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The Hamilton Pouch, PDF Sewing Pattern

The Hamilton Pouch, PDF Sewing Pattern

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This is a digital PDF pattern, not a physical product.  The pattern will be available for download after purchase.

The Hamilton Pouch is a beginner sewing pattern for those who want to sew their own bags.  The pouch can be made three ways, with options for a contrast bottom and exterior pockets.  With step-by-step instructions and full colour photos, this pattern will show you how to install a zipper, how to make a boxed corner to add depth to the pouch, and how to create slip pockets.  Let's get sewing!

Difficulty Level: Beginner

This is a measure-and-cut pattern.  All pattern measurements are in inches (imperial).

Finished Dimensions: 8" tall, 8" by 3" at the base, 10" zipper opening.

PDF patterns are final sale, no returns or refunds.

This sewing pattern is protected by copyright and may not be reproduced, printed or sold without the author’s permission.  The purchaser may sell bags made from this pattern, but only on a small handmade scale.  Please credit the Hamilton Pouch by Hammerstitch Bags in your product listings and social media posts.

See below for material requirements.

Pouch Features

View 1: basic pouch with a solid exterior and no exterior pockets.

View 2: contrast bottom

View 3: exterior pockets

All Views have the option for an interior slip pocket.

Material Requirements


Exterior, Views 1 and 3: 0.5 yards of waxed canvas, quilting cotton, or cotton-linen blend.

Exterior, View 2: 1 fat quarter (18" by 22") for the top panel, and 1 fat quarter for the contrast bottom.

Lining, all views: 0.5 yards of quilting cotton or cotton-linen blend.


1 yard of fusible woven interfacing such as Pellon SF-101 (based on 20” wide).

OR 0.5 yards of interfacing for the lining only, if you are using waxed canvas for the exterior. Waxed canvas does not require interfacing.


One 10" fixed-length zipper such as a YKK metal zipper

OR 10.5" of vinyl zippers-by-the-yard and one zipper pull.

Tools & Supplies

Cutting mat, rotary cutter, acrylic ruler, fabric scissors, wonder clips, pins, iron, fabric pen, point turner, seam ripper.

Size 90-14 or 100-16 (denim) needle, and a presser foot for your sewing machine.  You may use a zipper foot for sewing in the zippers, but a presser foot will work too.

Matching or contrasting thread.


One small (6mm post) rivet for exterior pocket.

Double cap rivet setter and anvil.

Hammer or mallet (I recommend a bakelite mallet).

1/8” drive punch or rotary punch for making a hole in the fabric.

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