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How to Make a Waxed Canvas Gift Pouch

It’s time to start thinking about holiday gifts. It always feels too early to start before Thanksgiving, but when you plan to make several handmade gifts, it’s best not to wait until the last minute. I know some of you stay up half the night trying to finish Christmas pajamas at the last minute, right?!

This is a quick and easy project—waxed canvas gift pouches. They are just the right size to wrap gift cards or jewelry. I recommend making 2 or 3 at a time. If you already have everything out, you’ll save a lot of time making them in batches. You can make them in even bigger batches for holiday craft fairs.

How to Make A Waxed Canvas Gift Pouch | Radiant Home Studio

How to Make A Waxed Canvas Gift Pouch | Radiant Home Studio

I used waxed canvas on the flap as an accent fabric, but you could also use faux leather, denim, or another layer of quilting cotton in a contrasting color. The fabric requirements are flexible on this project, so use what you have in your scrap bin.

How to Make a Waxed Canvas Gift Pouch

How to Make A Waxed Canvas Gift Pouch | Radiant Home Studio
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Materials:

2-3 fat quarters of quilting cotton (this will be enough for 6-10 pouches)
1/4 yd. canvas (or faux leather, denim, etc.)
Medium-weight interfacing or fusible fleece (I used Pellon 987F. You could also use 808/809, 931, SF101…this a good way to use up scraps.)
Size 16 metal snaps – 1 set per pouch (I used Snap Source snaps. You could also use KAM Snaps or small pieces of hook-and-loop tape.)
Otter Wax
Coordinating thread

Printable pattern (make sure you set it to print at 100%)

Sewing Instructions:

1. Print and cut out the pattern pieces. For each pouch, cut 2 pouch pieces, 1 flap piece, and 1 interfacing piece.

How to Make A Waxed Canvas Gift Pouch | Radiant Home Studio

2. Fold the straight edge of the flap 1/4″ toward the back, with wrong sides together. Press. Align the flap piece on the exterior pouch piece so that the rounded edges match, both with right sides up. With the 1/4″ section folded under, topstitch along the straight edge of the flap piece through both layers.

How to Make A Waxed Canvas Gift Pouch | Radiant Home Studio

3. Align the fusible interfacing with the stitched line on the wrong side of the exterior pouch piece. Fuse the interfacing using the manufacturers’ instructions.

4. Align the exterior and interior pouch pieces, right sides together. Stitch around the entire pouch using a 1/4″ seam allowance, leaving a 2″ opening on one side. Trim the seam allowances and corners to 1/8″.

How to Make A Waxed Canvas Gift Pouch | Radiant Home Studio

How to Make A Waxed Canvas Gift Pouch | Radiant Home Studio

5. Turn the pouch right side out, push out the corners, and press. Make sure to tuck the raw edges in at the opening.

How to Make A Waxed Canvas Gift Pouch | Radiant Home Studio

6. Take the straight edge of the pouch and fold it up toward the flap, about 1/4″ below the straight edge of the flap piece. Press. (If you plan to use hook-and-loop tape, add it now.)

How to Make A Waxed Canvas Gift Pouch | Radiant Home Studio

7. Place the folded pouch, with the flap facing up on the sewing machine. Begin sewing, with a 1/8″ seam allowance, at one folded edge and continue around until you get the folded edge again. Backstitch at each end.

How to Make A Waxed Canvas Gift Pouch | Radiant Home Studio

How to Make A Waxed Canvas Gift Pouch | Radiant Home Studio

8. If you would like to apply wax to your canvas flap, do that now. The short version of the instructions—rub on some Otter Wax and then rub it in with your fingers. You can use it on denim too, but avoid using it on light colors because it will turn the fabric yellow. If you need more specific instructions, see my directions for making your own waxed canvas.

How to Make A Waxed Canvas Gift Pouch | Radiant Home Studio

9. Add a snap. I like the Snap Source snap setter for metal snaps. You can use the instructions on the package, or look at Anna’s helpful tutorial if you need a visual aid. I’ve also used plastic KAM Snaps with great success.  You could even add a button hole and button. Totally up to you.

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How to Make A Waxed Canvas Gift Pouch | Radiant Home Studio

That’s it. Make a lot, load them with gifts,  and give them to your friends…

How to Make A Waxed Canvas Gift Pouch | Radiant Home Studio

Happy sewing!

I’ve linked this post with: Sew Can She, Sew Can Do, Stocking Stuffer Ideas, Women with Intention, Raising Homemakers

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20 thoughts on “How to Make a Waxed Canvas Gift Pouch

  1. Cristina says:

    These look so fun! I just saw your Instagram post, so I had to get here in a jiffy to find the pattern and tutorial! Thank you for the free pattern. You rock!

    1. Sara Curtis says:

      Awesome! You are welcome!

  2. Vicky Myers says:

    These are just adorable Sara, I have pinned and will definitely be making some. Waxing the fabric just gives the extra edge:)

    1. Sara Curtis says:

      Thanks Vicky! I love waxed canvas. It’s like adding leather, but easier I think…

  3. Stephanie says:

    So pretty, pinning!

  4. Two gifts in one. Love them, Sara!
    #12DaysofChristmasDIYChallenges

    1. Sara Curtis says:

      Thank you so much!

    2. Hi Sara, I’ve featured your fabulous gift pouches today, Sara, as part of the #12DaysofChristmasChallenges…
      http://www.threadingmyway.com/2016/11/threading-your-way-features_20.html

  5. Kathleen says:

    I loved this! Just in time for Christmas too! I especially appreciated the tutorial and applying the wax. Thank you!

    1. Sara Curtis says:

      You’re welcoming! Thanks for visiting!

  6. Damjana says:

    Sara,

    these are adorable! I’ve just found them on Caroline’s site where she’s showcasing them. Such a cute creation! (Oh and the prints you’ve used!!! Do you have a special fav shop where you get these? OK, off to browse a bit more, your blog is just adorable!) Have a great day,

    1. Sara Curtis says:

      Thanks! Two of the fabrics were given to me, so I’m not sure who the designers are. The blue floral is Leah Duncan for Art Gallery Fabrics.

  7. Sally says:

    Love these! I shall make a selection for my Christmas Craft Stall!! Thank you for the turtorial and the download!!

    1. Sara Curtis says:

      They’ll be perfect for that!

  8. Crystal says:

    The timing of this is so perfect! I have a friend looking to make something just like this for work, so I’m passing it on:) You should come over to Fresh Market Friday Link-up and join the Blogger Holiday Gift Exchange…it’s all about using our creative skills and ideas to bless another blogger. It’s going to be so much fun, and your gift idea is perfect!!

    1. Sara Curtis says:

      Thanks! I’ll check it out!

  9. teresa says:

    Thanks for sharing this! I just made my first one and it’s really cute. It’s an easy little project, but I learned the waxing and snaps. It will be fun to try some variations! 🙂

    1. Sara Curtis says:

      Thanks for letting me know!

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