Sew Easy: DIY Sewn Leather Pouches (3 Ways)

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DIY Sewn Leather Pouches (Three Ways). Click through for all three tutorials for these handy leather pouches. Great gift idea and SO easy! #diygift #diy #sewing #sewingtutorial #leather

I’ve been thinking about little gift ideas lately that would be useful (and cute) for anyone, but especially moms since Mother’s Day is right around the corner. And immediately these little pouches popped in my head.

They’re a super easy sewing DIY that can be used for makeup, cash, business cards, etc – throw them in your purse when you’re out and about or your carryon when you’re traveling. You can use these little guys for almost anything and they’re super durable too. Click through for all 3 ways to make a leather pouch in under 30 minutes.

DIY Sewn Leather Pouches (Three Ways). #diygift #diy #sewing #sewingtutorial #leather

Materials for DIY Sewn Leather Pouches

How to Make DIY Sewn Leather Pouches

I made one version of these pouches last year for a workshop day I did in Chicago, but never shared the tutorial. And then made two more to compliment the first style for a little more variety. Here’s the how-to for each of the three pouches…

DIY makeup pouch. Learn how to make leather sewn pouches three different ways with this tutorial. Click through! #diygift #diy #sewing #sewingtutorial #leather

#1: Long DIY Wrap Clutch (this one is my fave)

1. Cut the full rectangular piece needed to get started. Mine measured 10 inches by 11 inches.

2. (optional) If desired, to make it look like the one in the photo, you can cut a long notch on each of the two long ends, leaving about an inch on each side. This would cut slightly into the dimensions provided in the first step. See photo for an example of how each pouch was cut from one piece of leather.

3. Then sew a decorative stitch around the two ends that you’d potentially be notching, with the sewing machine.

4. Next, fold the two ends in toward the center that you just stitched and sew the ends down on each side. Backstitch at the beginning and end.

5. Flip over and stitch a long cord onto the back middle at one end. The cord I used was 36 inches long so that I could wrap it around the pouch a bunch of times, if desired. Wrap around the closed pouch once filled with makeup brushes, etc. Done!

DIY Sewn Leather Pouches (Three Ways). Click through for all three tutorials for these handy leather pouches. Great gift idea and SO easy! #diygift #diy #sewing #sewingtutorial #leather

DIY Sewn Leather Pouches (Three Ways). Click through for all three tutorials for these handy leather pouches. Great gift idea and SO easy! #diygift #diy #sewing #sewingtutorial #leather

#2: Small Rounded DIY Button Pouch

1. Cut the long rectangular piece needed to get started and then curve one end, as shown in the photo. Mine measured 11 inches by 3.75 inches (height measurement taken from top of the curve to the flat bottom).

2. Fold the length into thirds, then stitch the bottom half of the pouch together on the two ends to form the bottom, with a sewing machine. Backstitch at the beginning and end of each side. 

3. Then sew a decorative stitch around the curved end.

4. Next, determine where you want the button hole to be. Make a mark with a pen or pencil on the top (rounded) part of the pouch. Then hole punch that mark with a leather hole punch.

5. Next, fold the flap over and make a mark through the hole that was created, through to the other part of the pouch. Hole punch that mark as well.

6. Then, add screw piece in through the back of the second hole, and screw the button on top of that screw. Fold the top flap over, putting the top flap hole through the button closure. Done!

DIY Sewn Leather Pouches (Three Ways). That rollup pouch is my fave of the three, but click through for all the step by step instructions. Great gift idea and SO easy! #diygift #diy #sewing #sewingtutorial #leather

#3: Medium DIY Button Pouch

1. Cut the long rectangular piece needed to get started and then curve one end, as shown in the photo. Mine measured 10 inches by 6 inches.

2. Fold the length into thirds, like the last pouch, then stitch the bottom half of the pouch together on the two ends to form the closed bottom part of the pouch, with a sewing machine. Backstitch at the beginning and end of each side. 

3. Then sew a decorative stitch around the top flap (around the three edges) with the sewing machine to match.

4. Next, determine where you want the button hole to be. Make a mark with a pen or pencil on the top (rounded) part of the pouch. Then hole punch that mark with a leather hole punch. Fold the flap over and make a mark through the hole that was created, through to the other part of the pouch. Hole punch that mark as well.

6. Then, add screw piece in through the back of the second hole, and screw the button on top of that screw. Fold the top flap over, putting the top flap hole through the button closure.

7. Next, flip the pouch over (so the back is facing up) and stitch a cord onto the back middle at one end. The cord I used was 6.5 inches long. Wrap around the button of the closed pouch once filled and you’re done!

DIY Sewn Leather Pouches (Three Ways). Click through for all three tutorials for these handy leather pouches. Great gift idea and SO easy! #diygift #diy #sewing #sewingtutorial #leather

DIY Sewn Leather Pouches (Three Ways). Click through for all three tutorials for these handy leather pouches. Great gift idea and SO easy! #diygift #diy #sewing #sewingtutorial #leather

Crafting Emma Spear // Photography Brittni Mehlhoff

Which pouch is your favorite? Think you’ll make one of these guys for your mom this year? Or maybe yourself?

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8 comments | Click here to reply

They look really good!
xx from Bavaria/Germany, Rena
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Rena | April 24th, 2018 at 8:27 am

Thanks Rena. 🙂

Brittni | April 24th, 2018 at 9:00 am

That pouch is so cute! I love how it turned out.
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Courtney | April 24th, 2018 at 9:19 am

Thanks Courtney. They’re super useful for throwing into larger bags that don’t have pockets (like my purse for example). So I’ve been using them non-stop.

Brittni | April 24th, 2018 at 9:47 am

How beautiful this idea is! I especially love the wrap clutch, it looks so precious!
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Michelle | April 24th, 2018 at 1:58 pm

Thanks Michelle. The wrap clutch is my fave too!

Brittni | April 24th, 2018 at 2:18 pm

I love post looks perfect
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