Pouch With A Folded Flap and Handle – Free Sewing Tutorial

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This pouch with a folded flap is accented with fringes made from the fabric edge. The fabric used for this pouch is “Panther,” a popular design from the long-time favorite “echino.” Even with its slight thickness, it is an easy to sew #9.5 canvas fabric.

Design & Work: Yui Tamaki

Fabric shown for this sample: (Outer Fabric, Handle, Fringe) EKX-98050-50C


  • Fabric (Outer Fabric, Handle, Fringe): 110cm wide x 35cm
  • Fabric (Lining Fabric): 80cm x 30cm

Size:21cm (l) 23cm (w)

We interviewed Yui about her creation:
Kokka Fabric (KF): What did you think of the fabric you used for this project?
The not-too-sweet looking polka dots are stylish. While this pattern would look great for a large bag, this time I decided to create a flat pouch to highlight the polka-dots and leopard.

KF: Can you tell us any special elements or ideas that you incorporated into this creation?
The key feature of this piece is the placement of the leopard and the fringe made with fabric edge. With the handle, you can hang it on the wall and use it conveniently.

KF: What are some tips for making this bag?
First, decide on the position of the leopard and cut the fabric. Give it a thought, and make it lovely. The curves can be shaped with a stiletto or an iron for a beautiful finish.

KF: How should we incorporate this bag into one’s styling?
It is also cute to use as a hand-held mini bag. It holds a square-shaped photo book perfectly, so it would also be nice to use it as a gift bag for a commemorative photo book.

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



Make the handle. Fold the edges of the long end by 1cm. Then fold in half and sew along the edges.


Make the flap. With the front sides facing each other, sew together the outer and lining fabrics with the fringe (fabric edge) in between.


Cut off excess fringe (fabric edge), and make a slit on the curve.


Turn it inside out and align the shape.


Baste the handle on the back side of the bag body.


Baste the flap on the piece from step 5.


Put together the lining fabric and piece from step 6, and sew the opening side (with the front sides facing each other.) Repeat the process for the front side of the bag body. With the front sides facing each other, sew together the pieces at the opening.


With the front sides facing each other, sew together the outer fabrics and lining fabrics respectively. ※Press the seam down to the lining fabric side. Sew all the way around, leaving an opening for turning at the bottom of the lining fabric.


Turn it inside out, and close the opening for turning.


Finished. (Backside shown in the picture)

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