Lined Fabric Pouch from Purlbee

Lined pouches

If you’re looking to make a lined pouch with a zipper, I can recommend that this is the guide you should go with, although you’ll have to make your own pattern for it. This is always a daunting task for me, but thanks to this guide, it wasn’t so bad deciding on the widthxlength measurements as I’d already bought a certain zipper size.

I seem to have an issue with instructions these days, unless they’re completely specific I question almost every aspect of it. Diagrams are not specific enough for me unless it’s labelled in detail, the explanation does not describe all aspects that I need to consider. It didn’t help that it was difficult for me to differentiate top/bottom with the fabric used in the guide.

Nonetheless, over this last weekend I’ve made two lined pouches of varying quality from this tutorial. I created it with polyester/cotton fabric on the outside, and minky on the inside so that it would provide soft padding for the valuables to be placed inside.

I skipped sewing on the reverse as I was handsewing the pouch, and it would have looked messy. They call this ‘edgestitch’ I believe - I’m not too good with jargon. Here’s a simple overview of the steps in my own words:

  1. Place one of the Outside pieces with top facing you, then put the zipper upside down along the top of that piece of fabric. The top of the zipper should be aligned with the top edge of the fabric. The metallic endpoints of the zipper should be aligned with the edges of the fabric.
  2. Over the top of this, put one of the Inside pieces upside down (bottom facing you). Keep the zipper the same. Sew all three things together.
  3. Fold the fabric pieces the other way so the opposite sides are touching now, and the opposite edge of the zipper is free. Do the same thing for the other edge zipper with the other two pieces, and fold the fabric the other way again so it has two wings.
  4. Pull the two Outside pieces together, so that the top faces are touching. Essentially it looks like it’s inside out.
  5. With the two Inside pieces facing inwards and also inside out, sew these together with the top faces touching, but leave a large gap.
  6. Pull its guts inside out.
  7. Sew up the hole in the inner pouch and flip it into the pouch.
  8. Voila!

Here are a few learnings:

  • Minkee is extremely stretchy, so it might slip as you sew it, but you can always trim off the excess. It seems in this case that the inner pouch might also not quite fit properly given Minkee is more ‘plush’, that is it has greater volume so might bunch up a bit. Personally I don’t mind this.
  • During steps 4 and 5 I wasn’t sure how to sew over the zipper area. In the end I just sewed up until the zipper and stopped but it doesn’t seem to have any ill effects
  • With minkee in particular you need a fairly large gap so that you can flip the pouch inside out. Also it will help to not expose the stitches by pulling the fabric too hard, which happens especially if you’re hand stitching like me.
  • I feel like for a pouch for the purposes that I want, you ideally should get a zipper with a largish tab on it to make grabbing easier. If it’s just for pens, it’s probably find to use a normal one, but one that you might be trying to access on the go, it might help to have a larger tab to grab more easily.

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