Sewing Tutorial: Make a Device Pouch

Now that’s off the hook.

Here’s a clever project that gives you a bit of back-to-school cool – they’re easy-sew device pouches. No longer will your phone be lost at the bottom of your bag; the swivel hook hardware attaches nicely to loops or other bag hardware to keep devices handy. And what about that fold-over elastic? For this project, you’ll use it to encase raw fabric edges. It provides a colorful detail and function at the same time. And we like materials that look good, and serve a purpose, too!

Sewing Tutorial: Make a Device Pouch

These are the sewing supplies you’ll need (per pouch):

  • Dritz® 5/8″ fold-over elastic (requires a 1-yd package, but multiple colors can be used; colors shown are lime, melon, blue and gray)
  • Dritz® color snap (white and black are shown)
  • 1/4 yd fabric or fat quarter (more fabric may be required if you are using a directional print)
  • 1/8 yd fusible interfacing (optional)
  • Dritz® swivel hook
  • Dritz® point turner
  • Omnigrid® rotary cutter, ruler & mat
  • Straight pins
  • Sewing machine
  • Iron (for optional interfacing)

Sewing Tutorial: Make a Swivel Hook Pocket Pouch

1) Cut and label 1 each of the following pieces from your fabric:

  • 13″ x 4-1/4″ for lining
  • 5″ x 4-1/4″ for front
  • 8-1/2″ x 4-1/4″ for middle pocket
  • 6-1/2″ x 4-1/4″ for front pocket
  • 7″ x 4-1/4″ for back

If using interfacing for extra support, cut 2 pieces of interfacing the same size as front and back fabric pieces and fuse to the wrong side of the fabric.


Sewing Tutorial: Make a Swivel Hook Pocket Pouch

2) To create the pockets, fold the 2 pocket pieces in half width-wise, raw edges together. Cut a 5″ piece of elastic for each pocket. Fold the elastic over the folded edge of the pocket. Pin, stitch and trim excess elastic from the sides.


Sewing Tutorial: Make a Swivel Hook Pocket Pouch

3) Lay the 2 pocket pieces on top of each other, aligning bottom raw edges. Stitch down the center of the front pocket. This will turn the front pocket into 2 smaller pockets. Set aside.


Sewing Tutorial: Make a Swivel Hook Pocket Pouch

4) Cut a 6″ piece of elastic, and fold in half to 3″. Slide the elastic through the swivel hook and fold in half again. Stitch near hook.

On right side of back, measure 5/8″ in from the top left side. Pin the elastic and swivel hook to the fabric with the base of the hook extending 1/4″ beyond the top edge of the fabric. Zigzag stitch the elastic to the fabric at the bottom edge and up 1/2″. Hook needs to remain loose at the top edge of the back so fold-over elastic can be applied in a later step.


Sewing Tutorial: Make a Swivel Hook Pocket Pouch

5) Lay assembled pocket on back piece, right sides together, aligning bottom raw edges. Pin and stitch bottom edge with a 1/4″ seam. Trim seam to 1/8″ and finger press seam toward pockets. Set aside.


Sewing Tutorial: Make a Swivel Hook Pocket Pouch

6) Place the front piece on top of the lining piece, wrong sides together, aligning the top raw edges. Attach another 5″ piece of elastic over the top raw edges. Finish lower edge of front with serger or zigzag stitch. Pin sides of front to sides of lining to keep them aligned.


Sewing Tutorial: Make a Swivel Hook Pocket Pouch

7) Lay back/pocket piece on lining/front, wrong sides together. Align remaining raw edges of lining and back. Fold swivel hook elastic away from aligned edge. Cover this edge with elastic as in step 2. Do not catch swivel hook elastic.


Sewing Tutorial: Make a Swivel Hook Pocket Pouch

8) Fold pouch in half width-wise with the pockets and hook on the inside. Stitch the sides together with a 1/4″ seam. Serge or zigzag stitch the seam allowances. Turn right side out, using a point turner to push out the bottom corners.

9) Apply a snap at the top edge of the pouch following package instructions.

Are your devices ready for their new home? Hang this handy pouch in a purse, tote bag or backpack – your phone will forever be close at hand and not buried with the other things in your bag. The snap closure keeps your phone secure.

Leave us a comment and tell us if you like sewing with the fold-over elastics. They work nicely to encase raw fabric edges, don’t you think? 

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