| Wendy Mierke
Prairie Point Pouch Tutorial
Hello friends! The approaching Winter and gloomy days in my hometown hasn't stifled my desire to sew with beautiful floral and nature inspired fabrics. Whenever I have a new idea, I find myself reaching for my Dailylike fabric. It's just too pretty to leave on the shelf! As a novice quilter, I was intrigued by the design element called prairie points. I would see these little triangles bordering quilts or wall hangings. Once I learned how to make them I decided to incorporate them into a little pouch and I'm sharing the pattern and tutorial with you!
You may gift finished items, but please do not sell items made from this pattern!
Let's get to it!
Skill Level: Intermediate. Zipper installation experience is needed.
Seam Allowance: 1/4 inch thoughout. Baste and Topstitch with 1/8 seam allowance.
-Three Fabrics, one for Exterior, one for Lining and one for Praire Point accent. Quilting Cotton or Linen work best. I used: Nature Linen/Cotton Fat Quarter Pack
7 inch metal or nylon zipper
Lightweight Fusible Fleece, I used: 2 oz Iron-on Fleece
Prep your Fabric:
From your Exterior Fabric cut:
2 pieces 8.25 inches wide x 4.5 inches tall
From your Lining Fabric cut:
2 pieces 8.25 inches wide x 5.25 inches tall
From your Accent Fabric:
6- 2 inch squares for the praire points
2 pieces 8.25 inches wide x 1.5 inches tall
Fusible fleece/Lightweight Interfacing:
2 pieces 8.25 inches wide by 5.5 inches tall
Making the Prairie Points:
Fold your squares in half diagonally, forming a triangle. Press with a hot iron. Fold in half again. Now you have a cute little triangle prairie point! Repeat with all your squares. Give them a good press with your iron to make the edges crisp.
Attaching the Points to the Exterior:
We'll be adding them to only the front of the pouch. Take one of your exterior pieces and place it right side facing up. You'll have to play around with spacing a bit. I start by placing one on each end, ensuring they are 1/2 an inch in from each edge. The folded edge will be on the left and you will slide the next prairie point into the opening. Refer to the picture for placement. Clip or pin them in place and then baste to secure them for the next step.
Place your top panels on each exterior piece, right sides facing each other. Pin in place and sew. Press the seam on the prairie point panel upwards and on the back panel, down. Now fuse your interfacing/fusible fleece to the finished exterior pieces.
Fold back the ends of the zipper to the wrong side of itself. Baste in place with a few stitches. For the beginning of the zipper I prefer to fold it back at an angle and clip it in place. This gives your pouch edges crisp, undented corners. Refer to the pictures below.
Place an exterior piece right side up on your table. Center the zipper right side down on the fabric. There should be a little over a 1/4" space on each end of the fabric.
Place the lining fabric right side down on top of the zipper. The zipper should now be sandwiched between the exterior and lining fabric. Sew in place. Repeat for the other pieces.
Press your exterior and lining away from the zipper and topstitch the fabric along the zipper.
Finishing the pouch:
Unzip your zipper about halfway. Pin your exterior and lining pieces right sides together, matching up the seams along your top panel accent and zipper. Leave a 2.5 inch opening at the bottom of the lining. Here is where you can curve the corners or leave them straight. Its completely up to you! If you want to curve them, I simply use the cardboard from a roll of ribbon to draw a curve around the four corners of the pouch.
Your final step is to sew around the perimeter of the pouch. Be sure to backstitch at the beginning and end. If you curved your corners, clip notches or use pinking shear/rotary cutter around the curves for smooth seams.
Turn it right side out through the opening in the lining. Slipstitch or topstitch the opening closed and tuck the lining back inside the pouch. Give it a good press and your pouch is done! You can add a little zipper charm if you like, for extra sweetness.
Once you make one, the next one will come together in no time. Perfect for holding a few essentials and great for gifts. Please tag me on Instagram and use the hashtag #prairiepointpouch if you make some!
*For personal use only
Happy Sewing and Big Hugs!