Cell Phone Pouch

When I set out to make this project I wanted something simple. I wanted a cute, fun bag that even beginning students could make with success.

For that reason, this is a bag making basics project.

One zipper, one pocket, done.

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I had intended this project for my younger students, thinking it would appeal mostly to young teenagers. I didn’t realize how much I would use it!

It is the perfect size to take on a walk, place inside another bag, or use for quick trips.

This week I went to a conference and was carrying around a gianormous bag with laptop, tablet, snacks, notebook, chargers, and more. It was super nice to place this little pouch with my phone, license, credit card, and lip gloss in the pocket of my large bag, and then simply pull it out when I left for lunch and breaks. That way I didn’t have to carry the huge bulky bag with me everywhere. It was very nice to have!

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This project is a 3/10 in regards to difficulty. I would recommend being comfortable using your machine as well as knowing how to change to and use the zipper foot.

Cell Phone Pouch Instructions

Mini Tool Bag

I had so much fun with this project, and it turned out beautifully!

I had been exploring different tool bag ideas and really wanted to work with a framed purse, but purse frames are so expensive! And…you are usually very limited in the sizes you can find.

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In an effort to find an affordable way to make a framed purse I decided to make a mini sized tool bag. Since it is small the frames would not need to be as sturdy as on a full sized bag.

I found an EXCELLENT tutorial by sewingtimes on Youtube and absolutely fell in love with the bag construction and wanted to test it out right away. I would highly recommend it.

I changed the size a bit.

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I also didn’t want to have to worry about using a lot of interfacing, so I used a heavy weight denim.

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I also added embroidery and top stitching to decorate the front and add a jeans look.

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I really love how much the bag opens! It provides such a great amount of space.

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The tool bag fit basic sewing supplies, scissors and small dollar tree containers perfectly.

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Instead of purse frames I used two pieces of heavy gauge wire taped together with electrical tape and bent the ends.

 

I played with several different ways to wrap the wire. In the end I preferred the option where the wire was completely covered, just in case of tarnishing, etc. What I love about using the wire instead of the purchased purse frames is that you can make them any size you want! It’s also significantly cheaper.

It worked better than expected and I hope to make a framed bag again in the future.

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Zip-On Tool Caddy Instructions Available!

I hope you have as much fun making this project as I did.

The difficulty level of this bag is about a 5/10. You need to be comfortable working with thicker fabrics. It also requires a good amount of pressing, and precision is needed for the top stitching, binding, and zipper. That said, it is an unlined bag without interfacing, which makes cutting and prep work a breeze!

Zip On Tool Caddy – Unlined – Instructions

Zip On Tool Caddy Pattern

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Pencil Pouch Instructions

Who doesn’t love a great little clutch pouch? Here is a tutorial for a quick and easy pencil pouch.

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You can make two pouches with just 1/4 yard of fabric. It is also a great way to use that scrap fabric that you may have laying around the house.

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TWO OPTIONS:

There are two tutorial options of the pouch available.

Option 1: The “Easy” option has a standard zipper installation and raw edges inside the bag. Difficulty level 3/10. You need to know how to use a zipper foot. The project also has lining and interfacing.

Easy Pencil Pouch Instructions

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Option 2: The regular tutorial provides options for a decorative zipper as well as detailed instructions for hidden and bound seams. Difficulty level 4/10.

Pencil Pouch Instructions with Options

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Happy Sewing!