Boxy Clear Pouch: Pattern Review

Dec 12, 2017

If you're looking for an easy Christmas gift this holiday season that will still impress your friends and family, you should definitely checkout the Boxy Clear Pouch by Aneela Hoey.

I have made this pattern before as a pattern tester for Aneela, but yesterday I whipped up two of these in the small size in a couple hours as Christmas gifts for my two daughters, then finished hand binding them this morning. I absolutely love the way they turned out! 
First I'd like to show you the gifts, then I'll show off the version I tested and get onto the review!

A combination of Cotton & Steel, Sarah Jane, and Dear Stella fabrics were used on both of these pouches. The pink firefly one is for my youngest daughter, Lily, and the other is for my oldest daughter Zoey. Each of them shows off their different personalities and favorite colors. I think they're really going to enjoy them!

Now on to the pouch I made while pattern testing and a review of the pattern :)...

I used all Cotton & Steel fabrics on this version and a cute piece of twill ruler tape for the pull tab. As you can see these pouches (this is the small version) hold quite a bit! I've got 2 large Aurifil thread spools and 10 Moda mini charms in this one with room to spare! I eventually removed the thread spools and put them back on my rack then continued filling this pouch with my Mini Charm collection. It held 18 with ease!!

Boxy Clear Pouch Pattern Review:

 As always, Aneela's patterns are easy to follow and understand. She has great illustrations to help you get a picture of the steps required to complete the pouch and just like the Zip-Up Tray Pouch and Double Zip Box Pouch that I pattern tested for her, her creations are always unique and different from other patterns!

Contrary to the fact this pattern and others of hers may seem a bit difficult, they're really not. An intermediate sewist could easily complete them and a beginner could do so too! Don't be afraid of zippers and vinyl... this pattern is quite easy to complete!

If you'd like to purchase it, click here.

The only "difficult" part of this pattern is the hand binding, which really isn't too tough as long as you can do a nice ladder or "invisible" stitch and have the right tools to use. If you're new to hand stitching, checkout some YouTube videos to learn a few stitches. It's easy to catch on to, I promise!

I prefer a #10 Milliners needle and 40 wt. thread for strength (especially since my kids will be using these). It took me almost exactly one hour to hand bind two pouches, but thats because I'm a bit slow and like to take my time to make it look as neat as possible.

Have you made this pattern?

What do you think of it? I have yet to try the large size, because the small is so generous in size already but I would definitely consider making a large one for toiletries while traveling or to hold sewing supplies.

I think this would be extra cute in a short version too... one for binding clips and such! Anyway, thanks for reading and I hope you love these pouches!

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