Dotty Pouches TUTORIAL

MochiDots

My sweet friend Chrissy of Sew Lux Fabric sent me these new Mochi Dots. They’re made by Moda and are a linen/cotton blend. They’re delicious!

20140207-123120.jpg

She told me to make something awesome, so here’s a (hopefully awesome) tutorial for you!

Supplies: You’ll need three colors for the outside of each pouch and two each for the lining. These are fat quarters and I mixed and matched. I used nine different colors for my set. Sew Lux is selling the Mochi dots as individual fat quarters, so pick your palette! You’ll also need a nylon zipper for each one. I really like Atkinson zippers. These are 14″ zippers that we will cut to size.

20140207-125123.jpg

You will also need 1 yard of fusible fleece and 1 yard of 1/4″ cording.

20140207-132954.jpg

Note: If you’re working from scraps, refer to the cutting directions in the next step for precise measurements.

Cutting: Cut one 2 x 12″ piece of each of the accent fabrics for each pouch.

20140227-141436.jpg

Cut two 6 x 9″ pieces of Color A for each pouch.

20140227-142540.jpg

And two 8 1/2 x 9″ pieces of Color B for each pouch.

20140227-143801.jpg

Cut two 14 x 8 1/2″ pieces for the lining for each pouch. I used the leftover half of my fat quarter after cutting Color A & Color B. (Only four pictured, but cut six.)

20140227-154048.jpg

Cut six 14 x 9 1/2″ pieces of fusible fleece and three 12″ pieces of cording.

TO MAKE ALL THREE POUCHES, you will have to repeat all the steps for each pouch. I recommend making all three at the same time.

1. Making the Piping: Fold a 2″ accent fabric around a piece of cording. Sew a seam approximately 1/8″ from the cording using your zipper foot. The cording will be loosely contained in the accent fabric.

20140227-144436.jpg

Trim the piping to 5/8″.

20140227-160223.jpg

2. Making the Color Blocks: Sew together Color A & Color B using a 1/4″ seam along the 9″ edge. Press the seam open.

20140227-151225.jpg

Place the color block piece on a piece of fusible fleece. Fuse the middle. Do not fuse the edges. Because of the thickness of fusible fleece, you need to press from the fabric side. The fusible fleece pieces are slightly oversized.

20140227-151812.jpg

Trim the fusible fleece to be flush with the fabric.

20140227-152034.jpg

Press the edges of the fusible fleece to fuse. These few extra steps are to ensure a clean edge with your fabric and fusible fleece.

20140227-153033.jpg

3. Adding the Accent Piping: Cut a 3″ band off the top of ONE Color Block piece. (Pardon the color change! I took pictures of different pouches.)

20140227-155703.jpg

Lay the piping along the edge of the larger piece. Using your zipper foot, sew just inside the previous seam.

NOTE: The piping is only 12″, so center it along the larger piece. You’ll trim later and it will work out.

20140227-160749.jpg

Lay the smaller piece RIGHT SIDES together with the larger piece and with the piping in the middle. Make sure to align the color blocks. Pin.

20140227-161204.jpg

Sew approximately 1″, with 1/2″ on either side of the color block seam.

20140227-161318.jpg

Make sure the color blocks align.

20140227-161343.jpg

Sew as close to the cording as you can using your zipper foot. Your seam should be just inside your previous seam.

20140227-161511.jpg

Press your seam allowance towards the small piece.

20140227-162040.jpg

Topstitch along the top of the piping. Make sure the seam allowance is pointed up and you are sewing through it as you topstitch.

NOTE: I used a #10 foot on my Bernina and moved the needle over two spots.

20140227-162206.jpg

Trim 1/2″ off the OTHER color block piece (the one without the piping). This should make them both measure 14 x 8 1/2″.

20140228-072148.jpg

4. Cutting Angles: Lay two pieces of lining and two color block pieces right sides together on top of each other.

20140227-154946.jpg

Lay the pieces on your cutting mat. Cut from 1 1/2″ in at the top to the bottom corner.

20140228-072301.jpg

 

This is what you should have.

20140228-072325.jpg

If you want to add zipper covers, check out this tutorial!

5. Attaching the Zipper: Lay the zipper facedown along the top edge of a Color Block piece. Sew a scant 1/4″ seam attaching the zipper.

20140228-072342.jpg

Lay the lining along the edge of the zipper. The lining and the Color Block piece are right sides together with the zipper in the middle. Sew a liberal 1/4″ seam.

20140228-072352.jpg

Fold back both pieces. Press. Topstitch along the edge of the fabric.

20140228-072406.jpg

Now you will repeat these steps with the other Color Block piece and lining. Place your Color Block pieces right sides together. Make sure to align the seams.

20140228-073753.jpg

Pin. Sew a scant 1/4″ seam just 1″ long, 1/2″ on either side of the pins.

20140228-074212.jpg

Make sure the color blocks align.

20140228-074314.jpg

Once you’re happy with the alignment, sew scant 1/4″ seam all the way across attaching the zipper. Lay the longing piece along the edge of the zipper; it will be right sides together with the other lining piece.

20140228-074815.jpg

Press. Top stitch along the edge of the fabric.

20140228-081358.jpg

This is what you should have.

20140228-081616.jpg

6. Forming the Pouch: UNZIP THE ZIPPER HALFWAY! Fold the two outside Color Block pieces right sides together. Align the seam between the two colors.

20140228-081950.jpg

SIDENOTE: I would normally sew up the sides of a pouch first. I just did this one differently because of the color blocks.

Sew a 1/2″ seam along the bottom edge. (You can also do the trick of sewing just 1″ around where the seams align and making sure you like the line up.)

20140228-082701.jpg

DID YOU UNZIP THE ZIPPER HALFWAY?! Don’t forget! Sew from just above the zipper to the bottom on each side of the pouch with a 1/2″ seam. Sew back and forth across the zipper a few times.

20140228-083417.jpg

Sew 1/2″ seams down the both sides of the lining. Along the bottom, sew in approximately 2 1/2″ from each corner leaving an open section. It should look like this.

20140228-083932.jpg

Fold in the corners. Align the seams. You should be able to feel them align. Make sure to press the bottom seam allowance in the same direction. Draw a line 1 1/2″ from the corner.

20140228-084407.jpg

Stitch along the line. Repeat for all four corners, two on the outside and two in the lining. This is what you should have.

20140228-085144.jpg

Trim the zipper. Cut a bit of a dip. Do NOT cut the seam. Cut both sides.

20140228-085945.jpg

Turn the bag right side out. Use a chopstick or similar blunt point to push out corners. Don’t use scissors or a seam ripper. Tempting, I know. This is what you should have.

20140228-090504.jpg

Fold in the opening on the lining and top stitch it closed.

20140228-090801.jpg

You’re done!! Three magical pouches!

pouches

Happy pouch making!

xo LC

 

28 thoughts on “Dotty Pouches TUTORIAL

    • Alison, the number 10 is the edge stitch foot. It’s life changing. It has a little guide so that you can top stitch and the guide will slide along and keep you straight. You can also use it to stitch in the ditch. Life changing. Buy it now!

  1. Wonderful tut! I bought the natural and black, but now I think I need the colors, too! I am totally coveting your edge-stitching foot…must.have.one!

  2. Just what I’ve been thinking of making for a group of gal pals for a little Christmas giftie, but I couldn’t figure out exactly how. Thanks!

  3. Hi Lee- enjoyed your pouch class at Knit One Smock Too! Want to make a dotty pouch to fit an iPad – Is 1″ add’l on all sides enough to add when cutting pcs to allow it to easily slide thru the zipper opening without being too tight – maybe 1.5″ all around would be better? And is cutting the angled pc. off necessary since pouch will not need to be boxed at the bottom like regular pouch? Looking forward to your next class!
    Dianne

Leave a Reply