This is the first tutorial I have ever written. I hope it helps. Contact me if you have any questions.
I love the Three Bears boxy little pouch tutorial. The pouch is so cute!
I took it one step further and gave the pouch an interfaced- lining with concealed seams (a.k.a. French seams). The fleece interfacing gave the pouch a lot of body, and the French Seams hid all the raw edges. Here is how I did it.
Assemble your supplies. I used:
- 2 x exterior fabric – 11” x 9”
- 2 x interior fabric – 11” x 8 ½ “
- 2 x fusible fleece interfacing – 11” x 8 ½ “
- 1 x 10” zipper
Press the fusible fleece interfacing onto the interior fabric.
Lay the zipper face down onto the right side of the exterior fabric. Pin and sew (with a zipper foot).
Once the zipper is sewn to the exterior fabric, place one of the lining fabric pieces, WRONG SIDE UP, directly on top of the zipper (sandwiching the zipper between the interior and exterior fabrics). Line up the edges and stitch in place right along the top.
Do the same for the other side of the zipper.
Open it up so that the WRONG sides of both fabrics are facing each other. Press, and then topstitch along the zipper. This will keep the fabric from getting caught in the zipper.
With RIGHT SIDES TOGETHER, sew the bottom seam of the exterior fabrics together. Do the same for the interior fabrics. Turn so the interior is inside the exterior.
Let’s make the French seams. With exterior fabric on the OUTSIDE, and the interior lined up within, place the bottom seams over the zipper. Sew the side seams. Trim the raw edges close to the seam.
Now turn this inside out and tuck the raw edges in as close to the seam as you can. Sew this edge approximately ¼” from the edge. This will conceal the raw edge. Do the same for the other side.
Turn the pouch right side out again.
We are going to box the corners with French seams. Box the 4 corners (pinch the corners into triangles that will be sewn and cut off) as long or as short as you want them. Sew the seam through the exterior and interior fabrics ON THE EXTERIOR again. Trim the raw edges close to the seams.
Turn inside out and once again, tuck the raw edges in as much as you can. Sew the 4 edges.
Turn it right side out and you are done! This is what mine looks like. Have fun!