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How to make elasticised pockets for your bag: Using the Ingenious Tote to demonstrate {Guest Post by Dana of Particular Penguin}.

Hi Everyone šŸ™‚

A few weeks ago (in a Facebook Group) I noticed Dana of Particular Penguin was making a few changes to her Ingenious Tote. So I asked her if she would like to come on my blog to share her process with you all! Ā For those that would like to add elasticised pockets to your gusseted bag, (using the Ingenious Tote to demonstrate), keep reading my friend…


Over to you Dana…

1. Cut a piece of fabric that is twice the width of where it’ll end up going and twice the height of how tall you’d like your pocket to be. My gusset it 7″ wide, and I want my pocket to be 9ish” tall. So my cut piece is 14″x18″.


2. Fold in half height wise and press.


3. Fold down the top fold about 1.5″. This will be a “memory crease” for when I create the casing for the 1″ elastic. My casing will not be 1″ because it doesn’t need to be skin tight. It’s just a casing lol

4. Long stitch down the memory crease


5. Safety first!

6. Thread the elastic though the casing…Hiiiiiiiiiiiiiieeeee!!!!!


7. Stitch down that elastic.


8. Scrunch your fabric to be the same width as your piece that this pocket will be attached too


9. Stitch it down.


10. Now you have two options for the bottom of the pocket: gather or pleat.


11. Baste onto piece and VOILA.

This doesn’t create a tight elastic pocket, but it does have some give for fitting lots of stuff!



Thank you Dana!
Your Ingenious Tote is lovely šŸ™‚

I would love to see any Ingenious Tote BagsĀ you make, so please feel free to share them with me viaĀ FB, IG, orĀ TĀ šŸ™‚ or just use the tag #ingenioustote

If you would likeĀ to purchase the Ingenious ToteĀ pattern, you can do so onĀ EtsyĀ orĀ Craftsy.

If you do use this tutorial to add elasticised pockets to your gusseted bag feel free toĀ use the tag #tutorialsbyemkie:)

I would love to stay in touch with you, so pleaseĀ sign up for my newsletter here.

Happy sewing everyone!

P.S Dana has this great video of her finished Ingenious tote on her page!

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