The last tutorial showed how to make a simple drawstring pouch, which forms the basis of most of the pouches I make. Why? Because there are many different and interesting things that can be done with a drawstring pouch.
Up to now we’ve only seen rectangular pouches, however today I’d like to show how to make a curved bottomed pouch, and how to make the bottom a different colour to the body.
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As you can see here, this pouch has both a shaped, coloured bottom and a belt loop. We will be covering adding belt loops next time.
First of all, grab a pen and some paper and sketch a rough shape for your pouch. Because we’re wanting some shape to the bottom of the pouch you need to decide how the pouch is going to be split between the body and the bottom. You could have as many coloured sections as you want, but for this tutorial we will be using two.
If you were wanting to create a shaped pouch all in one colour, the process is similar to making one with a different coloured bottom – just skip the (*) marked section.
Once you’ve decided how big you want the pouch to be, you need to break it down into it’s separate parts – in the photo above you can see a belt loop (unfolded), the main body and the separate bottom – all marked up with dimensions so we can make our template. Don’t forget to make a note of your seam allowance. I like to work with 1″ (2.5cm) for these quick pouch projects.
Unlike our other pouch posts, an actual template needs to be made. I make mine out of card and ink everything in a thick felt tip pen or permanent marker, annotating them with seam allowance, cutting instructions and orientation.
As you can see, here are the pieces for the pouch – the body and the base. With these pieces prepared, you can now gather your materials for sewing.
Making a curved bottom pouch / multi-coloured pouch
Gather your materials and make sure you have all your pattern pieces to hand – cloth, sewing needle and thread, scissors, chalk or pencil to mark cloth with, pins, ribbon/drawstring and pattern pieces. Prepare your cloth by washing and ironing it, though this pouch is a good way to use up any scraps.
Cut out all your pattern pieces with wrong sides together so that you can see any fancy patterns you want to incorporate into your cloth. Choose which piece will be your front piece and mark accordingly.
On your front and back pieces mark the lines for the seam allowance and the bottom of your drawstring channel in chalk.
On your front piece find the middle of your cloth and mark it. Mark your button holes equidistant from this mark and make sure they sit between the two horizontal lines you drew on earlier. Sew these button holes by hand or using a sewing machine. Cut your button holes open before you forget.
Fold the raw edge of the upper body in towards the back, then fold it again to enclose the edge. Pin and sew this hem with a straight stitch.
(*) Pin a base to a body, right sides together and sew, trim and edge your seam. As this pouch will be unlined, any seam should be edged either with a zig-zag stitch or sewn as an enclosed seam e.g. a french seam. This will stop your pouch falling apart along the seams.
Pin your front to your back, right sides together, and sew, trim and edge your seams. Be careful as you sew around the curve of the bottom in case it moves slightly. One way is to keep a firm tension on the cloth as you sew, or sew down each side to the mid point before turning the project over to sew the other side seam down to the point of the pouch. Either way you will end up with both pieces sewn together.
Turn your pouch inside out and carefully (carefully!) roll the top edge of your pouch towards the inside of the pouch to create the drawstring channel. Line the bottom of your hem along the lower chalk line you drew earlier and pin in place. Sew along this line with a small straight stitch, carefully avoiding sewing the opening of your pouch closed.
Thread your cord/ribbon onto something firm like a paperclip or safety pin that will fit through your button holes. Pass the ribbon through the channel and out the other hole, easing the ribbon through until the pouch hangs open nicely. Cut and knot your ends and seal them if they are likely to fray. I would knot the two ends of the drawstring together to avoid losing an end into your pouch if you fumble it open.
And there you have it – one multi-coloured drawstring pouch with curved bottom.
- Add a bit of jazz to your pouch by sewing the visible hems in a contrasting colour. Or use a zig-zag stitch.
- Match your visible hem with the coloured bottom of your pouch and have the pouch body and bottom in different colours.
- Use a tasseled drawstring.
- Add a belt loop to the back or a ribbon loop into a side seam to hang your pouch from your wrist.
- Embroidery! Add a design to the main body or bottom.
- Match your colours to your heraldry, or do a whole heraldic pouch with applique heraldry to match.
What will you do?