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Purse Pouch




A set of woven pouches can keep electronic devices such as cameras and MP3 players (at left) safe inside your bag. Each has an attractive scalloped edge -- no finishing required. Each can be made by stitching 2 square or rectangular swatches back-to-back. If you want to make a makeup case, that requires a third rectangle for a closing flap.




  • Rectangular cloth swatches
  • Yarn
  • Pencil
  • Zipper


  1. Step 1

    To determine what size loom to use, measure the item the pouch will hold; swatches will be slightly smaller than the dimensions of the looms on which they are woven.

  2. Step 2

    For the tissue holder, fold two 6-inch-long rectangles in half. Stitch the ends and back seam.

  3. Step 3

    Form a buttonhole by poking a pencil into the woven material to make a gap; sew a whip stitch around the edge of the hole with thread to make it permanent.

  4. Step 4

    To add a zipper, sew the zipper to a long side of each swatch; then stitch the remaining sides together with yarn.

Martha Stewart Living, February 2006



Reviews (2)

  • hv3333 18 Jan, 2009

    If you don't want to weave the swatches, either use scraps from your fabric stash or use up swatches handed out by furnishers when you last redecorated. Some places only give you tiny pieces, others are quite generous.
    I suspect they mean the tiny desktop looms, the ones used to weave bands of fabric, rather than the big ones.

  • BeccaCreates 28 Aug, 2008

    I find these directions to be incomplete. I'm not a weaver and don't have the slightest idea how to weave fabric or make a loom. Can't a loosly woven burlap or linen work just as well by sewing these rectangle right sides together and turning them out?