Yet another tutorial from Diz. Here he shows us how to make a larger pleated pouch. This technique tha he demonstrates allows for a proper bottom to be formed. I had previously used a different technique for multi-mag magazine pouches, but have since switched to the method shown here.

OK, now we’ll take a look at A technique for making a multiple mag pouch. In this case I am making a go bag, aka “happy sack”, which came from the demented mind of Paul Gomez. This is the same technique I would use to make a double or triple mag pouch.
So with no further ado, let’s get started. The back and pouch panel have been previously constructed. Fold the pouch edge over and place on back. Plunge needle and sew.


Sew down to about mid-way. Form your side fold. You will notice for a single pouch, we didn’t do this step. However, once you are more than 1 mag thick, you need to make allowance for a bottom. So here we are.


And sew to the edge.


Triple stitch.

Now do the same thing on the other side. If this is a single pouch, fold over edge and repeat. If this is a double (or however many), just line up the pouch and back (obviously no foldover) and repeat. As an added bonus, you are now forming the side for two pouches.


If this is a single pouch, or if you have completed all the sides on a multiple, do the remaining side. Fold under, line up, and sew down to the mid point. Form the 2d side fold.


And triple stitch.

Now we will do the bottom the same way as a single. Form your first fold.


Plunge your needle in the fold, not the corner of the pouch. I wanted to show this step cuz it’s important to start on the fold, otherwise the fold wants to “smear” or roll forward (away from the edge).


Now form the 2d fold. Sew to the edge.


If this is a multiple, now form the next fold. And finish out.


And here’s what it looks like when it’s done.


And another view showing the bottom corner better, with both side and bottom folds.

You will notice I set the folds to end about 3/8″ from the bottom corner. This is so you miss the 3/8″ seam allowance in the corner. This forms the corner nicely, without having a big knot from too many layers.
I like this technique because I can form pouches without having to pre-sew all the corners; you do this on the fly. While the corners are not stitched down in a traditional manner, they are just as strong, and “free-float” to fit the object(s) stuck in the pouch.


About the author: Mike Rinaldi
Founder of In My Workshop. Serial maker and DIYer. Trying to build a virtual home for people like me.