The Peek-a-Boo Pouch

Welcome to Craft For The World, always bringing news, modern projects for you and encouraging you to explore diversity, it helps to improve your skills! Sew a shoulder bag with vinyl pockets inside for first aid items, personal care products, cosmetics or anything else! Don’t be fooled, because this project is sewn with vinyl but it is very easy! And of course, whoever doesn’t love this bag, what makes these bags even more interesting, is that you can recycle vinyl to assemble them all, besides… this sewing project is totally friendly for a fat room! So, are you ready for the Peek-a-Boo Pouch sewing pattern? Let’s sew!

  • What is the ideal size for a toiletry bag? The fact is that the necessaire can not lose its basic function, and so they usually do not vary in an extreme way in sizes, after all, the items considered fundamental usually do not use much space: medicine tablets, toothbrush and toothpaste, pads, or even small items of makeup, in the case of women. Therefore, the ideal size of a necessityaire is one that meets your needs and stores the items that are truly indispensable for your daily life. What should you not forget to put in your travel case? For those who are preparing a travel case, every reminder is valid. Only those who have traveled and forgot that super-important item, or put it in an inappropriate place and ended up damaging the packaging, know how bad it is, and often can even cause a beautiful loss. That is why it is better to make a checklist during the week, so that at the last minute you don’t forget anything.

For those who are traveling for the first time, some tips are essential to prepare your travel necessaire successfully, for example:

  • Medications (especially the manipulated ones): If you take a controlled medicine that is not sold in any pharmacy, it is the first item you need to worry about ensuring in your necessaire. Common medicines can indeed be found in any pharmacy, but medicines prescribed exclusively by your doctor and that have a special composition, have a whole procedure to be acquired and often do not tend to be cheap, so the ideal is not to forget yours.
  • Liquid soap: this is the perfect option for those who are going to spend a few days away, especially when sharing a house with other people. Nothing more unhygienic than sharing soap, and depending on the style of trip (such as retreats or weddings in places), you don’t have to worry about going out to buy it (and even less about how to store it after use).
  • Sunscreen: no matter if your trip is to a cold or hot place, sunscreen is essential, especially facial sunscreen, because UV rays are active all the time. And to avoid the problem of borrowing someone’s sunscreen or the factor being inadequate for your skin type, it’s best to make sure you have your own.
  • Makeup (and liquid remover): some women can’t live without makeup, and many times they are fragile items that simply can’t be stored in standard luggage. Try to save some space for your lipsticks, mascara, brushes, eye shadows and of course, a good remover to use later.
  • Absorbent: another essential item. Although you can buy absorbent in any market or pharmacy, we have previously mentioned trips that have more limited access to stores. Can you imagine being on a farm during a wedding party at night and being unprepared? When in doubt, take it.
  • Personal hygiene: Deodorant, toothbrush, toothpaste, and perfume, we don’t even need to mention them, do we? Items of total priority in your travel necessaire for reasons that are more than obvious.

The easiest way to assemble the pattern is to stack the pages, cut 1/2 ” from both long edges and glue the pieces together without overlapping. Then cut around the piece. A detailed photo tutorial for sewing the Peek-a-Boo bag is below.

You will need:

  • 1/4 yard of fabric for the exterior & pocket trim
  • 1/4 yard of fabric for the lining
  • 1/4 yard of fusible fleece (or other interfacing)
  • 1 zipper, 8” or longer
  • 1/4 yard of vinyl (can be purchased in the home decor section of the fabric store, from Amazon, or re-purposed from the packaging that bedding, curtains, pet beds, and lots of other things come in)
  • 1 snap
  • Wondertape (very helpful) or double sided tape

Note: But any snap will work fine including the sew in kind if you don’t have a snap setter. You could also use a square of velcro instead.


Using the pattern piece, cut:

  • 1 from exterior fabric
  • 1 from lining fabric
  • 1 from fusible fleece or other interfacing

Cut 1 strip 1 1/2” x 8” for the pocket trim.

Cut 2 pieces of vinyl 6” x 8”.

Prepare the Exterior:

1. Attach the fusible fleece or other interfacing to the wrong side of the pouch exterior piece.

2. Attach one half of the snap to the right side of the exterior, centered and 2 1/2” from the bottom edge. (as indicated on the pattern piece)

3. To make sewing a perfectly symmetrical curved edge easy… trim away the seam allowance on the top third of the pattern piece. Trace the stitching line onto the wrong side of the pouch exterior piece, including the opening for turning the pouch later.

It was drawn with a sharp pen, so that it was easy to see in the photos. But a pencil or pen also works well.

Set the pouch exterior aside.


Prepare the Pockets:

1.  Apply a strip of Wondertape or regular double sided tape to one 8” long edge of the vinyl and attach it to the wrong side of the zipper, on one zipper tape only.

2. Apply Wondertape or double sided tape to the other piece of vinyl in the same way and stick it to the opposite side of the zipper (again on the wrong side).

3. Topstitch on the right side of the zipper, along both sides, to attach the zipper to the vinyl pieces.

4. Press the 1 1/2” x 8”  binding strip in half, wrong sides together. Fold long edges to the center, press. Fold in half again and press.

5. Clip the binding strip around the top edge of the vinyl. You could use pins but be very careful not to poke holes in the vinyl that will show – they don’t go away.

6. Stitch the binding to the top edge of the vinyl. Make sure you catch both sides of the binding in your seam.

Sew the Pouch Together:

1. Place the vinyl piece on top of the lining piece – with both right sides up and the bottom edges aligned.

2. Place the pouch exterior on top, right side down. Clip all the way around. Or pin – but be careful to place the pins within the 1/2” seam allowance.

3. Starting at the top, backstitch and then stitch along your marked seam line. Then continue sewing around the pouch with a 1/2” seam allowance. Pivot at the bottom corners.

At the top of the pouch, sew along your marked seam line and backstitch at the opening.

4. Clip the corners. Trim the thicker seam allowance to 1/4”. Cut notches into the curved edges.

5. Press the seam allowances at the opening back.

6. Turn the pouch right side out through the opening.

7. Sew the opening closed. You can sew the openings by hand to make them look exactly like the inspirational bags, but you can also sew along the top curve instead of closing the opening.

Press the pouch flat from the fabric side – don’t let your iron touch the vinyl!

8. To finish the pockets, stitch through all layers on the top zipper tape, right over of the previous stitching.

9. Sew a divider line in the top pocket, if desired.

Note: This is the only time when you will sew directly on top of the vinyl. If your presser foot gets stuck, place a drop of sewing machine oil under it to help it slide smoothly over the vinyl. Then just wipe off the excess oil!

10. Fold the bottom of the pouch up and the curved flap down. Mark the location of the other snap half. Install or sew on the other half of the snap.

All done!

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