Welcome to our Bake, Craft & Sew Along the sewing edition! There is a ton of crafty goodness going on over at According to Kelly and loads of yumminess at A Southern Fairytale! We hope you are enjoying all the handmade gift ideas!

Anna of Noodlehead is sharing the most beautiful gathered pouch tutorial. What a perfect gift! Anna has plenty of gorgeous gift giving inspiration at her blog. Don’t miss her tutorials!

If you love pouches you might also like these zippered pouch tutorials!
Pleated Zippered Pouch
Lined Zippered Pouch

How To Make A Gathered Zippered Pouch

Materials needed:

  • 1/4 yard each of three coordinating fabrics (you’ll definitely have scraps leftover)
  • 8″ zipper (you can always purchase a longer zipper and shorten it, just follow the directions on the package
  • scraps of medium weight fusible interfacing

Cutting the pieces:
For the main exterior, cut two pieces, one 5.5″ tall by 9″ wide, and one 5.5″ tall by 13″ wide (this will be the gathered front)
Pieces of medium weight fusible interfacing for exterior pieces of clutch: (2) 5.5″ tall by 9″ wide
For the front band, cut one piece 4″ tall by 9″ wide.
For the lining, cut two pieces 5.5″ tall by 9″ wide
For the zipper end covers: two pieces 1.5″ tall by 2.5″ wide.
Optional Parts:
For the divider pocket, cut one piece 8″ tall by 9″ wide (apply interfacing to half, you’ll need at 4″ x 9″ piece)
For the card holders, cut one piece 7″ tall by 9″ wide (apply interfacing to half, you’ll need at 3.5″ x 9″ piece)

Seriously, the most time consuming part for me is always picking out my fabrics and cutting them, the rest goes together pretty easy, so let’s go!

Take the front band piece and fold it in half the long way (right sides together) and sew together using a 1/2″ seam allowance.

Turn tube right side out and press with seam in the middle.  Set aside.

Grab the 13″ wide main exterior piece.  Sew two lines of gathering stitches down the middle, about 1″ apart.

Pull the top threads to gather, pull until the length is 9″ long.  Press the gathers in place.

Take the front band and pin it in the middle of the exterior piece you just finished.

Top stitch along each side of the band.  Take the 5.5″ tall by 9″ interfacing piece and iron it to the WRONG side of the gathered piece.  This makes all the gathering and stitching stay in place nicely.  Set aside.

Make the divider pocket:

Fuse interfacing to half of the piece.

Fold fabric in half with WRONG sides together, press.  Topstitch along folded edge and then add another line of topstiching about 1/4″ below the first line of topstitching.  Set aside.

Make the card holders:

Fuse interfacing to half of the piece.  Fold fabric in half with WRONG sides together, press.

Topstitch along folded edge and then add another line of topstiching about 1/8″ below the first line of topstitching.

Take one piece of the lining fabric and line up the card holder with raw edges together, one on top of the other baste along side and bottom edged of card holder (the plaid fabric).

Grab your credit card or driver’s license and mark with a pin how far you want your card to stick up from the slot.  Sew a line across the lining/card holder piece where you marked with the pin.  Sew one line of stitching down the center of the card holder.

Take your card again and mark with a pin where the edge of your card is (you can leave a little wiggle room, but it’s nice to keep it pretty snug to hold your cards in place).  Sew a line for the side of the card, repeat for other side.  Now you should have two card holders!  Set aside.

Making the end tabs for the zipper:

Fold the piece of fabric in half width wise, turn down each raw edge to the center crease and press (the pic above doesn’t show it pressed in far enough).  Repeat for other end tab.

Take your zipper and sandwich the fabric around the zipper, just poking over the little metal bits.

Topstitch a line straight across the zipper with a very small seam allowance being careful not to hit those metal parts!  Repeat for other end.  Trim the fabric tabs to the width of the zipper.  IMPORTANT!  The length of the zipper with the tabs on should measure about 8.5″ end to end.

Baste the card holders to one piece of lining and the divider pocket to the other piece of  lining, aligning the raw edges at the bottom.

Almost done!

Assembling the clutch:

Place your gathered exterior piece RIGHT side up (whoops!, had it wrong in the pic, don’t worry, just get out your seam ripper and start again).  Put the zipper teeth side down with the pull tab to the LEFT.  Then put the lining piece WRONG side up.  Pin in place.

Using your zipper foot sew along the edge of this zipper sandwich.  Flip pieces so the WRONG sides are together.

Grab the other exterior piece, place RIGHT side up.  Put the zipper teeth side down with the pull tab on the RIGHT this time. Place the remaining lining piece WRONG side up on top of the zipper.  Pin in place, sew.  Flip pieces so the WRONG side are facing eachother.  Press!

Put your regular sewing foot back on and sew a line of topstitching on either side of the zipper.

Now open your zipper about halfway, don’t forget this! I actually forgot to do this on all three clutches, don’t worry, you can still wiggle the zipper open if you carefully pull at it through the fabric.

Place the exterior pieces RIGHT sides together and the lining pieces RIGHT sides together.  Push the zipper end tabs in towards the lining, hopefully this side view pic makes sense.
Sew all around the edge using a 1/4″ seam allowance, leaving a 3-4″ opening in the lining for turning.  Make sure you try to sew right next to the zipper end tabs and not actually throught them. Clip corners.  It also helps to sew with a slightly larger seam allowance when you go to sew around the lining pieces.
Turn the clutch right side out.  Push corners out.  Stitch the opening in the lining closed using a small seam allowance.  Tuck the lining into the clutch.  Press again and your DONE!!!   Phew.  It does seam like a lengthy process, but it really does sew up pretty quickly.  For the biggest time saver, just skip the divider pocket and card holders! Or add a handle!  The one below I just put in a mini pocket!
**Update**  If you don’t add the divider or card pockets, I would recommend adding a layer of fusible fleece or even canvas as interfacing, it will make the clutch more sturdy.
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Have a great Mother’s Day!
** UPDATE**  Interior shots
interior card holders (2 – side by side)
interior pocket divider (it’s the green polka dot fabric)

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  1. very cute! stumbleupon leads me to another gem

    i have never sewn but i think this could be a good first project to tackle
    i think a black with white polka dots and red band would be cute or for a wilder edge maybe some lepoard print mixed in?
    i think it would also make a great pencil case for kids so they dont get stuck with the same old boring ones as the rest of their class or maybe even a travel makeup bag?
    thanks for sharing!

  2. I made one of these! So cute! One of my first real sewing projects and the first time I had every put in a zipper. Turned out really well and no one can believe I made it! Thanks so much 🙂

  3. I just finished making one of these in an Egyptian theme. I had a little trouble with the zipper tabs, but for my first one, I think I did more than alright.

  4. I love this. Every once in awhile I NEED something small for just the essentials and this would be perfect. Maybe I’ll try it one day soon….my sewing machine terrifies me, but this seems easy enough.

  5. is this the full tutorial? i tried printin the directions and I go 10 pages printed and it still wasn’t done……

  6. After finding your site through stumble upon, I chose this clutch as the first of many of your projects for me to try at home. It’s an awesome idea, and your instructions are easy to follow up until putting the zipper, liner, and gathered front together… Since I’m definitely more of a visual girl, do you have any photos that show the correct way to do this? My seam ripper is getting a major work out. Thanks for sharing with everyone!

  7. I love this! I read thru the tutorial for about a week off/on before I finally tried it today… I was terrified of the zipper, but it went together so easy. I decided to try it without the divider for teh first time to make is simpler. It turned out so cute! If I find your email maybe I’ll email you a picture 🙂

  8. Love it and off to give this a try. I know quite a few ladies that will love this.

  9. Just love it, can’t wait to make one for myself. And I totally agree picking fabric for projects takes (allot of) time. And you can’t have enough fabric 😉

  10. I’m thinking with no pockets inside, this could be a cute pencil pouch (for school) for a preteen/teen girl.

  11. wow!!! its gorgeous.. sounds like a lot of work but I definitely LOVE the outcome.. just hope I’ll be able to make one like yours 😀

    Thanks so much!! you’re awesome to share the making of your creations iwth all of us and that too for FREE!!!

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