Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Summer of Sewing: Our Happy Pouch Tutorial!

It's summer and we're ready to sew! 
We'll be featuring regular tutorials as part of our Summer of Sewing series, all using our newest fabric lines that you can find at your local quilt shop! Our tutorials will include a chance to win a bundle of the fabric line being used, so make sure to enter each time! 


We're starting off the Summer of Sewing series with this cute little pouch. It's simple to construct, but with fabric this fun, who needs a lot of complex piecing?! The pouch measures 9" wide x 8" tall.


We're calling this our "If you're HAPPY and you know it" Pouch because it's made with our bright and whimsical Happy collection. 


Let's get started!

You'll Need:
1 fat quarter each large floral print, swirl stripe, and cream medallion print
8" long coordinating zipper
Fusible batting

Cutting:
From the large floral print:
One 10" x 9" piece (for pouch back)

One 10" x 6" piece (for pouch front)

From the swirl stripe:
One 10" x 3" piece (for pouch front)

From the cream medallion print:
Two 9" x 9" pieces (for lining)

From the fusible batting:
One 10" x 9" piece
One 10" x 6" piece
One 10" x 3" piece

Making the Pouch:
1. Following manufacturer's directions, adhere each fusible web piece to the wrong side of the same sized large floral and swirl stripe pieces. 

2. You'll be sewing the zipper between two swirl stripe piece and the 10" x 6" large floral piece, sw shown below. You'll also be attaching the lining piece to each section at the same time. 

3. Lay the zipper face down on the swirl stripe piece and pin in place. 

4. Pin the 10" x 3" lining piece on top, right sides down, so the zipper is sandwiched between. Using your zipper foot, sew along the edge of the zipper. Fold fabric back so right sides are showing.
5. Repeat using the 10" x 6" large floral piece and 10" x 6" lining piece and sandwiching the other side of the zipper in between. At this point, your pouch front should look like this from the front: 

 And this from the back: 

6. Topstitch about 1/4" from the zipper edge using a coordinating thread.

7. Pin the 10" x 9" lining piece wrong side facing to the fusible fleece side of the pouch back. Layer the pouch front and back right sides together and pin around all edges. You will need to trim the pouch front slightly (approximately 1/2") so it's the same height as the pouch back. Make sure the zipper is partly open so you can turn the pouch right side out after sewing!

8. Sew around all four sides of the pouch using a 1/4" seam allowance. 
9. If you like, use a spool or other small round object to trace rounded corners. (We did this on all four corners!). Starting and ending on your existing stitching line, restitch the corner areas on these drawn lines. Trim excess corner fabric. Note: You can do this before sewing around the pouch in step 8, but adding the rounded corners afterward ensures your bag and corners are more uniform. 


10. Set your machine to a short and dense zigzag stitch and sew around pouch edges (while it's still inside out) to secure raw edges. 

11. Turn your pouch right side out, poke out the rounded corners, and you're done! 

Love the medallion print inside!

And the back--simple, but such fun flowers!

Happy summer! 

For a chance to win a fat quarter bundle of the Happy collection, make sure you follow us on the blog (options are in the right hand sidebar) and leave a comment letting us know you do, as well as telling us your favorite print from the Happy fabrics. Giveaway is open through Friday, June 10 at 11:59 pm CST. We'll randomly draw a winner and announce it on the blog next week. Make sure we have a way to get in touch with you if you are selected as the winner! 

87 comments:

  1. Ohhh so lovely! I love especially the light blue fabric!
    I am a follower via bloglovin'

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  2. I adore the coral flowered fabric in this cheery collection. Enjoy following your blog and all the great projects. Thanks for another awesome giveaway.

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  3. Beautiful fabric, Thanks for sharing
    cork@pa.rr.com

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  4. I follow the blog by email. Love the swirl stripe.

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  5. I love the zipper placement on this pouch. I am a happy follower. I really like the medallion print.

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  6. I follow your blog by email. The pouch is a cute one. Thanks for the clear tutorial.

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  7. I'm going to give this a try. My favorite is the multi-colored vine print (also known as the swirly stripe?)

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  8. I follow your blog by email too!

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  9. I follow by email as well as Facebook posts.
    Love the navy swirl stripe.

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  10. I follow via email. I LOVE both the swirl stripe prints. Cute pouch and another great giveaway! Thanks

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  11. Love the curling Chevron print. I follow via emai.

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  12. The swirl stripe print in any colourway is my favourite. I like the big floral ones too though. I follow by email so I never miss a post :-)

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  13. I follow you by email. I love this collection, but especially the swirly stripe on cream. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  14. I love the cream medallion! Thanks for the great tutorial - so useful. I follow with bloglovin x

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  15. CUTE pouch! Very clear directions, too. Love the floral on blue.
    I follow you by email.

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  16. I follow by email. Multi colored flower fabric is my favorite. Thank you for the tutorial and the giveaway.

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  17. I follow via email. I love the darker swirl stripe but also the yellow, green and blue fabric.

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  18. I follow via bloglovin. The large floral on blue calls to me!

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  19. I follow your blog through email and I really like the swirl stripe. Thanks!

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  20. I follow your blog through email and I really like the swirl stripe. Thanks!

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  21. So gorgeous fabrics and pouch.The greens are my best favorite.
    I do follow by email.

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  22. I follow your blog by e-mail.

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  23. I really had a tough time choosing a favorite, but narrowed it to two choices -- the large floral on the dark background and the coral tone-on-tone print. All of them are lovely, really.

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  24. Very cute. I like the swirly stripe best (along with he yellow, blue and green coordinating tone on tones) I follow via email

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  25. I follow by email and GFC. Love the floral print with the blue background!

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  26. I like this pouch and was thinking about making a set of different sizes for a young lady who is graduating and heading off to college... Your pattern is perfect and I'm sure I could adjust for a smaller size. I follow you via email. Thanks!!

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    1. Oops, I forgot to tell you which is my favourite Happy print... It's the one on the bottom of your pouch (colourful florals on dark blue background).

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  27. Lovely fabrics! I follow on bloglovin! churcae(at)auburn(dot)edu

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  28. I love that main pouch body fabric with the dark blue background! I follow on Bloglovin'. Thanks for the giveaway chance! This pouch is adorable. I love to make pouches!

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  29. I LOVE the swirly top part of that bag!
    Julie.mirdoch@shaw.ca

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  30. I follow you on Bloglovin'. So want to win this bundle! Right up my alley!
    Julie.mirdoch@shaw.ca

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  31. I like the floral on blue best but they are all lovely! I follow on Bloglovin. cotten.gloria@gmail.com

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  32. I get you by email and Bloglovin'. I like that swirly "heart cable" piece, and the floral too.
    weedymama at gmail

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  33. My favorite is the swirl stripe! I follow on Bloglovin. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  34. Follow through email. I like the giant purple flower print and the pink piece. We made this cute pouch with serger,zipper and all.

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  35. Follow through email. I like the giant purple flower print and the pink piece. We made this cute pouch with serger,zipper and all.

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  36. I follow through email. All the fabrics are beautiful but I especially like the white background. The shapes remind me of Spirograph drawings.

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  37. I follow you via blog/email.
    Love the navy large floral, and the coral medallions.
    Thank you for the happy pouch tutorial as I've love the size and ease of stitching , quick thoughtful gifts too.

    bluestarof2(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  38. Beautiful fabrics!! Definitely Happy!!! Thanks for Tutorial too!! & for chance to win your Give-a-way! :)

    I follow thru Email, Bloglovin, & Pinterest!

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  39. I like the rainbow swirls on navy, the print used on the top of your pouch. Follow you by email - thanks for the chance! basaran.family at rogers.com

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  40. I like the blue floral best but they are all cheery!
    I follow on Bloglovin

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  41. Yes, I follow! My favorite print is the dark swirly stripe.

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  42. I like the swirl print. Cute pouch. Matsche.christine@yahoo.com

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  43. I like the dark stripe, cool fabrics. I follow on bloglovin.

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  44. I like the medallion print. Follow with GFC.

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  45. Gosh, there are so many pretty fabrics in the Happy collection.
    I really do like all of them, but to answer your question, I think the one I most like would be #120-11601.

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  46. Love the swirl stripe, the colors and print are so happy! I follow by email.

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  47. Love the large blue flower print! I follow you by email.

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  48. I follow you via email. I like the swirl stripe fabric.

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  49. A wonderful tutorial. I love the floral print with the blue background.
    I follow you by email.

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  50. I am a Bloglovin' follower and am looking forward to making this zipped bag! So cute and usable! My favorite fabric from this collection is the large floral print with the purple flower and lighter background.

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  51. I follow via email. Love the colorful bright large florals.

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  52. What pretty prints. I like the pink medallion, the one with the lavender flower, and the feather stripe print (looks like FMQ feathers filled with color). Really fun project. Thanks.

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  53. I follow by E-mail and BL. I like the fabrics and the bags,

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  54. Inspired by fabric is followed through Bloglovin'. Both big flower prints appeal to the gardener side of my being. Thanks for the chance in the giveaway.

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  55. Follow via email. I love the large bright floral patterns

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  56. I think the cream medallion print you used for the lining is the prettiest print in this collection.
    I am a happy e-mail follower.

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  57. Iain.ross30 at gmail dot com
    I follow via blog lovin and love the blue floral you used for the front of the pouch. Thanks for the tutorial, these look fun x

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  58. Gorgeous fabric. I follow on bloglovin. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  59. Pretty line of fabric! I follow on bloglovn!

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  60. I love that bright blue floral you used for the back.

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  61. I follow via email. My pick is the light background large floral print.

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  62. I follow via Bloglovin'! Thanks for the wonderful giveaway!

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  63. Thank you for the tutorial. I love the florals. I follow you via email.
    Dmac5958ataoldotcom

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  64. I really like the two in the bottom left; the circle flowers and the light curlies. Very fun pouch, and I love the name!

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  65. i follow by email. Such a fast little pouch. Thanks!

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  66. i love the blue swirly print used for the top of the pouch. i follow with blog lovin'.

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  67. I like the swirl stripe. I follow via bloglovin.

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  68. I follow on Bloglovin- I love the bold flowers on the blue background!

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  69. Following on Bloglovin'. Swirl stripe is my favorite. 24Tangent@gmail.com

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  70. Love this pouch! Simple and useful. I really can't choose which fabric I like the best - they are all pretty! I follow via Bloglovin.

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  71. I follow via Bloglovin. I particularly like the black with multicolored scroll designs. Thanks for sharing the great tutorial!

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  72. It is really hard to choose; but I will go with the large flower print with the dark blue background. This is such a great tutorial on this pouch that I will be making several for gifts for Christmas. Thank you for sharing and this great give away!

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  73. That is a happy pouch and happy fabric! I follow through blog lovin.

    debbygrawn at yahoo dot com

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  74. I like the blue floral print which you used in on the outside of the pouch. Perfect for gardeners. And I follow you via Bloglovin.

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  75. I follow you via bloglovin. I like both swirl stripe colorways. I think you could make some pretty fancy quilt blocks with those!
    kakingsbury at verizon dot net

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  76. I follow you via bloglovin. Love your pouch! Thanks for the giveaway. :)

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  77. I follow your blog via GFC. My favorite is the large floral print on navy background.

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  78. I follow via Bloglovin', and I really like the swirl stripe you used in the bag.
    ~Brandy
    brandizzle7133 at gmail dot com

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  79. I follow on bloglovin. I love the swirl stripe but all are so great together. Thank you for the chance.
    sewfabrics at outlook.com

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  80. I follow on BlogLovin. I like the zipper placement on this pouch. sjvonfumetti at yahoo dot com

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  81. I like the medallion print you used for the inside of the pouch. I follow on Bloglovin.

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  82. I like the light swirl print. Great tutorial. I follow you on Bloglovin. mfhagopian@aol.com

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  83. Follow on bloglovin. Really like the swirly stripe. Thanks.

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  84. Follow on bloglovin. Really like the swirly stripe. Thanks.

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