Piping-Hot Zippered Pouch and Pocket Tissue Holders

Piping-Hot Lined Zippered Pouch


I probably have a soft spot for Valentine’s Day because it falls near my birthday.  Ever since I was a little kid, I would get gifts with hearts.  I suppose I just grew up thinking this was my little extra birthday holiday.  I don’t really celebrate it, but I love most things with hearts!  With the upcoming blog hop Put A Little Love in Your Quilt  in mind,  I’ve been playing around with some “hearty” projects.  I have wanted to dip into some packages of piping that I’ve had for years, and our blog rules require a heart in the design, and so… a new zippered pouch was born.  I’m calling this my Piping-Hot Zippered Pouch.

I first needed to find a small heart pattern and while there are a ridiculous amount of them on the internet in every shape and size, so many are too large for a small project.  Luckily, I found this paper pieced heart pattern in my own email box and it was the perfect size.  The pattern is from quiltingonthesquare.com , Collection 4, Month 9, Page-4.  If you subscribe to their “free” email newsletter, you’ll get six 4″ block patterns and other tidbits with each issue.  Check it out!

Here are the Five steps I used to make the front of this bag.  Once you have this part, I’m very sorry, but you’ll have to head over to a lined bag tutorial to complete the pouch.  I wish I had the time to write my own tutorial and one day I will try…but I am no maven on giving directions.  However, the good news is that I have a link to a great fully-lined zipper tutorial for you.

Step One: Gather and prep your supplies for your pouch front, back, lining and interfacing.  Iron on your interfacing.   I chose to cut and iron a piece of lining onto each of the separate pieces for the front and then back.  If you’re like me, you have scraps of interfacing lying around that are perfect for this.  I even ironed a piece onto the back of the heart.  (You can do this interfacing step or not, but it does make for a more sturdy bag. ) 

12″ nylon zipper

1.5″ x 5″ piece of matching or contrasting fabric for the zipper tabs

Two 4.5″ pieces of red piping, and two 10.5″ pieces of piping (30″ total needed)

Copy of paper pieced heart from quiltingonthesquare.com

Scraps in red, purple, pink & a low volume color

Pouch fabric: One – 7.25″ x 10″ Back piece, Two –  3.25″ x 4.25″ Side pieces, Two -1.5″ x 10″ Top and Bottom strips,

Lightweight fusible interfacing cut and ironed on to each of the pieces above.  (I also ironed one onto the back of my paper pieced heart)

Lining fabric: Two 7.25 x 10″ lining fabric pieces

Step Two: Make your 4″ (unfinished) paper pieced heart.  Press and trim it to be square.  Do not reduce the size of it, just TRIM, as it will shrink with the construction of the bag.

Step Two: Making the center heart

Trim, don’t cut the heart in size.

Step Three: Sew the 4.5″ pieces of piping between each side piece of your central heart.  You can see below how I’ve pinned the piping before placing the left side piece on top.  I laid the piping down to be even with the edge of the heart square.  (Forgive me, but you know that right sides of the fabric go together so the piping is just a little extra portion that goes inside your fabric sandwich.  Don’t over think it and you’ll get this!)   You want to stitch as close to the piping as possible.  You can use a zipper foot or be lazy like me and just go with a regular one.  When done, flip the right side panel over and you should have the look that you see on the photo below.  Do this to both sides of the heart and you’re halfway done.

Step Three: Adding the center piping


Step Four: Sew the 10.5″ pieces of piping between the top and bottom horizontal strips of your bag front, using the same method as before.  Here you are overlapping the vertical piping that you just laid down.  The piping is cut a little generous so we can trim the excess as needed.  I prefer to measure things a little roomier and have extra.  We don’t want to have gaps in the matching corners of piping.

Step Four: The pieces may not line up precisely and that’s fine.  The next step is where you trim the excess.  

Step Five: Here is where you trim your front piece to be even on both sides.  If need be, trim your back piece and linings to match the front.

Finally, you’re now at the point of constructing the bag.  Sorry to do this, but you need a tutorial from this point on:  to put tabs on your zipper, and to sew the lined bag together.  Using the heart front that you made,  find your favorite tutorial for making a zippered pouch or try this one, which I’m liking right now, http://www.kelbysews.com/2011/03/zippered-pouch-tutorial.html

On Monday, I gifted this bag to the person who has helped arrange my sewing class schedule for the past months.  She’s been a huge help in many ways and this was my opportunity to say thanks.  Of course, I placed a matching pocket tissue holder inside the bag as well (see below).

For those of you not into paper piecing, I made a second Piping-Hot Zippered Pouch with a fussy-cut hedgehog in the center.  This is the hedgehog bag that I gave to my friend Rachel.  I mentioned it in a previous post.  I also love how this one came out and it shows another way to get a cool bag design with piping.  Read my note to see why hedgehogs were her choice.

The wonderful Tula Pink hedgehog in the center of this zippered pouch made it a perfect gift for my friend Rachel.  She is an art therapist who works with kids who only speak Arabic.  She continually amazes me with her many talents, including being fluent in multiple languages.  She asked for a hedgehog on her bag because she’s been talking to her students about hedgehogs, and even taught them the name for it in Arabic…how cool is she!??

Pocket Tissue Holders

While I’ve been making bags, my students have been working hard amassing various important skills.  This past week was our final session of the semester and we made pocket tissue holders. I found the great tutorial at https://www.skiptomylou.org/handmade-tissue-holder/. I got carried away enjoyed making several samples in favorite prints from my stash.  After a terrific sewing session, each kid went home with a bunch of tissue holders.  One went into their backpack almost immediately, and the remainder were being given as gifts.  They love to give away their extra projects and today was no exception!


I’m always forgetting to take photos but luckily, when I do remember, I always have eager and willing models!!


Speaking of gifts, I also had the opportunity to spread some love today.  I am grateful to the many people who help support and encourage my work and efforts to teach the love of making things with your hands and learning the Life Skill of sewing.  On my way in on Monday, I found a way to thank each hard-working person in the front office.  I let each of them pick their favorite tissue holder from my big batch.

It takes only a moment to make someone feel good and there’s no better way than with a handmade gift!!

linking up

Sew Fresh Quilts (Bee Social)

Quilting is more fun than housework (Oh Scrap)


2 responses to “Piping-Hot Zippered Pouch and Pocket Tissue Holders

    • Thank you. It was a wonderful project, perfect for their skill level and something useful that they can gift to others. The best sessions are where they ask, “can I make another one?” and then rush to do it all without instructions from me.


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