more open wide pouches

I made these little lovelies before Christmas for the teachers.  A trio of my Open Wide Pouches. It was fun picking out different fabrics I thought they would like.  I love making these pouches, there are so many possibilities.

I did change the gusset width on two of the pouches so the little notebooks I bought for inside would fit a little better.  I made the small version if anyone cares to know, and just used a 3″ gusset instead of the 3.5″, it just makes the pouch a little taller overall and a teensy bit less wide.

Anyway, I thought it would be fun to include the little notebooks and a pen (love those sharpie pens).  Just some useful stuff to throw in a purse or whatever.

It made me feel a little better to just be able to say thank you for all their hard work.  They put so much into what they do, and we all appreciate it.

Zippers: 10″ zippers from my shop.
Fabrics: Lucy’s Crabshack (navy/white floral), Kei for Yuwa purchased at SewFreshFabrics on etsy (green/blue floral), Out to Sea (purple floral) by Sarah Jane Studios.

32 thoughts on “more open wide pouches

  1. Julie Wasson says:

    these look great! Im sure the teachers really appreciated them. When i get my sewing out again I definitely want to make some.

  2. Krista says:

    Oh, those look lovely. I made 10 of these pouches myself for Christmas presents! It’s a great vessel for hiding little extras like gift cards or nail polish, etc. Thanks so much for the pattern!

  3. Larissa says:

    Love your fabric pairings. Everything looks good with grey chambray.

  4. Katy says:

    I love these! I just finished one with a handle for quick trips to the store in the spring and summer.

  5. Jenny says:

    Great idea for teacher presents! My MIL is a teacher and she tells me all the time that she has more mugs than she has space for them, so this is a wonderful alternative 🙂

  6. I love sewing these using your tutorial! Great fabrics! -Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures

  7. I had 8 open wide pouches for Christmas gifts, and they were very well received! I need to make one for myself one of these days 🙂

  8. kristin says:

    Ah those are very cool, Anna! I made one (finally) as a teacher gift too, still need to blog it. :/

  9. Phyllis says:

    Cute bags! Those are some lucky teachers! My daughter is an art teacher for first and second grade. It’s always nice when someone shows appreciation for their very hard work. BTW…where did you find the cute notebook? My daughter would love one of those.

    1. Anna says:

      target! 🙂

  10. I love these pouches and made some for the men in my life for Christmas – my husband said it was his best present!

  11. Katy Cameron says:

    Gorgeous fabric choices, I’m sure they were well appreciated :o)

  12. kate says:

    I love these Anna! Such pretty fabrics, too.

  13. Fernanda says:

    These are lovely.

  14. Anonymous says:

    This is such a sweet gift! I’m a teacher & I’d love to get one of these. I’m actually making my daughter’s teachers each a little cutie pouch from your tutorial. Who doesn’t love a handy little zippered bag?

  15. DKB says:

    Cute! I still need to try this pouch shape. I did framed coin purses for teacher gifts this year

  16. Kristie says:

    Love the Sharpie pens. Lots and lots.
    What a fun gift. I might do this for end of year, and include a gift card.

  17. Great fabric choices again! I also made some more of those handy zippered bags … it’s addicting.
    Oh, and as a teacher I can say: I would love to get such nice presents from my pupils parents!

  18. Elsa says:

    I love your tutorial on the wide open pouch ~ I’ve made a few for myself and a whole lots for friends and family ~ everyone loves them!

  19. Krystina says:

    Adorbs! Where’d you get the notebooks?

    1. Anna says:

      target! 🙂

  20. kv barn says:

    nice!!! 🙂

  21. Amy says:

    LOVE!!! i made a bunch of your pouches for christmas and a modified version for teacher gifts as well! in my teacher pouches i also gave a small notebook and a dozen micro point sharpies that were on sale at staples in december. your pattern is WONDERFUL!

  22. Anna says:

    Me encantan!!! Las telas, preciosas!!!!

  23. Anonymous says:

    Great idea, cute bags, love the pictures! What ‘s the fabric on the inside of the pouches?

    1. Anna says:

      thanks! It’s Hometown by Sweetwater for Moda, the purple lining is a Kona Cotton. 🙂

  24. Sarah Watson says:

    Oh wonderful! I’d love to be a teacher! Love your color choices, great gifts!

  25. carol totilo says:

    lovely and inspirational…..where’s the notebook from? Huge Van Gogh fan…thanks.

    1. Anna says:

      target! 🙂

    2. carol totilo says:

      wow…you never know!! thanks

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