Simple, Lined Envelope Pouch Tutorial

A few weeks ago a friend (who is a nurse) told me that a local hospital had a need for pouches to send home belongings with families.  I contacted the good people at Art Gallery Fabrics and they graciously donated a variety of their new canvas prints (and Pure Elements solids for the linings) so that I can make a big stack of pouches.
art gallery canvas
They are gorgeous!  I am very impressed with how the canvas is simultaneously sturdy and soft.  They have a very nice drape and a great texture.  I actually already bought some more for myself to use for Christmas presents.  
canvas envelope pouches
So I set out to find a tutorial to make the pouch, but I couldn't find anything that described exactly what I wanted.  Since I was able to work out a pretty simple method, I thought I would share it with you.  These are fairly large (8" x 13.5") since that is what I needed for my purpose, but you could make them any size.  
canvas envelope pouch
canvas envelope pouch
Use a 1/2" seam allowance
canvas envelope pouch
canvas envelope pouch
canvas envelope pouch
I'm sorry, I forgot to get a photo of the next step so hopefully you can visualize it from the photo below.  Fold up the bottom of the fabric so that it has a 3.5" overlap with the folded down top fabric.
canvas envelope pouch
The the pouch right side out and give it a little press with your iron.
canvas envelope pouch
And look, it's lined!
canvas envelope pouch
And now you have a pouch that will safely contain your things without having to use a zipper.  

5 comments

  1. Cute and clever and quick Erica! Love those Art Gallery fabrics too!

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  2. Those are such a fun and easy little project. How kind of you to make them.

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  3. Nice clean finish, no stray threads to get caught in whatever goes inside! Beautiful!

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  4. Nice idea! Would make great reusable gift wrapping as well

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