Welcome to the final tutorial for Q3 of the Finish Along where the lovely Kirsten of Gemini Stitches has returned once more with a great tutorial for a car first aid kit.  Take it away Kirsten:

The idea for this pouch came about as my daughter has just bought herself her first car and she wanted to have a basic first aid kit to keep in the glovebox.

After seeing similar “Plus” blocks around recently, I thought that incorporating one into a block for a zipper pouch would be perfect for her.

Requirements:
Scraps of red for the Red Cross, and low volume/text fabrics for the background<
Backing fabric – 7.5 x 7.5″
Lining fabric – (2)  7.5 x 7.5″
Batting piece – 8 x 8″
7″ zip
Basic sewing supplies: Rotary cutter, quilting ruler, pins, thread.

Optional:
light/medium-weight fusible interfacing

Note:
I used a canvas fabric for the backing so didn’t interface it but if using a quilting weight cotton, you may choose to use a fusible interfacing for the backing piece

1. Cut the red scraps into (5) 2 x 2″ squares, then cut the background fabrics into the following sizes:
(2) 2″ sq
(4) 2 x 3.5″ strips
(2) 2 x 7.5″ strips

2. Lay all of the pieces out as below:

3. Pin and stitch the pieces together using a 1/4″ seam.

4. Press the seams open, then sew the rows together as below.

5. Press the block again, lay it on a piece of batting and quilt as desired. – I just did some horizontal straight lines across the pouch about 1/2 inch apart. After quilting, trim the block back to 7.5 x 7.5″.

6. Gather your quilted block, backing and lining pieces along with the zip.

7. Lay the pieces down in the following order: quilted block right side up – zip (with zipper pull to the right) right side down – then one peice of lining right side down.

8. Pin across the top and stitch the layers together using a zipper foot. You may need to pull the zipper open about halfway, then lift the presser foot and finish stitching the seam if the zipper pull gets in the way.

9. Flip the lining back around the zip so that the fabrics are wrong sides together and press. For the other side of the zip, layer the pieces in the following order:  backing piece right side up – zipper (now with zipper pull to the left) right side down – second lining piece right side down. Pin and stitch along the seam again.

10. Flip the lining over again so both sides have the fabrics wrong sides together and press. Pin and top stitch along the zipper.

11. At this point open the zipper at least halfway then flip the fabrics again so that the front/back are right sides together, and the 2 lining pieces are also right sides together. Pin the front/back and two lining pieces together, leaving a 3″ gap for turning in the lining (inbetween the 2 green pins on my photo), and stitch around the outside of the rectangle.

12. Using your quilting ruler, mark a 1.5″ square on the corner the lining and front/back pieces.

13. Then cut a 1.5″ square out  rectangle.

14. Repeat this for each of the 4 corners.

15. Pinch the corners together, matching the side and bottom seams and being careful to nest the seams. Pin and sew about 1/4 inch from the open edge. Repeat this for the remaining 3 corners of the pouch.

16. Now pull the pouch right side out through the opening you left in the lining. Press well and stitch the gap in the lining closed either by machine or hand.

17. Finally, push the lining back inside the pouch and you are done!

18. You should now have a nice flat bottom on your pouch so it can be stood up – you can also fit a little more into it this way.

19. I also made a slightly larger pouch to keep in our family car finishing at about 10″ wide using 2.5″ squares for  the red cross, with background fabrics in the following measurements:

(2) 2.5 x 2.5″
(4) 2.5 x 4.5″
(2) 2.5 x 10.5″

The backing and lining pieces for this larger pouch were cut to 10.5 x 10.5″ square and I used a 10″ zip.

Disclaimer: I realize there are a lot of plus blocks out there, if you happen to have seen this exact one before, please know that I did my best to create my own variation of this plus type block and did not intentionally copy anyone.  Thanks!

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial,

Kirsten.

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