Make the cutest mini pouches using this small pouch sewing pattern.
If you've been asking yourself how to make a small pouch with a flap you could use to store really tiny items - this is your day! This little pouch is perfect for when you need something really small. Think storage for your ring, or earrings to toss in your cosmetic case when you travel!
Scroll down to Step 1 of the tutorial to get your free PDF pattern.
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- this free tutorial for a centered zipper pouch
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- make a quilted zipper pouch (4 free pattern sizes)
- or look for the KALINA Mini Wallet Pattern in my shop
You can sew it using tiny scraps, so no fabric buying is needed. All you need are tiny scrap pieces of cotton, no interfacing. Add half an hour of time and a sewing enthusiast - you!
Use it as diy gift wrap for tiny diy gifts, as a doll bag pattern, or you can use it on your keychain if you stitch a tiny ribbon onto it. It only requires scrap fabric. One of my favorite projects!
Together with this (larger) popular coin purse, this mini version would be a great addition to an Etsy shop! We used one of these pouches as a tooth fairy pouch.
What is the Size of This Small Pouch Sewing Pattern?
You know me, I love tiny sewing projects. So when I say this small pouch sewing pattern is a mini project, it really means miniature. Really! The finished size is 2 inches by 2 inches (5cm x 5cm). A cute miniature pouch, just like I said!
Here are the supplies you'll need when sewing this small pouch:
- two fabric scrap pieces in your favorite prints
- sewing machine or needle, pins or sewing clips,
- sewing thread, tailor chalk pen
- scissors, or rotary cutter plus cutting mat (I use this one by Olfa)
- optional: pinking shears
- one set of KAM snaps
- the free mini pouch template (see step 1 - scroll down for the link to the free pattern)
Small Fabric Pouch Sewing Video
First, for those of you who like video tutorials, I've made a video slide show just to make it easier for you. Check it out:
Mini Fabric Pouch - Sewing Steps
Now, in words and non-moving pictures:
Step 1 - Get the Free Pattern
Get the template from the shop here - it's absolutely FREE! Print and start cutting and sewing right now.
I’ve created a template that you can download for free. To download the FREE MINI Pouch TEMPLATE, click the button below. You'll be taken to the shop - scroll to MINI Pouch Pattern, it's $0!
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Step 2 - Cut the fabric pieces
Once you've printed your mini fabric pouch template on a piece of cardboard or paper, use it to cut these pieces of fabric:
• 1 piece marked as '1-OUTER' from the main fabric (here: red)
• 1 piece marked as '2-LINING' from lining fabric (here: yellow)
Step 3 - Hem the bottom edges
Start by pressing your pieces and making a narrow, ¼ inch or less, fold back towards the wrong side of fabric on the lower end of the pieces.
Topstitch along the fold.
Step 4 - Mark the Folding Lines
Mark the folding lines on the main (longer) piece: starting at the stitched bottom, mark three lines, each at a 2-inch (5cm) distance from the previous one. See the images above.
Step 5 - Fold Along the Folding Lines
Fold the main piece:
- place the piece with the right side up.
- Fold it as marked in the image above. When folded, the longer piece will become exactly as long as the lining piece.
Step 6 - Sew the 2 Pieces Together And Trim
With the main folded piece still laying flat, right-side-up, place the lining piece onto it, so that the right sides will be together (RST). Pin or use sewing clips to prevent shifting.
Stitch around with a ¼" (6 mm) seam allowance, leaving the bottom out. This means you start at the bottom (where the ends are already finished), go all the way to the rounded top, and back down to the bottom.
Do NOT stitch over the bottom side.
Trim the corners for a nice finish and to reduce bulk - take care not to snip into any stitches. You can use pinking shears to clip the curved edge portion. If you need it, here's a good tip on clipping corners and trimming for you.
Step 7 - Turn Right Side Out
Turn right side out. I often use a chopstick to make it easier.
Step 8 - Close The bottom
Close the bottom opening: Stitch the opening closed, but take care to NOT catch the middle (folded) layer:
Sewing tip: see the image marked with No 1 on it? Push the middle layer towards the top, so it won't be in the way. Then attach a pin to keep it away from the needle. Only then, use a zigzag stitch, or a simple slipstitch to close the opening. You only stitch through the two topstitched ends, not through the middle (folded) one.
MAKE IT EASIER: you can skip this step if you don't plan to use the mini pouch for something really tiny - like a tooth fairy pouch. Also, you'll notice the opening will be inside the zipper pocket, making it invisible from the outside, anyway.
Step 9 - Flip the Pocket
Now, turn the pocket part right-side-out. Press.
Step 10 - Add A Snap
Add KAM snaps.
If you haven't installed KAM snaps before, here's an easy tutorial for you - also, see what KAM snap size I use and why:
It's easy and quick! You can also opt to sew on a button if you prefer buttons. In this case, you'll need to make a buttonhole early in the project (not pictured above) See here how to sew a button by hand, and how to make a buttonhole by machine.
I used two of them as a gift wrap for little gifts to my two nieces. The third one was used as a diy tooth fairy pouch - perfect! I hope you liked this small pouch sewing pattern and the tutorial. Now all you need to do is grab your free template and sew a few mini pouches!
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These are so cute, and will make adorable 'tooth fairy' pouches. I also loved the idea from an earlier comment about using them for jewelry pouches - great idea when you go get a manicure, hairdressers, doctor visits, etc...
l also plan on enlarging these slightly and making pouches for Rosaries.
Love your website and Facebook page!
Thank you for sharing your creativity with us!
This pattern is so sweet that I couldn't resist making 6 of them in different prints. This was only the second time that I used the my babyville snap pliers and snaps. Took longer for me to install these snaps to my satisfaction than it did to stitch up the pouches. LOL! Thank you for sharing your pattern.
I'm glad you like the small pouch - and that the sewing takes even less time than a snap 😀
Thanks so much for posting this tutorial - such ingenious construction and I love these little pouches to keep in my handbags (purses) so that if I have to remove jewellery for any reason (like at the hair dressers) I have somewhere safe to keep my earrings without them getting scratched up against keys etc. Thank you for taking the time to make the tutorial and the pattern.
great use for these little pockets, I'm so glad to hear that!
Thank you for the pattern! It really came out great! I enlarged it a little bit, to finished size 4" long x 3 " height. It's a cut little pouch for bluetooth and chapstick in my purse. This will also make great little gifts.
such a great use of the small pouch!
I LOVE little pouches! I have two in my purse all the time; one holding extra hearing aid batteries(which are very tiny indeed), and one holding my toothpick-flossers. I have made little snapped pouches from ribbon, too, which hold nail clippers and a nail file. I put snaps on first then fold the ribbon and edge stitch the long sides of the bottom. I love how tiny pouches keep things clean in my bag.
I really love this little tiny purse! It is soooo cute! Thank you for the pattern!
thank you, I love when my readers make things out of my patterns. I'd love to see what you make! Happy sewing,
My granddaughter thought these would make excellent backpacks for her dolls. Added some elastics and made several.
Damjana at AppleGreen Cottage
Eeep, what an excellent idea, a mini backpack - I'd love to see these!