Below are the steps I followed. I'm sure these can be improved but in one day they are now on the shelf - that's worth more to me than you know (maybe some of you do!). At the end I'll post links of some really pretty ones you can buy online - they're beautiful! Who knows, maybe one day the olders will polish up this process and sell online themselves to support their 4-H activities and contests (we're constantly short on money for their 4-H activities). Doubtful but you never know.
I got some 'drapery samples' over the summer at JoAnn Fabrics in the sale bin. Each big square was a dollar and I got 4 pouches from one.
1. Use a set of 3-part cards to generally measure out the fabric (if you're a faithful reader you know by now I'm not a perfectionist). My cards come from different online sources or are homemade so they are not all uniform. I picked a bulky set (animal homes, I believe) to measure. Mark with chalk.
2. Cut with pinking shears. You could use any scissors but I did this because I didn't plan on putting a seam on the folded up pocket edge. I sure wished I had a surger at this point! My pinking shears are dull for some odd reason (odd because I've only used them about 3 times) so this was tedious.
[Optional step: Trace a flat cutout fabric rectangle on paper to save as a future pattern.]
3. Pin a small seam on each side and fold up to where you marked keeping the seam inside.
[Another optional step: Label the front flap using fabric markers. I chose not to because I want to reuse these.]
5. Done! Take pictures and insert the cards.
Total cost for 4 pouches: $2.00 (which includes sewing fee, no kidding!) - that's only 50 cents each (25 cents if you sewed them yourself)!
Smiling younger dd and nicer presentation: Priceless!
Here are some links for premade pouches:
I left the main link for this one because all of her pouches look so inviting:
Here are some more 3-part card storage pouch ideas:
Allow yourself time to get complete immersed in this wonderful blog, especially if you have youngers. I made a similar one over a year ago (or so??) for our Birds of the World 3-part cards that are currently in our Zoology Box. I'll have to see if I can find a picture later.
Same blog. This may solve my seam problem (might be a little too tall though):
This was my model waaaay back when I made the Birds pouch:
Another idea: I used a pretty photo book with a leaf cover to put all of the leaf 3-part cards that are in the Botany Box.