I haven’t been sewing for ages. I can remember sewing a whole dress during free time after my A-levels (it was a bit too short for my taste), and then I also remember that I hand-sewed at least a hundred pearls to a Peter-Pan Collar as well. Man, I had so much free-time! Anyways, besides doing minor corrections on my pants of t-shirts, sewing hasn’t always been at the very top of my list. Which is kind of sad, because I would love to sew my own clothes, but I not only lack time but also experience and skill (maybe a sewing workshop would be best?).
With sewing, the details always seem to count; which needle and stitch for which fabric, sewing techniques, the right adjustments on your sewing machine…I do need some tutoring here I guess, but that doesn’t keep me from try my hand at smaller things and luckily there are some great step by step tutorials out there that help me along the way. Yes, I am a DIYer and I sometimes consult other tutorials to help me with my projects! It’s a constant learning process folks.
- Green fabric paint
- White fabric
- Red jersey fabric
- Red artificial leather
- Sewing machine
Start by measuring out the size of your pouch. My zipper was 20cm long, so I added 1,5cm on each side for sewing, making it 23cm in with. My palm leaf part would be 7cm in height, the leather part 4 cm (make sure to add at least 0,5cm for sewing on each side). You can always use your own measurements! Cut out the fabric and leather accordingly.
Print out a palm leaf (I used a monstera leaf) and cut it out with a sharp knife. With fabric paint and water start painting the leaves I with different opacities, using less and less water along the way. Repeat with the other piece of fabric and let dry.
Place the right side of the leather on the right side of the palm leaf part and sew together. Repeat with the other pieces.
Now for the trickier part: Place the right side of the outer part of the pouch on the right side of the zipper and sew the parts together. Repeat with the other outer part. Cut out two pieces of jersey fabric in the same size as the outer part of the pouch. Sandwich one long edge of the zipper between a piece of lining (the jersey fabric) and the outer fabric it is already stitched to, sew together. Repeat that with the other side of the lining.
Topstitch the outer fabric close to the zipper to keep the fabric from popping up and getting caught. Unzip the zipper for 2/3 of the way, then fold the pouch so that the outer fabrics are right sides together and the lining fabric sides are right sides together. Make sure to fold the zipper teeth toward the lining! Stitch around the edges, but leave a hole at the bottom of the lining for turning. Tipp: Sew the jersey fabric with a zigzag stitch, it’ll be much easier!
Turn the pouch right sides out, then fold the edges of the hole in the lining toward the inside. Topstitch along the edge and you’re done!
Man that took some doing. Unfortunate for me I used soft jersey fabric for the lining, which is perfect in theory but was plain hell to sew for a rookie like me. Good for me that you don’t see the stitches of the lining in the finished product. Other than that it was fun to do this, and I really like the combination of the palm leaf design and the red leather. I need to do this more often! This pouch is really perfect for my make-up (not that I have much) and I just love the palm leaves. I could decorate everything with them! Hope you are inspired!