How to Sew Old Clothes into Multi Functional, Lined, Zippered Pouch

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This article explains how to upcycle some old clothes by turning them into a multi-functional lined and zippered pouch.

Designing the Pouch

  1. Choose the size. What size do you want your pouch to be? This depends on what you want to use it for. There are many possibilities: cosmetics, electronics, cash/coins/cards, pencils/pens, etc. Based on your choice, decide how long and how tall you want your pouch to be.
  2. Prepare the template. Based on the lengths from the size you've chosen, determine the size of your rectangular template by adding 1" (2.5cm) to both lengths. Cut out a paper rectangle at this size.

Preparing the Fabric

  1. Choose the fabrics. There are three things to consider when choosing your fabric: how much fabric you have to work with, thickness of the fabrics and the elasticity of the fabric. You can choose to use any clothes you plan on discarding, or fabric stores usually sell remnants of fabrics at a discounted price. Or, you can go to the thrift store and buy one or two articles of clothing.
    • Fabrics that are thick are good to use for the outside of the pouch, but it is not a good idea to use a thick fabric for the lining as well. Using two thick fabrics is difficult to sew.
    • This tutorial uses some fabric remnants from the store, as well as a t-shirt with sentimental value but that is no longer worn.
  2. Roughly cut the fabrics larger than the template.
    • You need four rectangles total: two outer lining pieces and two inner lining pieces.
  3. Iron any fabric that is very wrinkly.
  4. Stabilize the fabric with interfacing if needed. For fabrics that are elastic, you'll want to add a layer of interfacing to stabilize them and make them easier to work with. For thin fabrics, if you plan on using them for the outer layer, you'll want to add a layer of interfacing to give the pouch structure.
    • Interfacing is sold very cheaply at most craft stores. This tutorial uses interfacing for all four pieces of fabric.
    • Cut the interfacing using the template.
    • Follow the instructions that come with the interfacing to attach it to the fabric.
  5. Cut the fabric. Place the templates you made earlier on the areas of the fabric you will use, and trace the shape. It's okay to draw on the fabric because these edges won't be visible at the end. (If you attached interfacing, you can use the interfacing as a template.) Cut out the fabric.

Choosing a Zipper

  1. Find a zipper that is the same length as or longer than your final pouch measurement.
  2. Choose a color that will match your design.
    • Here, you see a long, black zipper to match the lining and part of the outside.

Sewing the First Side of the Pouch

  1. Line up the pieces. Place one outer fabric rectangle right side up (facing you) on your workspace. Place the zipper right side down on the outer fabric rectangle, centered, with the top edge of the zipper lined up with the top edge of the outer fabric rectangle.
  2. Place the inner fabric rectangle right side down, lining up the top edges and side edges as well.
  3. Pin them together.
  4. Using a zipper foot on your sewing machine, sew the three layers together.
  5. Topstitch. Fold and press both fabrics away from the zipper. Stitch these sides down, keeping in mind that the thread will be visible.

Sewing the Second Side of the Pouch

    • Line up the leftover pieces of fabric with the zipper. Place the leftover lining fabric rectangle face up on your workspace. Line up the zipper right side up, aligning up the top edge of the zipper with the top edge of the lining fabric. (The right sides of the lining should be touching each other)
  1. Line up the leftover outer fabric rectangle right side down.
  2. Again, pin and sew. pic
  3. Topstitch.

Sew the Two Sides Together.

  1. Open the zipper halfway.
  2. Line up the two outer pieces and the two lining pieces right sides together and pin.
  3. Push the zipper towards the outer fabric.
  4. Sew around the perimeter of this large rectangle, except for a few inches in bottom of the lining.
    • Be sure to backstitch at the beginning and end.

Finish the Pouch

  1. Trim off the corners and any excess fabric and thread.
  2. Turn the pouch inside out by pulling it through the opening left in in the lining.
    • Use a pen or a chopstick or some other long, slender tool to fully push the corners out.
  3. To finish off the lining, fold the raw edges in and pin, blending it in with the rest of the pouch.
  4. Finish off the lining. Sew the lining shut.
  5. Trim any excess threads.
  6. Push the lining into the pouch, and it's ready to use!
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