Did you know that the See It All Pouch was the very first pattern I ever wrote?! Probably not... let's be honest. That was back in 2016 and it feels like a lifetime ago... So much has happened since but this one pattern will always have a special place in my heart!
I vividly remember - back in 2016 I really wanted to make a cute little pouch for my daughter's Legos as they were flying around everywhere. Little did I know, it wasn't her who would be hugely into Lego but my son, who still refuses to go to bed without at least five little Lego people and a Lego spaceship. So back then I made this clear vinyl pouch for her and it was just perfect for her Legos. And then I made more and more - for my cosmetics on-the-go, pencil cases, sewing notions and so many just as gifts.
What do you think? Fancy making a See It All Pouch with me...? Let me show you exactly how I make them and I promise you will be super excited, bursting with confidence to create your very own version of the bag!
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In the pattern I show you how to make the See It All Pouch in three sizes. How to tackle vinyl and of course, how to insert a zipper. All is super, duper easy - I promise!
The project is also quick to make and totally suitable for beginners as well... Yay!!! Are you ready?
And did I mention how fun the See It All Pouch is...
About the See It All Pouch...
The See It All Pouch is such a fun pattern, right?! But not only that. You will love making it. It's a super, duper quick project and absolutely suitable for beginners as well. Don't let the zipper or vinyl intimidate you. I promise, you can master them (and anything really but zippers and vinyl are seriously so, so easy). Just a few straight lines... and I carefully talk you through each step in the pattern! You can do it! I know it.
But let me warn you - this is yet another super addictive little project. You won't be able to stop at just one! They literally multiply like little gremlins in our house... just a little cuter! You get the idea...
Ok. Let't talk a little more about the See It All Pouch itself. Are you ready?
- The pouch is absolutely beginner friendly. Only straight lines, my friend!
- The See It All Pouch comes in three sizes - the small one (measuring 4.5" x 4" (wxd), that's the strawberry one here), the medium one (measuring 5" x 5.5" (wxd), that's the orange floral one) and a large one (measuring 7.5" x 4.5" (wxh), that's the green floral one).
- The pouch is totally scrap-friendly and super, duper easy to customise in size and shape.
And if you're wondering about the pattern itself - let me tell you more about the actual pattern. Shall we start?
- The sewing pattern is a digital file (PDF) and ready for instant download. Make sure to save itand you're all ready to go. Super easy! The See It All Pouch is a measure and cut pattern, meaning all pattern pieces are cut using a rotary cutter, cutting mat and ruler. There is no need to print it unless you wish to do so, as there are no templates needed. So you can start today!
- The pattern is consisting of 5 pages, includes loads of pictures, detailed instructions and tables. I talk you through each step of the pattern - almost as if I am sitting right next to you. Your sewing buddy, cheering you on! I wrote the pattern with absolute beginners in mind but even if you have been sewing for the last decade, I am sure you'll love making See It All Pouches as well...
If you like to know more about teaching classes or your local guild, selling finished bags, need more information on buying, saving and printing the pattern - please hop over to my FAQs, there I answer all your questions in more detail.
Before you start sewing now let me tell you a little more about the materials you'll need.
First of all you will need a copy of my pattern which you can find in my shop. Remember, it's a measure and cut pattern, meaning all pattern pieces are cut using a rotary cutter, cutting mat and ruler. No need to print anything, unless you wish to do so. So you can start straight away picking your fabric!
So here a list with all the things you'll need:
- See It All Pouch pattern
- Sewing Machine
You will need fabric. I like to use quilting cotton for my See It All Pouch as that's what I have at home for my quilts anyway... Quilting cotton is super light weight but I like to give it a little more structure using interfacing (find out more about the interfacing I am using below). You could also use heavier fabric like canvas of course and skip the interfacing...
For my pouches I used one of my favourite florals and the pink strawberries by Heather Ross together with a pink Kona cotton for the lining. I just can't help myself... Both are quilting cotton and if we are honest, the only fabric substance I buy.
The See It All Pouch comes is three sizes. For the small and medium one you'll a 6" zipper (or longer) and for the larger one you would need a 9" zipper (or longer). And if you like to keep it easy - I would highly recommend using plastic zippers as they are just so much easier to handle. But of course, you could also use a metal one but please make sure not to sew over the metal teeth on the final step of the pattern.
Another top tip: I always use 10" zippers. They are my absolute go-to zipper length for literally everything. Even for the much smaller pouch... you can always chop off the ends of a plastic zipper, right? And now the tip: buy them in bulk! I order mine all the way from the US but they are here in absolute no time, super cheap if I buy a pack of 50 or more and the colour choice is amazing (cotton candy pink, bubble gum pink and gray are my faves if you were wondering).
As for the vinyl, I would highly recommend some soft and pliable 12-16 gauge vinyl. You don't want it to be either too hard or too sticky. So play with some options until you find the one that has just the right consistency for you.
I've recently seen someone using old plastic packaging (for duvets etc) and cutting it up for a See It All Pouch. Absolutely genius. Such a fun and resourceful idea. I absolutely love it. Bear Grylls would be all over that...
I like the fabric part of the pouch to have a similar structure to the vinyl part and that's why I am using interfacing. And as always my go-to interfacing is SF101 by Pellon. It basically gives quilting cotton the structure/ feel of canvas and never bubbles up or does something weird to my fabric. Love it.
For the See It All Pouch I am using two kinds of thread weight. All the construction work is done using Aurifil in 50wt - for literally every seam that is hidden on the inside. And for topstitching I like using Aurifil 28wt in a corresponding colour.
I have this thing with thread when it comes to visible seams. I hope you like to hear it... well, I give it to you anyway! Ha!!! Ok, I like my seams to be seen. To shine and be a part of my work. The only real rule I have, is to go for a lighter shade. For some reason I don't like my thread to be darker than the actual fabric... but again, this is pretty much down to personal taste.
And there are a couple notions that come in handy making this pouch. First up please, please, please always use binding clips instead of pins. Pins will leave holes in your vinyl and you don't want that! Also, you can never ever have too many binding clips. They come in handy for so many projects - I use mine all the time as I am far too lazy to use pins.
Next you will need double-sided tape to hold your layers together (not pictured above...*oooopsie*). Again, pins are not an option really and tape is just super straight forward. And a good investment. I bought my tape over 8 years ago and I haven't used even half of it.
I am using my Janome MC 6700p - and I love her. She is a real workhorse, so reliable and the seams are gorgeous and always even. Never skipping a stitch. And as a bonus: she looooves Aurifil! Win win...
Making a See It All Pouch is super simple - it’s just a few straight lines! But they have to be done right, and for that I am using two different sewing feet: the zipper foot and the Ultra Glide foot. Obviously, the zipper foot works really well for inserting the zipper, but it's also super helpful when it comes to topstitching. Carefully change the needle position a little to the right, just above the gap in your zipper foot. Line up the right edge of your zipper foot with edge of your fabric for topstitching and the zipper is neatly sewn in place. And for the final assembly, the Ultra Glide Foot comes in super handy - it just easily glides over all layers without being stuck to the vinyl...
Making the See It All Pouch is super easy, right? Insert the zipper, topstitch along the edge and assemble the final pouch... And now times 10, 20 or lots and lots more! Or even better. Why not teach your little one how to make this super useful little pouch! It's so rewarding to bring in the next generation of seamstresses.
So now you are confident sewing with vinyl.. why not attempt a new technique?! How about the Wee Braw Bag...? It's super easy - if you can sew a straight line, you can make a Wee Braw Bag. And dang, they are seriously addictive as well. Head over to my post on the Wee Braw Bag, there I share all my best tips and tricks with you, my fave materials and lots of inspiration. Are you ready...?
Community. Probably the one thing I love the most about sewing. This industry is so unique - not only super creative but also caring, kind and giving. So obviously I also want this for you!
I would like to invite you to join me over in our private Facebook group, with rules in place so you can feel safe. I make sure of that! There we get to hang out, chat directly without barriers, I can hear your questions and help you. We get to admire each others projects and I can cheer you on! Dang girl, you can insert that zipper! And best of all - you will meet a whole group of makers from all over the world. Making friends along the way.
So, what do you think? Fancy joining us...?
And finally I like to take the chance to thank Janome UK for for working with me. I love my Janome MC 6700p and don't want to miss her anymore... So thanks so much Team Janome for having me!
Take care and Happy Sewing!
Love, Laura x
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