Thursday, April 21, 2011

My first (and second) box pouches

I think my fear of zippers has officially passed.  I've used four in the last week!  I cannot thank Kelly enough for her amazingly simple zipper pouch tute, which I will now always refer people to if they're afraid of zippers.

I tackled some box pouches yesterday afternoon for Mother's Day, and to practice for the Pretty {little} Pouch swap.  I was thinking about maybe a boxy pouch for my partner, using some linen and either Echino or some other brightly colored patchwork.

Pretty {little} Pouch possibilities...

I used Kaelin's awesome box pouch tute to whip up these little beauties for my mother and my mother-in-law for Mother's Day.  Given that I've made a bunch of bags over the last year, I've done boxed corners before, but I still think this is a pouch a beginner could put together very easily.  


I only had one minor hiccup when making this bag, and it was when I managed to sew through a pin.  Literally.

One minor casualty

Whoops!  I kind of forgot the pin was there, it was holding the twill tape in place and was kind of hidden.  When I sewed over it, I had no idea that it was a pin - I just thought my machine was acting up for some strange reason.  I found the pin when I was pulling the finished pouch through the hole in the lining - ouch!

I'm super pleased with how these little guys turned out, and looking forward to getting started on my official swap pouch soon.  


  1. Adorable! I love these little bags!

  2. Cute bags! lol at the pin. I can't believe it just chugged through it like that.

  3. Hurray for learning zippers! And that pin is too funny - you poked it, so it poked you back :)

  4. I love those boxy pouches!!! Thanks for the shout out!

  5. They look great...good job!

  6. I have several pins which look just like that one! Somehow, when paper piecing, I tend to sew right over those flat head plastics.
    - SeeingStars (who still has a little fear of zippers)

  7. Oh, that's funny that it sewed through the pin! Much better than sewing through your finger, though!!

  8. Thesew are so lovely pouches:) Ouch for the poking !!!
    I'm definitely gonna need the tutorial for the zippers... I'm super terrified...

  9. Those are adorable. I told you zippers were not hard just practice!! Silly girl.

  10. cute bags! i can't believe that pin survived!

  11. cute bags... i like the pin too. i think the holes give it a little something extra!

  12. Wow, those look great! Nice job! : )

  13. Now that is something I have never seen before - sewing through a pin!

    I love those box pouches - I might have to give them a try!

  14. Those pouches are adorable!!! I love that fabric. What a perfect combo!

  15. great pouches! And as for that pin, it matches my feed dog cover... which once got stuck up under a quilt. It looks like a gangster took some shots at it!

  16. Hi Elisabeth! These are really great! I love the box figure and the fabrics are so lovely! Thank you for telling about the tutorials!
    xxx Teje

  17. thanks for both of those great tutorials. Your box pouches are super cute!

  18. Yay! Zippers:0 Elizabeth: 1. Woo hoo!

  19. I apologize for laughing at your holy pin.

    Your pouches are fantastic! I need to bookmark that tute.

  20. The pouches are adorable!...but ooh ouch to the pin..and your machine. Hope your sewing machine is ok and that it hasn't thrown the timing out.

  21. They turned out awesome! You must have quite the machine to sew straight through a pin!! lol! I'm surprised the needle didn't break!


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