Lisa Lam is the author of the popular The Bag Making Bible: The Complete Creative Guide to Sewing Your Own Bags and A Bag for All Reasons. Lisa also owns U-Handbag and designs bag patterns, including our Super Online Sewing Match Round Three Challenge pattern, the It’s a Cinch! Tote. (Psst: There’s a 20% discount code at that link for all of Lisa’s patterns!) Today Lisa has a tutorial for this Quick Key Clip with Clip-On Pouch. It’s the perfect accompaniment to the It’s a Cinch! Tote. Have fun making this handy, little bag; it’s a super-quick and satisfying project, completed in about half an hour!

This very handy pouch can be used to store smaller valuables that you want kept extra secure and easy to access. Instead of fishing around in the depths of your bag or pockets you can just pull up this handy pouch. The pouch clips onto the key clip hook (which doubles as a hook for your keys). You can attach the key clip onto the exterior or lining of your bag. But perhaps the best thing about this pouch is that is takes no longer than 30 minutes to make!

I have made my pouch large enough to hold my purse, but you can make your pouch whatever size you want. I have written the instructions so you can make your pouch to your desired size.

You will need:

  • 1 ½ yard x of 1 inch wide bias binding (1.5m x 2.5cm)
  • 1/2 inch wide trigger hook (0.13cm)
  • 1/2 inch wide D-ring (0.13cm)
  • 1 x piece fabric (that is no lighter than quilt weight) and matching thread. My fabric was: 7 1/4 inch (w) x 17 5/16 inch H) (18.5 cm x 44 cm). See the photo below. This made a pouch with a finished size of 6 inch (15 cm) wide x 8 ¼ inch (21 cm) high.

Pattern notes:

  • Seam allowances are included in the pattern and are stated in the instructions.
  • Fabric recommendations are: medium to home dec/upholstery weight fabric. Light fabrics are not suitable as the pouch is not interfaced and lined.
  • The pouch is stitched using the French seam technique.
  • WSO/RSO/WST/RST = Wrong/right side out, Wrong/right side together

1. With your pouch fabric RSO and fold one of the short edges down to the WS by 3/16 inch (0.5 cm). Iron the fold and repeat, this time by 3/8 inch (1 cm). On the WS stitch the folded edge down 1/8 inch (2 mm) from the first folded edge. Repeat for the other short edge of the fabric.

2. Decide how long you would like your key loop to be. The length will depend on where you intend to attach the key loop and the amount of “dangle” length you want. I am going to stitch my key loop into a side edge of my bag lining pocket. Cut the desired key loop length plus 3/4 inch (2 cm) from the bias tape. Fold in both short edges to the WS by 3/8 inch (1 cm). Fold the tape in half RST and stitch the long open edge shut.

3. Stitch the trigger hook onto the key loop. Thread one of the key loop ends through the trigger hook ring by 1/2 inch (0.13 cm) and stitch down in forward and reverse for strength. See the second photo. Fold and stitch the key loop end over the trigger hook ring.

4. Cut another length of the bias tape. This length needs to be 15 inch (38 cm longer than the width of your pouch fabric). From this length of bias tape we are going to make the pouch tie and the D-ring loop. Fold the tape in half RST and stitch the long open edge shut.

5. From the bias tape you have just stitched cut off a 3 1/2 inch (9 cm) length. This piece will be the D-ring loop. Thread the D-ring onto the loop. Set aside.

6. Cut another two same size lengths of bias tape. They both need to 1 9/16 inch (4 cm) shorter than the width of the pouch fabric. These pieces will be the casings for the pouch tie. Set aside.

7. Take one of the casing bias pieces RSO and fold in both short edges 3/8 inch (1 cm) to the WS. Iron the folds. Repeat with the other casing bias piece.

8. Place one of the casing pieces widthways onto the pouch fabric. Position it 3/4 inch (2 cm) down from the RS centre top edge of one of the fabric short edges. Ensure the casing is straight (not wonky) and pin in place. Stitch the casing down along both long edges 1/8 inch (2 mm) from the edge. See the photo. Pin and stitch the casing onto the pouch fabric. Ensure the casing position is central and not wonky on the fabric. Repeat for the other casing piece.

9. Take the D-ring loop (with D-ring attached) and fold it in half by bringing the short edges together. Place the folded loop onto the WS side edge (either side is fine) of the pouch fabric and pin in place as shown in the photo. Position the loop (with ring facing inwards) on the WS side edge, 2 inch (5 cm) from the top edge.

10. Take the pouch fabric (with loop attached) and fold in half by bringing the short edges RST. Pin and stitch both long edges together with a 3/8 inch (0.5 cm) seam. Finger press the seams open as best as you can (yep, I know it’s fiddly).

11. Turn the pouch WSO and stitch along both long edges with a 3/8 inch (1 cm seam). Turn the bag RSO and iron.

12. Take the pouch tie (from Step 1) and thread it through the casing on one side of the pouch, around the pouch side edge and back through the casing on the other pouch side. See the photo. Begin threading the tie into casing opposite to the side where the D-ring loop is placed. Tie a knot into the tie-ends.