Like many people these days, I love my smartphone and I don't know what I'd do without it any more. Among other reasons, many of the places I shop have their own app, and if I want to take advantage of a current coupon or loyalty program all it takes is a quick scan.
But, there are still merchants out there that are either too small or just aren't on board yet, and they still use paper and cards. I'm not about to avoid a small business because I can't use my phone, so I seem to always have a few coupons, loyalty cards or gift cards floating around in my purse. By floating, I mean buried in the bottom where they aren't going to do anyone any good. This pouch solves that problem, and only takes up a little bit of space.
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To make this pouch you'll need:
Apply the interfacing to the wrong side of all fabric pieces.
Fold each of the two pocket dividers in half with wrong sides together. Press. Stitch across close to the fold. Set aside.
Lay the lining piece right side up. Lay the zipper on top, right side up, matching up the top edges. I make sure the pin heads are on the outside so I can remove them easily after the next step.
Add one of the outer pieces, right side down over the zipper. Pin through all layers, then remove the pins from the previous step.
Using a zipper foot, stitch 1/4" from the top edge through all layers. Press both the lining and outer piece away from the zipper.
With the lining and outer piece wrong sides together, top stitch close to the fold.
Repeat with the remaining lining and outer pieces and the other side of the zipper.
Unzip the zipper halfway. Open out one of the lining pieces so it's face up on its own. Lay the two pocket dividers on top, lining up the bottom edges. Fold the remaining lining down over the top. Line up the bottom edges and pin.
Fold the remaining lining down over the top. Line up the bottom edges and pin.
Fold the 2 1/2" square in half and press. Fold both edges into the center and press again. Stitch close to the double-fold edge.
Open out one side of the outside. Fold the loop in half and line up the ends with the outer edge, 1" from the zipper.
Fold the remaining outer piece over the top and pin, lining up edges.
Stitch around 1/4" from the outer edge, leaving 3" open at the bottom of the outside pieces.
Clip the corners and turn the bag right side out. Make sure the lining is pushed all the way down. Fold in the opening and stitch across near the bottom.
Add a cute zipper pull, just because.
With the dividers, you end up with three pockets inside.
That gives you one for coupons, one for gift cards and one for loyalty or punch cards. Or if you're me, one pocket for craft-related stuff, one for grocery and one for everything else.
This pouch keeps me organized, so not only is it easy to find everything, but I actually remember to go through it once in a while and throw away whatever has expired. I know, that's kind of a miracle.