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Seed Pouch Tutorial

Hi Everyone! I had so much fun sewing a seed pouch to store my fall garden seeds and had people ask about a pattern, that I thought I would write up a free tutorial on how to make yourself one! It would also make a quick gift for the gardener in your life! 🙂

Once again I used the lovely and whimsical Dew and Moss fabric by Alexandra Bordallo for Art Gallery Fabrics! I absolutely love this fabric line! The prints are so magical that you can make a true story just from sewing them together! The colors are gorgeous with deep reds, pinks and greens. Brings a smile to my face and fun to sew with!

Not only do I love to garden, but I love quick quilty projects that let you use a lot of different techniques. You can get as creative with this pouch as you want which is half the fun! I also love a good patchwork!

For this seed pouch you will need:

  • 18-2 1/2 inch squares (for the front pouch piece)
  • 12 1/4 x 7 1/2 inch piece of fabric (for the front pouch 2nd piece)
  • 12 1/4 x 13 1/4 inch piece of fabric for the back of the pouch
  • 2 pieces of fusible fleece 12 1/4 x 13 1/4 inches
  • 2 pieces of fabric 12 1/4 x 13 1/4 inch for the lining
  • 15 inch zipper
  • 2 1/2 x 6 inch piece of fabric for zipper tabs

Lets get started!! First lay out your 18-2 1/2 inch squares in 6 rows of 3. This is really great for fussy cutting and getting all those favorite details onto your seed pouch. Next sew together into 6 rows of 3 and press. This should measure 12 1/4 x 6 1/4 inches.

Next get your 2nd piece of fabric for the front pouch that measures 12 1/4 x 7 1/2 inches. Sew this to the patchwork piece and press.

Now take your 2 pieces of fusible fleece and and fuse them to the front and back pouch pieces. Make sure to use an iron cloth while ironing with fusible fleece so you don’t get any of the glue on your iron!

Then comes my favorite part! Machine quilt, hand quilt and/or appliqué your front and back pouch pieces! The best part about this step is that you can totally use your creativity! Try your favorite techniques or try a new one. On my second make of the pouch I tried some hand quilting on the back to outline some cute appliqued prints. I had never done that but tried it! Not always the straightest stitches but it was fun to try and I love the look! Now I will probably give it a go again on another project. I really enjoy appliqué as well. Appliqué can really give a personal touch to a project! 🙂

Let’s prepare the zipper!!

First, take the fabric piece that measures 2 1/2 x 6inches and fold it length wise wrong sides together. Next fold the raw edges on both sides to meet the center fold line. Iron for crisp folds or hand pressing works ok here too! Finally fold the piece of fabric lengthwise so no raw edges are showing (see pictures) and cut in half. You will have 2-3 inch long pieces. One for the end of the zipper and one for the front of the zipper.

Now here is wear you need to get brave! Make sure your zipper pull is all the way to the right side of the zipper. Take a rotary cutter and trim right next to the end of the zipper so you cut off the little metal tab. Then take your 3 inch folded piece and put the end of the zipper inside and snug against the fold. Top stitch making sure that both sides of the tab are sewn down. Trim the fabric to the width of the zipper.

Next take your front pouch piece and and your zipper. Line up your zipper the the left side of the pouch. End of zipper to left side of front pouch. Make sure your zipper pull is now closer to the end of your zipper. Measure 1 inch in at the front of the zipper and cut. Then place the zipper inside the folded 3 inch snug against the fold and topstitch. Ta Da a finished zipper is born! 🙂 You did it! This will give your pouch a more finished look!

Now lay the zipper right side down along the top of the front of your pouch. Center the zipper so there it is a 1/2 inch in from the both sides of the pouch. Pin zipper in place and baste using a zipper foot.

What’s basting? I remember I was uncertain about this term. Its done just to keep a piece of fabric or zipper in place. Lengthen your stitch length to 4.00. Then if you have to rip it out it’s easier to do. Hopefully this doesn’t happen but I have done this a bunch of times. Just remember after you are done basting something readjust your stitch length back to the original length.

Next get the 2 pieces of fabric you cut for the lining. Mine were both different because I wanted to use as much cute Dew and Moss fabric as I could! Next place 1 lining piece right side down on top of the zipper. The zipper should be between the lining and the pouch front. Lining and pouch front should be right sides together. Pin and sew using a zipper foot.

Turn the pieces right sides out so the wrong side of the lining and the wrong side of the front pouch piece are together. Zipper is at the top. Top stitch just below the zipper to secure lining in place and create a finished look.

Ok so next, place the front pouch facing up. Lay the back pouch piece right sides together, lining it up with the top of the zipper. Using a zipper foot baste in place. Now turn the pouch over so the lining you just sewed is facing up. Lay the remaining lining piece on top of it right sides together, lining it up with the top of the zipper. Pin then sew in place using a zipper foot.

Almost done! Now flip the front pouch and back pouch piece out and respective linings. Top stitch the back pouch piece just below the zipper to adhere the lining and present a finished look.

Now OPEN YOUR ZIPPER before you do anymore steps or you won’t be able to flip your pouch out.

Place the 2 pouch pieces right sides together and then the 2 lining pieces right sides together and pin, making sure to leave about a 3-4 inch hole in the bottom of the lining. This is how you will turn the pouch right side out.

Using a 1/4 inch seam allowance sew around the entire pouch and lining leaving a 3-4 inch hole as stated above. Trim corners. Then pull the pouch part out through the lining hole. Then sew the lining hole up and smooth down into the pouch. Ta da!! You have a cute little seed pouch to store all your seeds for the fall!

I really enjoyed making this project tutorial and hope for you gardeners out there, this will be a fun little seed storage pouch to make! 🙂

Dara Queen Anne’s Lace just starting to bloom!

Right now I am waiting on my fall sugar snap peas and my Swiss chard. I love both and they are great added as sides to lots of hearty fall dishes. I also discovered out in my flower bed that I have some Dara Queen Anne’s Lace growing! It was a nice surprise to find these as I thought they hadn’t done well grown from seed.

Again thanks to everyone for following along on my sewing journey! I hope you all enjoyed this tutorial! Please tag me on IG @sunshineselvage so I can see your make! Sew happy friends!

Love,

Jennifer

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