The crossover feature means that there is no need for closures, so no buttons or button holes! All you need is a few scraps of fabric, and if you'd like, some bias binding.
The cutting part is so simple: all you need is five rectangles of the same size. I decided to allow ½" room plus ¼" seam allowance on each side, so cut out five 4" x 8" rectangles. I wanted a criss-cross effect so cut two of my pieces with the pattern running in the opposite direction from the others.
Fold two of your rectangles in half along the long side and two in half along the short side, such that the right-sides are facing outwards:
Now to start layering your pieces up ready to sew:
- If you are planning not to add a border of binding, and will therefore be turning your pouch out after sewing it, place the unfolded piece right-side up (if you are going to bind it, place it wrong-side up) and place a long piece on top of it aligning the side with the two raw edges with the edge of the bottom piece and the folded edge running along the middle.
- Place a short piece aligning the side with the two raw edges with the edge of the bottom piece and the folded edge running along the middle.
- Place the second long piece opposite the first long piece.
- Place the second short piece opposite the first short piece, tucking one side under the first long piece so as to create the criss-cross.
- Pin all the pieces together.
- Sew a ¼" seam all the way round. If you are binding your pouch, do this now. If you are not binding it, sew a zigzag over-casting stitch all the way round to prevent further fraying and turn your pouch right-side out.