Sometimes the best ideas are simple ones. I bought the two-sided pouch pattern from Debby Hunker’s site, Doodabug, and I just keep finding more and more purposes for it!
Debby’s Keep It Clean pattern is a two-sided pouch for masks (clean mask/used mask). It has two zippered sections back to back that are separated internally. If you use a waterproof lining such as denier 300 or PUL, then the contents on either side will not mingle even when wet.
It is a simple design, which makes it easy to whip up quickly. Debby has a detailed step-by-step video so I didn’t even need to refer to the included instructions. Sweet.
What did I make?
My daughter-in-law uses cloth diapers for her little one. She expressed a desire for a small bag that could be used to transport soiled diapers. Added bonus would be to be able to store clean ones too. This was to be just a simple container to throw into her larger diaper bag. So, a two-sided bag; I knew just the thing!
The “Keep it Clean” pattern contains directions to a make a finished bag that is approximately 5″ x 6″. However, it is easy to adjust these dimensions.
For one side, I used a cute bunny and fawn cotton fabric on the outside and the same cotton for the pocket lining. For the “soiled” side, I used a plain grey with a 300 denier fabric for the interior lining.
The pattern calls for two zippers of a specific width one for each side. Because I was playing around with the dimensions a bit, I used grey zipper tape that I had on hand. This way I could cut it to any length I wanted. Now I used #5 zipper tape, but I think the smaller #3 might have been better really for such a light-weight bag. But, me being me, I liked the way the grey tape matched and my smaller tape on hand was only in white, black and navy. So, matchy-matchy won the day!
Shout out to my wonderful Juki TL-2010Q sewing machine too. It is so satisfying to sew with and the stitches look great on both sides.
The final inside pocket of each side:
Oh, also, I used this same pattern to create a pouch that stores the chess men in a hanging chess board I made for my son. One side of the pouch I used black zipper tape and the other white for the chess pieces.
This pouch is so versatile. Love it!