Reversible and Reusable Pouch

Seriously, these pouches are just the cutest little things. The idea came to me just before the Easter celebration because I wanted little pouches that I can fill with mini chocolate eggs for my children. I already knew I didn’t want a single use pouch. I wanted reusable ones because sustainable gift giving is definitely the way forward. I experimented with a few sizes and eventually settled for this one. This is just a guide so feel free to improvise with sizes that work for your intended purpose(s). If you want to make these pouches, then keep on reading.

This is a simple cut and measure pattern.

Finished size : Approximately 7.5′ x 5.5′

Difficulty level : Beginner

Materials :

Plain cotton or linen – 8′ x 6.5′

Print fabric – 8′ x 6.5′

Scrap fabric – at least 1.5′ x 2.5′ for ears (2 in print and 2 in plain fabric)

Herringbone bias tape or ribbon – 2 pieces of 12′ long x 0.5′ wide

Cord keeper (optional)

Other supplies :

Cutting mat

Rotary cutter

Acrylic ruler

Pinking shears

Fabric Scissors

Sewing pins

Safety pin

Optional : Heat transfer vinyls if you want to make faces

Instructions :

All seam allowance are 1/4′ unless otherwise stated.

  1. Place the plain cotton fabric wrong sides together. Stitch the two long sides and the bottom short side. Leave the top for the opening.

2. Repeat the same process with the printed fabric but leave a gap of at least 2′ at the bottom for turning later.

3. Assemble the ears – you should have two print fabric pieces measuring 2.5′ x 1.5′ and two plain fabric pieces measuring 2.5′ x 1.5′. Place the plain and print fabric right sides together and sew the three sides (two long sides and one short side), leaving the bottom short sides open.

4. Once you’re done, snip the corner edges without cutting through the stitches.

5. Turn the ears inside out.

6. Grab your plain fabric pouch and turn it right side out. Mark the centre point.

7. Place the ears on one side of the pouch, 0.5′ from the centre mark. The ears should be 1′ apart from each other. Baste the ears to the top of the pouch.

8. Place the plain fabric pouch into the print fabric pouch, right sides together. Line up the seams and finger press them open before pinning both pouches together. Sew all along the top to close the pouch.

9. From the bottom of the print fabric pouch, slowly and carefully pull out the plain fabric pouch. Continue pulling until you have all the plain fabric pouch out through the hole.

10. Line the gap in the print fabric pouch and stitch it close. You can do this manually or use your machine, sewing as close to the edge as possible.

11. Now with the print pouch inside the plain fabric pouch, top stitch it.

12. Measure 1 inch from the top of the pouch and sew a straight line, all along the pouch.

13. Now measure 0.5 inches from the 1 inch line and sew another straight line along the pouch. This will create a channel for your bias tape or ribbon.

14. Turn to the side of the pouch and locate where the channel meets the side seam. You will only need to do this with one side of the pouch. Use your seam ripper to unpick the seam between the channel. This will be the opening for your bias tape or ribbon.

15. Now turn the pouch inside out, so you now have the print side out, and repeat the previous process. The opening on this side should be on the opposite side of the first opening you created.

16. Attach a safety pin to one end of your bias tape or ribbon and insert it into the channel by pushing and pulling it along, until you thread it through. If you decide to use a cord lock, you can attach it at this stage. Otherwise, you can leave it as it is.

17. Turn the pouch inside out and repeat this process with your other bias tape or ribbon. Inevitably, this is what makes the pouch reversible.

18. The reversible pouch is now completed. However, should you wish, you could draw a face on the plain fabric to personalise your pouch. I decided to use heat transfer vinyl, cut using my Cricut machine to make some Kawaii faces on mine.

The pouch seen here is intended to be a giraffe. And I hope to God that it does look like one. I also made bunny ones. And I know those ones look like bunnies because my kids recognised them as such (thank heavens for that). To make bunny ones, simply change the ear shape. The rest of the process remain identical.

If you have made these, please tag me on my Instagram account @sewnicelydone so I can share you on my site. And as always, if you are a visual learner, you can watch this whole process on my YouTube channel. Good luck!

Fely xxx

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