Mini Wristlet Zip Pouch

As much as I like a zip pouch, I quickly grow tired of the basic pouch with a zipper along the top edge. So I’ve been trying to mix it up a little bit, yet still keep it simple.  When I saw this tutorial over at Javajem Knits, I knew this would be my next zip pouch.  Jody’s tutorial is for a larger pouch than I needed, so I modified the size and cut my fabrics as follows:

Front portion above the zipper – 1-1/2″ x 5″ (1 each of outer fabric, lining, and interfacing)
Front portion below the zipper – 2-3/4″ x 5″ (1 each of outer fabric, lining, and interfacing)
Back – 4-1/4″ x 5″ (again, 1 each of outer fabric, lining, and interfacing)

The finished size of my pouch is approximately 3-3/4″ x 5″.  Credit cards fit into it nicely.

For my strap, I cut a 10-1/2″ x 2″ strip, and ran it through my 1″ tape maker to fold it before pressing into a 1/2″-wide strip and topstitching the edges. 

I made my first pouch slightly narrower, forgetting that the head of the zipper would take up a little space and make the opening smaller.  It’s a tight squeeze for a credit card, so I cut the pieces for my remaining pouches 5″ wide.  And somehow, I didn’t notice that I cut my strap too long, so it ended up way too long to stay easily on my wrist.  To shorten it, I simply tied a knot in the end, and I really like the way it looks.  The side tab on my test pouch didn’t help me much with opening and closing the zipper, so I left it off all the others.  But if I make this in a larger size, I’ll probably include the tab.

Go ahead and try a few of these!  They’re easy and require very little fabric, and make nice little purse organizers or a way to carry some cash and a credit card without hauling around a larger bag.

Tutorial: Cell Phone Pouch

This simple little cell phone pouch was born from my need to keep my phone permanently attached to my body in case someone calls me for  a job interview.  I have a slider phone with very sensitive soft keys on the front, and I’ve accidentally dialed up the internet while carrying it in my pocket, so a pouch is essential.  I’ve been using another pouch I made last year, but I’ve had to tie the strap to my belt loop, and it either comes untied, or my phone topples out of the top when I’m sitting down.  I wanted something that would attach securely to the belt loop of my jeans, instead of a belt, because I don’t wear belts much, and with a flap to keep the phone safe.   [Read more...]

Bloggy Giveaways Carnival

This week is the Fall 2008 Bloggy Giveaways Quarterly Carnival, and if you’ve never entered a giveaway carnival, you won’t want to miss this one!  At the time of this writing, there were almost 1200 opportunities to win something.  You’ll need to visit the participating blogs to find out how to enter each giveaway, so if you find the idea of visiting 1200 blogs exhausting, just go through the list and pick the ones that interest you the most.

For my giveaway, I’ll send one lucky winner this triangular-bottom, embellished zip pouch.  It measures approximately 4-1/2″ x 7″, is lined, has a ribbon and bead zip pull, and is sturdy enough to stand up on its flat little bottom.  And you never know, I might just put a little surprise inside (time willing!).  I’ll even pay for shipping.

All you have to do to enter is leave me a comment on this post (and this post only!), and tell me what goodies you would keep in a zip pouch.  Be sure you leave a valid email so I can contact you if you win.  On Sunday, November 2nd at approximately 8 pm Central time, I’ll use a random number generator to pick a winner and will notify her/him by email. You don’t need your own blog in order to enter, just an email address.

If you enter a lot of giveaways, you can go to Bloggy Giveaways this weekend to see a comprehensive list of winners as they are chosen.  Good luck everyone!

How-To: Drawstring Jewelry Pouch


Drawstring Jewelry Pouch

I made the jewelry pouch pictured here before I found this tutorial, and since I didn’t want to reinvent the wheel, I’ve just noted my own variations below. (Note: the photos on the linked tutorial no longer work, but the directions are still there.  I’ll try to create my own tutorial as soon as I have a few free moments, and will post it here.)

1) I cut my circles 16-1/2″ and 12-1/2″ (7″ and 11″ in the tutorial).

2) Before I made the interior pockets, I inserted a 5″ circle of template plastic beneath the stitched set of small circles. I stitched all around just outside the edge of the plastic, then made my pockets by sewing from the edge of the plastic to the outer edge of the small circles.  If you use the smaller size shown in the tutorial, the plastic shouldn’t be necessary.  I only used it to provide a firmer base for my finished pouch.

This pouch makes a wonderful gift. I’ve given many of these away, and everyone loves them!