Easy Small Bag Pattern Tutorial: DIY a Cute Striped Pouch

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by Ae PooiM

Hey guys! I’m going to show you a small bag pattern to make a DIY pouch. With this small bag sewing pattern, you’ll learn how to make a small pouch bag with multiple compartments, a small strap, and magnet button closures.

Tools and materials: 

  • Cotton fabric
  • Vilene fusible interfacing
  • Magnet buttons
  • Scissors
  • Iron
  • Sewing machine
  • D-rings
  • Ruler
  • Pins or clips
  • Marker

1. Cut and prepare the fabric

Cut 1 piece of outer fabric at 17 ¾ by 12 5/8 inches and 1 piece of lining at the same measurements. Cut 1 piece of interfacing at 17 by 11 ¾ inches. Then cut 1 piece of fabric at 14 1/8 by 2 inches.

Ironing the interfacing onto the fabric

Place the interfacing on the wrong side of the outer fabric and iron it on.

Where to sew

2. Start sewing

Place the lining on the fabric with the right sides facing in and sew them together leaving a 4-inch opening on one of the longer sides.

Cutting the fabric corners

Cut the corners off.

Ironing the edges

At the 4-inch opening fold and press the edges. Then use the opening to turn the fabric right side out and iron.

Where to sew

Topstitch all the way around including the opening.

Ironing the strap

3. Prepare the strap

Take the 14-inch strip of fabric and fold it in half lengthwise. Press with an iron. Then open and fold each half in quarters inwards and iron. 

Ironing the strap

Then fold it in half lengthwise again and iron.

Sewing the strap

Stitch along the length of both sides.

Cutting the strap

Cut 2 pieces off, 1 ½ inch each.

Adding D-rings

Take 2 D-rings and put the 1 ½ inch strips through each. Set them aside.

Ironing the fabric

4. Fold and sew

Fold the fabric for the bag in half lengthwise, then open it and fold in the sides ¼ of the way and iron.

Folding the fabric

Turn it over and fold it in half widthwise with the previous folds on the outside. Iron the fold.

Adding the D-rings

Take the D-rings and clip them to the folded corners.

Marking the fabric

Measure and mark 3 inches down from each D-ring. Use a ruler to draw a diagonal line from each 3-inch mark up to the center of the side with the D-rings. 

Where to sew

Then stitch 2 triangles on either side.

Marking the fabric

Measure 1 3/16 inches down from the 3-inch marks and draw a straight line across.

Marking the fabric

Then mark 3 inches down from the center of that line.

Marking the fabric

Draw 2 diagonal lines from that point to the edges of the bag at the center line. 

Marking the fabric

Turn it over and make all the same marks and lines on the other side.

Where to sew

Open the unsewn sides of the bag and sew along those diagonal lines.

Opening the panels

Open the panels from the center of the bag outwards and clip or pin them to the sides. Do the same on the other side.

Where to sew

Stitch the open fabric down across each side.

Marking the fabric

5. Attach the magnet buttons

To attach your magnet buttons to the outer corners of the bag, hold the back piece in place and mark where it will go. 

Making a small opening in the fabric

Then cut small openings to push the backing through and attach the magnet. 

Marking the fabric

Do the same with all 4 buttons, folding the top edge of the second side of the bag inwards to line the opposite sides for the closures.

Where to sew

Then topstitch along the top edges of the bag.

Where to sew

6. Attach the straps

Attach the clips that connect to the D-rings to the edges of the strap. Fold the edges of the fabric down and sew them in place attaching the clips. 

Attaching the strap

Clip them to the D-ring and you’re all done!

DIY small pouch bag
DIY small pouch bag
DIY small pouch bag
DIY small pouch bag

DIY small pouch bag

I love this small bag sewing pattern because it has so many compartments. It’s also so cute looking and stylish. I hope you enjoyed learning how to sew a small bag. Leave me a comment and let me know how your bag came out.


 Next, learn How to DIY a Cute and Fun Crossbody Bag.

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