Wednesday, December 15, 2010

New Pleated Pouch Design

Now that school's out, I have time to try out some new sewing tutorials! Today's experiment was a pleated pouch.

I used the tutorial from Skip To My Lou as a guideline, but I changed it. I didn't like how flimsy the finished pouch looked in the tutorial, and I didn't want such a tall band on the top. Also, I wanted the pleats to fan out from the center.
So I cut my own templates out of cardboard (from cereal boxes, no less!) and just guessed on the correct dimensions and shapes. I made the top band thinner, the bottom section wider to allow for more pleats, and I used heavy interfacing to make the exterior more sturdy. There is also micro fleece sewn to the backside of the inner lining to give it softness and some support.

I think the hardest part was figuring out the correct places to make the pleats, and how to make them even.
I also added a little wristlet strap to the pouch, and I changed the shape of the inner lining from a U-shape to a shape that more closely matches the outside look of the pleated pouch.
The end result is very pleasing! I think it looks really pretty, and especially in this fabric combination (which is part of a new fabric stash from Fabric Bee).
If I was to change something, it would be to use medium interfacing or the microfleece for the outer fabric. I feel that the heavy interfacing is too "crunchy" for the pleats. I want a bit of a softer look and feel for future pleated pouches. Nevertheless, this pleated pouch is a winner in my books.

What do you think of it?

Have a happy day!

UPDATE 04/30/2011
If you would like to make this pleated pouch, the pattern and instructions can be found in my shop

You can also purchase the PDF sewing pattern through this secure link to Paypal


Days at Buttermilk Cottage said...

Love your little pleated pouch.
Susan said...

Thanks, Susan! It's a present for someone. I hope she likes it too!

La Maison Reid said...

Oh I wish I had seen your pattern before seeing Skip to my Lou's. I made about 10 for presents last Christmas. They were cute and easy but I think your design is more elegant. I might have to try that. Have you considered photocopying your pattern and loaning it out? I would love to make this fabric...everything!