Welcome to another tutorial from my leather clutch series. This triangle pouch pattern tutorial will show you how to make them in any size, but I think small ones are the cutest. I remember having one of these Japanese-style triangle pouches when I was little. So this week, I thought I'd figure out how to make one and do a new tutorial for you.
Triangle Pouch Pattern Tutorial
This tutorial will show you how to make a triangle purse in any size. These can also be called tringle origami pouches.
Triangle Pouch Pattern Supplies
- Leather: Use faux leather or search for some leather scraps. It is best made in soft but medium-weight leather. I used faux leather for my samples. Just test-sew a scrap of leather before you start.
Did you know you can sew leather on a regular sewing machine? All you need is a Teflon foot and leather needles. These prevent the foot sticking to the surface and prevent skipped stitches.
- Feet: Teflon feet can be purchased alone or in kits and are cheaply purchased from Amazon or eBay. Many machines also come with a walking foot which can work well also.
- Leather Needles: These are designed to pierce through leather and also prevent skipped stitches. I use Schmetz and Klass brands. Singer also makes leather needles.
- Zipper: This should be 1 inch (2.5 cm) smaller than the leather squares you cut. Zippers are measured along the metal part and not along the tape. Plastic zippers are easier for beginners as the head is smaller and easier to move out of the way as you sew. Continuous zipper tape works well for these triangle coin purses.
- Optional: Lace or ric-rac to decorate
- Glue or fabric double-sided tape.
- Sewing Basics: Scissors or rotary cutter, sewing machine, thread, ruler
Triangle Pouch Pattern Video Tutorial
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How to Sew a Triangle Pouch Pattern, Step by Step
Step 1: Cut 2 Squares
Cut 2 squares 1” longer than your zipper. For example: For a 4” triangle purse, use a 4” zipper and cut two 5” squares. You can make different sizes of zipper purses by cutting different size squares.
Step 2: Sew the Zipper
Use the fabric tape to position the zipper in the center of your squares. Put the tape below the stitching line so it doesn’t gum the needle up and cause skipped stitches.
Add lace or decoration along the sides. The advantage of adding lace along the zipper edge is that you don't need to stitch directly on the leather. This makes it so much easier, and you can even use a regular zipper foot if you want to.
Stitch either side of the zipper teeth. For most zippers, you will need to move the zipper out of the way as you sew. A zipper foot may help get closer to the teeth.
Step 3: Fold the Triangle Pouch
Fold the triangle pouch pattern with the right sides together and clip the open end where the zipper is not joined by a stopper.
Stitch along the open side and bottom edge with a ¼ inch (6mm) seam allowance.
Step 4: Sew the End Seam
Open up the unstitched end and match the seam to the zipper. Finger press the seam open and use a clip to hold it in place.
Stitch across with a ¼” (6mm seam). Backstitch both ends and be careful when going over the seam not to hit any metal from the zipper stopper.
Step 5: Clip, Turn & Decorate
TIP: If your zipper head is small, you might need to add a ring through the hole to attach the wrist strap. Small rings are available in the jewelry section of craft stores.
More Free Bag Patterns
- DIY Coin Purse
- Makeup Brush Roll Pattern
- Scottie Dog Purse Pattern
- Sunshine Clutch Pattern
- Star Clutch Pattern
Triangle Pouch Pattern
- Leather Needles
- Leather or Faux Leather
- Cut 2 squares 1” longer than your zipper. For example: For a 4” triangle purse, use a 4” zipper and cut two 5” squares. Stitch either side of the zipper.
- Fold the triangle pouch pattern with the right sides together and clip the open end where the zipper is not joined by a stopper. Stitch along the open side and bottom edge with a ¼ inch (6mm) seam allowance.
- Open up the unstitched end and match the seam to the zipper. Finger press the seam open and use a clip to hold it in place. Stitch across with a ¼” (6mm seam).
- Clip the corners and turn the right way out.