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One in a Minion Pouch

One in a Minion PouchThe library is one of my favorite places to take my kids, but it can get a little chaotic trying to leave the play area, with a big stack of books, when they're both getting hungry and tired before lunch. I often try to expedite the process by having my library card out and ready, but then it ends up in my pocket, and then my washing machine, or completely lost. I decided to create a little pouch so my card was easy to grab and scan, without even taking it out!

The zipper pouch has a little divider panel so you can slide your phone or car keys behind it, if you're just running in quick. You could also use this for a work badge or a college ID - anything that you need to scan! Using patchwork stripes can make for an easy scrap buster, for this set I used fat quarters from Quilting Treasures' Minion Fat Quarter Bundle.

Project Type: Make a Project

Time to complete: In an evening

Sewn by: Machine





Cut first! Here is a visual for the different pieces - to make the patchwork 'fabric' to work from, first cut 2" strips (2"wide by 18" tall) from four different fat quarters and sew them together.

Patchwork Cuts:

Front top: 6.25" wide by 2" tall (1)
Front bottom: 6.25" wide by 4.5" tall (1)
Back: 6.25" wide by 6" tall (1)

Fabric Cuts:

Insert: 6.25" wide by 7.4" tall (1)
Back: 6.25" wide by 6" tall (1)
Strap: 7" wide by 2" tall (1)
Front bottom: 6.25" wide by 4.5" tall (3)

Freezer Paper Cut:

2.25" X 3.5" (1)

Vinyl Cut:

4" X 5" (1)


Note: This entire tutorial is sewn with 1/4" seam allowance unless otherwise noted!

  1. Center your freezer paper rectangle over your patchwork front bottom and iron the freezer paper shiny side down so it adheres. Sew right along the edge of the freezer paper, all the way around, and remove.

  2. Layer your patchwork bottom & a front bottom right sides together (RST) and sew along the rectangle outline.

  3. Cut out the rectangle you just created, just outside the stitching line (but don't cut through your stitches).

  4. Pull one side through and press firmly.

  5. Layer together the two remaining front bottom pieces together and repeat steps 1-4.

  6. Slide your vinyl piece on top of the opening you've created and use a light strip of glue along each edge to hold in place. Layer the patchwork top over top of it.

  7. Top stitch through all 3 layers, 1/8th of an inch from the edge.

  8. Time to make the strap - fold it in half lengthwise, press. Open, fold one short end 1/2" upwards with the wrong sides together (WST) as a hem and press. Open, press each long side to the middle crease you created first. Fold in half once more, sandwiching all the layers inside, press, and sew around all four edges.

  9. Layer your strap on the patchwork front top piece, centered, and baste along one short end.

  10. Take your back piece and layer it WST with your patchwork front bottom, baste around all 4 sides 1/8" from the edge.

  11. Fold your insert piece in half, press, and layer on top of the patchwork front bottom, with the raw edges aligning with the patchwork front bottom's raw edges. Baste along all three raw edges.

  12. Layer your zipper RST on the patchwork front bottom, sew.

  13. Press, top stitch.

  14. Layer the other side of the zipper on the patchwork front top and sew.

  15. Topstitch the zipper top side.

  16. Make sure the zipper is half open and sew the patchwork piece and back piece, RST, around all four sides. Pull it through your zipper opening, check that everything is aligned, pull it back inside out. Trim all four corners and the zipper tails.

  17. Pull right side out and insert the snap on the strap. Press all seams and you're done!

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