Tuesday, July 10, 2012

How to Make a Hedgehog Carrying Pouch - The Bag

Here's a tutorial for how to make a hedgehog carrying pouch with a cute bow strap.  First, let's start with the bag itself without the straps. 

***Please note that these tutorials are for you to make things for your own personal use, not to sell.***
MATERIALS NEEDED
  • Sewing machine
  • Fleece fabric
  • Flannel fabric
  • Thread
  • Needle
  • Ruler

CUTTING & SEWING
Outside:  Measure out a rectangle of flannel fabric 12 x 8 inches in size.  Cut out two.  You can also use fleece only if you want.

Rim:  Measure out a rectangle of fleece fabric 12 x 5 inches in size.  Cut out two.
Place one fleece fabric on top of the flannel fabric with good sides facing each other.  Line up the top edge and sew in place.
 Lay the fleece and flannel piece on top of the inside fleece fabric and cut out two pieces.  This will give you two inside pieces that match the size of the outside pieces.

Lay one inside fleece on top of the flannel piece with good sides facing each other.  Line up the top edge and sew together.

Do the same thing with the other flannel section and the other new inside fleece piece.

*** If you would like a flat bottomed pouch, go to the flat bottomed pouch tutorial now. ***
 Place the two fleece and flannel pieces on top of each other with good sides facing each other.  Pin in place.
 Sew around the entire shape, but leave a 2 inch gap on the inside fleece side.  Make sure to backstitch around the gap.
 You can reinforce the corners by sewing diagonally across them.
 Turn the pouch inside out through the 2 inch gap.  Now you need to close the gap.  Tuck in the edges of the gap in and pinch the gap closed.
HIDDEN STITCH
Thread a needle and tie a knot.  Make a stitch overlapping the existing stitching around the edges of the gap a little.  Stitch on one side of the gap, go directly over sideways, make a stitch on the other side of the gap.  Go in a ladder stitch from side to side until the gap is closed.
When you are done, tie a secure knot.  Stitch into the pouch and pull the thread taut before snipping it.
Push the fleece side into the flannel side and match the corners up neatly.  You are done!
The pouch will measure about 10.5 inches x 10.5 inches.  If you only want a fleece pouch, you can stop here.  If you want to turn this into a carrying pouch, move on to the next tutorial on how to make the cute bow straps!
Don't forget to post your finished pictures in the Flickr group here.  I'd love to see what you make!

Don't want to make your own?  Email me at bluepandemonium (at) hotmail.com and maybe I can make one for you!  I also have some fleece pouches and hedgehog flannel fabric listed in my Etsy shop.

Happy Sewing!

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