Little Poinsettia Pouch (with Pattern)

I sewed this pretty, little pouch to keep these unmentionables hygienically stashed in my handbag, and prevent embarrassing incidents. And there's a pattern

Have you noticed how women’s bags are always full to the brim with stuff. Or is it only mine?

The worst part is when you have to get something out of your bag and something indiscreet suddenly pops up to our utter embarrassment. Or is it only me, again?

I sewed this pretty, little pouch to keep these unmentionables hygienically stashed in my handbag, and to prevent embarrassing incidents. And there’s a pattern.

I sewed this pretty, little pouch to keep these unmentionables hygienically stashed in my handbag, and prevent embarrassing incidents. And there's a pattern.

After yet another episode of Open Handbag, Something Embarrassing is Right on Top, I decided to make my own solution to it.

Remember my Poinsettia Curvy Bag (pattern included) (lovingly re-named The Boob Bag by Bo)? I had an extra bit of fabric, and decided to make a little pouch to carry these “seasonal” items. You can download the pattern for the pouch here.

I sewed this pretty, little pouch to keep these unmentionables hygienically stashed in my handbag, and prevent embarrassing incidents. And there's a pattern

I lined the pouch with pink polka dot fabric leftover from Little Mango’s dress. It closes with hook and loop tape.

I used fusible fleece as interfacing to give it more body, if you use sturdier fabric (like denim or similar) the fusible fleece is not necessary.

I was going to finish the side with bias tape, but it turned out to be more complicated than I though, instead I used the satin ribbon stitch in my sewing machine (a tight zigzag).

The pouch is the perfect size to carry several tampons. Also the perfect size to carry a few sanitary pads, of several sizes if necessary.

I sewed this pretty, little pouch to keep these unmentionables hygienically stashed in my handbag, and prevent embarrassing incidents. And there's a pattern.

Or like I am using it right now, to carry “snot rags” for my two snotty brats, I mean husband and child. I have found that old cotton t-shirts are less irritating than tissues. I cut squares from my old, headed-for-the-trash tees and serge the seams. We just wash them in the washing machine with our whites and they are ready to use again.

Some people might not like the idea, but we’ve been doing this for a long time, it’s easier on the nose, on the pocket and on the planet.

So, snot rags: yay or nay?

Aunt Clara

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11 Comments

  1. Alisi's Mummy says:

    Yay for snot rags! I've used hankies all my life and agree – they're much gentler on the nose than a scratchy tissue.

  2. I love the snot rag idea! My hubby carries a hanky, but I am always looking for something to wipe my 1yo son's nose. I'm going to make some snot rags for my purse!

  3. Anonymous says:

    As a poor graduate student – and enthusiastic tree-hugger – I completely approve of your snot rags. I use hankies, but yours are even earth-friendlier. So there, yay!~ Sunny ~

  4. A definite yes for snot rags lol! I refuse to spend money on paper tissues & haven't bought any for at least 20 years. Good for you!Love the pouch, it's very pretty as well as useful. 🙂

  5. Lana Mango says:

    By the way, I carry a small ziplock bag (the smallest I find) to put the dirty snot rags in until we get home. We don't want to spread those germs any further.

  6. purplehomes says:

    your pouch looks really pretty. I actually always carry two in my bag…one for the keys of the entire house & other for toiletries…makes it so much easier. Yay for snot rags…we always wash them separately in a big mug & its so much softer on my two year old's button nose:)

  7. Lana Mango says:

    @ AnjiI used a green tee because I was trying to convey the idea of green = earth-friendly. I guess my color choice backfired. 🙂

  8. My kids usually sneak up to give me hug, but in all reality they are using the hug as way to wipe their little runny nose on my shirt…so I'm saying – Yay for snot rags! Maybe they'll stop using my shirt…while I'm wearing it.The bag is super cute too.

  9. I love the idea of snot rags!! Kids like to wipe their noses on their clothes anyways, so why not; and the pouch is super cute too!

  10. Another clever bag Lana Mango.. I'm not keen on the idea of snot rags, but I agree that tissues are wasteful.. at least yours are the right colour!

  11. Little Treasures says:

    Love the pouch both fabric and design! It's the perfect thing!

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