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Lunch Money Zippered Apple Pouch

Today’s contributor is Jill from Snugglebug University.  All posts written by Jill for Make It and Love It can be found HERE.

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Hi, it’s Jill from Snugglebug University.  I can’t believe summer break is almost over!  I wanted to make my kids a little something for the start of school, so I made them little apple pouches to keep their lunch money in.  I’m excited to share the tutorial with you today!

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At my daughter’s school, kids can either bring money to buy lunch or they can use a card that their parents have added money to. I often forget to add money to the card and I end up scavenging around the house for change in the morning.  Other times my kids need money for a book fair or a bake sale.

It seems they always need to bring a few dollars to school for something, and I’ve found from experience that it’s super hard for my kids to not lose the money before they need to spend it!

I thought this little zippered apple pouch would be a fun solution to our lost money problem!

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The pouch is small enough to be a key chain.  The apple pouch hooks onto an outside zipper pull, or clips inside one of the backpack compartments.

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The apple pouch is really sturdy too, even though it’s made out of quilting cotton, because it is lined and made with fusible fleece.

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After I finished making the apple pouch, I added a little felt leaf to embellish it a little more. I think they turned out so cute! They came together super quickly, too…so they make great gifts!

Who is ready to make some apple pouches of their own?

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Let’s get started!
Supplies:

***As always, if you need a bit of help with the basic sewing skills used in this tutorial, don’t hesitate to check out the Sewing 101 post for more help.

Start by cutting out the pieces according to the template.

 

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Then begin by ironing the fusible fleece to the wrong side of the outer apple pieces. Fuse the bumpy side of the fusible fleece to the wrong side of the fabric.

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Now we are going to make a sandwich with the zipper and the apple front.

Place the apple top piece (fused to fusible interfacing) so that the right side of the apple top piece faces the front of the zipper.

Then do the same with the lining top piece. Make sure that the right side of the lining is touching the back side of the zipper.  Sew with a 1/4 inch seam.  This attaches the apple top pieces to the top of the zipper.

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Once sewn, it looks like this:

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Now repeat with the apple bottom pieces (both the fusible fleece fused piece and the lining piece).

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When you finish sewing, both the top and bottom pieces of the apple front will be attached.

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Next top stitch along the top and bottom of the zipper. Set aside.

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Fold over the stem piece and sew a 1/4 inch seam. Make sure you leave both ends open.  Then turn right side out and top stitch along each side.

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Continue by moving the zipper into the open position, with the zipper pull in the center of the apple. It is important to leave the zipper in the open position so that it is possible to turn the apple pouch right side out.

Next, fold the stem piece in half. Baste both ends to the top of the apple pouch front.

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Finally we are going to complete the pouch by sewing the pouch front to the pouch back. Place the back apple piece attached to the fusible interfacing on top of the apple, with the lining piece on top of the apple piece attached to the fusible interfacing. In this case the WRONG side of the back piece is touching the wrong side of the back lining piece.  This is then placed on top of your apple front piece (the one with the zipper!)

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Now you can sew all around the edges of the apple. Pay particular attention to the zipper regions.  It’s helpful to go over these regions several times.

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Next cut off the extra zipper.

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Finish the raw edges by zig-zaging all around the edges.

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Next turn the apple pouch right side out by pushing the pouch through the open zipper.

Now cut out the leaf pieces from felt and sew around all of the edges.

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Then, insert your hand into the pouch in order to attach the leaf by hand with embroidery floss. 

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Add the key chain ring to the pouch.  All finished!

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If you’d like another fruit inspired craft, click on over to my blog to make this citrus pincushion!

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Thank you so much for having me here on Make It and Love It!

–Jill

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You can follow Jill on her blog (snugglebuguniversity.com), on instagram, on pinterest, and on facebook.

 

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Thanks for checking out my Lunch Money Zippered Apple Pouch post. Check out my full collection of DIY Sewing articles. Find even more sewing projects, patterns, and tips for beginners and advanced sewists by Liz Call, Mariah Leeson, Randi Dukes and Tauni Everett.
 
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Comments

  1. sara says:

    Hello
    What is the use of this wallet ???

  2. moayyeri says:

    Thank you so much. Great instructions especially with the pictures.

  3. Grandpa Rob says:

    I love the milk jug watering can!

  4. Micky says:

    Thank you so much. Great instructions especially with the pictures.

  5. Jelena Ristic says:

    Great tutorial, perfectly explained and isn’t difficult.

    1. Jill says:

      Thanks so much Jelena! I’m glad you found the tutorial easy to follow!

  6. MaryJo says:

    I had such fun making this apple for my granddaughter!

    1. Jill says:

      Awesome! I bet she loved it! I LOVED it when my grandmother made me things.

  7. Ayla says:

    Ohhhh que lindos te quedaron. Me encanta, hasta para llevarlo en el bolso para las monedas, jeje, que me van dando moneditas pequeñas con el cambio y acaban todas sueltas por dentro del bolso, jajaja
    Besote!!!!!

    1. Jill says:

      Es verdad, creo que necesito uno para mi bolso también! Muchas gracias por el comentario, Ayla!

  8. Crystal Silvas says:

    Oh my goodness! These are super duper darling! My son is notorious for losing his money on pizza day at school, so this is perfect for him especially. Methinks it would also make a great little gift for some August birthdays we have coming up. :) Great post, Jill! <3
    -Crystal

    1. Jill says:

      Awww! Thanks Crystal! I hope it helps your son’s money problem ;-) Happy sewing!

  9. Jill says:

    Thank you!

  10. Meg says:

    This is such a great idea before school starts for us! Thanks for sharing!!

    1. Jill says:

      Thanks Meg! Glad you like it!

  11. Stacey says:

    Super cute! Pinned!

    1. Jill says:

      Thanks Stacey!!

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