Pouch with a wired-clasp opening

Size: 17cm (l) x 25cm (w) x 10cm (d)

As seen many times as samples in kokka fabric’s textile story column photos, today’s project is a pouch with a wired-clasp opening. Convenient with its wide-open top, this pouch is rapidly increasing in popularity. Yui Tamaki, who is well known for her lovely hand crafted items, has come up with this pouch using Anna Berger’s colorful fabric. A chain and ribbon add a nice accent to the pouch.

Design & Work:Yuki Tamaki

Fabric shown for this sample:
Anna Berger JG48500-3(A) (Outer fabric)、JG48500-1(A)(Lining fabric)

□ Fabric (Outer fabric, Tab): 80cm×30cm
(Lining fabric): 80cm × 30cm
□ Thick fusible interfacing: 80 x 30cm
□ Quilt batting: 80 × 30cm
□ Zipper: One piece (50cm long)
□ Metal wired clasp: One pair (5cm long x 24cm wide)
□ Embellishment of your choice (Ribbon, Chain, Tag)


We interviewed Yui about her creation:
Kokka Fabric (KF): What did you think of the fabric you used for this project?
The clear and large flower design is so impressive that I decided to make a simple and big pouch that features the design to its fullest extent.

KF: Can you tell us any special elements or ideas that you incorporated into this creation?
As the wired top opens wide, it is very convenient and easy to get things in and out. Using a lighter color fabric for the lining helps make it easier to see and identify items inside. The gold chain embellishment makes this look mature yet lovely. Even the edge of the fabric is not wasted. It is repurposed as a decorative tag.

KF: What are some tips for making this pouch?
You can achieve a clean finish by using the interfacing. With only straight line stitching, it is an easy project and makes you want to create more and more.

KF: How should we use this pouch in everyday situations?
With a wide-open top, the pouch stands on its own, so you may find it handy to carry sewing supplies or for cosmetics. This lovely pouch is perfect for travelling, too.

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

Instruction for Pouch

On the back of the outer fabric, adhere thick fusible interfacing.

Under the back of the lining fabric (and outer fabric if it is thin), layer a quilt batting. Fold the edge seam for 1cm on both outer and lining fabrics, and with front sides facing each other, sew together with a zipper.

Repeat the same process on the other side, with front sides facing each other.

With front sides facing each other, sew the outer fabrics together. Also sew together lining fabrics.
When doing so, leave 2cm open from where the zipper is attached. This opening will be used when putting the wire through.
Please leave a 10cm opening for turning at the bottom of the lining fabric.

Turn it inside out.

Run stitches at 2cm from the zipper.

Put the wire through and close the opening using blind stitches.

Cut off the excess zipper and sew together the end.

Make 2 tabs using a 5×5 piece from the same fabric.

Attach the tab from Step 9 to the end of the zipper. If you like, decorate with the embellishment to finish.

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