Quilt As You Go Pouch Tutorial!

22 April 2013

The hubs and I don't take vacations very often but we have finally made plans for a mini vacation!  We will be exploring the wonderful town of San Antonio next month.  So if any of you know some good quilt shops let me know which ones I should plan on visiting while we are down there.

My goal for this trip is to travel with as many handmade goods as possible.  I have my Weekender Bag that I can use.  And I have also thought about making the Simplicity 2274 duffel bag.  As I was contemplating what I would need to take with me I decided I could whip up a pouch for my cosmetics.

And here's a little tutorial about how I made mine!

To get started you will need:
A variety of scraps in your preferred colors!
(2) 10"x14" - Pieces of cotton duck
(2) 10"x14" - Pieces of batting
(2) 7.25"x10" - Pieces of fabric for the lining (I used laminated cotton so it can be cleaned easily)
(1) 8.5" Zipper
(1) 2"x4" piece of fabric for the zipper ends

1. Start by basing the cotton duck and the batting.

2.  Place a scrap on the center of the batting and sew down.

3. As you can see, I used straight lines about 1/4" apart for my project.
And I only sewed over the scrap.

4. Place your next scrap right sides together matching up the edges.  It helps if the scrap you are adding is the same width as the piece you are piecing to.

5. Sew a 1/4" seam down the side.  

6.  Press.

7. Quilt your new piece only!

8. Place your next scrap along the edge of what is already there.  Again, it helps if the piece you are adding is the same width or length of what you are adding it to.  Sew a 1/4" seam down the edge.

9. Press and then quilt that piece only, however you desire.

10. Continue that process until you are finished with two different panels. 

Keep in mind you don't have to do just one piece at a time.  If you like, you can do sections at a time.  For instance, I pieced a section before I added it to my panel.

11. When your panels are finished, trim them to 7.75"x10".  Then gather your other materials, it's time to assemble your pouch!

12. We will start by preparing your zipper ends.  Press the 2"x4" piece in half lengthwise.

13. Using the crease you made as your guide, press the long edges to the center.

14.  Press in half.

15. Trim your zipper to 8.5".

16. Cur your zipper ends to make two 2" pieces.  Place one piece around one end of the zipper.

17. Stitch in place.

18. Trim off excess to make the edges even with the zipper. And complete with the other end of the zipper.

19. Next we will attach the zipper.  Layer one quilted panel right side up, then center the zipper with the zipper facing down!!!  Finally place the lining right side down.  Make sure all of the top edges are even before stitching!

20. I usually clip my layers in place before I stitch them together!  I love my wonder clips!  They are the best invention ever!

21. Using your zipper foot, stitch closely to the zipper coils.  It would be similar to a 1/4" seam.

22. Flip the lining around and top stitch.

23. Place the second panel right side facing up. Then place the zipper/panel even with the top edge.  Both quilted panels should be facing each other.

24. Then place the second lining piece face down, even with the top edge.

25. Clip or pin in place.

26. Using a zipper foot stitch like you did in step 21.

27. Flip the lining around and top stitch in place like you did in step 22.  You should now have a large piece that resembles this.

Isn't it pretty?  Now you can take a second to admire your beautiful creation.

28.  IMPORTANT: Open your zipper half way!!  Next, we are going to make sure that the right sides of the quilted panels are facing each other.  And the right sides of the linings are facing each other.

29. Now you need to stitch a 1/4" seam around the edges of the pouch.  But leave approximately a 4" opening at the bottom of the lining so we will be able to turn our pouch right side out.  It's hard to see my 1/4" seam because the white thread blends in but I promise it's there.

30.  Pull the pouch through the 4" opening you left!  If you didn't open your zipper half way in step 28, you won't be a happy camper during this part.

31.  Keep pulling until it looks like this!

32.  Top stitch the opening closed and stuff the lining into the pouch.

And voila your pouch is complete!!

Now that I have my cosmetic pouch done, I am contemplating making the Simplicity 2274 duffel bag.  Hmmm ..... I might have to go purchase some fabric .... aww shucks!

I am linking this up with the 2nd Quarter Finish A Long with she can quilt!

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  1. Darling! Love the quilt-as-you-go method! Now I need to go see what that Simplicity duffel bag pattern is all about!


  2. Gorgeous. I love it and thank you for the tutorial!

  3. San Antonio Quilt stores: Creative Sewing Center, Las Colchas near downtown, the QuiltHaus in New Braunfels (20 minutes north of SA) Creations in Kerrville all different personalities, lots of fun ideas and Texas fabric! It's a fun place!

  4. Okay, now I need to make one of these... I love this!!

  5. Cool! I was just looking at that pattern, so would love to see what you use and how you make it :)

  6. This is gorgeous! Thanks for tutorial, I want to make one of these right now!

  7. Great tutorial! Thank you for sharing!

  8. It looks awesome, thanks for the tutorial! I've been wanting to make some totes for friends and this looks like a great method :)

  9. Love it! Thanks so much for the tutorial.

  10. Great tutorial - I have to make one of these!

  11. Just now reading this Sweet Lori....but you MUST stop at Quilt Haus in New Braunfels...and Las Colches in San Antonio....also if you can, find Remnants: Fibre Culture in Austin....it's owned by Jessica Sloane....a small shop, but very modern and funky.

  12. Lori, this is a great tutorial, I can't wait to try it!

  13. Very cute and love the improv piecing.

  14. I tried it, it was a piece of cake and the pouch came out beautiful! Thanks so much for the directions!

  15. A wonderful wonderful tuto, thanks so much for your work !!!!
    Hugs and a hppy smile from switzerland, Kathrin

  16. Beautiful work and great tutorial. Have to try the quilt as you go method soon. Great fabric:-)


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