DIY Wristlet Pouch with Card Slots Tutorial

By Friday, July 27, 2012

Wristlet Pouch Tutorial

2 pieces 8.5"x5.5" outside fabric
2 pieces 8.5"x5.5" inside fabric
2 pieces 8.5"x5.5" thin fusible interfacing
2 pieces 8.5"x5.5" thick fusible fleece
4 pieces 4.25"x 4.5" pieces for credit card pockets
Clamp for Keys (usually in the purse section at craft stores)
Small piece of fabric for holding clamp

I used a 1/4" seam allowance on everything.

You can see my inspiration pouch on the left, I love it but it was too short. If you prefer a shorter version just change up the long side measurements to suite your needs. Also you could get creative with the outside fabric like the inspiration pouch is.


Here are the credit card fabric pieces, cut, folded the longer end in half right sides together, ironed flat.


Sew the credit card pieces along all three open edges, leaving a gap for turning.

Iron them again to make it easier to sew later. Tuck the opening in and iron flat to hide edges.

Pin first piece in place, I just guessed at placement, no measuring.

Sew the bottom only to your inside piece.

Sew the next piece and bit lower. Continue doing this until all are sewn.

Now you want to sew up both sides to finish

To add a bit of cushion I ironed on thick fusible fleece on the outside pieces and a thinner fusible interfacing on the inside pieces.

Both front and back sections

Begin by trimming your zipper to the right size, there should be directions on the package explaining how to do this (basically cut 1/2" longer than the length you need, stitch over the zipper part with double thread)

This is the tricky part, putting the zipper on without showing any edges. You want to attach the right sides of your inner and outer fabric to the zipper. Pin it before sewing and make sure you have it right.

It should look like this & this (yes I got a lil too close to my zipper on once side):

Now it's time to seal all the edges. Make sure your outer fabric is right sides together and same for your inner fabric. You're going to stitch a big rectangle around all the sides leaving an opening in the inner bottom for turning.

At this point you'll need to cut a piece to hold your key clamp. I didn't measure just cut a small rectangle that looked like it would work, Iron it in half right sides together, stitch and turned right side out.

You want to to sew your clamp and ribbon at the same time you're stitching all the edges up. So stick them inside your outer fabric, pin in place. No measuring is required, just cut your ribbon big enough for your hand to fit through and place them on the outer fabric wherever it looks comfortable to you.

Ok all the edges are sewn (you can also see the edges of the clamp and ribbon sticking out).

Leave an opening in the inner bottom to turn.

Ok now turn it right side out. You may notice I decided to add a fifth pocket on the bottom to store larger items. I decided not to suggest it in the tutorial because I've since discovered it's too deep in the pouch to really be accessible or useful.

Final step close in that opening on the inner fabric. Stuff in the inner inside outer and you're done!

Holds all my cards, pen, business cards, chap stick, checks, iphone, hand wipe packets. Keys attach to outside.