Step 1: Choose two pieces of fabric measuring 25cm x 25cm. Place the pieces right sides together and pin in place.
Step 2: Mark a 3cm wide gap in the middle of one side for turning. Sew together along the sides using a 1cm allowance. Do not forget to backstitch at the beginning and the end of the seam. Remove the pins.
Step 3: Cut off small corners. Turn the pouch right side out, carefully push out the corners. I use a chopstick for that.
Step 4: Iron. Sew the opening closed using the machine or using a ladder stitch by hand. To save the time I did mine using the machine.
Step 5: Decide what side is going to be the inside of the pouch and what is going to be the outside. Place the pouch with the outside fabric facing up. Fold all four corners in and pin in place. In my case the inside of the pouch is going to be the fabric with pine trees and reindeers.
Step 6: Sew the corners in place along the folded edge using a 1cm allownce. Backstitch the beginning and the end of each seam. Remove the pins.
Step 7: Cut a piece of thin elastic cord about 20cm long. Using a safety pin, pull the cord through the casing. Bring the ends together, tighten and make a knot. Cut off the excess ends of the cord. The pouch is ready. Happy stitching!