At the moment I’m spending a month abroad in Turkey and I have a lot of time to think about all the things I want to do and make plans for the future and also to be creative! I love painting and creating things. Unfortunately I couldn’t take all my painting equipment to Turkey but luckily my mum has sewing machines at her apartment in Turkey and a lot of leftover fabric. So I decided to sew some nice pouches and bring them back to Germany for some of my friends 🙂
In this post I would like to share the process of sewing your own tobacco pouch! Of course you can use these pouches for different purposes if you like.
Let’s start with a list of things you need:
- Fabric: either uni coloured, with a pattern, you can also use multiple differently coloured fabrics, just make sure the fabric isn’t too soft because this will make it harder to sew (such as silk or satin) it’s much easier if you use something like a thin denim-like fabric or just normal t-shirt fabric.
- Yarn: similar to the colour of you fabric because some of the seams will be visible on the outside.
- Powder glue for textiles (you can use this to make pieces of lace stick onto your fabric, it’s super handy and super easy to use, plus it doesn’t wash off!)
- Decoration: lace, buttons, bows, anything you can use to decorate your pouch and make it a beautiful unique piece.
- A regular sewing machine.
- A flat iron
- Fixing pins
Now the first thing you do is deciding on the size of your pouch. The ones I made all differ a little bit in size because I failed to make a sewing pattern which I could have reused. If you plan to make more than one pouch, I definitely recommend to make sewing patterns on paper so you get the same size for each pouch. My pouches are between 7 to 9 centimetres in width and 14 to 16 centimetres in length.
Before cutting the pieces out of your fabric, make sure to leave at least one centimetre extra for the seams and if you’re a beginner make it two centimetres extra. Anything left over after sewing you can still cut off but remember you can’t glue more fabric on 😉
The fabric pieces you need are the following:
- two rectangular pieces of the same size: one of which will be the outside and the other one the inside of your pouch
- two square pieces that are the same size as the width of your first pieces, these are necessary to give your pouch separated sections
Next thing you do is iron your square pieces after you folded them in half: if they didn’t turn out to be squares because you didn’t cut them correctly just as I didn’t, just iron along the long side 😀
If you haven’t decided already, now is the time to decide which fabric should be on the outside and which one on the inside. (Hint: if the types of your fabric differ, choose the firmer fabric to be on the outside, this will save you some trouble during sewing.
Now, pin the to ironed pieces onto the inside-fabric like this:
The open sides of the square pieces should face the edges of the big piece. It’s easier to secure both pieces in the same spot on either side if you fold the big piece once and then pin the ironed piece onto it with one centimetre distance to the folded edge of the big piece. Turn the whole thing around and do the same on the other side. Once you pinned it and unfolded it again, you will notice that a pouch section was just created! So later when you open your pouch, this is basically what you’ll see.
Next, sew along your fixing pins
Now, put the outside-fabric onto your inside-fabric, make sure that the sides that are supposed to be seen later, are turned to each other.
Now start at any edge and sew along all edges. As you come to the spot where you started sewing, finish two centimetres ahead of that spot just as you can see in this image:
If you have as much fabric left outside the seam as I had, I recommend you cut it off and only leave 0.5 centimetres next to the seam. This will make it flatter and cleaner. Now you have to turn the whole pouch inside out through the little spot you left open and it will look something like this:
Now iron the whole thing again to give it more shape and make it flatter.
Next, we will create another of the inside pouch sections: Fold the edges along the seam and secure them with fixing pins:
Iron the edges first and then sew them. I always start from the inner side, go all the way to the edge, turn the pouch around while the needle is still inside the fabric, and then sew all the way back. It just looks cleaner this way:
I know these seams aren’t the best ones and this may be due to the fact that the sewing machine I used is more than 20 years old and it has it’s issues….. but actually I don’t mind a little messiness, I think it gives your pouch a personal character and makes it unique and it’s still beautiful because you made it 🙂
Now is the time to get even more creative and think about options for the closure. You can use button and cord/string as a closure or you can use textile rubber strings or simply use adhesive velcro. For the pouch in this tutorial I used elastic textile rubber which I sewed onto the pouch like this:
Now last but not least I gotta say: Congratulations! If you stuck with me until now you have successfully sewn your very own tobacco/multi use pouch! 🙂
The images below show some more designs I created and also different options for closures:
I loved sewing these pouches, it was so much fun although also nerve wracking at the beginning. Being creative and making things gives me an inner peace and I love to do these things especially in stressful times. Every time I get the feeling I don’t have time to be creative anymore because you know life comes in between, it’s even more important you make the time for it and let your mind settle while doing something that gives you joy. So go ahead and find your own way of escaping stress and giving your creative self some space and afterwards you can happily look at what you created or give it to your friends as a present and make them happy 🙂
What’s your creative passion?
Until next time, xx.