Hand Stitched Zipper Pouch

A Virtual Class with Karen Stevens

The perfect sized hand stitched notions pouch in two different classic silhouettes. Use your favorite fabric scraps as patchwork pieces, appliqués or ‘under patches’. Add a few running stitches or other embroidery stitches to create additional texture. Mix and match to create your own one of a kind pouch. These pouches only require a small amount of fabric, so you can dig through your stash. I often use old linens, thrifted shirts, or remnants from previous projects. Or treat yourself to a few yards of your favorite fabrics and make some for friends!

This bag is perfect for carrying around your favorite stitching supplies, a knitting or crochet project, or small essentials.

Overcome your zipper sewing fears and learn skills that can be applied to any other hand sewing project! You will gain an arsenal of skills that will allow you to approach other sewing with a kind of slowness and mindfulness only hand stitching can bring.

Techniques covered in class: backstitch, running stitch, appliqué, reverse appliqué.

Two sessions: Sunday February 6th and Sunday February 13th, 2022


11am – 1:30pm

Zoom, a link will be sent to participants the day before class.



Finished measurementsApproximately 6″ x 4″ [14.5 x 10.2 cm]

If you need to purchase fabric, here are the requirements based on 44” wide fabric. You should be able to make several with just this amount.

Recommended fabrics: medium weight linen or linen blend, quilting cotton or lightweight canvas.

• ¼ yd [22.8 cm] Exterior fabric    

•  ¼ yd [22.8 cm] Lining fabric (I like a lightweight canvas or sturdy linen

•  Additional 1-3″ [2.5 cm to 7.5 cm] fabric scraps for appliqué  

•  (1) 5″ [12.7 cm] zipper (I like the metal ones from ZipIt on Etsy)  

•  (1) 6″ [15.2 cm] thin leather strip/lacing/twill tape for pull tab (optional)

Karen Stevens

For the last 25 years, Karen has been a freelance CAD instructor, training textile and fashion designers to create knits, prints and wovens for the garment industry. But these days you are more likely to find her in her creatively cluttered studio than on her computer, adding one more vintage patch to a favorite pair of jeans or double gauze shirt. Her love of visible mending, natural fibers, hand dyed fabrics and slow stitching has recently turned into a small side business, creating one of a kind stitched curiosities.

Karen lives in rural Northwest CT with her family, a menagerie of pets wearing party hats, and an indigo dipped laundry line.

“You repair the thing until you make it completely.”     Louise Bourgeois

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