Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Dumpling Pouch - Some Tiny Sewing To Fill The Gaps

Last weekend we were out of town, and it always seems like I go through such withdrawal from my sewing machine while I'm away. It may be that I spend so much time before the trip packing and planning that I don't get to sew - then can't sew while I'm away. Maybe it's that when I'm out and about with friends and family I'm just more inspired - and thus want to interpret that inspiration into quilts? 

Whatever reason, I find myself working on tiny, quick finishes the week before a planned trip. This time it was this cute tiny dumpling zip pouch. 

I'd had my eye on the tutorial for quite some time - it's been there on my pinterest board waiting (yes, I do have a pinterest board dedicated to zip pouch eye candy!). Thursday night, while I should have been packing, I sewed this little guy (I made the smaller/harder version it measures about 4" x 2.5" x 3"). 

The tutorial was very straight forward and I didn't have any problems with it. I used one layer of fusible fleece inside of mine. It's nice and sturdy without being stiff. A touch of hand stitching really makes it shine!

just a little hand stitching

Here are a tip in case you make one yourself - baste the zip to one layer of fabric first - using a smaller seam allowance. This keeps the wiggling to a minimum when sewing it in, as the curve is a little tricky.

I'll leave you with a question: What should I put in it?? It's been riding around in my purse all weekend without anything inside! 


  1. eeep - it's so cute!
    you could use it for your headphones, maybe

  2. This little pouch is so cute! I want one for myself :)

    I think you should put....hmm....what could you put in needs to be something fun...

  3. I keep 2 small pouches in my purse. One for "beauty", lipstick, etc; and one for "health", advil, band aids, etc. This also makes it really easy to change purses.

  4. What a cute little pouch! And you're right, the handstitching really does finish it off nicely!

  5. Such an adorable pouch!! I think some candies inside would be good. You always need that emergency supply =D

  6. Cute, cute! I have a zip pouch in my purse with chapstick, hair clips, and bug bite cream, because every time I take it out I need some!

  7. super cute! i love the hand stitching details.

  8. Great Dumpling! Love your little hand embroidery.

  9. You should in my hands. Lol. I don't have a pouch like this one...yet.