx

Tammy said...

Dearest Jennifer'
Thank you for the wonderful tutorial on making the fabric pouches . I love your crochet projects as well. And your bread looks absolutely delicious. I will have to watch the video of the bread.

Donna P. said...

I love your fabric pouch - I was thinking of making one for my grand daughter who quilts, cross stitches, and crochets. She's 11 - I wonder what I was doing when I was 11. ;-)
Sourdough Banana bread - sounds good. I've never heard of it before.
Looking forward to checking out the video!
Thank you for your wonderful posts.
Blessings to you and yours

Linda Badurek said...

Dear Jennifer
Thank you for the instructions for the beautiful, cheerful pouches. Something for which we can all find many uses!! I was hoping to find the perfect wind chime for a friend’s birthday. Now I think a lovely pouch is what she actually needs! Thank you again!

Remembrances said...

What a wonderful little pouch! I have been practicing Sashiko, which is very similar to the stitching you show on the pouches and I, too, find it very relaxing. I believe I will make some pouches for my niece and great-granddaughters and put some little items in them. Thank you for the wonderful inspiration!

Phi. 4:13

gail said...

Hi Jennifer, thank you for the effort you put into your blog. The little pouches are so sweet and you have given a great tutorial. I will certainly be making some for different items in my sewing room.i enjoy the gentle path you lead us on during these troublesome times we are living in.
Many blessings to dear friend,

gail said...

Hi Jennifer, thank you for the effort you put into your blog. The little pouches are so sweet and you have given a great tutorial. I will certainly be making some for different items in my sewing room.i enjoy the gentle path you lead us on during these troublesome times we are living in.
Many blessings to dear friend,

Brenda H said...

I love all your blogs. We have traveled many places but never to Australia. I plan to follow your tutorial and make some pouches - with and for my granddaughters. I went back and reread the tutorial, but I don’t see it mentioned how you stitch the three corners together. Do you use a whip stitch on the outside? Do you do it from the inside and flip? Just curious as to how YOU do it. I’m sure I could come up with something once I had it in hand ready to stitch. I have made so many of your projects and used them for gifts. The receivers are always so thrilled! Thank you for sharing your heart.

Susan said...

Thanks for the pouch tutorial, Jennifer. However, I don't see where/how you to stitch the three folded sides together. Did you use the ladder stitch on each one or did you just join them together at the corner where they meet? I am not a fan of sourdough, but the sourdough banana bread sounds intriguing, so I might give that a try.

Jenny of Elefantz said...

Dear Brenda and Susan,
I sewed the three folded sides together with ladder stitch. But you could also use whip stitch. :-)
I have added that information to the tutorial now - thank you for the prompt. :-)

kupton52 said...

Thank you for the tutorial...(and your phone photos were great!) Blessings from West Virginia, USA! God bless you and yours...(I can hardly believe Blossom will be 30).

Cindy S. said...

Jenny, I sure miss you on IG but certainly understand your leaving. I have just made three of your sweet little envelope pouches and sent your link to a friend who also made one. These are the sweetest little projects. Thank you!!!