Do you have a bunch of scrap fabric, but not a lot of time to sew? This is the perfect 2020 beginner sewing tutorial on sewing your own hand sanitizer pouch from Sew Crafty Me. Requires very little fabric, and once you have mastered it, you can sew these up in no time. Making it a great gift embellishment idea – this year more than any!

NOTE: If snaps or buttons intimated you, or you just do not have any lying around, try using Velcro instead.

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Materials Required

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Fabric scraps for the holder body and lining.
Sewing notions.
Two small plastic buttons

Cutting and Sewing Your Hand Sanitizer Pouch

You need to cut the following pieces:

  • Holder front and front lining, 4.25” W x 4.5” L
  • Holder back and back lining, 4.25” W x 4.5” L
  • Flap, 4.25” W x 5.75” L
  • Strap, 2.25” W x 8” L

The above are measurements for a 100 ml sanitizer bottle. It should fit almost all bottles. If you would like to sew for a different size bottle, use the directions below:

Place your bottle on a paper and draw lines marking the largest width and the height of the sanitizer bottle, excluding the bottleneck. Draw lines ½-inch away from the initial lines, all around. Cut along the larger rectangle to get the template for the holder. Take your flap piece 1.5-inch longer than the holder pieces, keeping the width as the same.

Cut your fabric pieces and gather your notions.

Take the holder front, fold it in half lengthwise, and mark the center along the top edge. Mark 1-inch towards either side of the center mark. This would form the aperture for the bottleneck. Repeat the same on the front lining piece.

Take the holder front and back pieces and keep them layered with the right sides together and aligning the edges. Sew along either side of the marked points, leaving a 3/8- inch seam allowance. Repeat with front and back lining pieces. You will see the 2-inch opening formed in the middle for the bottleneck.

Sew the seam down on either side.

Fold the holder piece in half, lengthwise, and mark the center of the upper edge.

Next, we finish the strap.

1) Take the strap piece, fold one of the short edges by 3/8- inch towards the wrong side and press.
2) Fold the two long edges towards the wrong side by 3/8- inch and press.
3) Fold it in half lengthwise and press again.
4) Sew the strap shut around the edges.

Let’s sew the strap to the holder piece.

Place the raw edge of the strap on the marked point over the holder and pin. Sew to attach.

Place the main flap piece over the holder piece, aligning the shorter edge with the strapped edge and pin. Sew to join. Repeat the steps with the holder lining and flap lining piece.

Open the pieces and topstitch along the upper seamline.

Next, we need to sew the holder main and lining pieces together.

Place the main holder and lining pieces layered with the right sides together and aligning the edges. Sew around the edges, leaving a 2-inch gap on the side to turn the right side out.

Clip the corners.

Turn the right side out through the opening. Poke the corners out with the help of your scissors( take care not to tear the seam).

Tuck the raw edges in and press taut.

Topstitch around the edges.

Lay the folder flat and fold the lower part towards the center, such that the opening for the bottleneck falls at the base. Sew on either side to secure. Make sure to reinforce the stitches at the start and finish.

Next, we do the buttonhole and the buttons.

Sew buttonholes following your sewing machine’s manual, ½-inch from the edge of the strap and ½-inch from the edge of the flap, along its center.

Hand -sew a button at the back of the folder for strap closure.

You need to hand-sew the buttons on the folder front too. You may put your hand through the holder pocket to hold it and then insert the needle through the opening at the base to make it easier to sew.

Put the sanitizer bottle into the holder pocket, with the neck of the bottle hanging out through the opening.

Our sanitizer bottle holder is ready!                                        

Joan Mantini

About Joan Mantini

After several years of being the Facebook page owner at Beginner Sewing, I noticed there was a desperate need to have a single go-to spot for members to be able to find answers to their common questions, get some useful tips & tricks, as well as find reputable places to purchase sewing products online. Taking my role as a trade publication editor by day, and combining it with my knowledge of frequently requested beginner sewing advice, I created www.beginner-sewing.com. An outlet that gives new sewists a free digital magazine geared for entry level sewing as an extra bonus!

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