Two in One Pouch

two-in-one

I made the Two in One pouch by Sotak Handmade for my oldest daughter’s birthday.  It was my first real success in making a nifty bag. I added the brass birds charm because my daughter’s name is Phoebe and I used to call her Phee-bird when she was a baby.

back-side

I used several pieces of Alexander Henry fabric from his Indochine Garden and Hosomichi Kanji collections. My daughter, Phoebe, is a big fan of Japanese animated movies, so I added some anime geisha fabric in the center.

anime

I used a narrow strip of Kanji in black for the bottom edge –

bottom-edge

and used Kanji in cream for the pocket interiors.

pocket-interior

Phoebe really likes it and finds it much better for storing her jewelry when traveling than plastic sandwich bags. A velcro tab holds the two zip pouches together at the top.

The pattern is easy and fun, even for a beginner. I was a little anxious doing it as I couldn’t understand how the instructions were going to turn out with something that worked, but I decided to just trust what was written and it came together perfectly. 🙂

Zippy pouches and handbags pose very different challenges in construction than any of the clothing I’ve sewn over the years. I love that you can make very personalized gifts with bags and accessories.