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Sew, Fold, and Go—Handy Bags in an Hour

Make all-purpose pouches with fabric squares and straight seams
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Sew this pretty purse or handy pouch in less than an hour with a little fabric, some fusible batting, and an optional closure. The dimensions of the fabric squares you start with determine the maximum bag height and width, but you can customize the size and shape. The samples shown are nearly square, but you can make pouches that are perfectly square or shaped like a letter envelope.

Use the tucked-in corners as interior compartments for keys, phone, lipstick, wallet, and more. Your essentials are stored safely without a zipper because the overlapping flaps  conveniently hide your possessions.

1. Decide how large you want the bag. The featured 9-inch by 7-inch bags start with 18-inch fabric squares. All seams have 1⁄4-inch-wide seam allowances.

2. Cut the fabric. Mark the exterior fabric on grain based on your intended dimensions. Cut this square, and use it as a template to cut one lining…

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