Caramel Pouch

Size: 12.5cm (w), 10cm (h), 10cm (d)

Today’s project is a caramel pouch (caramel wrapper shaped small case) made with a folded gusset. It is something that you would like to try making at least once. You can create original and cute versions by adding embellishments such as ribbon, pompoms or lace on the gusset and that is why this pouch is very popular. Always cute Candy Party fabric’s new collection is featured and today’s artist is Naomi Kakei.

Design & work:Naomi Kakei

Fabric shown for this sample:
 Candy Party H3049-3(A)

□ Fabric (Outer fabric): 30cm x 40cm
(Lining fabric, Bias fabric):50×40cm
□ Zipper: One 20cm piece
□ Pompom embellishment: 50cm (with 0.5cm diameter pom poms)
□ Ribbon: 30cm (2cm width)
□ #25 Embroidery thread


We interviewed Naomi about her creation:
Kokka Fabric (KF): What did you think of the fabric you used for this project?
Naomi Kakei (NK): It is absolutely colorful and pop. It has such a cheerful image. With its nice texture, I wanted to make an everyday item. Since it is a colorful fabric, the shape is kept simple.

KF: Can you tell us any special elements or ideas that you incorporated into this creation?
NK: I matched the color of the zipper with one of the colors in the fabric. Repeating the same color emphasizes its cuteness. In order to keep it simple, the color of the ribbon is subdued. A color from the outer side is matched with the lining fabric to create a uniform feel. The cuteness of the fabric is emphasized without putting too many embellishments on the fabric. Using a subdued color for embellishments can keep it simple without making it look too busy.

KF: What are some tips for making this case?
NK: It only requires straight stitches and is easy for the beginners. You will have a clean finish as long as you work carefully on each process. You may use only hand stitches since the featured fabric is easy to sew.

KF: How should we use this case in everyday situations?
NK: A pastel tone embellishment can create a soft look and will also be suitable for small children. This type of case can hold many things inside, like makeup items. A square shape allows you to store things inside and you may use it as small storage containers at home.

KF:KF: Thank you very much, Naomi! Here are sewing instructions along with step by step photos from her. Enjoy crafting!

How to make a caramel pouch

Prepare the materials.

With front/outer side facing outside, attach a zipper on the outer fabric. Run stitches about 2 – 3 mm inside the edge. Work on both sides and make a loop fabric with outer sides facing each other.

Attach a zipper to the lining fabric. Layer the zipper and outer fabric, first with zipper. Pin them together and sew at 5mm from the edge. Once both sides are sewn, press with an iron from the outer side to secure the fabrics.

In order to keep the fabric aligned, pin both the outer and lining fabrics. Sew all the way around at 0.5cm from the edge.

With the zipper side facing on top, mark the center of the bottom using a pin. Also mark the center of the side using a pin. Sew the sides at 1cm from the edge. Finish with backstitches.

Using a bias fabric, wrap around both side edges.

Place the pompom embellishment on the side of the zipper using pins. Secure it with cross stitches. Use three strands of embroidery thread for cross stitches.

Make a ribbon to be placed on the sides. Cut the ribbon in half and tie a bow knot and sew it to secure. Be careful not to show the thread on the front side. Sew the ribbon onto the case to finish.

Click here for Sewing Instructions (PDF format / A4 size)