19 December 2008

This little pouch I created is simple to make and easy to fill. It is the perfect size to hold little treasures found on adventures, such as pebbles, fossils, pine cones, berries, leaves, buried treasure, or any other little thing found while exploring. It is also the perfect place to store goodies (candies, cars, doll clothes, ribbons, toys, sewing supplies, etc.).


Burlap or Course Muslin – material for pouch (I cut a folded piece of muslin, with the cut dimensions 6.5 inches wide, and 7.5 inches tall)
Needles – small for sewing, large (very large) for pulling twine through material
Twine – for draw-string (I used two that where each about 20 inches long)
Thread – embroidery floss will work well (I used 3-ply)


1. Fold about an inch of the top edge inward. Knot and sew (with the straight stitch) across, making a nice hem. This will be seen from the outside when the pouch is finished, so make the stitches the way you would like them to look.
2. Sew the straight stitch about a quarter of an inch from the raw edge. Knot and and cut thread.
3. Hem both ends in this way, making sure to fold them down on the same side of the material – what will be the inside of the pouch.
4. Fold them together, front pieces facing together. Sew about 3/8-inch from the edge all the way down to the bottom.
5. When you come to the bottom where the material is folded, knot securely.
6. This type of finish will make the bottom corners of bag to appear like this when folded right-side-out.

7. For different corners that give more room at the bottom of the pouch, here is a variation. Sew just like before, but add another step. Flatten the inside corner of the pouch to make a triangle, and fold the seam to one side.
8. Sew straight across triangle about 3/4-inch from the tip.
9. When turned right-side-out, the corner should look something like this.
10. The inside of the pouch should look like this.

11. Turn pouch right-side-out. For the draw-string, take a very large needle and thread the twine through it. Poke needle through the first layer of the material at the top of pouch, but not through the second piece. Poke the needle back out through the other side at the edge. Now, this is a little stressful, but if you have strong material it should be alright. Pull the needle through the first hole that was made, dragging the twine through the hole with it. Pull the needle through the second hole on the other side as well.
12. It should look something like this.
13. Do the same on the other side of the hem to where you have something that looks like this on one side,
14. and two pieces of twine on the other.
15. Do this again, just on the other side. When you are finished, each side should have a small line, and a set of twine ends.
16. To keep the twine in good condition and from sliding through the casing, tie knots in the ends of both sets.

If this pouch is for a little lady, you can embroider any type of decoration you would like (e.g. flowers, verses, etc.) for extra beauty.

I keep my sewing supplies – needles, thread, etc – inside of my pouch, and have found it quite handy. I hope you enjoy yours!

  1. 14 Responses to “Adventure Pouch – The Tutorial”

  2. Auntie Lou on Dec 19, 2008 said:

    Not only could this little pouch hold my frog, it could also hold my little gold nuggets that I find when I pan for gold. Too bad this item wasn’t on your give-a-way. I hope you have a great day.
    I am not very happy about this ice. I can put up with a lot of weather, but ICE,,,,me no likey.
    Love, Your crazy Auntie Lou

  3. Gina on Dec 19, 2008 said:

    Wow, I’m impressed! Those pictures are awesome. Nice job on the tutorial.

  4. kings daughter on Dec 19, 2008 said:

    That is really cute! The pictures look great too. You have the cutest crafts!!

  5. Amanda Jo on Dec 19, 2008 said:

    What a fantastic little bag! I love it for a gift idea for Christmas – so easy and fun!!!

    This my first visit here…I’m certain there will be many more!!!

  6. Mia on Dec 25, 2008 said:

    Great idea!
    I think the pouch is beautiful in all its simplicity.
    Have a wonderful Christmas!


  7. Kim on Dec 26, 2008 said:

    Oooh, I love this! I know what I’ll be making for friends next year. Thank you for sharing!

  8. Elizabeth on Apr 29, 2009 said:

    Hello Emily Rose!
    Thanks so much for posting the instructions for this lovely little pouch! It is so lovely, simple and has a little taste of vintage sweetness!
    Thanks for posting!

  9. Lavinia on Jul 6, 2009 said:

    This pouch is gorgeous!! Thank you for the tutorial!!!

  10. HveHope on Oct 6, 2009 said:

    Emily Rose, I hope that you and sister Breezy will be helping us focus on vintage-type homemade crafts that are practical gifts (Like This One), again this year. I’m eagerly looking through all your archieved posts and it is getting me in the mood. I just bought some muslin today to start work (slowly) on these darling bags….


  11. Josh on Feb 10, 2010 said:

    Thanks so much for posting this pouch idea. I am an aspiring artist, i do wood crafts. I was trying to figure out how to make a pouch like this to use for a convention as part of a costume. I went and bought the Muslin, needles, twine, floss, and made one and it came out great. Thanks again so much for sharing


  12. ketzia on Aug 14, 2010 said:

    that is so cute!!!

  13. Grace on Dec 4, 2010 said:

    I LOVE this tutorial, and I use it a lot! Instead of burlap, though, I substituted it with muslin, and instead of twine, I replaced it with ribbon!
    Thank you, Miss Emily Rose for sharing! I absolutely love your blog!

  14. Angela on Jun 15, 2011 said:

    Beautiful! Wow, you’re so talented.

  15. Dianne on Apr 11, 2014 said:

    I know this is an older post , but I am going to try it for my boys..thank you!

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