Double Flap Pouch Tutorial Translation

The last few weeks have been pretty busy. I've had two weeks of back to base teaching, basically all day lectures. After having a year and a half of clinical placement, it really makes me wonder how we managed to sit still all day during those first years of medical school. It was probably all the more painful because I'm enjoying women's health. I spent the last week before the back to base teaching with an infertility specialist, and it was equal measures amazing and awful because of some of the patient's stories. Women's health has reminded me why I wanted to do medicine in the first place, as cliche as it sounds. As both my parents are nurses, and the majority of our family friends are nurses, I wanted to be a midwife growing up, mostly because I adored babies. I have more than thirty cousins on one side of my family alone, so there was always someone to dot on. 

Everytime you start a new clinical rotation you always get asked what you want to do, and I always used to say I wanted to do O&G but I'd wait till I saw my first natural birth. Now I've seen more than half a dozen deliveries and thankfully still un-traumatised,  I'm really happy I've found something I like.

Anyways back to the craft. Between sewing all the made to order things formy etsy shop and playing around with my new fabrics, I finally got around to making something for myself.  A couple of months back I made a new bag, which I'm slowly working my way through making a pattern for now. However, the bag doesn't have built in card slots like my Soy Envelope Clutch, and given that my wallet is too big for the bag I had to find somewhere else to store all my cards I decided to make something for myself. I've had the pattern cut out for this double flap pouch for a while now and only just got around to making it. The original tutorial is in Chinese, and takes a whileeeee to load and there is a Portuguese translation as well.

The original double flap pouch
So before you start a few quick pointers: 
1) I would add 1 - 1.5 inch to the fabric for the flaps, as the flaps for my pouch are shorter it is very hard to pull the flaps to reach the buttons, so I can't cram as much as I would like to into the pouch. 
2)  I can't read Chinese so I wasn't too sure how to use the template. From the original pictures they used a large seam allowance and sewed around the interfacing. So I would estimate you are supposed to use the templates for your interfacing and trace slightly large fabric pieces from the template as best as you can (these don't need to be perfect if you are sewing around the interfacing anyways).

What you'll need
  • Copies of the template. Click on the images, right click to Save As, and print to fit an a4 size sheet of paper.
  • Outer fabric pieces
    • 1 x body of bag from template A
    • 1 x long flap from template B
    • 2 x short flap from template B
  • Interfacing - iron on heavy weight- 2 cut from each of template A and B
  • Lining fabric pieces
    • 1 x body of bag from template A
    • 1 x long flap from template B

For what to do keep reading after the jump

 What you'll need to do
  •  As mentioned in the notes above you should use your template for the interfacing pieces and create fabric pieces slightly larger than the template. I forgot this, so it may account for why my flaps are short (as you can see I cut the fabric to the template and shortened my interfacing instead).
  • If you have not already done so, iron all the interfacing pieces to their corresponding fabric pieces. 
  • Grab the two short flaps from template B and sew around all the edges, leaving the straight edge at the bottom to turn the whole thing through. 
  •  Turn the short flap through the unsewn edge and topstitch around the edges you have just sewn.
  •  Now grab the two long flap pieces and sew around the two long edges and the top curved edge, again leaving the bottom edge unsewn.
  •  Turn the whole thing through the opening in the bottom edge.
  • Fold the open edge of the long flap in on itself so the cut ends of the fabric are tucked away neatly.
  • After you have folded the edges in, iron it shut and topstitch around the whole thing.
  •  Grab the lining for the body of the pouch, cut from template A.
  •  Fold the body of the pouch in half, creasing it to leave a visible mark.
  •  Now fold the short flap in half. Align the two halfway lines on the body of the bag. Sew the short flap in place.

  • Grab the outer fabric body of the pouch and lie it good side down on top of the lining of the body of the pouch, with the short flap sandwiched between. 
  • Sew around the whole thing, leaving a gap to turn it through. The best place would be along the bottom straight edge opposite the short flap.
  • Turn the pouch right side out and topstitch around the whole body of the pouch. 
  • Have a look at the template A, you basically need to fold your fabric on those dotted lines, so you end up having something like this happen:
  • You will also need to fold the body of the pouch in half lengthwise and crease it visibly. Also fold the long flap in half and align these two together. Sew along that line (the black one in the picture above). 
  • Grab the template A paper  cut out and align the line you have just sewn with the halfway line marked on template A. 
  • Fold the body of the fabric along with the paper template. 
  • You should end up with fold lines like this: 
  • Now you need to insert the bottom half of the long flap in the first body fold from the bottom, and the flap end of the long flap in the second body fold from the bottom. The pictures make more sense, trust me.
  •  The fabric will be quite thick to pin along, so just jab them straight through. You can either sew along these fold or use rivets.

  • Now all you need to do is attach the metal snap buttons to the pouch, for a free tutorial on how to do this with normal pliers see here. 
  •  Once the buttons are attached you have completed the double flap pouch with three separate compartments!

Happy Crafting!

mel@all.wrapped.up Web Developer

The indecisive crafter


  1. Love it! Can't wait to make it, except I think I'll flip the single pouch to the front one for coins and have the rear two for cards and bills. Thanks for the pattern and tutorial!

    1. Hi,

      I would love to see the finished project as it sounds like a clever idea to have more space for cards and bills than coins. However I do also have a separate snap pouch for all my less well used loyalty cards so, so far this little double flap pouch is holding up ok.

  2. This does not relate to the current post, but I just had to did you get the flap to match the pattern so well in this pouch when it snaps closed?

    Just amazing!

    1. HI Ann,

      Thanks for stopping by. I think really that it is sheer luck with the fabric placement, the chevron fabric as well as the owl fabric are just the right length for the wallet size. Not the most satisfactory answer I know. But if you were hoping to make an ID wallet in the chevron fabric I used this one: Otherwise you could probably use two pieces of fabric for the Sandi ID wallet outer fabric template so that you can line it up nicely when folded, if that makes sense?

      Hope that helps,

  3. Hi,Mel!
    Sorry I dont speak english,but I want to say that I loved the tutorial and I ll try to make it.
    Thank you very much!
    Ah,I forgot...I loved your blog and your crafts too.

  4. Son muy lindas, yo las he hecho y lo disfruto quiero hacer más.

  5. I've seen this tutorial several times and never attempted it. Nice instructions :') I'll definitely be trying it out!

  6. Gracias por el tutorial, me encantan, son ideales para regalar, y para mí! Tengo que hacerme una, o varias!


  7. Thank you for this pattern and neat tutorial!
    I just made one pouch following your instruction, and it's really great (although next time i will only interface the linning, otherwise it's too sturdy and it's hard to fold correctly)