Soft pouches per­fect for stor­age

Sim­ple to sew bags keep pre­cious ac­ces­sories stored neatly away

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pretty bags in flo­ral fab­ric are easy to make and per­fect for hold­ing pre­cious, dainty items. Light scarves and frag­ile sum­mer jew­ellery can be care­fully tucked away for win­ter. If made in a larger size, the pouches can also pro­tect flimsy gar­ments which may be in dan­ger of snag­ging when hung up. Any left­over ma­te­rial can be used to make the pouches, and a sprig of laven­der slipped along­side items made of nat­u­ral fi­bres will help de­ter moths. Beloved items then have a safe home dur­ing the colder months, and the con­tents of the wardrobe are tidy and or­gan­ised.

To make The pouch

1. Two pieces of fab­ric are se­lected, one for the lin­ing and one for the out­side, and cut to a match­ing size with sharp scis­sors. Di­men­sions can be ad­justed as de­sired, de­pend­ing on the size of the items to be stored. For a rec­tan­gu­lar pouch, the short­est side is two thirds the length of the long­est side.

2. With right sides fac­ing, the two pieces of fab­ric are pinned se­curely to­gether. At this stage, a ta­per or point can be cut at one end to make the flap of the en­ve­lope.

3. Leav­ing a ¼in (0.5cm) seam al­lowance, the two fab­rics are sewn to­gether with run­ning stitch. A 3in (7.5cm) gap is left in the cen­tre of a straight short end. The en­ve­lope is turned right side out and pressed. The seam al­lowance on the gap is pressed in­wards and hand stitched to close.

4. The fab­ric is placed flat with the lin­ing fac­ing up­wards and the bot­tom edge folded up to the base of the en­ve­lope flap. The two edges are then sewn to­gether to form the pouch, and the flap is pressed down.

5. To add a fas­ten­ing, a loop of rib­bon can be sewn to the un­der­side of the flap to loop around a but­ton sewn on the front of the bag. Al­ter­na­tively, a length of thread can be at­tached un­der the flap and wound around the but­ton. Dec­o­ra­tive touches may also be added if de­sired.

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