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When I first saw the boxy pouch tutorial, I thought it would be a delight to make but I wanted it to be lined and have the handle like the one I saw at Burda Style. Further, I needed my boxy pouch to be larger. I didn’t know how a pouch 4.5 inches long, 3 inches high and 2 inches deep would have much application.

Figuring out the measurements:

I believe I have the right formula for dimensions. Here is my formula:

1. Figure out the three finished dimensions: length, width and depth.

2. Length of the fabric is FL (finished length) + FD (finished depth) + 1″ (SA)

3. Width of fabric is FW (finished width) + FD (finished depth) + .75″ (SA)

Cut List:

Once you have the dimensions for your boxy pouch, cut out as follows:

  • 2 pieces of face fabric
  • 2 pieces for lining
  • 2 pieces of heavyweight interfacing

You’ll need three additional pieces for the zipper tabs and the handle.

  • Zipper tabs: 3×4″, cut 2 of fabric
  • Handle: cut 1 8 x 1 3/8″ Peltex or Timtex (or two heavyweight interfacing) and enough fabric to cover the handle.

Sewing Instructions:

Step 1. top stitch the handle and the zipper tabs. I like to use the triple stitch.

Step 2. Attach zipper to the face fabric.

Step 3. IMPORTANT! Mark 1/2″ on each end of the face fabric zipper stitching.

Step 4. Pin lining to zipper. Attach lining to zipper by sewing over face fabric zipper stitching.

OPTIONAL but helpful: Sew an edgestitch along the lining to the zipper SA. This ensures that the lining doesn’t get caught in the zipper. If you don’t, you might have to handsew the lining away which is a pain, trust me.

Step 5. Sew the bottom of the face fabric all the way across.

Step 6. IMPORTANT! Sew the bottom of the lining fabric leaving a 4″ or so opening for turning the project inside out.

Step 7. Sew the side seams of the lining, pulling away the face fabric, zipper and zipper tabs. You may want to use a height compensation tool. Otherwise, leave a gap and come back to sew the gap closed with a zipper foot. It’s easier to do this step before you sew up the side seams of the face fabric.

Step 8. Baste the zipper tabs to the zipper ends on the face fabric.

Step 9. Sew the side seams of the face fabric, making sure the lining is out of the way.

Step 10. Pinch out the corners and mark the finished depth of your project. (See part about dimensions above. In this example, my corner seam is 2″).

Step 11. IMPORTANT but optional. If you are adding a handle, mark 1/2″ from the original pencil line on the side of the box where the zipper starts. Cut at the 1/2″ mark. Feed your handle through and hold closed with a binder clip, fusible web or glue.

Step 12. Sew the depth seams together. Trim.

Step 13. Pinch out the corners of the lining fabric and mark and sew similar to what you did with the face fabric. This isn’t the easiest and I don’t have a good solution for this other than trial and error.

Step 14. Iron your seams, trim your threads and turn inside out.

Step 15. Admire your finished project. Sew the lining closed either by hand or by machine.



Tips for the boxy pouch:

  • To reduce sewing time, I eliminated the bottom seam. Cutting out my face fabric to be FW+ FD + .5 (SA) but if you have a distinct design, you’ll need to have a bottom seam or one side of the box will have an upside down pattern repeat.
  • Other helpful tutorials: Boxy Pouch with French Seams tutorial and Boxy Pouch with corners exposed

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