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Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Boxie Pouch Tutorial

I shared this tutorial on Andrea's Bubblewrapp'd blog last week and I thought it would be nice to share it here as well, in case you missed it:


I was talking with Amber (@Goodnightmoon6) one day about sewing, of course, and we got to talking Boxie pouches... and whether or not you could see the 'Guts' aka exposed seam allowances in our designs.  That's where "No Guts" came from... and really, the reason why I started making my Boxie's like this in the first place was because I didn't like seeing the exposed seam allowances that I found in other tutorials.  Not that having exposed seam allowances, or bias trimmed seam allowances, is wrong, it's just a personal preference... and maybe a little bit of an OCD desire on my part for neat and tidy-ness.


So here ya go, enjoy!




Feel free to adjust the measurements and play around with all the different sizes and types of Boxies, this is merely my way of sharing the basics with you.


I'm also completely happy for you to share this tutorial, and even sell the Boxies you make from this tutorial, but please be sure to give me credit for my hard work, and need for tidy Boxie pouches!


XxOo~ Melissa

39 comments:

  1. Thank you so much for this great tutorial. I found it on Pinterest. I am making garment bags for my little girls for their dance recital. Now I can make them matching boxie pouches for all of their accessories!

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    1. You are SO welcome! I love these little pouches and how cute to make them as a set with your girls' bags! Enjoy! :-)

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  2. This is a great tutorial! I've been making these for forever and this tutorial is a bit more clear than most are. Here's a link to use to figure out what size pieces to start with to make any size bag you'd like. Yes it requires a little bit of math but it's so worth it! http://sticksandbubbles.blogspot.com/2011/09/how-to-find-dimensions-of-perfect-pouch.html

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    1. Thank you and you are a rock star for sharing that link! Thanks bunches!! XxOo~M

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    2. You just answered a question I had - if I had a bigger zipper (20 in.) what size does my fabric need to be. (and how big will my bag end up?) Thank you so much!

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  3. Would it work to turn the lining right side out through the open zipper instead of leaving an opening in the lining? That's how I do regular (un boxed) pouches. Maybe I'm not "seeing" it correctly in my head?

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    1. Not exactly... basically, you will construct the accessory wrong sides out, closing all seams with the exception of the small opening in the lining. You need that small opening to pull the pouch through, which turns it right side out, bringing all of your seams to the middle (between the lining and exterior fabrics) and out of sight. To finish you will tuck in the raw edges from the small opening in the lining and stitch it closed; push the lining into the pouch through the zipper and viola... finished pouch-no raw edges :-)

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  4. I just made one and it is cute! I did the corners the way you said, but was wondering if I could have saved some time by cutting 2 inch squares out of the corners, with the layers stacked, then stitching them once I lined up the seam lines. I use that method to make boxed corners in bags and pouches and like that I can really line things up well.
    I really appreciate the tutorial! Thank you!

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  5. Can you give me finished dimensions??? I need a big bag for travel. I love everything you make! Thanks!!

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    1. Hi Gin! The finished size for this Boxie is (in inches) 8 L x 5 w x 4 h, but you can adjust the measurements to make a largest bag if you wish... over on Craftsy.com I've been seeing some creative ideas for my Boxie Pouch and am loving them all! Let me know how it works for you! XxOo~M

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  6. I loved your tutorial - thanks for sharing. I just added a review of it on Craftsy!
    Jess

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    1. Thanks Jess! I'm glad you found it helpful, it makes me completely happy to read comments like yours! XxOo~M

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    2. Can't wait to make some more. (My son wants one with a handle to carry his action figures.) Here's a photo (for those that aren't on Craftsy):
      http://www.flickr.com/photos/49047179@N03/7460710332/

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  7. Where do you buy your nice lobster clasps?

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    1. You can find a variety of supplies on Etsy.com... :-)

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  8. I am planning to make these for the parable of talents at my church (where you are given a set amount of money, and then "grow" that money with your talents to give back to the church). How would you like me to credit your pattern? :)

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    1. Kels, how thoughtful and kind of you! I'm happy for you to include designed by Melissa Strong of SoChick! Handbags and/or my website. Thanks bunches and I am so happy and honored that you have chosen my pattern to make for your church's Parable of Talents! XxOo~M

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  9. I'm going to attempt to make one this week. Your tutorial with great clear pictures and instructions gives me hope that I'll be able to make one. Wish me luck! :-)

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  10. I finally sewed the boxy bag and found I had a lot of questions throughout making it but couldn't get online to ask you! lol Still, I like how it turned out. See mine at my blog: www.noelwright.blogspot.com It will post tomorrow! Thanks again for a great tutorial!

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  11. Can you you use a 12 in zipper? I wasn't sure where to line my fabric on the zipper with so much extra. Is there a reason for it needing to be longer? Also the tabs say to cut 1inx3in, and I found this a little to small so i did 2inx3in.

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    1. Hi Jaynee,
      I prefer for my zips to be a little longer as a personal preference; I trim the excess near the end. You are welcome to use a smaller zip, just be sure it is long enough to be sewn into the end seams as you sew your pouch; it's a total bummer to be half way through a project and have zipper ends that don't run the length of the opening. Also, you can make whatever size loops you'd like. I prefer shorter loops so that my hardware doesn't twist around on the fabric. If you aren't using hardware, you can make the loop long enough for hanging on a hook or for use as a wristlet... I'd love to see a photo of your finished Boxie, do share!

      Happy Sewing,
      Melissa, SoChick!

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  12. Hi Melissa,
    In your tutorial it lists the dimensions for the tab pieces as 1" x 3"... Is this correct? After all the folding and sewing they seem to come out awfully small. A different tutorial I found had them at 4" x 3" and they came out much better for me.

    Thanks!
    Emma

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    1. I think I figured it out! Is 1" x 3" the finished dimension of the tab instead of the size you should cut your fabric? If you used a piece that was 4" x 3" and folded twice along the long side it would end up as 1" x 3" when you were done... Does this sound right?

      Emma

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  13. I am making your bag today and have one question. When you are sewing around the bag and leaving a 4" opening, how is the zipper laying, and do you sew through (over) the zipper?

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  14. Very nice, thank you so much :) /Vera

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  15. Hello!
    Thank you very much for sharing this tutorial!
    I made my version, and I have posted on my blog linking your post, I leave the site if you fancy to her.
    http://www.creativa4all.es/2013/10/costura-bolso-y-neceser-flower-power/
    Thank you,
    Ada

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  16. I cant upload the PDF. Could you email please? Coastiewife120712@gmail.com

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  17. I can't download it either. Would you be able to email it your me as well? Karleesandell@msn.com.

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  18. I made 18 of these for Christmas presents this year. Got your pattern on Craftsy; the directions were excellent. :) The only thing I wasn't totally clear about was the tab folding-- my first tabs came out WAY too short and wide, so I went back and sort of made up a tab that fit the zipper and was probably a smidge longer than the one in the pictures. Also wasn't sure at first how far the zipper should extend past the body of the bag.

    But after the first one, it was smooth sailing.

    Also helped me destash some smaller pieces, especially since I pieced some of the bags.

    People really seemed to enjoy getting them. Thanks!

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  19. Every year I make my nieces (12) a little wallet for birthdays.
    A great place to include a check or giftcard !
    Now that I have found your tutorial lucky girls this year are getting
    These.
    Can hardly wait to sort thru my stash and get started.
    Thank you for sharing

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  20. I think your link to the tutorial is broken. Can you please send to me? Kelly.gilman@hotmail.com. thank you!

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  21. Hi Melissa it seems I'm a little late with this blog. It is 2016 but I found your pattern and I loved it so much I decided to use your pattern to create the bag I made. I was trying to accommodate a PVC pipe stand that breaks down and I wanted a bag to put it in. Your instructions are so detailed I was able to follow along with no problem. My measurements are not the same issue is because my necessary measurements were different but the end result was the same. Thank you so much for that tutorial

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  22. Hi Melissa it seems I'm a little late with this blog. It is 2016 but I found your pattern and I loved it so much I decided to use your pattern to create the bag I made. I was trying to accommodate a PVC pipe stand that breaks down and I wanted a bag to put it in. Your instructions are so detailed I was able to follow along with no problem. My measurements are not the same issue is because my necessary measurements were different but the end result was the same. Thank you so much for that tutorial

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  23. Can you email me the PDF carlinarivera65@gmail.com
    Thank you

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  24. Can you email me the PDF carlinarivera65@gmail.com
    Thank you

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