This manly pouch is a great idea to gift to that hard-to-sew-for person in your life. This kit is lined, with fully finished seams and sturdy handles at each end. It is generously sized at 10″ long, 6½” wide and 4″ high.
Keep reading to find out how you can sew an easy, fat-quarter friendly Dopp kit in only 1 hour.
Dopp kit tutorial
Make this Dopp kit from linen, heavier or quilting cottons, canvas or home decor–weight fabric. If you’d like the interior to be water-resistant, it can be also lined with oilcloth.
- Outer fabric: 15″ x 22″ for the body and 3″ x 10″ for the handles.
- Lining fabric: 15″ x 22″
- Fusible fleece: 15″ x 22″ and 3″ x 10″ (optional on heavier fabrics)
- 16″ zipper (does not need to be a separating zipper)
Step 1: Apply the fusible fleece
Fuse fleece to wrong side of outer fabric and handle, following the manufacturer’s directions.
Step 2: Create the handle
Fold the handle fabric in half lengthwise and press. Then fold each long edge into the center fold.
Fold everything in half along the first lengthwise fold. Press well.
Topstitch along each edge and once in the center. Cut in half to make two 5″ pieces. Set aside.
Step 3: Secure the zipper
Place your lining fabric right side up. Open the zipper and align it along the short edge of the lining with the pull tab facing up.
The top zipper stops should be ½” away from the left side of the fabric.
Align one short edge of the outer fabric with the zipper and lining, wrong side up. Pin or glue baste the zipper in place in preparation for sewing.
Stitch the short edge with a ¼” seam. Use a zipper foot if desired, or move your needle to the right and use your regular foot.
Step 4: Sew the other side of the zipper
Next, we’ll sew the other end of the lining and outer fabrics to the other half of the zipper.
Keeping the zipper open, fold the lining right sides together; then fold the outer fabric so it is right sides together with the un-sewn short end of the lining.
Align both fabrics with the zipper, making sure the zipper stops are ½” away from the right side of the fabric, and the zipper tab is facing up. Pin or glue baste the zipper in place, then stitch with a ¼” seam.
Step 5: Topstitch the zipper
Adjust your project so that the lining and outer fabrics are wrong sides together, and the two parts of the zipper are aligned (but leave it un-zipped for now). Press the lining and outer fabrics back from each edge of the zipper, then topstitch.
Step 6: Align and pin the zipper in the center
Fold the Dopp kit so your lining is right sides together. Close the zipper and shift the pieces so that the zipper is exactly 5½” in from both edges of the outer fabric (see photo above). Pin both ends of the zipper in place at center to keep them in place through the next step.
From each corner, cut a rectangle that is 1¾” x by 1½”. Unpin your zipper.
Step 8: Turn inside out
Turn fabrics inside out, so that the outer fabric is right sides together. Unzip your zipper a few inches.
Step 9: Pin handles in place
Separate the two layers of outer fabric. Pin a handle to each end of the Dopp kit around the zipper as shown in the photo above.
Step 10: Sew sides closed
After making sure the lining and outer fabric are aligned well, pin them together. Then, Stitch each short end of the Dopp kit with a 3/8″ seam.
Stitch slowly over the zipper to avoid breaking your needle. Trim any excess zipper tape if desired. Finish seam allowances if desired.
Step 11: Turn right side out
Turn the Dopp kit right side out through one of the rectangular corner cuts. It may seem like it won’t budge, but it will turn — just keep pulling it through and be patient.
Step 12: Align the corners
Re-align all corners and edges of the Dopp kit, paying close attention to the corner layers.
Open one of the cut corners and align the short-end seam with the center of the corner edges (see photo above). Make sure all the layers are well aligned. This will make a nice boxed corner.
Step 13: Sew and trim the boxed corners
Stitch the raw edges with a ¼” seam.
Trim the seam to 1/8″. Repeat Steps 12 and 13 for the other three corners.
Step 14: Finish the French seams
Turn the Dopp kit inside out. Push out the four boxed corners well along their seams and pin each one.
Stitch each boxed corner with a 3/8″ seam, finishing the french seams and enclosing all raw edges.
Step 15: Press
Turn your finished Dopp kit right side out and press each seamed edge as desired.
Sew zippered bags with absolute confidence!
Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in December 2015 and was updated in December 2017.