Saturday, August 3, 2013

Easy To Sew Zippered Pouch Tutorial.

These are so easy to make and are a great project for learning how to put in a zipper!

Once you grasp the concept, you can make them in any size or design.

Plus, they are practical and useful and make a really great gift, and you can make them in a camouflage fabric for the guy in your life!

Materials required:

5 x 7 rectangle paper pattern
Outer fabric - 1/4 yard
Lining - 1/4 yard
Cotton batting or felt - 1/4 yard
7" zipper
Clover Wonder Clips or pins

Now we will start to assemble the pouch:

Cut out outer fabric, lining fabric, and cotton batting using the 5 x 7 paper pattern(makes a 4 x 6 finished pouch).

*We are sewing with 1/2" seam allowances*

Put lining right side up and lay zipper right side up on top like this. Make sure your zipper pull & stop are 1/2 inch in from each side of the fabric.

Place the outer fabric right side down over the zipper.

You will have both fabrics right sides together with the zipper in the middle.

Place cotton batting or felt on top of the outer fabric, and clamp or pin together.

With your regular foot on your machine, move your needle into the far left position(use a zipper foot if your machine does not have this capability)you will stitch right along the zipper. When you get to the zipper pull, put your needle down and move the pull so that you are not sewing around it, then continue sewing the seam.

Flip your outer fabric back, and top stitch making sure you have even tension on the outer, and lining fabric.

You can add a second row of top stitching if you like, and than repeat the process again for the other side of the zipper.

Next we are going to sew the pouch together. Open the zipper up half way so you can turn the pouch when your finished sewing. Pull out the outer fabric and match it up right sides together, then pull out the lining fabric and put right sides together, forming a large rectangle with the zipper in the middle.

The zipper teeth should be towards the lining side of the fabric.

Start sewing on the lining side, sew all the way around the rectangle, leaving a 3" opening in the lining fabric to turn the pouch through. Clip all the corners and snip off excess zipper tabs.

Turn pouch to the right side through the opening left in the lining fabric, and push out your corners from the inside.

Simply stitch shut the lining fabric, and tuck inside of pouch.

This is what the finished product looks like.

If you want a stand up pouch!

Before you turn your pouch, take the corner and match the seams on the front and the back and pull it out into a triangle. Your going to stitch 1" to 1 1/2" from the point, what ever your personal preference is. Make sure the seams line up, and it is smooth with no wrinkles. Trim to 1/4" when finished.

These are perfect for gift giving! You can add a food safe plastic lining, and its a great snack bag!

Happy sewing!