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Prism Pouches

January 9, 2011
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I love making these little prism pouches, and first made them using this tutorial I found at craftster.

They make great little presents for people, and I always make them as presents when the boy gets invited to girls’ birthday parties, with their name appliqued onto the front.

I have made them in lots of different sizes, from as small as 4 inches wide to as big as about 20 inches, the pattern just needs a little adapting depending on the size you want.

I have made so many of these now that I can whip them up in half an hour. Obviously if I want to include any applique on them they take a little longer.

Here are some  of my prism pouches I have made over the last year:


Little Bird Applique on a Prism Pouch.

I love the contrasting lining of these two, and the classic combination of red and navy.

Personalised applique for a little girl

Here’s one that I made for a little girl’s birthday, with her name appliqued onto the front and little flowers appliqued onto the other side. I did all the sewing by hand before I discovered that I could applique using my machine and a small zigzag stitch! That was a time-consuming endeavour.

Another little personalised pouch
Two personalised little pouches

I really like making things for people as presents, and this goes for children too. Little girls really do love personalised presents, and these little pouches always go down a storm and are really appreciated by the parents too. I know I would have loved things like this when I was a little girl (I still love things like this!) and they’re always fun to make. I do find it a bit harder thinking of things to make for boys though.

10 Comments leave one →
  1. meowzersmusings permalink
    January 13, 2011 9:33 pm

    Thanks for the inspiration! I have vowed to hand over hand made gifts this year and have been struggling with what to make my two young nieces who are interstate. You have inspired me to make them a little personalised purse each. Thanks for the idea.

    P.S I am completely addicted to buttons and fabric too. My partner teases me that fabric shops are my porn shops as I get lost in them for hours, just gazing longingly at the ribbons and getting excited over all the buttons. I will have to keep my eye out at op shops for bits and bobs as your vintage haul was amazing!

  2. January 13, 2011 10:28 pm

    Definately make your little nieces these little personalised pouches, from my experience girls absolutely love them and you can tailor the colours and fabric to suit their personal tastes and interests.

    I love your partner’s comparison of fabric shops to porn shops. I like fabric porn, and button and ribbon porn…I could never walk past a fabric shop without having a browse…

  3. Andrea permalink
    January 15, 2011 1:38 pm

    I never thought of doing prism pouches before – great idea! (i always normally do them as just two pieces joined in a rectangle).
    Love the applique bits – learnt to do that at college, but never such intricate shapes as yours!

  4. Rachel permalink
    March 24, 2011 9:35 pm

    You’ve inspired me! Just been perusing the craftster tutorial. But tell me (because I am obviously too stupid to sew) … what size zip do I need? I have a zip mental block, which I’m hoping to overcome by learning how to sew one. As it’s my first time I’m going to follow the sizes given on the tutorial. As the fabric is 7.5″…. does that mean I need a 7″ zip?
    Really grateful for your help.

    • March 24, 2011 10:10 pm

      Hi Rachel, I’m glad I’ve inspired you! Don’t be scared by zips, of all the zip projects out there, this is a great one to start with, and will hopefully help you overcome your fears! A 7″ zip should be fine for this if your fabric is 7.5″, but make sure you add the 1″ squares to both ends of the zip as in the craftster tutorial. If you want to be on the safe side buy an 8″ zip, I usually work with zips slightly bigger than the size I need, that way I can afford to be a bit out in my measurements, as you can always cut a zip (once it is sewn in place).
      I hope this helps, let me know how you get on!

  5. Rachel permalink
    March 25, 2011 10:00 pm

    SO helpful! (where would we be without the ability to question strangers on t’interweb?)
    I will order a few 8″ zips tonight. That way I have a couple to practise with, and one to make a nice bag with!
    Thank you so much; I really appreciate it. I will come back once I’ve had a go.
    Love the blog – I read a lot of blogs, and there’s something very authentic and readable about this one. 🙂

    • March 25, 2011 11:00 pm

      Thank you Rachel, how nice of you to say that! I’m glad I could be of help, I’m looking forward to hearing how you get on!

      • Rachel permalink
        April 5, 2011 8:51 am

        Made one last night! I did struggle a bit with the zip… but it’s made, and just needs the hole in the lining to be sewn up and then it’s all finished. I physically could not be more pleased with myself. Thank you so much for inspiring me. I’m planning to make lots more: I love your idea of making them as party gifts.


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