How to Make a Brocade Drawstring Pouch

by Emma Jeffery

A brocade drawstring pouch can be a beautiful and luxurious accessory or gift.

Brocade Drawstring Pouch
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1. Cut two pieces of brocade fabric using the 8" Amplify Serrated Shears, measuring 28" x 11". One piece will be the pouch outer fabric and one will be the lining. HINT : Use the back of the fabric as the right side for the lining to create contrast.

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2. Following manufacturer's directions, apply fusible fleece to the wrong side of the outer pouch fabric.

3. Fold the piece of fabric with the fleece applied to the back in half, right sides facing, bringing the two short ends together.

4. Pin the two layers of fabric together at each side. Mark a 1" hole to be unsewn, 2.5" down from the top raw edge on both sides of the fabric. Sew the two layers together with a ½" seam, being sure to leave the 1" hole in each side unsewn.

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5. Trim the seam with the 8" Amplify Serrated Shears, being sure not to cut into the stitching.

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6. Create the gusset bottom. With a fabric marker and ruler, mark a 2.5" square in both bottom corners, using the stitched line and bottom folded edge of the pouch, as your right angle guide. With the 8" Amplify Serrated Shears, cut out the marked square. On both sides, open up the hole in the pouch and press the raw edges together so that the side seam is aligned with the bottom of the pouch. Sew together with a ½" seam allowance and trim seam allowance to reduce bulk.

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7. Repeat steps 3-6 with the second piece of fabric. You do not need to leave a 1" hole in the side seams (outlined in step 4), for this lining fabric.

8. Fold over the top edges of each pouch by 5/8 " to the wrong side and press with an iron.

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9. Insert the lining into the pouch outer with wrong sides facing. Pin the two pieces together around the perimeter of top edge and sew together about ¼" from the top folded edge.

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10. Find the 1" hole you left in either side of the outer fabric. Sew through both layers of the pouch either side of the 1" holes, to create a channel for the drawstring.

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11. Use ribbon, bias tape or rope to make ties for the drawstring. Using a bodkin or safety pin, thread the ribbon through one side opening, right through the channel you sewed and back through the opening it started at.

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12.Repeat for a second length of ribbon, starting at the other side opening.

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