Hey all! I’ve have a nice productive few days since the last post, organising my makes in an attempt to get ready for a summer full of craft fairs and events. I have an awful lot of bags and not nearly enough plushies, so the next few posts will probably be creature mad!
I also came up with a new tutorial for a drawstring pouch- with a twist.
This pouch involves a little more stitching than a simple pouch, but it looks a lot cooler. It’s not much more complicated.
- Two or more corresponding fabrics- for the larger one in the pictures above, I only used two. For the one in this tutorial, I used seven different ones for the outside and a plain white lining fabric.
- Corresponding thread
- Ribbon, string, or rope.
- Embroidery thread
- A hexagon template, sides at least 2.5 inches across.
- Hexagons- one in the lining fabric and one in the outer fabric.
- 12x strips of fabric,six in the outer fabric and six in the lining. You need to measure the sides of your hexagon and make the strips half an inch wider. For this pouch, I used seven different colours for the outside and white for the lining, and they were 3 inches by 8 inches.
Instructions: (all sewing is with a 1/4 inch seam allowance)
- Start by pinning all the pieces together. First, pin the short sides to the hexagon, then pin the long sides together.
2. Stitch around the hexagon, then up each of the sides.
3. Repeat this for the lining fabric, leaving a hole for turning in the centre of one of the sides.
4. Cut two reasonably sized slits in two opposite sides of your outer fabrics. Embroider like you would a buttonhole, as these are going to be the holes your ribbon, string or rope goes through.
5. Now, it’s time to construct the pouch itself. Turn the lining inside out, and put it inside the outer layer, right sides touching. Stitch around the top and turn through the hole you left and then stitch up the hole.
6. You basically have it now, but for added strength stitch around the very top of the pouch, and about a quarter of an inch under the holes you made. Once you’ve done this, thread the ribbon through the holes using a safety pin.
7. And there you have it! One hexagonal pouch.
Thanks for reading and I hope you enjoyed the tutorial! Send me pictures of the pouches you make on my Facebook page, here. I’ll be back on Friday with another update.