Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Holiday Headstart Blog Hop: Day 2

It's Day 2 of our Holiday Headstart Blog Hop, chock full of gift ideas you can sew for a friend for the holidays! Today Emily from Mommy's Nap Time is here, sharing how she made an adorable pouch (with a window!) from the Baker's Delight collection by Greta Lynn for Kanvas. We bet you won't be able to make just one--you'll want to make one of these for everyone on your list.
We hope you enjoy Emily's tutorial! Make sure to head over to her blog to find out how you can enter to win a fat quarter bundle.

Hello! I'm Emily from Mommy's Nap Time. I'm excited to be guest posting here today! I've been sewing most of my life, and I've been focused on quilting for the past five years. I love tiny piecing and complex blocks mixed with a lot of negative space. You can check out my quilts here, and my tutorials here.

I chose the Baker's Delight line because I'm drawn to bright colors and teeny tiny pieces (those rolling pins measure just 1/2" x 4" and beg to be fussy cut). I also picked these fabrics knowing that my sister would ADORE them - she loves to bake almost as much as I love to sew! This little pouch is made especially for the quilter or baker in mind. The quilter will love being able to see their tools while keeping them safely stashed away, and the baker can stash their recipe cards and magazine clippings in plain view!

Finished pouch size: 7" x 10"

Fabric Requirements:
¼ yd of two fabrics
Scrap of clear vinyl 4 ½” x 9”

Pellon SF 101 fusible woven interfacing
12” zipper

Tools needed:
Sewing machine & basic sewing tools.
Clover binding clips (optional).

Cutting instructions:
Outer fabric
8” x 11”
6” x 12”
2 ½” x 11"

8” x 11"
6” x 12"
2 ½” x 11"

Pellon Shape Flex (SF 101)
8” x 11"
6” x 12”
2 ½” x 11"

4 ½” x 9”

Prepare fabrics by fusing the interfacing to the wrong side of the outer fabric pieces.

Prepare the pouch front:

Mark an 3 ½”  x 8” box centered on the wrong side of the (6” x 12”) lining fabric.

Pin outer fabric and lining fabric (6” x 12”) right sides together, and sew around marked line, crossing past the first stitches at the end to secure stitches.

Cut away center fabric leaving a ¼” seam allowance. Carefully clip the corners being sure to not cut the stitched line.

Turn right side out and press. Tip: Match the corners as you press to keep the piece from pulling out of shape. 

Lay the vinyl under the fabric piece just sewn (on the lining side), and topstitch around the window. Tip: sew slowly and hold the vinyl in place – pins will not be very helpful for this step, and will cause wrinkling of the vinyl.

Trim the window unit to 5 ½” x 11” centering the window. Trim the seam allowances of the vinyl to ¼”.

Press top edge of the outer fabric wrong side together ¼”. Repeat for top edge of lining fabric. Set the window unit aside.

Top Unit
Stack the 2 ½” x 11” outer and lining fabrics wrong side together. Sew along one long side.
Turn right side out and press. This is the top unit.

Using zipper presser foot, sew sewn edge of top unit to the top part of the zipper.
Sew folded edge of window unit to bottom of zipper.

Open zipper three quarters open, and tack the zipper ends by sewing back and forth several times across zipper teeth keeping about an 1/8” seam allowance. Trim zipper ends to the same length as the fabric. Leave zipper open.

Assemble Pouch:
Switch back to your regular presser foot.

Stack fabrics in this order:
                Outer fabric (11” x 8”) right side down
                Window unit right side up
                Lining fabric (11” x 8”) right side up

Pin the lining pieces of the window unit to the main lining fabric. Use clips or pins to hold the outer fabric parts out of the way.

Sew around perimeter of lining skipping over the zipper ends (backstitch before the zipper ends), leave a 3” gap at the bottom for turning.

Repeat the pinning and sewing for the outer fabrics. Do not leave a gap for turning.

Now lay lining and outer sections flat and sew across the zipper ends on each side. Backstitch at beginning and end.

Clip corners and carefully turn right side out.

Sew the turning gap closed by hand or machine.

Thanks Emily!
Head over to Emily's blog to see how you can win a fat quarter bundle for yourself!

Don't miss the other tutorials featured in our Holiday Headstart blog hop:
Day 1: Take Me to Class Tote by Tessa from The Sewing Chick

Day 3: Squared Stripe Pincushion from the Benartex blog design team
Day 4: Bold Braid Quilt by Kelly from My Quilt Infatuation

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  1. Love this Emily! Thank you... Can't wait to sew one up.

  2. Great tutorial Emily - thanks!

  3. Great tutorial Emily. I like pouches like this with the vinyl windows to make it easier/quicker to see inside. If you have a few of them, it's nice to not have to open each one up to check its contents.

  4. I love when I can see in my pouches. The vinyl makes it really easy. I follow your blog on bloglovin'

  5. It`s pretty nice,can´t wait to do one.Thanks !

  6. I follow Benartex Blog theru Bloglovin & Email already :)

    Thanks for grrrrreat Tutorial too.... (Following Emily"s Blog now too...thru Bloglovin.)

  7. I've been wanting to make one of these! Thanks.

  8. Adorable pouch. Thanks for the tutorial.

  9. Great little pouch and gift to make!

  10. What a great gift idea! Everyone needs a bag with a see through window!!

  11. I follow Benartex on Bloglovin!


  13. I know this is really old now....but I'm confused by your Stacking Pieces photo. It looks like your "window piece" is on top, not the lining like it says in the caption.