These would be perfect little presents for the holidays, and you could even use one of your grandmother's old doilies to make this gift for her.
Step 1: Materials
-- crochet hook
-- knitting yarn or crochet thread (I think I used crochet thread size 10, but it's been awhile since I bought it. ^^)
(NOTE: You could just purchase a doily if your crochet skills aren't up for this, but crocheting it yourself just makes everything more special and personalized.)
-- fabric (exterior and liner) (7.5" x 5" for my final size of 3.5" x 4.25", but feel free to adjust to your needs. I just got the width of my doily, included 0.5" to make the pouch's mouth bigger than the doily, and added .5" for seam allowance to get the width. For the length, I estimated how long I wanted the pouch (3.5") and doubled it before adding 0.5" for seam allowance.)
-- a button for the closure
-- sewing needle and thread
-- scrap paper
-- sewing machine
Step 2: Making the Doily
Regarding the doily:
-- The diameter should be the same as the width you want for your pouch.
-- If you plan on using the pouch for small, thin objects such as buttons or pens, choose a doily that doesn't have relatively big, lacy holes.
-- Make sure at least one hole is big enough for your button to go through. This will be part of the closure.
-- I suggest you make the last round using double stitches to add strength to the flap. If you look at my doily, the outer round is just double stitch after double stitch.
Step 3: Cutting the Fabric
Put this rectangle on the fabric you'll be using as the lining and cut out a rectangle of fabric. Repeat for the exterior fabric as well.
Step 4: Sewing
When you're done with the exterior fabric, flip it inside out and sew the doily (along the diameter) to the top part of the pocket. Once you're done, cut half of the doily off so that half remains attached to your pocket.
Step 5: Attaching Lining to Exterior
Step 6: Flipping Everything Inside Out
Afterward, close the hole however you prefer; I would suggest the ladder stitch, but you could also just pinch the two sides together, making sure the raw edges are folded inward, and push your needle through the layers along the hole (the ever-simple whip stitch).