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.

More Wristlet Key Fobs

Like I said, these are so easy!  I made 15 wristlet key fobs in less than 2 hours, and I was taking my time.  For the tutorial, go here.

Tonight I made some small wristlet zip pouches, just big enough to hold credit cards and a driver’s license. They were a special request from my mama, who doesn’t like to carry a large purse while doing her grocery shopping. In the next day or so I’ll try to post photos and a link to the tutorial I used.

How-To: Wristlet Key Fob Tutorial

Wristlet Key Fob

At the request of a few readers, I’ve put together this tutorial for the ever-popular wristlet key fob. These key fobs are so simple to make, and they are a great assembly-line craft.  You can quickly and easily attach fabric or ribbon to several pieces of webbing in one step, then attach the hardware as your second step. They make great gifts that not only require a minimal amount of your time (very important these days!), but fit into a small budget as well. [Read more...]

5 Easy Handbag Tutorials on the Internet

Bag Tutorials

I frequently come across great handbag tutorials during my late nights on the internet, so I thought I’d share five of them with you tonight.  I haven’t made any of these yet, but they’re absolutely on my list:

Un-Paper Bag from the purl bee – A fun variation of a shopping bag, with synthetic leather handles (which you can purchase from purl bee).

Little Library Tote from i have to say – A quick and easy flat tote made from a single large dishtowel.  Very cute!

Jeans Bag from Designs by JuJu – Roomy handbag  with optional machine embroidery, made from your discarded jeans.

Hobo Bag from J Caroline Creative – A stylish version of the popular hobo bag, with an interior pocket and magnetic snap.

‘Rather Cheeky’ Wristlet Clutch Purse from U-handblog – A sexier take on the classic wristlet, with a pretty bracelet handle.

So go make some bags, and let us know where we can see photos of your creations!