36min beginner

Hone your bag-making skills by sewing your own travel pouches designed by Kate Colleran! Vanessa helps you with matching stripes, interfacing and installing zippers perfectly every time. You'll see how zippered tabs make the process even easier. Add dimension by boxing the corners, then finish it off with a cute tassel clip.

Episode descriptions

Prepare the Pieces
1. Episode: Prepare the Pieces

Start your pouch by learning how to starch and press your fabric. Next, fuse interfacing to add structure with Vanessa's tips for patching together smaller pieces of interfacing (if needed). Then, cut the corners from your pouch pieces so you're ready to sew.

Insert the Zipper
2. Episode: Insert the Zipper

Sewing a zipper is easier than you might think, especially with Vanessa's step-by-step instructions. Learn how to topstitch the edges to ensure the lining stays out of the zipper when you use the bag.

Construction & Finishing
3. Episode: Construction & Finishing

Vanessa shows you how to easily match your stripes along the side seam with a fantastic trick: glue basting! Then, finish constructing the pouch and boxing the corners to complete it.

About the Teacher

Vanessa Vargas Wilson, The Crafty Gemini
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The pattern for this project is available with the project kit. If you're a Premium member and chose this project, you'll find the digital pattern in your pattern library .

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Sew the Tassel Pouches

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