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First Aid Pouch Project

DIY first aid pouch project

This first aid pouch project was written by Kerry Foster from PennyDog Patchwork.  Kerry is an avid crafter who loves quilting and blogs at http://blog.pennydog.com

This first aid pouch keeps those small first aid essentials close to hand, in the car, on holiday or simply on a family day out.

You will need 

Around a FQ of mixed green scraps

A scrap of solid white fabric

A piece of  fusible fleece 9 1/2″ x 13″ (or 6 1/2″ x 19″)

Fabric for the lining 9 1/2″ x 13″ (or 6 1/2″ x 19″)

9″ zip with plastic teeth

Seams 1/4″ throughout

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From the green scraps, cut eight squares measuring 4″. You will also need to cut eight 1 1/2″ squares and four 3 1/2″ x 2″ rectangles. 

From the white solid, cut four 1 1/2″ squares and two 3 1/2″ x 1 1/2″ squares.

Cut the fusible fleece and lining in half to create two piece of each measuring 9 1/2″ x 6 1/2″.

How to make half square triangles

Step 1 – Half Square Triangles

Draw a line from corner to corner diagonally on half of the larger green squares. Pair up and align with another green square with right sides together. Sew a line 1/4″ on either side of the line on all four pairs.

Sewing half square triangles

Rotate and sew 1/4″ away from the line at the other side to create a square with two lines of parallel stitching running diagonally with the drawn line inbetween them. 

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Cut along the drawn line on each square. Press open to create eight half square triangles. Trim to 3 1/2″.

Trim down half square triangles

Step 2 – Piecing

Sew two HSTs together (the diagonal seams pointing at different directions) and press. Repeat to create four double HST pieces. Set aside for now. 

How to press half square triangles

Sew a green 1 1/2″ square to either side of a white square. Repeat to create four strips. Press seams.

Sew a strip to either side of a white rectangle. Press. Repeat to create two squares.

How to sew patchwork crosses

Sew a green rectangle to the top and bottom of each square.

Making patchwork panels for a pouch

Sew a double HST piece either side to this piece and press to create the two outer sides of the pouch.

How to make a patchwork first aid cross panel

Fuse fleece to the back of each pouch side and trim if necessary. If you’d like to quilt your pouch, now is the time!

Step 3 – Sewing the Pouch

Trim the excess from the ends of the zip before the teeth begin. From remaining green scraps, cut two pieces measuring 2″ wide by 3″ long.

How to make zipper tabs

Fold the shorter ends in to meet at the middle with wrong sides together. Press. Fold in half again and press. 

Sewing a tab to the end of a zip

Insert one end of the zip into the fold and top stitch close to the zip. Repeat for the other end. Before stitching, make sure the length of the zip will finish at 9″. Trim to the width of the zip. 

How to add a zip to a pouch

With an outer piece right side up, the zip right side down and a lining piece right side down, sew along the top edge with a zip foot. 

TIP: Sew partway along and then lift the foot and move the zipper part behind the foot to avoid distortion in your line of stitching. 

How to top stitch a zip

Open out and top stitch along the top of the pouch piece. 

Take the second pouch outer piece, and lay right side up, the other side of the zip aligned right side down and the remaining lining piece right side down.

How to make a patchwork pouch

Sew in the same way and top stitch again to match.

Leave the zip open most of the way. Open out so that the pouch outers are right sides together and the lining pieces are also right side together. Pin.

How to make a DIY first aid pouch

Sew around the edge, leaving a gap of a few inches in the lining along the bottom for turning. Go slowly past the zip. Trim corners. 

Turn right side out through the hole and push out the corners. Stitch shut the hole in the lining to finish.

Sew a patchwork first aid case

Now your pouch is finished so you can fill it with your esential supplies.  You could of use use this tutorial with different coloured fabrics to make a make up bag or zippy pouch to use for another purpose.

Visit http://blog.pennydog.com/ to see more of Kerry’s projects and tutorials.

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