Small Shoulder Pouch with a Gathered Accent

Size: 17cm (l) 25cm (w)

Today’s project is a pouch (small bag) centrally featuring a flower design from “Creative Thursday the tinies”, a lovely fabric with a blanket of multicolored bouquets of flowers. Strawberry pink color, taken from the bouquet, is used as an accent to add glamour.
A removable handle with swivel hooks allows you to hook this pouch to the handle of a larger bag as a bag-in-a-bag. Popular handcraft artist of small cute items, Mioko Sugino, aka komihinata is here to introduce her creation.

Design & Work: Mioko Sugino

Fabric shown for this sample:JG50200-201 (C)

□ Fabric (Outer fabric A, B, Tab): 30cm×50cm
(Outer fabric C, Lining fabric, Opening fabric, Handle (Canvas)): 40cm×60cm
□ Quilt batting: 30cm×40cm
□ Swivel hooks: 2 pieces (1.2cm inside diameter)
□ D rings: 2 pieces (1cm inside diameter)
□ Magnetic hook (sew on type): 1 pair (1.4cm diameter)


We interviewed Mioko about her creation:
Kokka Fabric (KF): What did you think of the fabric you used for this project?
Calm gray color combined with a bouquet of bright pink and chartreuse is very lovely, and I thought, “I want to use this fabric,” when if first saw it. With an appropriate thickness, I was able to produce a nice gathering.

KF: Can you tell us any special elements or ideas that you incorporated into this creation?
Since the base color is chic, one color from the design was selected to make it glamorous. For this, strawberry pink was added. With a chartreuse color, it will also change the look to be stylish. Quilt batting and canvas fabric will keep the shape of the bag even with odd-shaped items inside.

KF: What are some tips for making this pouch?
When attaching swivel hooks to the handle, you may find it difficult to sew with some thickness. When using a sewing machine, it will work by turning a pulley (where it turns on the right side) slowly by hand. If you still find it difficult, you may substitute it with fabric bond to secure.

KF: How should we use this pouch in everyday situations?
The bag’s bright color and pattern will work well as an accent to a monotone outfit. In contrast, lighter colored clothing will work well as gray spices up the look. Either way, this bag will be a good addition. I hope that you will enjoy the bag together with a matching small case and scrunchy.

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


Prepare the materials. In addition to the items shown here, quilt batting and magnetic hooks are also required.

Run rough stitches on both sides of the flower print outer fabric B. Gather it to shrink to 34cm.

With the front sides facing each other, attach pink canvas, outer fabric C, to the sides of outer fabric B.

With the front sides facing each other, attach outer fabric A next to outer fabric C

On the back of the fabric from Step 4, layer a quilt batting and run zigzag stitches all the way around to baste.

Attach the opening fabric to the top and bottom of the fabric from Step 5.

With the front sides facing each other, fold in half and sew both sides. Turn it inside out.

As in Step 7, with the front sides facing each other, fold the lining fabric in half and sew both sides. Turn it inside out.

Prepare the tab and handle.

Put the D ring through the tab. Fold in half and sew. Put the swivel hook to the handle, double fold and sew. With some thickness, you may find it difficult to sew the handle. Turn the pulley of the sewing machine slowly by hand to stitch. Otherwise, you may use fabric adhesive.

Fold the top opening of the outer bag and lining bag to the reverse side for 1cm respectively. Place the lining bag into the outer bag. Layer the tab in-between the bags and sew all the way around.

Sew on the magnetic hook. Put the swivel hook to the D ring to finish.

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