Thursday, May 1, 2014

Key Pouch Tutorial

Key Pouch Tutorial by Heidi Staples at Fabric Mutt

Say hello to your new best friend in the last-minute-gift-giving department: the Key Pouch. This project is...
  • quick to sew
  • fabulous for fussy cutting
  • economical -- all the pieces are fairly small (get out those scrap buckets!) and no interfacing needed
  • adaptable to any age, gender, or occasion according to your fabric choices
  • easily upgraded with the addition of a gift card in one of the front pockets
Let's get to it!

(1) 3 1/2 x 7 1/2" rectangle for small front pocket
(1) 3 1/2 x 8 1/2" rectangle for medium middle pocket
(1) 3 1/2 x 9 1/2" rectangle for large back pocket
(2) 3 1/2 x 6" rectangles for zipper pouch exterior
(2) 3 1/2 x 6" rectangles for zipper pouch lining
(1) 1/2 x 2" piece of twill tape (not pictured)
(1) zipper, 7" or longer

Step 1: Take the three rectangles for the outer pockets and fold them in half, wrong sides of fabric together, so that the short ends meet. Topstitch each piece 1/4" below the fold.

Step 2: Stack the outer pockets in place on top of one of the zipper pouch exterior rectangles, making sure that the pockets line up in the correct order from small to large (see photo above). Fold the twill tape in half and stitch 1/8" from the raw ends to hold them together. Place the twill tape on the left side of the stack just above the large back pocket with the raw edges toward the left side (again, see photo).

Baste the entire stack together 1/8" from the edge around the sides and bottom to hold everything in place.

Step 3: Now that your front exterior piece is assembled, sew this together like a basic zipper pouch. Stack in this order from bottom to top, lining everything up on the right edge: front zipper pouch exterior piece with pockets, zipper (face down with pull at the top), zipper pouch lining piece.

Sew 1/4" from the edge and press the fabric back from the zipper so that the wrong sides of the fabric are touching.

Repeat with the other zipper pouch exterior and lining pieces on the other side of the zipper.

Step 4: Unzip the zipper part way (do NOT forget to do this!) and then place the exterior pieces with right sides together and the lining pieces with right sides together (see picture below), clipping or pinning them in place. Make sure that the teeth of your zipper are pointed toward the exterior end of the pouch.

Step 5: Starting at the bottom corner of the pouch lining, sew 1/4" from the edge all the way around the lining, exterior, and back around just past the other corner of the lining (see photo above), leaving a gap in the lining for turning and backstitching at both ends.

Clip the corners and trim off the edges of the zipper.

Step 6: Reach in through the lining and turn the bag right side out through the zipper. Poke out the corners of the pouch with a chop stick or turning tool and press it with your iron. Tuck the raw edges into the hole in your lining, press, and sew 1/8"-1/16" from the bottom edge of the lining to stitch it closed.

Key Pouch Tutorial by Heidi Staples at Fabric Mutt

Step 7: Tuck the lining into the pouch, press your bag one more time, and you're ready to go!

If you make one of these and share it on Instagram, be sure to add the hashtag #keypouch and tag me too @fabricmutt. Happy sewing!


  1. You have the best tutorials! I am busting to make one of these - just what I need

  2. Brilliant! Thanks so much for sharing this with us. I understood the basic construction but it sure is nice to have you figure out the math for us!
    I think I might need to start making a bunch of these for stocking stuffers!:)

    BTW...your fabric choices are always spot on!:)

  3. Thank you! I can wait to make one for myself.

  4. Already! You're amazing!! I'm looking forward to trying this - your tutorial looks very clear, yet detailed. Must have taken you ages to put together.

  5. Yay! Thanks so much- I was going to sit down and try to figure it out myself- you have saved me from myself! I'm making one this weekend for my mom!!

  6. You are amazing. Thank you for sharing your idea. I think I'll make one for my daughter for Mother's Day. Now to decide on fabrics - the most fun part!

  7. Yay! Thanks Heidi, I'll be making some of these this weekend! Thanks for sharing!

  8. Oh this looks so good Heidi - I love your tutorials. I can see some teachers gifts coming up!

  9. Trying it this weekend. Thanks so much!! Will post pictures

  10. Thank you for posting this so quickly! I'm making one for me soon!

  11. Very cute! Thanks for the tutorial :)

  12. Lovely gold and raspberry palette you've been using lately Heidi! I don't know whether to make one of these for myself or for my daughter first-- really lovely idea!

  13. Thanks so much for sharing this tutorial! I can't wait to make several of them!

  14. This is great! Can't wait to make it! Thank you for the tutorial.

  15. This is so awesome!! Would make a great teacher gift!! I've got a Craft Gossip post scheduled for late today that links to your tutorial:

  16. What a nice tutorial! Thanks great for small gift !

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  18. The best tutorial for how to put a zipper in a pouch I've seen! Maybe I'll try one now.
    Will we see you next Monday at the Quilt Loft?

  19. Thank you, thank you! Now I have to get started on one . . .

  20. I love this! And where did you get that fabric??? How stinking cute!

  21. Stunning.Can't wait todo start.Thamks you so much!!

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  23. Thanks for the tutorial. As soon as I saw your tutorial, I knew which fabric to use. I had been saving it for a fun project like this. Thanks again!
    Key Pouch by Jennifer

  24. My son loves ice cream trucks! What fabric is this? Great tutorial, too.

  25. Great tutorial, Love the key pouch will be very handy when you don't want to take your whole bag somewhere.

  26. Thank you for the pattern! I made it:


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