Perfect for using up scraps of cotton, not mention having some of that beautiful fabric in your stash brighten up work, this how to make a binder pouch tutorial sews up quickly! Great for Organizing and adding a touch of homemade to your binder.
1/3 yard quilting cotton
1/3 yard medium weight interfacing
Small piece of clear vinyl. I salvaged mine from a bag that a duvet set came in, but you can also purchase clear vinyl in various thicknesses from most fabric stores.
3 sets of grommets (or you can sew buttonholes instead)
Optional: adhesive vinyl lettering
How to Make a Binder Pouch Tutorial
Step 1 – cut the following
vinyl – 6 1/2″ x 7 1/2″
zipper pieces (X 2) – 2 1/2″ x 9 1/2″
left side – 6″ x 2 1/2″
right side – 6″ x 1 1/2″
bottom – 3″ x 9 1/2″
back – 9 1/2″ x 12″
Step 2 – Begin to Sew
Seam allowance is 1/2″.
Apply interfacing to the wrong side of all the pieces except for the vinyl.
Step 3 – Add the zipper
Using a zipper foot, stitch the zipper tape to one of the zipper pieces, right sides facing.
Press the zipper piece away from the zipper and topstitch (a zipper foot is helpful for this step too!).
Repeat with the second zipper piece.
Step 4 – Add the vinyl
With right sides together, sew the left and right sides to the short ends of the vinyl. Sometimes the vinyl can stick to the pressure foot, causing it to be difficult to sew. I suggest either using a teflon foot (mine came with my machine) or sticking a piece of clear tape to the bottom of your regular pressure foot.
Carefully press the left and right sides away from the vinyl and topstitch. Don’t let the iron touch the vinyl or it will melt.
Step 5 – Finish the front
Attach the zipper piece in the same way.
Repeat with the bottom piece.
Step 6 – Add the back
Pin the back to the completed front, right sides together.
Stitch around the entire perimeter.
Clip the corners.
Press carefully (don’t get too close to the vinyl).
Step 7 – Finish up the binder pouch
Mark a line 1″ from the left side with a disappearing marker or chalk.
Topstitch along this line. Also topstitch close to the edge around the entire perimeter.
Use a hole punched sheet of paper to mark the placement for the grommets or buttonholes.
Install the grommets or stitch the buttonholes.