Because life’s celebrations shouldn’t cost the Earth

Wednesday, 3 February 2016

Faux Suede Make-Up Bag

Upcycled Couch Pouch! 

Whilst at our local car boot sale last summer I came across a chap selling a large amount of soft faux suede which he had removed from his sofa after the frame had apparently given way.  I was most impressed that he had taken the effort to recycle as much of the original materials as possible and absolutely delighted when he said he only wanted £1.00 for the lot!  I shoved it through the washing machine and it came out looking immaculate but it then found its way into a cupboard where I promptly forgot about it, until now....

..And this upcycled couch pouch(!) is the first project I've made with it. The suedette sewed up beautifully, the only downside is the gorgeous napped finish attracts tiny bits of fluff which then need picking off - As a little bit of a neat freak this would have driven me to distraction on a sofa!

I added a matching layered applique flower to the front, which I cut on my Sizzix machine using this Marianne Design flowers die.  The final touch was a vintage blue flower button in the centre of the flower, finishing the pouch off perfectly!

Zipper pouches are always a great project to make as once you've mastered the basic technique, they can be customised in an infinite number of ways.  They also make very useful gifts being suitable for cosmetics, pencil cases, travel pouches etc, etc!   Their look changes completely depending on the decoration added and they can easily be adapted for men, a group I always find it difficult to stitch for!    

Check out more SewforSoul zipper pouches here.


  1. Thats gorgeous xx Hope you are well xx

  2. Another lovely pouch Josie! Great use of the faux suede.
    Barbara xx

  3. Ha ha! Couch Pouch - I love it! What a great find! Jxo

  4. Great purchase Josie, and a brilliant bicycle. Look forward to seeing what you do with the rest of that fabric.

  5. Josie, that is the most adorable makeup bag! Love it! Hugs and blessings, Cindy

  6. Lovely pouch. Tried to open your 'pouch' link but wouldn't and I would love to try and make one.

    1. I've redone the link but I know you won't require a tutorial with your sewing skills! xx

  7. thanks for leaving a comment on my blog much appreciated. I love, love, love your sewing projects, fantastic.

  8. Thanks for the inspiration, what a good idea. I've just been given some big pieces of fake leather from a upholstery company could only think of making handbags until now. Thank you
    Sharon x

  9. All your zipper pouches are fab Josie, I think I need to learn to sew properly.Hx

  10. What a lovely pouch and so handy. I am utterly impressed that someone would take the time to remove all their old couch fabric. That is one dedicated up cycler! The fabric looks brilliant. Xx

  11. Another great finish and good on that guy for recycling