The very first project I ever sewed was a small coin purse with a metal clasp closure. I found a nice little kit years ago on Etsy. It came with a cute little instruction booklet and all of the necessary supplies. I was immediately hooked!
I’ve since gone on to learn various other sewing projects, including some apparel. I love the different techniques each different project can teach you. I’ve recently taken a small pause from making baby blankets, and I’ve been making bags and pouches once again.
I realize now, it’s what I seem to enjoy most. I think part of the reason is the instant satisfaction. They are pretty easy to make so they finish up fairly quick. I also love that it’s an excuse to use all kinds of fun or wacky prints of fabric that I otherwise wouldn’t use for anything. The amount of supplies needed is also minimal so that’s a huge plus!
This past weekend I was able to finish up a small wristlet zipper pouch. It gave me a chance to use up some fabrics I’ve had in my stash for awhile. The finished dimensions are 9″ x 5.25″, with an 11″ strap. It’s the perfect size for holding a phone, keys, and a few other on the go essentials!
The main body consists of three different fabrics. The tan fabric is a soft vinyl/faux leather-like material. The printed fabric is 100% cotton from Quilter’s Showcase, and the dark blue is a home decor weight fabric similar to duck canvas.
I used a regular poly zip that I had on hand. I didn’t have the exact size needed, but they’re so easy to shorten that’s it’s not worth buying a whole new one. I like the look of using zipper tabs because it gives a nicer finish than when the side seams are pinched at the ends of the zipper. I still managed to accidentally pinch the ends of the zipper. Whomp whomp 😢. I’m still working on perfecting using zipper tabs so hopefully the next one!
Once again, I used the plain dark red fabric as the lining. I had a few of these fat quarters on hand, and I don’t have any other solid colors so I’m trying to use them up. I wanted to attempt making card slots in the lining to add an organizational element. Sometimes, I hate when you have to just throw everything into a clutch or bag, and you have to sift through it all to find what you need.