Glitter Pouch Sewing Tutorial

Ah Glitter…. My one and only vice ( welllll almost) I love the stuff ! Every piece of mail I have ever sent has had glitter in it or on it…. Every Present wrapped , Every occasion table covered … I just LOVE the stuff ! So why not incoperate it into my 2nd favourite thing in the world ? SEWING ! And hurrah ! The Glitter pouch is born !

Christmas is just around the corner and with SO MUCH present sewing to do these handy little personalised pouches are perfect for make up , pens & pencils , trading cards … The list endless ! Plus you can make these handy zippy pouches with recycled plastic and they are eco friendly too .

 

You will need :

GLITTER ( ANY KIND ! I prefer to use larger shapes or confetti as they tend to move around inside better)

FABRIC – One Fat Quarter for outer , One fat quarter for lining.

A ZIP – 12 inch zip

SEWING MACHINE NEEDLE – A Leather needle is handy for vinyl sewing in size 90/14

GLITTER FABRIC – You can buy A4 sheets of the stuff on eBay or amazon.

SHARP SCISSORS – MARKING TOOL – SEWING MACHINE – ZIPPER FOOT


VINYL – You can use the stiff vinyl bags that you get duvet covers or table cloths in…. or you can buy itonline at your favourite haberdashery.

Let’s get sewing !

ALL SEAMS ARE 1/4 INCH.

From your Fat quarter cut two outside and two lining pieces measuring 10 x 8 inches

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Now to the vinyl ! Cut two pieces the same size as above.

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Now with the glitter fabric , cut out the name you want on the inside. Now , you can iron fuse a web on the back , iron it onto the fabric etc – HOWEVER I have found after making a few , that a bit of fabric glue is more than enough to hold them in place ! You don’t need to stitch them on as they are protected by the vinyl layer.

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Let your glue dry before the next step or the glitter will stick to it !

Layer the vinyl over the top of the outer fabric and clip with wonder clips or paperclips all the way around the edge leaving the TOP OPEN.

*VINYL TIPS*

Vinyl is similar to oilcloth , DO NOT USE PINS or they will leave holes. DO NOT reverse stitch / lock stitch on your machine – you will need to TIE the ends by hand.

If your vinyl get’s stuck to your machine try cello taping a scrap to the machine * NOT NEAR FEED DOGS ! * Please please don’t use baby oil , baby powder , or any other random product near your sewing machine ! You can buy a teflon foot , but they are really only useful if you are going to stitch vinyl alllll the time !

USE A LONGER THAN NORMAL STITCH LENGTH ! I always use a 3 or 4 . Too small a stitch and it will rip the vinyl. DO NOT ALTER YOUR TENSION !

Sew all the way around , LEAVE THE TOP OPEN. Repeat for the other outer piece.

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Now add the glitter * You don’t need a lot ! * It’s easier to add a little at a time than try and scrape it back off the vinyl ! Stitch the top closed.

Ok so now we have two outers with glitter in , two lining pieces and a zip.

Let’s insert the zip next !

Place the outer RIGHT SIDE FACING YOU on the table , place the zip FACE DOWN on top. Then put a lining piece on top and clip. This is sandwich number one.

Ok have we all used a zipper foot before ? No worries if not… This is the magic metal foot you are looking for ( * some older machines might look a little different*)

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See the long bar there ? It has a left and a right , so when you put it on the machine and lower your foot to grab it you can move it either side. You want it on the right hand side like so…

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The foot always clips on the side that is CLOSEST to your zip. Now stitch away !

Take it off the machine , and fold the lining over the zip. Place on table in front of you like this.

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Ok , Sandwich number two…

Place the other outer piece on top and align the top edge. Turn over and add the lining on the back and clip away.

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So the linings are touching and the outers are touching. Stitch on the machine.

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Ta da !  For the next part OPEN THE ZIP HALFWAY ! We don’t want it getting stuck inside.

Fold the pouch closed and clip around it.

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We are going to sew all the way around , but leave a hand sized gap in the bottom. You will need to put your normal sewing foot back on your machine for this bit !

Stitch all the way around 1/2 inch , Shaking the glitter out of the way as you go then cut off your zip ends and trim neatly. I love these PRYM scissors because they are so sharp on vinyl and I get a lovely nice edge. I also find cutting the corners off helps it sit flatter when we turn them out.

Pull the whole thing through that gap we left… This is tricky ! DON’T be tempted to jab the corners with your scissors ! push gently !

Almost there !

Sew up that gap ! No one wants to lose things in the bottom 🙂

Try your zip… does it get caught here and there ? No worries ! Press the fabric out of the way (NOT THE VINYL – IT WILL MELT) Grab your zipper foot and stitch along the top edge – taking your arm off your machine helps a ton with this fiddly bit.

And you are all done ! Addictive right ? I can’t stop ! I can see a ton of Christmas themed pouches coming up !

If you make one don’t forget to share them on our Facebook page or tag is in your Instagram posts !

Stay tuned… we have so so so many more glitter and Christmas sewing related patterns & tutorials coming up on our shiny new website GemmaStitch.com

 

HAPPY SEWING !

I’m off to spray glitter all over my new product tags mwah har har !  See you soon 🙂

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