My newest pattern, the Annex Double-Zip Box Pouch, is now available! This is a twist on the classic box pouch – Annex has two separate zippered compartments, perfect for keeping your essentials separated! The pouch is also available in 3 different sizes – small, medium, and large. The pattern is available as both pdf and paper patterns, and new to my patterns, I’ve also included metric as well as imperial measurements in the instructions.
My cover samples were made in Tula Pink ‘Slow and Steady’ fabrics, which will be available Fall 2016. These fabrics are from the Raspberry colorway from the line, and I’m particularly excited about the royal blues and hot pinks that make an appearance in the fabrics. What a great way to round out the rest of my Tula Pink stash! My favorite print is definitely the tortoise print (which, in true Tula nature, takes a minute to appear, like a hide and seek), but the snails are a close second.
This pattern is fat quarter-friendly, which will give you an opportunity to use up some pieces from a fat quarter bundle that you might have lingering in your stash. In the pattern, I suggest using 2 different colored zippers, so you can remember what you put in each compartment. I also used 2 different fat quarters for each pouch’s lining.
- small – 8” long x 3” tall x 2-1/4” deep (20.3cm x 7.6cm x 5.7cm)
- medium – 11-1/4” long x 3-1/4” tall x 3-3/4” deep (28.5cm x 8.2cm x 9.5cm)
- large – 9-3/4” long x 3-1/2” tall x 4-1/4” deep (24.75cm x 8.9cm x 10.8cm)
SUPPLIES (will make 1 pouch)
- fat quarter -OR- 1/4 yard (0.2 metre) of exterior fabric
- fat quarter -OR- 1/4 yard (0.2 metre) of lining fabric #1
- fat quarter -OR- 1/4 yard (0.2 metre) of lining fabric #2
- 18” x 18” (45.7cm) piece of foam interfacing (By Annie’s Soft and Stable, Pellon Flex Foam, or Bosal In-R-Form)
- 4” x 7” (10cm x 18cm) piece of Pellon SF-101 Shape Flex fusible woven interfacing
- 2 zippers, I suggest two different colors (small – 12”; medium/large – 16”) (30cm – 40cm) *regular (#3 skirt/dress) zippers should be used – zipper tape should be slightly more than 7/8” wide (0.9cm)
I also made the pouches in cork fabric (the Natural Cork only is now available in my shop). Cork is really easy to work with, looks nice and smooth in the finished product, and I think the natural inparticular makes a really unique pouch and something leaning toward masculine-looking. Fun!
Some of my testers remarked that this was a 1-hour project, so the Annex Double-Zip Box Pouch would make a great last minute gift, beautiful teacher gift, or something sweet for yourself!
Thank you once again to all of my pattern testers who turned in some beautiful work! I hope you like their pouches!
Kim made this brilliant full set; I love each of her pouches, great bright fabrics and she took the time to press the box shape when she was done. All of the hard work definitely paid off, they’re gorgeous!
Lisa made this joyously-jewel-toned in the large size, in Tula Pink ‘Eden’ fabrics. I love the perfect fabric matching that continues the ikat print across the top! Great job Lisa!
Stephanie made this school-appropriate pouch with laminate fabric (the light blue and gold were actually my high school’s colors, lol – oh high school :-P). Really sweet pouch Stephanie!
Barbara very enthusiastically made all 3 size pouches, presented here in oilcloth. Barbara suggests using double-sided tape to make and attach the handles. So lovely!
Elena used her pouch for holding her knitting supplies – she said that it fits the sock and skein in one compartment and the pattern and knitting tools in the other! I just noticed that the zipper color matches the yarn color, so great way to remember which compartment has what! What a fantastic idea.
April was a true pattern-tester warrior, making her pouch in the middle of a move! This one is pressed to perfection, and the pouch looks beautiful April!
Renuka made the size small pouch, and said that the foam interfacing was lovely to sew through with a microtex needle. Great work Renuka!
Bernie made a lovely pouch with decorator-weight fabric and a vinyl handle (a great way to throw a bit of faux leather into your project!) and added some beautiful tassels on the zipper pulls!
Mims used a great linen weave fabric with bright zippers. Linen is the perfect neutral and goes with everything! Great job Mims!
Cyndi of the Nosy Pepper made her pouch in great Frances Newcombe fabrics. Love it Cyndi, nice work!!
Chloe of Deadly Craft made the small size pouch, and this little dear of a pouch is so adorable! Beautiful work as always Chloe!
Leigh used Cotton+Steel fabric by Melody Miller to make her pouch. I really love the fabric choice here, as the long arrows mimics the long shape of the box.
Courtney’s pouch is pretty in pink, featuring this large floral, proving that large prints work great on this pouch too!
Madelyn made all 3 sizes of the pouch, from Tula’s ‘True Colors’ ladybugs. What a beautiful set; a primary-colored set would be a great end of the year teacher’s gift! Wonderful work as always, Madelyn!
Becki made these super-cute and kid-friendly pouches in size small. Great idea to use them for storing Legos – I know we certainly have them all over the place here too!
Anne Marie (Instagram – @rookandhook) made hers in new Tula Pink ‘Chipper’ fabrics. She made the large size pouch and said that it took her about an hour to make. Beautiful!
Jennifer made a lovely camera-fabric pouch for storing pens and other desktop supplies. She used fusible Thermolam for her pouch! Nice job Jennifer!
Sally made this funky floral version, and I’m really digging the pink/purple with the bright neon colors! Great job finishing and pressing too!
Kathryn made hers in two denim fabrics. The handle is placed in the pattern near where the zippers start to make for easy open and close. Great job Kathryn!
Colleen used Mendocino fabrics to make her pouch, and some curved quilting to simulate waves. I think this pattern is a great option to use up some fat quarters that you have on hand from a fabric line. Great job Colleen!
Kelleen quilted the fabric before assembling her pouch, and the quilting mimicked the large print in the fabric. Quilting can not only add a bit of beauty to the pouch, but also adds some stability.
Bree (follow her on IG!) made a bunch of these box pouches, as she’s about to head on a family trip to DisneyWorld! So fun that these pouches will in a small way be part of her family trip! And what a great idea to travel handmade!
Mindy made a matching pair and used fusible applique to adorn the larger! These pouches are great for quilting or adding trim like Mindy’s done here. Nice job Mindy!
Tiffany (here on Instagram!) made the large and the medium-sized pouches. This is Tiffany’s last test before her new little one arrives!! So exciting!!
Ella made size small and featured some machine embroidery on her pouch. She’s a beginning bagmaker and I think she’s turned in some beautiful work here! Congratulations Ella!
Fiona made her pouch in texty fabric and with unisex colors, this would be a great toiletries storage for anyone! And you know I’m a huge fan of text fabrics! Beautiful!