happy pouches

Happy Pouches (Open Wide Zippered Pouches) by Anna Graham/Noodlehead

Happy Pouches (Open Wide Zippered Pouches) by Anna Graham/Noodlehead

So I think I left the last post mentioning that I couldn’t stop after making the Poolside Tote for my friend. There was more fun fabric combinations to be had! I couldn’t possibly stop after finishing the tote. At the tippy top of my list of super useful things I love to sew are zippered pouches. I loved sewing these, knowing they’ll be put to good use.

Happy Pouches (Open Wide Zippered Pouches) by Anna Graham/Noodlehead

It’s fun to have a happy little set like this. I hope it doesn’t seem to weird. I really am just having fun and by making these few things for a friend, and it has definitely brought me a bit of relaxation and joy. These Open Wide Zippered Pouches are such a treat. It seems like so long ago when I wrote the tutorial and shared it. I definitely remember the feeling of wanting to keep it all to myself and make ALL the pouches. I’m so glad I get to share it with all of you though. And I’m constantly amazed by seeing all the pouches you like to make, too!Happy Pouches (Open Wide Zippered Pouches) by Anna Graham/Noodlehead

So this is the medium and large size pouches. I couldn’t not use those tigers, I’ve been hoarding them waiting for a super fun project. Can wait to ship this gift off!

Pattern: Open Wide Zippered Pouches
Fabric: Cotton + Steel (Alexia Abegg), Carolyn Friedlander’s Carkai,
Yarn Dyed Essex by Robert Kaufman
Zippers: Zipit on Etsy (read about my zipper pulls here)

Happy Pouches (Open Wide Zippered Pouches) by Anna Graham/Noodlehead

21 thoughts on “happy pouches

  1. paula says:

    I am loving these zipper pouches! Can you share what size metal zipper you are using from Zipit?

    1. Anna Graham says:

      Hi Paula, thanks for your comment. The zipper size corresponds to the size pouch, you can refer to those sizes here:

  2. kristin says:

    It’s a perfect set! So happy and fun. 🙂

  3. Karen @runsewfun says:

    I made lots of open wide pouches for Christmas and hostess gifts this past year. The pattern is so clearly written and easy to follow. Thank you for sharing. I love that you are still making them, too!

  4. Colleen says:

    your friend is one lucky person ! I’m glad you shared that pattern with all of us too. I sent you a picture of one I made and you so kindly replied. I have your lovely book and am enjoying the heck out of it 🙂

  5. Oh my goodness!! I just love that lil tiger print!! It is so cute!! =) Every time I see an adorable sewing project post I kick myself for not taking out my sewing machine and learning how to make these adorable things!!! =)

    Thank you for the inspiration!!

  6. Karen says:

    Nothing better than something useful that also makes you smile because it is so adorable!

  7. These are so so cute! I love the tiger fabric so much. Zippers are tricky for me but I might need to try these someday!

  8. Barbara Farmer says:

    I am hooked! I just inherited my mother’s old sewing machine and have been dying to make some cute totes for myself. These will be perfect for everything! Thanks so much for sharing

    1. Anna Graham says:

      Sounds like you’ll be having fun Barbara! 🙂

  9. Lily says:

    How do you keep your bags clean? No matter what I do, I always seem to spill coffee on or IN my bags. Do you treat with scotch guard or something similar? Or how would you wash them? Thanks!

    1. Anna Graham says:

      Thanks for your comment Lily. 🙂 I shared a post last year about caring for bags, you can read it here:
      Hope that helps a bit!

  10. Laurel says:

    Such a cute set of pouches!!

  11. Carin says:

    Beautiful bags! I love your sewing. Just made your Envelope Clutch and like you said in the pattern, it’s really fun to make. And I love how you designed the position of the flap to be inside the back exterior piece.

  12. I love these pouches! Especially the combination of colors and prints is well chosen. It makes a great gift indeed. Thanks for sharing.

  13. Holly says:

    Your bags stand up so nicely. What interfacing are you using?

    1. Anna Graham says:

      Thanks Holly. I used SF101 on these. 🙂

  14. Jill says:

    Someone please make them and sell them for those of us who can not sew.jtach

  15. Anne Risen says:

    Do you install these metal zippers a little differently than in the pattern instructions? Seems like more of the zipper is exposed, and at the end where the tab is, the zipper lies flat instead of with a tuck where the zipper is seamed to the top of the bag. Thanks in advance! I love the Open Wide pattern and have made many!

    1. Anna Graham says:

      Hi Anne, yes, they’re installed as written in the instructions. If you’re experiencing a ‘tuck’ or ‘fold’ where the zipper comes out of the end of the pouch, it means you’re bending it at too sharp of an angle. Once you stop with your needle down, bend the zipper gradually so that within the next 3/4 of an inch or so, it no longer gets sewn into that seam. I would definitely recommend taking some scrap fabric and using a basting stitch to get more comfortable with this step! That way you’ll be able to get a better feel for what is happening. Hope that helps!

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