Thursday, January 2, 2014

Boxy Pouch Tutorial

I've been meaning to post this tutorial for awhile now but have not had (or made) any time for the tedious blogging process. Let me just say that I take no credit whatsoever for the originality of this pouch. This is just a method I use to make it easier for myself. I apologize in advance for the poor quality photos. I took them with my iPhone as I was making the pouch. Here we go.

You will need:
- 2 exterior panels 13" x 8"
- 2 interior panels 13" x 8"
- 2 panels of fusible interfacing 13" x 8"
- 2 panels of cotton batting 13" x 8"
- 12" zipper
- scrap of fabric 4" x 7" for handle (optional)

For the larger sized pouch, I use 15" x 10" panels and a 14 inch zipper. When you get to boxing the corners, cut the squares at 2" x 2" or slightly smaller if you don't want the bag to be as tall. Just play around with the measurements until you find something you like.

If you are quilting the exterior panels, which I did for this tutorial, fuse the interfacing and quilt them before beginning.

First, lay out one of your exterior panels and place the zipper face down, with the zip pull on the left side, along the top of the panel. Make sure it's centered.

Lay one of the interior panels over the zipper and mark a 1/2 inch mark on either side of the panel along the top edge.

Using your zipper foot, sew along the top edge starting and ending at the 1/2 inch marks.

Press both panels to one side of the zipper.

Lay this finished piece face down over your other exterior panel. This time your zip pull should be on the right side.

Place the other interior panel face down over the zipper and mark 1/2 inch on each side again. Sew along the top starting and ending at the 1/2 inch mark and then press down both sides.

Now top stitch on both sides of the zipper, again starting and ending at 1/2 inch from the edge.

Your panels should look like this. Now separate the exterior panels from the interior panels and sew along the bottom edges of both. I forgot to take a picture of this step but just sew as if making a regular zipper pouch. Only sew the bottom of the exterior panels and the bottom of the interior panels, leaving an opening for turning later. DO NOT sew along the side edges where the zipper is.

Now, fold the panels so that the seams are aligned with the zipper. Press seams open.

Pin back the interior panels on one side of the pouch.

Sew along the exterior panels, including the zipper at 3/8" along the edge.

Go over the zipper a few times to reinforce. Repeat with the other side exterior.

Now pin back the exterior panels.

Sew along the interior panels over the zipper once again, this time at 1/4" from the edge. Repeat with the other side and set pouch aside.

If you are attaching a handle, cut your scrap piece down to 4" by 7".

Press in half lengthwise and then press both edges towards the center, just as you would with a purse handle.

Top stitch along the edges and then sew a couple of lines in between to make sturdier.

To box corners, draw out a square on an interior corner at 1 1/2" x 1 1/2". Start measuring at the seam on the side edge.

Cut out the square.

Position the corner so that the seam is in the center and then sew it closed. Repeat with the other three corners of lining.

Now cut out the corner squares on the exterior panels. Before you sew them shut, insert the handle into one of the holes and center it to the seam. Sew closed.

Pull the other end of the handle out from the corner closest to it and center it to that seam before sewing shut.

Cut excess fabric and close the two remaining corners.

Now turn the entire pouch right side out from the opening in your lining. Sew opening closed.

Gently stuff fabric scraps into your pouch to help you press your pouch really pretty and perfect.

And you're done!

Again, I apologize for the dark/blurry photos! I hope you can still use this tutorial to make pretty gifts and project bags. I love using this style of pouch for everything. If you decide to make this pouch and post pictures on instagram, hashtag it with #psboxypouch so I can check it out!!

Now, want to win this pouch? Find me on Instagram @greenletterday to enter! Thanks for stopping by!


  1. Thank you for posting this tutorial!!! Just saw it on Instagram. Will be trying it tomorrow! I have been looking for a tutorial for a boxy bag with a handle and could not find one. This is perfect!! Thank you thank you : )

  2. Thanks Bonnie for this awesome tut!!I'll certainly give it a try! You know me and my "love" for zippers ;)
    btw Happy New Creative Year sweetie!!

  3. Both of your pouches are lovely and your tutorial is clear and easy to understand. I like to knit socks, and I want to make a quilt-as-you-go pouch to use as a project bag. Thank you for taking the time to write this tutorial and post all the pictures.

  4. This is a great pouch! I am SO making one of these! Thank you for the chance to win the wee one as well!

  5. Love this, thanks for sharing the tutorial, I've pinned for later!

  6. Thanks a lot! I'm looking forward to making my own!

  7. Thank you for sharing your tutorial! The pouches are pretty, must have a go at making one, two or three…
    ; )

  8. This is awesome. I have wanted to learn how to make different pouches and this tutorial looks great. One question though, to box the corners you say measure in 1/2" x 1/2" but the actual measurement and cut in the photo was 1 1/2" x 1 1/2". Which one is correct? Thanks!! Your finished pouches are lovely!!!

  9. Thank's for the post. I look forward to making them the right way. Do you have a preferred or recommended interfacing?

  10. Totally love these pouches, thanks for the tute. I'll be making one sooner rather than later.

  11. Great tutorial, thanks for sharing!

  12. this is wonderful thanks for sharing!

  13. I am such a visual person and your pictures are perfect to make it easy to follow. Cheers!

  14. Thanks for the tutorial -love your pouches and can't wait to try it out with my scraps!

  15. You make it look so easy! I will be giving this a try soon!

  16. Thanks for this tutorial, I put in my first zipper using this as a guide, love the results so much!

  17. Thanks for the wonderful tutorial. I have just made two of these pouches and they came out great.

  18. This is very cute! I'm seeing some gifts in my future...

  19. Lovely tutorial, can wait to make one.

  20. Thank you for the tutorial. I have one question. In the tutorial you said "To box corners, draw out a square on an interior corner at 1 1/2" x 1 1/2". However in the picture with the ruler, the ruler is placed 1 1/2" x 1 7/8". Which measurement is correct?

  21. Sorry, one more question. What are the finished sizes of the bags. Thank you.

  22. She used the seam line to measure the 1 1/2", not the outside edge of the seam.

  23. Lovely pouch, really clear and useful tutorial. Thanks so much for sharing - we appreciate the hassle it was for you! x

  24. Using the seam line to measure the 1 1/2 is really important. I saw another tutorial that didn't make this distinction and the two sides of the box (that should line up) are different lengths. Very pleased I found this tutorial!

  25. Muy bonito y fácil de entender, muchas gracias

  26. Uhmm... with your photos is seems easy to make it... I must try it... I will let you know ;o)

    Thanks for the tutorial

  27. Que fácil parece, voy a intentar hacerlo... que bonitos!

  28. I love this tutorial! I can't wait to try it this way. The careful measurements of the side seams will make a big difference compared to the way I've been doing it. Thanks :-)

  29. This is an awesome tutorial! I've been sewing only for a couple of months, and this is my best work yet. My bag looks gorgeous! (I even did the quilting of the fabric for the first time). My best zipper yet. Thanks for the close ups and detailed instructions! Your bags are adorable.

  30. Thank you so much for sharing this! I have an addiction to making pouches right now and this is next on the list. Looks perfect.

  31. It is lovely and beautiful bags, I love the fabric and the style you go.

  32. Have you ever considered doing a video of this project?

  33. What are the final dimensions of the bags?

  34. Thank you so much! Made one this afternoon, and delivered it to a special 13 year old girl on her birthday, she was thrilled :-) Forgot to take a photo!

  35. I am thinking of making this as a shave kit. If I use the 15" by 10" panels, how large will my finished bag come out?

    1. Mine came out to be approximately 10 by 5 by 5

  36. Just finished a boxy pouch for my grandson thanks to your tutorial. He will love it for his toy cars and airplanes. Only one change I would make next time and that is to cut the strap about 2 inches longer.

  37. Thank you for this tutorial. I am an 'ambitious beginner' at sewing and found all the steps really easy to follow, and even managed to do the quilting - I also copied your patchwork layout! Am really pleased with the result - it's a Christmas present for my grandmother :)

    Here are a couple of photos:


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