Ouch Pouch-Christmas gift idea

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It’s getting harder and harder each year to come up with something to make for my sisters-in-law.  It’s tradition for me to gift them something handmade,and after 16 years in the family I’m running out of things to make for them.  There are only so many useful things made out of fabric that people who don’t sew will use.

So this year I have resorted to making what’s inside more of the gift than the fabric part is. This is by no means an original idea,  I was inspired by A Spoon Full of Sugar’s emergency pocket. I needed mine to be a little bigger, and I didn’t want to applique the cross, so I incorporated it into the patchwork. Ouch Pouches are cute little zipper bags filled with mommy-needed things that you can put in your purse, car, or diaper bag. I think they will be quite handy dandy indeed!


Inside they are getting  Motrin, Pepto, boogie wipes,band-aides, wet ones, chap stick, burn aid, oral pain gel,  sting relief, neosporan,  tissue, etc.

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So whenever the little ones have an emergency while out and about, Mom will have it covered.

I found a great travel size website to order all the single packets from. I think it was called Minimus dot com.

Wanna make one or seven for your gift list?

Sew the cross together like so:

Sew 1 1/4 inch strips of white/red/white

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Cut into 1 1/4 x 2 3/4 inch segments.

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Cut a red 1 1/4 x 2 3/4 inch piece and sew the cross together.

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 Cut the other pieces of the front panel, then sew the front panel together:

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Cut fusible interfacing of your choice 6 1/4 x 12 3/4 and iron on the back of your front panel. (I used lightweight interfacing)

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Cut your lining panel 6 1/4 x 12 3/4

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Place the front panel  right side down in the middle of your zipper which is facing right side up. Sew using a zipper foot.

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Flip over front panel and zipper and center your lining panel on the back side with fabric right side down.  Sew with zipper foot.  (you could do these two steps as one step layering front/zip/lining and sewing, but I don’t like to pin through zippers so I just do it in two steps so I can hold it with my hands and sew.)

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Press seams and top stitch using a zipper foot.

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Laying the piece down flat  then fold your front panel up centering on the front side of zipper and sew with zipper foot.

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Flip the piece over and fold your lining panel up centering on the back side of zipper and sew with zipper foot.

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Unzip the zipper then press seams and top stitch with zipper foot. Don’t forget to top stitch!

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Zip it back up, turn it so the front panel is right sides together on the inside, and the lining is right side out on the outside.

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Using your ruler measure 1 1/4 inches and cut.

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Using scissors cut ONLY THE LINING panel in half at the bottom crease.

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Open your zipper a little more than 1/2 way for turning. Match everything right sides together and pin.  Sew the sides of the bag using a 1/4 inch seam allowance. The zipper teeth should be folded in half and facing the front panel.

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Sew about a  3/4 inch on either end of the lining panel bottom using a 1/4 inch seam allowance, back stitching at start and stop.  This is your “turning hole.”

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Now match up your corners until flat, and sew using 1/4 inch seam allowance, back stitching at the start and stop.

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Finish the corners of the lining the same way using 1/4 inch seam allowance, back stitching at the start and stop. Trim off the extra zipper on both sides with scissors.

Pull the bag right side out through the “turning hole”, sew the turning hole closed and stuff lining down into bag.  Zip it up and look at how cute it is!


3 comments on “Ouch Pouch-Christmas gift idea

  1. littlevintagetrailer says:

    Do you happen to offer these for sale? If so, I’d love to have one.


  2. joan says:

    What a great idea!

  3. Becky T says:

    You know with 16 years I am sure you can start repeating some of the stuff you have made. LOL

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