If you’re new to my 52 zippers project, you can read the backstory, see all the zipper pouches, and download basic zipper pouch instructions here.
When I was browsing for boxy pouches, I came across these All bottled up boxy pouches and thought they looked really cute. I was curious how they would turn out because they have foam interfacing, but I thought they’d be extra sturdy. I had to try them! The pattern is designed to hold bottles of essential oil or nail polish, but the interior pockets are totally optional.
I had bought a small piece of this ridiculously cute bunny fabric (Cotton + Steel, Snow Fuzzies) to make something for my daughter. I thought this would be the perfect use for it!
My daughter has a small collection of essential oils that she enjoys using, but nowhere to store them. I chose the small size of the bag to make her storage for 8 bottles (three fit in the loops on either side, and two fit in the middle). So I guess she has room for three more yet!
I loved the first pouch so much, I wanted to make myself one too! I had just gotten this bundle of the new Tula Pink polka dots and I kept admiring how pretty they all looked together, so I decided to use them that way! I took one of the dots out, cut a 1.25″ strip from each of the remaining ones, and pieced them all together into a larger panel. I used the scraps leftover after cutting out the main panel for the end panels.
The main panel turned out about an inch or so wider than the original small pouch, so I just adjusted all the other measurements in the pattern accordingly.
My little pouch *perfectly* fits one ball of crochet cotton and my crochet hooks, with room for a project in progress.
All in all, I really like this little pouch, and I think it is my favorite of all the boxy pouches I’ve tried so far. The instructions were pretty easy to follow, and there is some stitching through all the layers at various steps so the lining doesn’t shift and puff out. There is the dreaded binding of raw seams at the end, but they’re on the inside at least so perfection is not important. This one’s a keeper!
I think the only thing I’d change about this one is the little handle on the end. When you make it as written in the pattern it is pretty wimpy. For the second one I interfaced the handle and it turned out much nicer (you can see this in the photo above). You can also see where I was lazy and used fray-check on the raw ends of the zipper pull instead of stitching them… Need to go back and fix that!
Zipper pouch specs:
- Blue case: Exactly as written in the pattern, small size.
- Rainbow case: Exactly as written in the pattern, small size + 1″ width to main panel.
See you back here next time with another zip pouch!