East Dakota Quilter

A New Favorite: Aneela Hoey’s All In One Box Pouch


There’s another birthday for my #birthdayclubhandmade in July, and when I saw the recipient’s inspiration board for the Heather Ross mini swap, which included hexis of a few munki munki prints, just a few photos down my Instagram feed from Aneela Hoey’s new all-in-one box pouch pattern, I knew it was a match made in heaven!

All in one Box Pouch by East Dakota Quilter

All in one Box Pouch by East Dakota Quilter

All in one Box Pouch by East Dakota Quilter

All in one Box Pouch by East Dakota Quilter

I’m usually good about giving away the things I sew. They’re sewn with a particular person and his or her tastes in mind. This pouch, on the other hand… I had to talk myself into packaging and shipping it. Guess I’ll have to make a second one for myself!

The pattern itself was well-written and easy to follow. I especially liked her method of boxing the corners, where you cut the fabric BEFORE you sew it — that was novel to me!

It’s no secret that I’m not a fan of sewing curved lines OR zippers, so combining the two was a bit of a challenge. (“A curved zipper?! What have I gotten myself into?!!”) But I didn’t even have to rip out the seam. I’d say it’s a project for an enterprising beginner or an intermediate sewer. The only seam I had to rip was the one with the pouch tab at the top. The thick layers caused me to sew a little crooked, and instead of stopping and fixing it right away, I thought I could fudge a little bit. The moral of this story is DON’T DO IT, haha.

I like that there is ample space inside the pouch but also some clear pockets for smaller items you want to be able to find quickly. It’s been a real pain finding my thimble and needle when I take my La Passacaglia quilt with me to a coffee shop. I also like the simple back pockets for storing things as you work. I might keep my mini scissors in the bag when I travel, but it will be nice to have a quick place to tuck it as I spread out my project. I love the pattern, and I think the finished product is a success!


5 thoughts on “A New Favorite: Aneela Hoey’s All In One Box Pouch

  1. This is such a cute bag – I just love the pattern and the fact that you used white as the main color, made the other colors really pop. I’m always reluctant to use white in a bag project, but yours turned out so fresh I think I will try it. If it gets dirty – it gets dirty. ha! I’d have a hard time giving this one away too.

    • Thanks for the sweet comment, Joyce! I, too, was afraid to use a light color, but I also wanted to avoid using colors that would overwhelm my hexies. I think I’m going to try more neutrals in the future because it turned out way better than expected! (It helped that I didn’t have to worry about dirt since I was sending it as a gift, haha.) Let me know if you are brave enough to try a white project of your own!

  2. Is the zippered pouch in front Sewn to the boxed pouch or can it be removed for like washing purposes? Really cute love the hexies.

    • Thank you! If you’re following the pattern, it’s sewn directly onto the pouch… although a removable front zipper pocket is an intriguing option. Let me know if you go that route!

  3. Thank you, I’ll let you know.

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