DIY Geometric Pouch

by Alicia on July 27, 2011

A few weeks ago Sharpie sent me a package of their new Stained fabric markers to try out. I decided to put them to use making a zipper pouch, a project I’ve been meaning to try forever because I always need more. Can you ever have too many little pouches for organizing?

I started out by deciding to use an 8.5 x 11 piece of printer paper as my ‘pattern’ because… it was handy. My original design idea was to use platinum leather to reinforce the bottom- isn’t it pretty? It’s from the business card case project I did with the Texas Style Council Conference bloggers last spring. Unfortunately I ended up leaving the leather out of this project because it’s too tough for my machine to sew through.

I used basic muslin fabric for the pouch – it’s what I had on hand.  Since it was rather thin I reinforced it with some fusible interfacing before getting started. My triangle pattern was inspired by something I saw here and colors came from – not kidding – the two bright pink and red yoga mats that a girl was using together at my studio last weekend. (Inspiration is everywhere!) Using pencil and a ruler I lightly traced out a grid and started filling it in with pink, orange and red.

I like doing repetitive things like drawing in all these triangles. Did you ever watch The Osbournes on MTV? It reminded me of how Ozzy would always be coloring in those pictures.

One Teen Mom and part of a Deadliest Catch later I was finished. The markers worked great and I really liked the brush tip. I had to be careful because the red would sometimes bleed into the adjacent triangles if I wasn’t careful. Also my left hand and arm were smudged with ink because I’m left-handed but i’m used to that.

I followed the excellent instructions in this tutorial when sewing.

And there’s the finished product! I’m really happy with it, though I still wish it had a leather bottom or corners. Perhaps on the next one- I’m thinking of making her a twin brother using the green/blue/purple Stained markers.

{ 15 comments… read them below or add one }

Jenn July 27, 2011 at 6:30 pm

Wow – great project! Those markers look brilliant – can’t wait to get my hands on some


Alicia July 28, 2011 at 12:12 pm

Thanks Jenn!


evie s. August 2, 2011 at 11:17 pm

I know what to ask for my birthday now – fabric Sharpies! What a fun project!


Alicia August 4, 2011 at 6:07 pm

I hope your birthday is soon :)


elenor March 9, 2012 at 3:48 am

what a nice idea! and these ovey colors! thank you for sharing your idea and the fine tutorial!
many greetings from Austria!


elenor March 9, 2012 at 3:49 am

my “l” doesn’t work well; I ment “lovely” colors!


Sofia Carvalho March 19, 2012 at 5:37 am

My next project is paint shorts. :D



jet March 19, 2012 at 6:06 am

aaaw this is awesome done, i love the bright colours and your design!!!
very cool and stylish!!!
thank you for the sharing and the great tute you’ve made;-D


Leah May 15, 2012 at 8:24 pm

How have the colors held up after use and/or washing?

Very cute!


Alicia May 15, 2012 at 9:12 pm

Yes, amazingly well actually. It’s still very vivid!


Angelina September 16, 2012 at 5:25 am

I love this and I am a great lover of geometric designs. I love coloring them on paper but didn’t know about these markers until now. I like the idea of the same design with the other colors too. I bet that will be awesome. Thank you for sharing this idea and informing us about these markers. Question, if ok to ask – Do you have to pre-wash the muslim or whatever material used before marking and then sewing it? Does pre-wash only apply if an item that will be washed normally? Thank you.


alicia September 16, 2012 at 10:04 am

You’re welcome! I recommend always pre-washing the fabric to remove any residual coatings that may interfere with the ink absorption. I’d hate to spend a long time on an intricate design only to have it not take to the fabric properly!


Vanessa December 4, 2012 at 10:26 am

Oh wow…this is gorgeous!!! I love making zip pouches and this would be fun to try out. Going to hunt down these markers today!


alicia December 5, 2012 at 12:37 pm

Thanks! Still have my markers and still love them. :)


Candie February 7, 2013 at 10:48 am

Cute pouch!! You should enter your photos from this project into Craftbaby’s Geometric Art Challenge :)



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