Monday, September 2, 2013

Pyramid Pouch II

Pyramid Pouch
I recently wanted to make a gift bag for some Troll beads I gave to Alisa for her birthday and thought of the Pyramid Pouch I posted in this blog several years ago. When I went to the post I discovered that I had linked to a source for the description of how to make the pouch, but the directions were not very clear, so I thought I’d do the how-to with photos for this blog to make assembly easier.

You can make the pouch in whatever size you like, as long as you begin with a piece of fabric twice as long as it is wide and with a zipper that is as long as your fabric width. For example, if your fabric measures 8 x 4 inches, you need a zipper that is 4 inches long.

The seaming is very simple, but hard to describe. The pouch has only three seams: bottom, side, and zipper installation.  I’ve done my best to describe the process below, but you may wish to practice with a piece of paper and tape a few times to get the overall picture before beginning to seam your pouch.

The pouch shown in the directions finishes at 5.5-inches on a side from fabric pieces that are cut 6-inches by 12-inches.  Note: The larger your bag, the easier it will be to handle and create. For very large bags, or very small bags, purchase zipper by the yard. In a large bag using zipper by the yard, you may wish to put two pulls on your zipper so that it may be unzipped from either direction.

Exterior fabric twice as long as it is wide
Matching or coordinating lining fabric of the same size
Interfacing of iron-on batting or Pellon Décor Bond of the same size
Coordinating zipper as long as the width of your fabric plus about one inch for ease of installation
5-inches coordinating grosgrain ribbon for loop
Matching thread

Zipper foot

Install zipper along both short edges of exterior fabric, creating a tube connected by the zipper. 

(At top, unzip zipper to finish installing tape at end of zipper, and leave unzipped to install second side of zipper. Zipper tape should be even with fabric edges on both sides.)

Zip zipper and flatten tube with zipper centered in the middle of the tube and bottom of zipper at the bottom of the flattened tube.

Turn tube inside out, and position the zipper in the middle of the tube as described above.

Sew 3/8 - inch seam across bottom of the tube.

Trim end of zipper.

Grab top of pouch at the top of the zipper and refold pouch along long edge of the top of the pouch with the zipper now on the side of the pouch.

Unzip zipper about two inches and pin fabric edges to secure.
Flatten the rest of the edge and pin.

Fold ribbon in half and place raw edges even with edge of fabric near the edge of zipper. Pin in place.

Sew 3/8 – inch seam along this edge. Double stitch over ribbon ends to secure.

Trim corners, unzip zipper the rest of the way, turn right-side-out, push out corners, and press. You may need a steamer to get all the creases out of your pouch.
Here is the pouch after pressing.

To make the lining, fold back a 3/8-inch hem on both short edges of lining fabric and press.

Fold tube right-sides-together with pressed edges of lining fabric hem in center of the tube.
Stitch 3/8-inch seam along bottom of tube.

 Refold tube so that the pressed edges are on the side of the seam.

Grab the top of pouch at the top of the opening and refold pouch along long edge of the top of the pouch with the opening now on the side of the pouch.

Open out folded edges and stitch 3/8-inch seam along edges of fabric.

Fold hem back, and press. Do not turn.

Unzip pouch and insert lining inside with hemmed edges along zipper tape.

Pin in place and hand-stitch lining to bag along zipper.


Handi-book for giftcard presentation

There are lots of cute paper books that you can make, but here is one that is fast and easy to fold without needing a lot of knowledge about paper folding. This one uses clear or decorative tape to form the book and hook and loop dots to keep it closed. I got the inspiration for this folded paper book from Whimsey Square Quilts’ Tea Book directions for making a fabric envelope of pockets to hold tea. I thought the little book of four pockets would be perfect for gift-card presentation to include a card or two, a handwritten note or poem, and a small item that coordinates with the gift card, such as a teabag with a card from a tea shop, or a book of needles with a card from a fabric store. You can choose paper or decorate your paper to coordinate with the gift idea. Note: typing paper or butcher paper works better than wrapping paper which tends to be too flimsy.

Paper 11 x 17 inches
Clear or decorative tape to coordinate with paper
Stick on hook and loop dots for use with paper
Staples and staple gun

Cut paper 11 x 17 inches.

Place paper on surface with long edge of paper along surface edge and the right side of paper facing down. Secure top edge of paper with clear tape or decorative tape.
Measure 1-3/4 inches from top of long edge of paper, mark, and fold up bottom edge to meet the mark. Your paper now has the right-side showing on the bottom and the wrong side showing above the 1-3/4 inch mark.

Turn paper over.

Fold down at 1-3/4 inch mark.

Take that flap and fold it under, over the top of the other side of the paper.
Turn paper over with flap on outside of paper.

Fold paper in half, making it half as wide.

Measure 3-1/4 inches from center fold line on both sides of line, mark, and fold each side back along this line.

Accordian fold along fold lines to create a pocket inside two longer outside flaps.

Tape along top and bottom edges of central page.
Open out book and tape along “spine”.

Fold outside flap back, along edge of inside pocket on both front and back outside flaps.

Fold all four corners of outside flaps up along the diagonal.

Fold both flaps down.
Tape or staple the flaps down.
Add hook and loop dots to inside flaps to secure.

Fill pockets with giftcards OR teabags and sweeteners OR adhesive bandages, ointment packages, and handiwipes OR pins, needles, buttons and thread OR other mini-necessities.