hamburger pouch in the hoop
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Hamburger Pouch in the Hoop

Hamburger Pouch Quick Gift

finished hamburger pouch

This hamburger pouch in-the-hoop design, from Embroidery Online, is a cute last-minute graduation gift, a great travel pouch for trinkets, and a fun party favor for summer birthdays. Make several assembly-line style and fill them with coins to gift to the kids during your next BBQ.


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To begin, hoop a piece of Sulky Tear-Easy Stabilizer. Alternatively, if you want to be able to remove all of the stabilizer after the project is complete, use Sulky Fabri-Solvy™. The tear-away stabilizer will remain underneath a good bit of stitching area and is slightly visible in the inside of the hamburger pouch.

hoop stabilizer only

When adding the zipper, make sure the zipper stop and zipper pull extend beyond the placement stitching lines. The needle will skip over the teeth, so there is no need to stop the machine during the stitchout to avoid stitching over the teeth during these steps. However, the last stitch, which secures the pouch back, WILL go over the teeth. So be sure to NOT use a metal zipper.

extend pouch zipper ends

The design indicates to use a yellow zipper to represent the cheese on the hamburger. Alternatively, use a brown zipper to “beef” up the patty sans cheese. Celebrate National hamburger Day on May 28 with a cheese-less pouch!

stitching top and bottom bun pieces

As mentioned in the supply list, the featured pouch showcases a faux leather strip rather than ribbon to secure a keyring. Double-sided basting tape is great for securing the faux-leather layers as well as place it on the fabric for stitching, avoiding shifting. This tape also works great if using ribbon.

place loop on project

After placing the loop (whether ribbon or faux leather or other no-fray fabric), move the zipper pull to the center to avoid stitching over it and provide a way to turn the hamburger pouch right side out.

finishing step for pouch


The backing fabric is folded in half to also act as a lining, stitched in one step. Cut the backing piece 1/2″ to 1″ longer, as the stitching just barely hits both edges of the hamburger top and bottom buns during the stitchout.

Trim the pouch 1/8″ to 1/4″ beyond the outer stitching line, and then remove as much of the stabilizer as possible.

remove stabilizer

Clip the jump threads on the project wrong side to remove as much stabilizer as possible.

If using Fabri-Solvy, moisten a Q-tip or cotton swab and run it along the zipper stitching lines to remove. Then, remove the rest of the stabilizer by rinsing it under running water. Let dry.

Press from the wrong side if needed.

finished pouch hanging

Repeat to create as many hamburger pouches as desired!

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  • Linda Schneider

    In the details of supplies there was no listing for the zipper. I would like to know how long the zipper needs to be.

    • Ellen March

      Hi Linda,
      The zipper needs to be at least 7″. I only had a 22″ zipper on hand, so after the zipper tackdown stitches and before adding the backing fabric, I trimmed it to fit.