We recently started stocking a few of Aneela Hoey's patterns for storage pouches. Her patterns are unique and smartly designed. This is my second time making the Open Out Box Pouch, and I'm so pleased with the result!
Pattern: Open-Out Box Pouch by Aneela Hoey, Large
14" separating zipper
1/3 yd Collage, Ink
1/3 yd Snake, Eucalyptus
1/4 yd Rain, Olive
1/2 yd SF101
1/4 yd Fusible Fleece
I was definitely feeling the Spring fever when I picked out fabrics for this project, so I picked up a Sunshine-y print by Alexia Abegg, paired it with my favorite greens, and set to work!
With the expanding gusset and curved shape, this is unlike the typical zipper pouch I've made non-stop since I started sewing. The construction might seem counter-intuitive the first time you make one, but just trust Aneela's top-notch instructions, and you shouldn't have any issues!
The zipper can be a little tricky, especially since it is sewn on a curve. I used binding clips, as the pattern suggests, to secure the zipper before sewing, but you could also use wonder clips. I found it easiest to secure the zipper to the lining with binding clips, and then baste into place before adding the exterior fabric to the zipper sandwich. Just make sure your basting stitches are within the 1/4" seam allowance.
The pouch is nice and compact when zipped up, but also stands up like a little bowl once unzipped. This would make a great knitting bag for a small, on-the-go project, or you could use it to store notions, art supplies, makeup, or even snacks!