How to Make an Accordion Pouch

How to Make an Accordion Pouch

I just love this simple accordion pouch from Sewing Times. I decided to share it with you. It is a fun and functional sewing project that is far easier than it looks. In fact, this is a beginner sewing project that anyone with basic sewing skills can make. I thought it was perfect for travel to store all of those smalls that are difficult to carry otherwise. it can also be perfect of the sewing room for small items as well. If you would like other little pouch projects check out my basic zipper pouch or my patchwork zipper pouch.

I used basic cotton fabrics for this project along with som Pellon SF101 interfacing. I purchased my fabrics at JOANN Fabric & Craft Stores but you could head to Amazon fabrics or to get what you need for your accordion pouch. This post contains affiliate links that if you click on them and make a purchase I may receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.

What you will Need: How to Make an Accordion Pouch

What you will need

Step 1: Cut out your Fabrics

From the outer and lining fabrics:

  • 1 piece each 5 3/4″ x 15″
  • 4 pieces each 5 3/4″ x 10 3/4″

From the pollen SF 101

  • 1 piece 5″ x 14 1/8″
  • 4 pieces 5″ x 10″.

Step 2: Round the Corners

Take the piece of Pellon SF 101 that measures 5″ x 14 1/8″ and fold it in half lengthwise. Round the top corner so that both sides are even.

Round the corners

Step 3: Fuse the Interfacing

Following the manufacturer’s instructions, fuse the interfacing to all of the outer fabric pieces.

Fuse the interfacing

Step 4: Create the Five Strips

Place the outer piece to the corresponding lining piece right sides together. Stitch all the way around using a 3/8″ seam allowance leaving an opening in the side for turning. On the piece with the rounded interfacing, stitch following the rounded edges. Trim off the excess corners, notch the curves and clip the remaining corners. Turn all of the pieces right sides out and press. Top stitch along the top and bottom of all of the rectangular pieces and just the bottom of the rounded piece.

Place Strips right sides together
Turn right sides out

Step 5: Close the Openings

Using ladder stitch, stitch the openings of all of the pieces closed so that you cannot see the stitches.

Close the openings

Step 6: Draw the Boxes

On the lining side of all of the rectangular pieces measure in 1 3/8″ from each side and make a mark using an erasable pen or tailor’s chalk. From the marks you made, draw a line that measures 3 5/8″. Complete the box by joining the two lines.

Draw the openings

Step 7: Stitch the Rectangles

Place the first rectangle right sides together with the rounded piece matching the bottoms and sides. Stitch the pieces together following the lines you just drew. Place the next rectangle right sides together with the rectangle you just stitched. What was the top of the rectangle now becomes the bottom so you are stitching the bottom of the new rectangle to the new bottom of the previous rectangle. Repeat this process until all of the rectangles have been stitched together.

Stitch the rectangles
Stitch the next strip

Step 8: Fold the Accordion

Starting at the bottom, fold the accordion pieces lining sides together and pin or clip the sides individually making sure the bottoms line up.

Fold the accordion

Step 9: Stitch the Sides

Starting in the back, topstitch all the way around from the bottom around the curve to the other side. Then stitch each side seperately using a 1/4″ seam allowance.

Stitch the sides

Step 10: Add the Kam Snap

Find the center of the curved edge and measure up 1″ plate one half of the Kam Snap. Fold down the curved edge to determine where the other half of the snap goes and place it there. If you are unfamiliar with how to install Kam Snaps check out this video. You are now finished with your accordion pouch.

Add the Kam Snap
Finished accordion pouch

How to Make an Accordion Pouch

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