Welcome to Quilt For Lovers, always bringing news, modern projects to you and encouraging you to explore diversity, this helps to improve your skills! Sew a the peek-a-boo pouch inside for first aid items, personal care products, cosmetics or anything else! Do not be fooled, because this project is sewn with vinyl, but it is very easy!
And of course, whoever doesn’t love this bag, what makes these bags even more interesting, is that you can recycle vinyl to assemble them all, besides… this sewing project is totally friendly for a fat room! So, are you ready for the Peek-a-Boo Pouch sewing pattern? Let’s sew!
The easiest way to assemble the pattern is to stack the pages, cut 1/2 ” from both long edges and glue the pieces together without overlapping. Then cut around the piece. A detailed photo tutorial for sewing the Peek-a-Boo bag is below.
You will need:
- 1/4 yard of fabric for the exterior & pocket trim
- 1/4 yard of fabric for the lining
- 1/4 yard of fusible fleece (or other interfacing)
- 1 zipper, 8” or longer
- 1/4 yard of vinyl (can be purchased in the home decor section of the fabric store, from Amazon, or re-purposed from the packaging that bedding, curtains, pet beds, and lots of other things come in)
- 1 snap
- Wondertape (very helpful) or double sided tape
Note: But any snap will work fine including the sew in kind if you don’t have a snap setter. You could also use a square of velcro instead.
Using the pattern piece, cut:
- 1 from exterior fabric
- 1 from lining fabric
- 1 from fusible fleece or other interfacing
Cut 1 strip 1 1/2” x 8” for the pocket trim.
Cut 2 pieces of vinyl 6” x 8”.
Prepare the Exterior:
1. Attach the fusible fleece or other interfacing to the wrong side of the pouch exterior piece.
2. Attach one half of the snap to the right side of the exterior, centered and 2 1/2” from the bottom edge. (as indicated on the pattern piece)
3. To make sewing a perfectly symmetrical curved edge easy… trim away the seam allowance on the top third of the pattern piece. Trace the stitching line onto the wrong side of the pouch exterior piece, including the opening for turning the pouch later.
It was drawn with a sharp pen, so that it was easy to see in the photos. But a pencil or pen also works well.
Set the pouch exterior aside.
Prepare the Pockets:
1. Apply a strip of Wondertape or regular double sided tape to one 8” long edge of the vinyl and attach it to the wrong side of the zipper, on one zipper tape only.
2. Apply Wondertape or double sided tape to the other piece of vinyl in the same way and stick it to the opposite side of the zipper (again on the wrong side).
3. Topstitch on the right side of the zipper, along both sides, to attach the zipper to the vinyl pieces.
4. Press the 1 1/2” x 8” binding strip in half, wrong sides together. Fold long edges to the center, press. Fold in half again and press.
5. Clip the binding strip around the top edge of the vinyl. You could use pins but be very careful not to poke holes in the vinyl that will show – they don’t go away.
6. Stitch the binding to the top edge of the vinyl. Make sure you catch both sides of the binding in your seam.
Sew the Pouch Together:
1. Place the vinyl piece on top of the lining piece – with both right sides up and the bottom edges aligned.
2. Place the pouch exterior on top, right side down. Clip all the way around. Or pin – but be careful to place the pins within the 1/2” seam allowance.
3. Starting at the top, backstitch and then stitch along your marked seam line. Then continue sewing around the pouch with a 1/2” seam allowance. Pivot at the bottom corners.
At the top of the pouch, sew along your marked seam line and backstitch at the opening.
4. Clip the corners. Trim the thicker seam allowance to 1/4”. Cut notches into the curved edges.
5. Press the seam allowances at the opening back.
6. Turn the pouch right side out through the opening.
7. Sew the opening closed. You can sew the openings by hand to make them look exactly like the inspirational bags, but you can also sew along the top curve instead of closing the opening.
Press the pouch flat from the fabric side – don’t let your iron touch the vinyl!
8. To finish the pockets, stitch through all layers on the top zipper tape, right over of the previous stitching.
9. Sew a divider line in the top pocket, if desired.
Note: This is the only time when you will sew directly on top of the vinyl. If your presser foot gets stuck, place a drop of sewing machine oil under it to help it slide smoothly over the vinyl. Then just wipe off the excess oil!
10. Fold the bottom of the pouch up and the curved flap down. Mark the location of the other snap half. Install or sew on the other half of the snap.
See too: Morning Star Block