Free Cinch Pouch Tutorial for Gifts!

Grainline Studio | Cinch Pouch Tutorial

Today's free tutorial is our popular cinch pouch pattern! These are perfect as reusable gift wrapping, project bags, jewelry storage, and more! You'll likely have all you need in your scrap bin – if you're missing cording or ribbons try using bias binding or make some spaghetti cord using our great tutorial here!

This tutorial was written by Sarah all back in 2016 and it's still one of my favorites. With that let's dive into her original instructions!

Cinch Pouch Tutorial

Because I am using scrap fabric, this tutorial is more free form when it comes to measurements.  The goal is to get two good sized squares or rectangles, so try to find some larger scrap pieces.

Have fun making them!

Grainline Studio | Cinch Bag Tutorial


  • Ball Park 1/4 yard of fabric or scraps
  • Thread
  • Shoe laces, binding, rope, ribbons… Your choice! It just needs to be over twice as long as the width of your pouch.

1. Cut two rectangles of fabric. Any size! Depending on how large or small you want your pouch to be. Our large pouch rectangles measured 9 1/2" x 9 1/2" and our small pouch rectangles measured  7 1/2" x 6 1/2".

Grainline Studio | Cinch Pouch Tutorial

2. Fold and press under 1/4" around the three top edges of each rectangle, stopping 2 1/4" down from top on side seams.

Grainline Studio | Cinch Pouch Tutorial

3. With right sides facing, stitch your rectangles together starting 2" down from the top, using 1/4" seam allowance.

Grainline Studio | Cinch Pouch Tutorial

4.  To reinforce the side seam, sew a line of horizontal stitches where the fabric splits at the top.

Cinch Bag Photo four

5. Fold over fabric 1" from the top, and press.  Sew along the folded edge to create a casing for your rope.

Grainline Studio | Cinch Pouch Tutorial

6.  Thread your rope through one casing channel, and continue around through the other channel, bringing both rope ends to the same side. Repeat on the opposite side.

Grainline Studio | Cinch Pouch Tutorial

7. Tie the ends of your rope together and pull closed. There you have it... a perfect gift for your Mom!