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Half Moon Pouch Project

Half moon pouch project

This half moon pouch project was written by Debbie von Grabler-Crozier.

Sew this attractive half moon pouch to hold cosmetics or stationery – perfect to make for gifts too!

You will need…

FQ outer fabric

FQ coordinating lining fabric

(Fabric selection from the Faraway Places collection by Elizabeth Olwen for Cloud 9 Fabrics (Hantex))

FQ #279 80/20 cotton mix wadding (Vlieseline)

FQ Style-vil foam interfacing (Vlieseline)

55cm (21 ¾”) non-metal zipper

Cotton thread to coordinate with your main fabric (Gütermann)

Perle 8 coton a broder to match one of the colours in your fabric

Small piece of leather or faux leather to decorate the zipper pull

#18 bias tape maker (Clover)

Hold it Precision Stiletto (Clover)

Leather hole punch

Your usual sewing needs including a hand sewing needle and thimble

Pattern piece


Seam allowances are all ½ cm (1/4”) unless otherwise stated. Please read all instructions through and assemble the equipment before beginning.


From the outer fabric:

Cut one pattern piece on the fold

Work with directional fabric prints

I used a fabric with a one way pattern. This means that if you cut it on the fold, the back of the bag will have its pattern upside down and that won’t do at all! If this happens to you, simply cut the fabric in half, turn it around and sew it so that the pattern is going in two directions. This new seam becomes your fold and you can now cut the pattern on the fold as per the instructions. I like to shorten the stitch length so that the seam doesn’t come undone when you cut the shape out.

From the lining fabric:

Cut one pattern piece on the fold

Make 20cm of straight binding. Cut a strip of lining 3.5cm wide x 20cm long (1 ½” x 8”)



Make the binding first. Press the strip of fabric if needed and pass it through the bias tape maker, pressing as it emerges.

TIP: Don’t be confused if you are a newbie! We are using a bias tape maker but making straight binding! Straight binding is great for when there are no curves to negotiate. You can use your bias tape maker to neatly turn the edges in.

Cut the zipper pull decoration from the leather or faux leather. It has to be about 0.5cm wide x 20cm long (1/4” x 8”).

TIP: Be prepared to play with the width to suit the zipper pull on your zipper. They are all vastly different.


To Sew

Quilted bag panel

Lay the bag outer panel onto the wadding and quilt using your favourite pattern. I love a random wave because it is easy to do and impossible to get wrong.

Prepare to sew a half moon purse

Cut the shape out and lay it onto the foam interfacing.

Add bag interfacing

Pin and attach the foam interfacing with a narrow machine basting seam all the way around. Cut this out.

Find the centre of the top curve of the bag and mark it.

TIP: The easiest way to do this is to fold the panel in half and either make a tiny snick with your small scissors or use the water erasable marker.

Repeat for the other side curve centre.

Attaching a long zip

Find the centre of both sides of the zipper. Open the zipper right out and line up one side of the zip centre mark with the centre mark at the top of the curve and pin it.

Pin the zip right around the curve. Wonder Clips are also great for securing the zip while you sew.

TIP: You will notice that the zip is a lot longer than needed – you have not made a mistake! This is to allow the zip to be opened fully and attached with ease. It will be trimmed at the end which is why you are using a non-metal one.

Attach the zip and repeat for the other side.

Lay the lining onto the zip with the right sides together and attach. It is helpful to find the centres as before and simply line them all up.


Cut notches on a curved seam

Cut small notches along the zip being very careful not to cut the stitching. This ensures that the top will sit flat without puckering when it is turned the right way out in the next step. Reach into one side end and pull the pouch the right way out.

Neaten sewing with topstitch

Topstitch the zipper to keep the lining from being caught.

Turn the pouch inside out and sew across the ends.

TIP: Do make sure that the zipper pull is about quarter way closed so that you do not cut it off in the next step!


Trimming a zip to length

Trim the zipper ends and bind with the straight binding using the hand sewing needle and thread. You can do this by machine but I find that it is neater by hand. Some jobs are like that.

Turn the pouch the right way out and use the stiletto to poke the base corners gently to get them perfectly sharp. Attach the decoration to the zipper pull and make a hole quite close to the zipper pull itself. Use the perle 8 cotton to stitch the decoration on.

You have now completed the half moon pouch project, now to decide on what to put in it… 

Why not try Debbie’s bee print pouch project next? 

Gifts to sew

© Debbie von Grabler-Crozier 2019

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