I’ve been working on wristlet pouches for a while. So far I’ve made no less than four different versions.
This was the first one. I loved its simple construction and cute shape.
But it turned out to be a little too narrow to fit a typical women’s wallet. I had no idea because my own wallet is very small — it’s great to have a product tester to point these things out for me.
So this is the wider version I made. (aside: I used this traditional Japanese fabric, with which I’ve been in love for a while.) Definitely wide enough for big women’s wallets. I also started using padding for that cushy feel. My product tester was happy.
So I made another one using this gorgeous handprinted fabric from Blueberry Ash.
Very pretty. At this point I was still attached to the shape of the small pouch, so I made one of each.
But deep down I wasn’t happy with the shape of the larger pouch. It just wasn’t cute enough for me. So I tried this one, using a recessed zipper pattern, with a fake piping detail. I used another gorgeous traditional Japanese fabric called “nanairo” (seven colors).
The result? It was a disaster! It wasn’t anywhere near cute. It looked boxy and cold like a fridge.
Then I figured out what I didn’t like about it: I didn’t like the bottom of the pouch looking narrower than the top. I also thought the pouch was out of proportion because it was too short for its width. So I got off my lazy chair and drafted a nice rounded pouch pattern. It should be wide enough for a large wallet, but is also slightly taller. I scrapped the recessed zipper idea, but made the zipper ends a little neater. Here’s a sample.
Now this one, I am in love. See how cute it is with the bottom of the bag looking rounded and wider than at the top? It doesn’t have a gusset, but it is still 3D in shape because of the little darts. It looks so friendly and inviting, you just want to hold in your hand all the time.
Here’s the same pouch in green. Which one do you like better — green or red? Finally, finally the pouches are shop-ready!