DIY, Multi purpose zipper pouch, free pattern in 5 sizes

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Zipper pouches exist in all sizes and shapes. Do you have a favorite one? I do! Mi favorite one is soft, has a flat bottom and it can be used it for lots of different things. .

Since I made one and posted a photo somewhere, several people asked me where I got the pattern from, so here it is. I made it in five different sizes and in a printable PDF format. Nothing worse than having to start drawing the pattern yourself when you want to start sewing. So go ahead and CLICK HERE TO PICK UP YOUR COPY OF THE PATTERN. Print without resizing.

Materials:

*Pattern, 1/2″ seam allowance  included
*Zipper 6″, 7″, 8″, 9″ or 10″ matching the size of your pouch.
*Exterior fabric: about 12″x14″ for the small bag and 18″ x 22″ for the largest one
*Interior/lining fabric: same as exterior fabric
*Fusible or non fusible fleece: same as exterior fabric
*coordinating thread

Cut out your pattern pieces. Remember to fold your fabric and put the pattern piece on the fold as indicated.

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You need:
pattern cut out off the exterior fabric: 2x
pattern cut out off the interior /lining fabric 2x
pattern cut out off the fleece: 2x

I use non fusible fleece. I put the fleece between the exterior fabric and the interior fabric and sew all layers together. You can also use fusible fleece of course. If you use fusible fleece, iron it to the wrong side of the exterior fabric.

Take a piece of exterior fabric and place it right side up. If you’re using non fusible fleece, put a layer of fleece underneath the exterior fabric. If you’re using fusible fleece, it should already be on the wrong side of your fabric.

Place your zipper on the fabric, zipper teeth down. Level up the edge of the zipper with the edge of the fabric.

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Take a lining piece and place it onto your exterior fabric, right sides together. The zipper is now sandwiched between both layers of fabric. Pin fabric and zipper in place.

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Take your zipper foot and stitch right along the zipper.

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When you’re close to the slider, stop sewing and leave the needle in the fabric. Lift your sewing foot and pull the slider to the other side of your sewing foot. Then put the foot down and continue sewing.

This is what you end up with when you turn the right sides out.

2014-11-14 20.31.05You will now attach the remaining fabric to the other side of your zipper. Take your second piece of exterior fabric and place it right side up. If you’re using non fusible fleece, place it underneath the fabric.

Line up your zipper with the top edge of the exterior fabric, zipper teeth down. The uncovered side of the zipper and the top edge should match.

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Take your second lining piece and put it on top of the zipper right side down.

Pin fabric and zipper together as you did in the previous step and sew right along the zipper with your zipper foot.
Turn your fabric right sides out. If all went well, you end up with something like this:
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Topstitch along both sides of the zipper (red line). This will prevent your fabric from getting stuck between the zipper teeth.

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You can use your zipper foot again, but I usually use my normal sewing foot to get a bit more grip and I put the needle as far on the left as possible. Find out what works best with your machine.

Flip the fabric so that the lining pieces are right sides together and the exterior pieces with fleece are also right sides together. Make sure your zipper is at least half open. If it isn’t you’ll have a difficult time later on when you have to turn the whole thing inside out.
Pin the layers together. Sew along the sides and bottom (red line). Leave an opening of about 4″ in the bottom of your lining pieces.
To get the best result , make sure the zipper teeth are pointing towards the lining fabric.

Don’t sew the corners yet

Now you’ll box the corners of your bag. Align bottom and side seams of one of the corners. The bottom of the bag is pointing towards you with the side seam underneath. Stitch along the horizontal edge. and cut of excess fabric.

Repeat for the other three corners.

You’re almost done! Turn your bag right side out through the opening in the bottom of the lining fabric. You’re allowed to curse if you forgot to open your zipper. You’ll have a hard time trying to get it to open, but you’ll remember next time you make one of these zipper pouches 🙂

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Looking good already! You just need to close the opening in the lining and then you’re done.

You can hand stitch using an invisible stitch or you can use your sewing machine and top stitch at 1/8″ to close the opening. I don’t like hand sewing, so I use my machine. I personally don’t mind a small seam on the inside of the bag.
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Well done! You just made my favorite zipper pouch? Maybe it will become your favorite too.

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Feel free to share a photo of the bag you made with this pattern. We all like to admire your work!

PS: I really don’t mind if you sell bags that were made with this pattern. Just don’t sell the pattern itself, but share a link to this page if you want to share it.

85 Responses

  1. Eve
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    super handleiding, http://evengenaaid.blogspot.be/2016/02/ritstasjes.html

  2. DanceMamaE
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    Thank you for the pattern! I am going to make this with oil cloth – I will line it, but thinking I should leave out the fleece since the oil cloth is pretty sturdy and a bit stiffer than non-coated fabric.

    • Peggy Sew
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      Thank you for your nice reaction! Good luck with it and feel free to send me a picture of the result.

      • mayra
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        I cant get the pattern. I keep clicking i0on the link. Is there another way to get the patterns

        • Peggy Sew
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          Hi,
          I’m sorry to hear you can’t download the pattern.
          I just sent it to you by email.
          I hope that helps. Have a nice day
          Tinneke

          • mayra
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            can you please send me the pattern to my email again.. its been awhile
            gomez2384@yahoo.com
            thank you

    • Lisa
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      I was wondering where you get your oil cloth? I would love to make some bags with that also.

  3. vanderlynn strahan
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    Mahalo from Maui Hawaii. I will enjoy these templates.

  4. Jen C
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    Thank you for this pattern! So simple, with great directions and it turned out so cute! I want to make them in all the sizes.

    • Peggy Sew
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      That’s great to hear! Feel free to share you picture with me. I’ll be happy to put it on the “Made by you” page

    • Yeah, but Susan probably thinks of it privately as “Susa[n]phone.”I’d ride along with her to marching band, too. She seems like a good kid, and someone as determined as she is — that ol’ girl has a stubborn streak, but also a cooperative one — she’d probably be open to some kind of home seminary, or picking it up herself anyway.Funny, weird, yet somehow believable story, ESO, and a lot of fun to vote for an alternative.

  5. Bev
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    I love your zippered pouches and have already made them in various sizes. Would it be alright to use some of your info and some pics to give instructions to the children that I teach sewing to. They want to make the small pouches for their mothers for Mother’s Day. What a super gift and a way to learn about putting in a zipper!

    • Peggy Sew
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      Hi,
      Thank you for your nice comment and for asking if you can use the pattern and instructions for children. I don’t have any problem with that at all and I think it’s very polite of you to ask me in advance. I hope the children can make some nice pouches with it. Feel free to share your pictures (for the “made by you” page on pinterest) if you want to.

    • Bev
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      I would give them the link to your website for the pattern also if that is okay with you. I am teaching them how to make a zipper with tabbed ends which would be a variation. I tried to insert a picture but it wouldn’t work. I can email you one if you wish. Thanks.

      • Bev
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        Thanks I will share the pictures of the ones that they make as well.

  6. Hana
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    Thank you so much for the pattern. I am planning to do all the sizes. Once again thank you so much

    • Peggy Sew
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      That’s great to hear! I hope you have fun with it.

  7. NANCY MAKELA
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    Thank you so much for the pattern, I going to try it now.

    • Peggy Sew
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      Good luck with it!

  8. Pearl Wanshon
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    Thank you for the pattern, it was written well and easy to follow.

    • Peggy Sew
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      Thank you for taking the time to write this. I apppreciate it.

  9. Michelle Frogley
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    Hi,

    Not sure what you mean by the following:-

    “When you’re close to the slider, stop sewing and leave the needle in the fabric. Lift your sewing foot and pull the slider to the other side of your sewing foot. Then put the foot down and continue sewing”

    I do not know what you mean by “slider”

    Perhaps you could advise more clearly / have photos?

    • Peggy Sew
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      Slider= zipper pull

  10. Susan
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    Love the fabric you used in the picture with 5 pouches! Where did you find it?
    Thanks!

    • Peggy Sew
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      Hi, it’s Michael Miller fabric. I think it’s called “scwambled eggs”. I bought it in a local webshop (Belgium)

    • http://www./
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      The post comments are not really built to answer your question. Please join the community and ask in the groups for novices. You’ll get a lot of advice there.

  11. Tammy Zimmerman
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    I’m gonna make one and put a strap on it for a cross over bag for my daughter
    Wish me luck…I’ll post a picture when I’m done

    • Peggy Sew
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      That’s a great idea. Let me know how it turns out! Good luck.

  12. Claidia
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    I’m embarrassed to tell you how many patterns (paid for) I have and how many nasty pouches I’ve made. This pattern looks so easy I know I can do it! Thank you so much for the free pattern and the excellent tutorial!

    • Peggy Sew
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      Thanks for your nice comment. Good luck with the pattern! And don’t be afraid to let me know if you need more help.

  13. José
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    Wat een super patroon en ook zo fijn dat je het in verschillende maten hebt gedaan.
    Net mijn eerste tasje gemaakt. Nog paar kleine verbeter puntjes maar ik vind hem toch cadeau waardig.
    Dank je wel!!!

    • Peggy Sew
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      Dat is leuk om te horen! Als je graag een fotootje van je werk op de “made by you” pagina hebt, dan mag je het altijd bezorgen via info@peggysew.com. Groetjes Tinneke

  14. Glenys
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    Thank you so much for these free patterns and excellent instructions. I’ve made a few for my grandchildren to give as teacher gifts. I’ve embroidered the bags with a dandelion clock and the quote “teachers plant the seeds of knowledge that last a lifetime” I’m going to make a few more for a friend who is a charity fundraiser for a children’s hospice for her to sell. Hope that will be ok? I’ll acknowledge your website on the labels.

    • Peggy Sew
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      Hi, that’s great to hear! You can definitely sell the bags. I just don’t want people selling the pattern itself.
      I hope your friend can raise a lot of money for the children’s hospice. Good luck!

  15. sheri
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    Thank you for a great free pattern and instructions i love these bags i carry one in my purse for feminine stuff and one sits in my bathroom for my makeup and one is in my sewing room for my hand sewing stuff. I also am starting to sell these bags as well and my customers love them and appreciate a basic bag that holds a lot. Also the different sizes are a super bonus!! thank you so much

    • Peggy Sew
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      It’s great to hear that you are happy with the pattern and that your customers like them too! I hope you can make and sell many more. Thank you for the nice feedback.

  16. Marion
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    I love this pattern, I can hardly wait to try it. The colors are great. Thank you for sharing.

    • Peggy Sew
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      You’re welcome! Thanks for taking the time to post something

  17. Kausalya
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    Not able to get the pattern in spite if clicking on the link. How do I get It? Pl help.

    • Tinneke
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      HI I ll send it to you by email by the end of this week. Î’m on holiday at the moment. Thanks for your patience

  18. Gloria budd
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    Hello, I would like to make some of these bags but unable connect with the link for pattern. Could you help please?

    • Peggy Sew
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      Hi, I just sent you the pattern by email. I hope this solves the problem. Good luck with it!

  19. Gloria budd
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    Hallo, thank you for such a quick reply!
    I look forward to making several of the bags for myself and giving as presents.
    G

  20. Valerie Desmet
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    Thank you so much! I just finished mine!! I love it :D!!
    Next time, I just need to trim the sides of my zipper a little bit more. Because now it isn’t as smooth as yours!!
    Love,
    Valerie

    • Peggy Sew
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      Fijn om te horen dat je er blij mee bent!

  21. Glenda
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    Thank you for the downloadable pattern. I love the way it sits up but wasn’t sure how to draw the pattern where it would sit up. I plan to make my granddaughter’s friends at church one for Christmas. I’ve seen the video how to make but wasn’t able to get the pattern until you posted it. Thank you Glenda

  22. Kerry
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    When you see the fabric and fleece together before construction. How do you actually do this . Where do you run the stitching ?

    • Peggy Sew
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      Do you mean which part is stitched first? The first line that you stitch is a line right along and close to the zipper.

  23. Laurie
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    Great pattern and easy to follow instructions! I just wonder if zipper tabs would have worked better . I wish I knew how to post a picture of my pouch

    • Peggy Sew
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      Hi, You could use zipper tabs if you shorten the zipper. The only thing is that the opening for the small version can become very small (too small?) if you replace a part of the zipper by zipper tabs. But the corners will possibly be neater.

  24. Laurie
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    Thanks so much! I didn’t think about it making the opening smaller.

  25. Emma Bigwood
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    Lovely pattern, which particularly appealed to me because I didn’t have to calculate how big to make it. Find the appropriate size zip page and go. I helped my 9yo daughter make it today and we are both very happy with the outcome. 🙂 Thank you for sharing it.

    • Peggy Sew
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      That’s great to hear. Thank you for taking the time to leave a comment. I really appreciate it.

  26. JEAN SMITH
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    Hi
    I would love to make this pattern for 5 different size pouches but can’t print it. Would it be possible for you to email it to me. I intend to sell them at the Christmas Fair for our local Church.
    Many thanks
    Jean Smith

    • Peggy Sew
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      Hi, of course. I will email it to you. I hope you sell a lot of them. x

  27. Judith Lapato
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    Hi, I made a pouch out of dragon themed fabric for my 16 year old grandson. Filled it with a little Halloween candy and pencils. I used a thicker batting and did some outline quilting. I put a purchased tassel through the zipper pull. He loved it. It is a great pattern and fantastic directions !Thank you so much for sharing. Judith

    • Peggy Sew
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      Sounds great! Feel free to share a photo for the “Made by you” page.

  28. Lori
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    Thank you so much for the pattern, I made one of these for my granddaughter to hold her brush and hair spray for cheer competitions, it was perfect, took me a minute to figure it out, Im not a proficient sewer, but I did it!

    • Peggy Sew
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      That sounds great; I’m sure your granddaughter is very happy with it. A handmade gift is worth so much more than a bought one

  29. Catherine Smith
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    Hello came across your article today love the different sizes…
    Am not competent sewer but sure I could master this, only problem I am not able to print the pattern which is a disappointment. Wonder if you can advise what to do. Many thanks

    • Tinneke Grauwels
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      Hi, thanks for your message.
      Can you open the file? If you can open the file but you can’t print it, I’m afraid there’s not a lot I can do.
      If you can’t open the file, I can send it to you by email and we’ll see if that helps
      Tinneke

  30. Heidi
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    Thanks so much for the pattern and easy to follow directions. I made the 9″ version with kimono fabric from Okinawa as a gift and the bag looks fantastic. My question is this though–do you have finished sizes for all the bags? I chose the 9″ because I had a 9″ zipper and I figured the bag would hold a lot of fat quarters (my gift to my friend). It does indeed hold a lot because it’s way bigger than I envisioned. I think next time I will make a smaller size bag, but would love to see finished sizes/dimensions so I can chose the best size for my gifts.

  31. Pam T
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    Thank you for such a great pattern and tutorial, it was easy to follow. I love them

  32. Sara
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    Een leuk patroontje en een hele goede werkbeschrijving, dankjewel daarvoor!
    Ik maakte twee ritszakjes en schreef er een blog-berichtje over… https://crealiefjes.blogspot.be/2017/01/rits-tasjes.html

    Groetjes!

    • Peggy Sew
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      Heel leuk gedaan!! Bedankt, knap resultaat

  33. LuAnne
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    Love these!

  34. Harlan
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    WOW just what I was searching for. Came here by searching for a

  35. Leire
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    Hello, thank you for the tutorial and patterns!I want to sew this but I have a problem…I canT download the patterns, I canT open the link. Can you help me?
    Thank you

  36. Kim
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    Thank you so much. I have tried to sew bags before without much luck. Your patterns and explanation were spot on!
    I made 10 for my daughter’s birthday party. She loves them, and so do I! 😉

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  38. Lena Vankeirsbilck
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    Dank je wel voor je gratis patroon , en vooral de duidelijke uitleg . Maakte ook een ritszakje en vind het supermooi en super makkelijk . Er zullen er nog volgen denk ik .

  39. Gisela Vicedo
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    Thanks for your tutorial! I did it and it´s perfect!

  40. Jeanne
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    Great little bags. I was able to download the pdf file but not the pattern.
    Could someone help me.

  41. Barb
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    Thanks for the pattern! I love making bags in all sizes.

  42. Susan
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    I have made 3 of these, 2 as gifts and will be making several more as Christmas gifts. I better get started as Christmas is not that far off and time really does fly…..

    How do you upload a photo?

  43. Carolyn
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    love your pouches thank you for sharing the pattern. I’m confused about the statement ” zipper teeth facing the lining”…I’m sure it ‘s simple…but I just can’t wrap my brain around this.

  44. Susan
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    Thank you for a really clear tutorial. I’ve just made an 8inch version of the pouch. It was my first attempt at putting in a zip….and I did it! Now I plan to make more for Christmas gifts.

  45. Katrina
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    Very nice looking pouch. It is exactly what I was looking for. My daughter loves these pouches and wants me to make it using this print http://www.mylinenfabric.com/medium-weight/24-green-owl-linen-fabric.html I am very exited to start my second sewing project using your pouch design!

  46. Cindy
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    Very cute bags. Can’t wait to make them. 🙂

  47. Mel Jordan
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    Thank you lovely clear instructions and multi sized pattern. 👏🏻

  48. Peggy
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    Looks easy. Like the idea of multiple sizes.

  49. Sandy
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    I like this project

  50. Lou B
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    Love it. Such lovely clear instructions and super clear photos. Thanks very very much 💖💖

  51. Sara
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    How would I go about making a pouch bigger than the 10inch one? Where in the pattern would I alter it?

  52. Rachel in Wasilla, AK
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    What a fun project, thanks for sharing your pattern! Very easy to follow 🙂

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