The third of our 12 Makes of Christmas is brought to us by Louise Orth aka I'm Studio Lou, regular contributor of sewing tutorials to Love Sewing, Quilt Now and Sewing World magazines. It's also the first of our gift idea projects and - best of all - it can be made for both the men and women on your list!
Lou brings us The Boxy Pouch tutorial - a beautifully roomy and fully lined washbag but it could also be made as a project bag, pencil case or make up bag so it's a pretty useful make to have in your handmade Christmas gift arsenal.
1 Fat Quarter of main print
1 Fat Quarter lining print
1 Fat quarter of medium iron on interfacing
Cut one rectangle 10 ½” wide x 13 ½” long
X 1 for main fabric
X 1 lining fabric
X 1 interfacing (and interface onto main fabric)
X 2 from main fabric 3” x 5” for the tabs
1. First make your tabs by folding the two long edges into the middle and then folding in half again. Top stitch in place
2. Attach your zip. Lay the zip facing up with pull at the left. Lay your main fabric on the top of the zip and your lining fabric under the zip. Make sure they all line up (using a touch of glue or binding clips to hold in place is a good idea at this point.) Sew zip in place then press wrong side together and top stich.
3.Then do the same for the other side of the zip, main on top of zip, lining under.
Again, when finished press and topstitch. This will get difficult towards the end as you are sewing a tube. Take your time and be careful not to catch any other part of the pouch in your topstitch.
4. You now have a tube. Turn it wrong side out and lay it flat so that the zip runs through the middle. Sew a seam, approx. ½” down each of the raw edges, trim to ¼” and zig zag over the seam. (I like to do quite a tight zig zag so that the seam looks neat, also try to use a thread that blends well with your lining.)
5. To box the pouch cut a square 1 ¼” from each corner.
Open out and lay so that the seams match. Pin or clip in place. Take one tab, center in the seam and line up with raw edges, with the majority of the tab inside the pouch and sew with a ¼” seam allowance. Use the other end of the tab at the next corner (make sure it doesn’t get twisted and the tabs loop over each end of the zip). When you have completed each corner, zig zag over each seam.
6. Turn the right way round, poke out the corners and admire your boxy pouch! Watch out, they’re addictive to make!
Thanks so much Lou! Pop back later this week for Make 5!