Free Design: Storage Pouch for Children’s Art Supplies

April 1, 2019By Joanne BankoDIY, Free Design of the Month, Projects 7 Comments Opinion by Paid Consultant

Finished size of pouch:

  • 11-inches wide X 8.5-inches long. Inside pocket is sized to hold a blank sketchpad measuring 6-inches wide X 9-inches High X 1-inch deep.

Opposite side of Finished Pouch

Have a budding artist in your midst? Keep art supplies such as markers, crayons and a sketch pad handy in this simple storage pouch. April is National Kite Month so we decorated the pouch with a cute kite design you can download as the Brother Free Design of the Month.

Materials and Supplies

Quilt weight cotton fabric and notions for pouch:

  • Main pouch piece: Cut two pieces measuring 12-inches wide X 18-inches long from decorative fabric. Label one for outside piece and one for inside piece.
  • Inside pocket: Cut one piece measuring 12-inches wide X 14-inches long from decorative fabric, and one measuring 12-inches wide X 14-inches long from lining.
  • Flap: Cut one piece measuring 12-inches wide X 5-inches long from decorative fabric, and one measuring 12-inches wide X 5-inches long from lining. (Round off two corners to create shape for flap).
  • Cut one piece measuring 3-inches wide X 10-inches long.
  • Medium weight clear vinyl for outside pocket – cut one piece measuring 12-inches wide X 7-inches long.
  • Medium weight fusible interfacing for outside pouch piece and inside pocket piece.
  • Contrast fabric for embroidering design as an appliqué. Choose a firm cotton and fuse medium weight interfacing to the wrong side. Featured design is embroidered in an 8-inch square hoop. See instructions for additional options.
  • Plastic snaps and snap setter for flap closure. Option: Use sew on hook and loop tape as a substitute for snaps.

Brother Free Design of the Month: See Figure #1

Figure #1

Steps to Create Pouch

  1. Prepare pieces for sewing, adding interfacing to wrong side of outside pouch piece and inside pocket piece. See below:

Note: You need approximately ½ yard of decorative fabric for this project, plus remnants of coordinating fabric for lining. If you want to determine exact yardage, make patterns from paper or pattern tracing cloth and do a trial layout to calculate yardage.
  1. Transfer free design to your machine and embroider design on contrasting piece to create an appliqué.
Options: If you have appliqué function on your machine, you can use it to create the appliqué patch. Your manual includes complete details for creating an appliqué patch. See Figure #2a. For another option, embroider on contrast fabric, trim design to desired shape and turn under raw edges or satin stitch to attach to pouch. If your fabric is not too busy you can skip the appliqué process, embroidering the design directly on the outside of the pouch piece.

Pin, and then sew appliqué, having it centered at one end of outside (interfaced) pouch piece. See Figure #2b and Figure #2c.

Figure #2a
Figure #2b
Figure #2c
  1. Select strap piece. Fold in half and sew a ½-inch seam along long edge. Turn right side out and press. Fold in half and pin 1-inch from top edge of outside piece. Locate the lengthwise center of front piece and place edge of transparent plastic pocket piece along center line. Attach non-stick rolling foot and stitch close to bottom edge using a straight stitch with a length of 3.5. Switch to a basting stitch and baste vinyl along side edges. See stitching lines shown in Figure #3.
Figure #3
  1. Place standard foot back on the machine. Sew pocket pieces right sides together along each 12-inch edge. Turn right side out and press. Center lining side of pocket on inside pouch piece, then mark and sew along center of inside pocket. Baste raw edges together along sides. See enhanced photo in Figure #4.
Figure #4
  1. Place flap pieces right sides together and sew a ½-inch seam along shaped edge. Turn right side out and press. Pin to top edge of outside piece. See Figure #5.
Figure #5
  1. Layer outside and inside pieces as shown below.

  1. Pin layers together, leaving a space marked for turning. See Figure #6.
Tip: Use clips to avoid pinning through vinyl area.
Figure #6
  1. Stitch pouch pieces together using a 3/8-inch seam allowance. Turn right side out, taking care to avoid wrinkling vinyl as much as possible. Press from the inside of the pouch without touching vinyl with iron.
  2. Topstitch close to finished edge, using a stitch length of 3.5.
Tip: Use the leveling button on foot “A” to sew over thick spots. See Figure #7.
Figure #7
  1. Gather snap parts. See Figure #8.
Figure #8

Attach snaps to flap. Attach corresponding snaps to vinyl pocket, adding a 1-inch piece of vinyl as a reinforcement for each one. You are finished!

Insert art supplies and your child is ready to express their artistic side at a moment’s notice. See photos below:


  • This is very cute. I love the fabric you used for the case. As I have 5 granddaughters, is Brother offering a freebie girl type design for this case too?

    Can you share which Brother machine you used for this project?

    Thanks 😊

    • Hi Speattle!
      We’ll keep your suggestion for a girl design in the forefront for a future project. In the meantime, check out the Morango Designs Dan & Daisy category on The free design for this month came from there. You’ll find cute girl designs there as well.

      I purchased the fabric from a local quilt shop just recently. The colors really drew me in as they reminded me of colorful crayons and markers.

      For this project the embroidery was done on the Brother PR670e. I used the Brother NS1750D for sewing the pouch. Thanks for all your input on this project!

    • Thanks for taking the time to write! Any embroidery design that fits the pouch area could be substituted for the children’s design. This style of pouch could work for journaling materials, sewing supplies, cosmetics, etc. A simple change of fabric would give it a whole new look!

    • Hi Shirley,

      Thanks for reaching out!

      The Free Design for this project can be found at two different places on the page. The first is in the opening paragraph as the bold words Brother Free Design of the Month is linked to download the project to your computer – just click on the phrase. The second spot is above the image of the Free Design as the wording BoyWithKite.pes is set up as a hyperlink as well – just click on that title to download the Free Design.

      Hope this helps!

      Happy Sewing!

      The Brother Sews Team

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