Here's a sweet patchwork pouch I finished up this weekend. This patchwork piece was tucked away in my zipper pouch templates file, and when I came across it I wanted to finish it up right away, because I knew it was going to be this cute when done!
The cat fabric is a snippet of a print called Whiskers & Tails from Alexander Henry. With the exception of the big white polka dot on black at the bottom (Kei Honeycomb Dots), the polka dot prints are a mystery. The grey floral fabric is from 6+ years ago, so I'm not sure what it is called either. The pink floral is Deco State Apple Blossom.
The size in the pattern will work for many phones, with some room left for a few smaller items, or it's a nice size for some of the larger phones. But I wanted to try it out in a smaller size to make it more of a custom fit for carrying just a phone and some cards in the zipper pocket.
To decide on the size, I measured my phone and then added 1" to the height. It's important to add some extra because the depth of the phone from front to back will take up some room, so if you want to try this too, make sure to add about 1" so your phone fits!
Before I mention how to do the math, keep in mind if you go smaller than 88% the zipper pocket might end up too small to hold cards. It would be alright for change or other very tiny things, but my personal preference is for this pocket to be able to hold credit/debit/business cards.
Here's how to do the math:
Decide on a finished size and divide that measurement by the finished size in the pattern. Here I'm considering the width of the finished pouch against the height of the phone. For this one, I wanted it to be 5.5" wide, so I divided 6.25 by 5.5 = 0.88. This is the scale to print the pattern pieces. Add this number to the "scaling" box in your print properties and print it out.
The other measurement is going to be whatever it's going to be, but you can check it before proceeding to sew by multiplying the measurement in the pattern by the scale. In this case that is 4.25 x .88 = 3.74.
There's a small stack of denim pieces in my scrap bin and they make great zipper pouches--especially the Intro to Improv Zip Pouches because those pouches use some smaller pieces. So I used up some of them to make this pouch, which is Size 2 in the pattern.
This particular denim is also thick enough that it doesn't need interfacing. Interfacing is awesome, but it's also a nice change to skip it now and then.
For the lining I used a cotton lawn from Lecien (this one, but in pink). Because lawn isn't as thick as quilting cotton, and will really show wrinkles from fusible fleece, I fused the fleece to muslin and then lightly quilted the fleece/muslin pieces to the lining.