Sew a Velcro Fabric Pouch with my easy pattern!
I’ve been playing in a handbell choir & small ensemble for a few years. My bell gloves reside with my bell music inside the plastic bag that they were packaged in along with pencils and other items stored in a pencil pouch that is shared with another ringer. The plastic bag has seen better days, so I decided to craft a small fabric pouch to keep them in. With my easy pattern, this bag takes less than 30 minutes to create!
This bag is so simple to make. Easy enough for a beginner, all you’ll need is:
- small piece of fabric, 8″ x 12.25″ (perfect project to use up remnants, or try a fat quarter)
- two 7″ lengths of sew-on 5/8″ velcro (stay away from the self-adhesive type–the hold is not strong enough, and the glue will jam up your sewing machine if you try to reinforce it)
- double sided tracing paper and tracing wheel (you can get by without marking the fabric, but taking the time to mark the lines makes the project much simpler)
- Download my free printable easy pattern in PDF format. You’ll need to print this on a legal (8-1/2″ x 14″) piece of paper. Be sure to check that the document is set to print at actual size rather than scaling to fit the paper or printable area.
Choosing materials & creating an easy pattern
I raided my sewing supplies and picked out a pretty piece of patchwork style fabric, thread, and velcro to use for this project.
Now, to make an easy pattern. The first thing I did was measure my gloves to determine the size that I should make my bag. I decided to make it approximately 5″ x 7-1/2″. I drew out a pattern and marked the folds, seam lines, and velcro placement. Download my free printable easy pattern in PDF format.
Step-by-step instructions for my easy pattern
I used my easy pattern to cut a piece of fabric. Then I got out my double-sided tracing paper and tracing wheel so I could transfer my guides onto the fabric.
I placed the fabric onto the table with the wrong side facing up, then put a sheet of tracing paper with the marking side facing the fabric on top. I put my easy pattern on top, lining up the edge of the pattern with the edge of the fabric, and marked all of the seam lines and fold lines. Then, I carefully slid the tracing paper out from between the fabric and pattern and put it underneath the fabric so that I could mark the placement of the velcro strips on the right side of the fabric.
Before sewing, I ironed along all of the folds. Defining the folds now will make for easier assembly later.
Now on to the sewing. The first thing I’m going to tackle is the flap. I fold over the 1/4 inch seem (already pressed into place in my last step) and stitch very close to the folded edge using a straight stitch.
Now I’m going to position the velcro within the guidelines I marked. If you look very carefully in the pink paisley square above you’ll see a faint yellow marking, that’s my guide line!
Once it’s pinned in place, I sew the velcro in place with a straight stitch, keeping close to the edge.
Next, I pin the velcro on the other end and sew with a straight stitch.
Here’s what it looks like so so far. The velcro is attached on both ends.
The next step is to form the top flap. Fold the flap over so that the right sides are together and pin into place.
Sew the flap seems along the seam line. (Repeat on the left side).
Turn the flap right side out, and this is what you should have.
The bottom of the flap needs to be secured. Sew closely along the bottom of the flap using a straight stitch.
Lay the bag flat with the right side facing up.
Fold the front and back together along the fold line. Pin to secure.
Sew both sides together along the seam lines. Be sure to stop just before the flap.
Trim any loose threads and turn right side out.
10 minutes later, the completed bag.
My gloves fit nicely inside!
Give it a try! Download my free printable easy pattern in PDF format. You’ll need to print this on a legal (8-1/2″ x 14″) piece of paper. Be sure to check that the document is set to print at actual size rather than scaling to fit the paper or printable area.