Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Making a Small Zipper Pouch

Oh my goodness! Can I first say how excited and happy I am that so many people liked my coffee table re-do?! That was a really fun project (and the first time I've re-done a piece of furniture myself!) and I'm really glad that I got to share it with people :)

Today I am going to share with you a tutorial for creating a small, kind of boxy zippered pouch. I found the tutorial on Pinterest (of course!) and it's from Jedi Craft Girl. Her blog is great and she has lots of other tutorials, including lots of quilted things.

This zipper pouch would be great to store jewelry or other assorted goodies while you're traveling, as a mini "emergency kit" in the car with bandaids or feminine hygiene products and stuff, or as a pencil case for kids at school! Personally, I made this one for my mom to use as a cash bag for her jewelry stand at our hometown farmer's market. She picked out the materials and when I brought her by the fat quarters and told her "You can pick whatever colors you want"... I don't think that I have ever seen her so overwhelmed ;)

So let's begin!

So step one is to gather up our materials:

Outside fabric: two 9x6 1/2" rectangles (I used a fat quarter)
Lining fabric: two 9x6 1/2" rectangles (I used a remnant fabric)
Fusible interfacing: two 9x6 1/2" rectangles (sensing a pattern?)
Two 1 1/2 x 4" strips of either outside or lining fabric
Coordinating thread
Coordinating zipper
Rotary cutter, mat and ruler if you have them, otherwise scissors

1. Cut out your fabric

The purple flowery print is a fat quarter that I got from JoAnn's, and the light purple is the lining which was a remnant. I am pretty sure that if you wanted, you could use one fat quarter for the entire thing, outside plus lining. I didn't measure, but I think I had enough left over. Cut two rectangles of each fabric, which should measure 9 inches x 6 1/2 inches.

Also cut out your interfacing. 9x6 1/2"

2. Iron interfacing onto the backside of your outside fabric.

 Iron it nice and good, so that there are no bubbles and the edges are attached well. If you have interfacing that isn't iron-on, then I think you baste it in place... but I've never used that kind. Mine came with instructions so I'm guessing yours did too. Go with the instructions over what I say!

3. Cut a square out of the bottom corner of each piece

Cut out a piece which is 1 1/2" square. Note that at this point, either one of the long sides (not the short sides though, unless you want a tall pouch instead of a long one) can be the bottom. Just depends on your pattern and what way you want that to go.

Now they should look like this.

4. Add tabs to each side of the zipper

So, using either your lining fabric or your outside fabric, cut two short strips that measure 4 inches by 1 1/2 inches.  Now, a caution: I did this differently than she did and I like her way better. So you will possibly want to refer to her original tutorial for this part :)

Fold the tabs in half (short ways not long ways) and press. Then, fold each short end in 1/4" and press again. Then press the entire thing in half once more.

This is what they should look like after that. See how the ends are folded in.

Cut the metal ends off your zipper. Then, Sew the tab to the end of the zipper.

Do the other side too.

Should look like this. I stitched and backstitched over the teeth of the zipper a couple times so that they wouldn't come out.

At this point, she says there should be 1" of tab on each side of the zipper. I don't know if that's true of mine but I'd assume so.

5. Attach one side of the bag

Now we're getting to the good stuff!

Place one of your outside pieces face up. Place the zipper face down on top of it, so that the edge of the zipper aligns with the edge of the outside piece. (There will be excess fabric from the tabs sticking out the sides but fuhgeddaboutit for now.) 

Then, place one piece of your lining fabric face down on top of all that, again with the edge aligning with the edge of the zipper/edge of the outside fabric.

Pin it well along the zipper edge.

Attach your zipper foot, if you have one, and sew close to the teeth of the zipper. Don't sew the tab parts. Sew from the edge of your inside fabric to the other edge of your inside fabric. On mine, that means I sewed from one edge of the light purple to the other edge.

6. Trim all four sticking-out edges of the zipper tabs

I'm making this its own step because this is the part that I misunderstood in those directions and I wish that I had understood correctly. I don't have a picture of what it looks like done correctly, of course. In fact, from here on out any time you see zipper tabs in my pictures you can just pretend they aren't there! But you'll want to trip the edges that stick up from the top of what you just sewed, and also the ones that stick out from the sides of the bag.

Now,flip up what you've sewn so that you can see your zipper.

It looks like this (only yours won't have excess zipper tab!) Now, flip the zipper up (so it's facing upward) and iron well so that the side of the pouch stays down. Be careful not to melt the teeth!

7. Sew on the second side of the bag

Pretty much do the same thing you just did! Place one piece of outside fabric face up. Place the zipper face down on top of that and align the edges. Place a piece of inside fabric on top of that, face down. Align all edges, pin well and sew along the zipper teeth with your zipper foot.

8. Turn right sides up and press well

Woo! Now it's starting to actually look like something! Well, my zipper is a little crooked, but shhh. :)

9. Top stitch along both sides of the zipper

This both serves a functional purpose (the fabric won't catch the zipper) but it also looks nice, I think.

 Sew a nice straight line very close to the edge of your outside fabric. 

Now... dun dun dunnnn!

10. Sew the bag together

Fold the pieces of your bag so that all right sides of the same fabric are together. Right sides of your outside fabric are together, and right sides of your inside fabric are together.

At this point, make sure that your zipper is unzipped

Now, sew along the long sides. Don't sew around the corners! This means that you are going to make four seams. One at the bottom of each part of the bag (the bottom seam of the outside fabric and the bottom seam of the inside fabric) and one on each side. Sew over the zipper but be sure that both sides of the zipper are folded over to the same direction. 

Also, leave a hole of non-stitched edge on one side so that you can turn the bag right side out, like so:

Where my finger is pointing is where I left it open. My hole was too small for it to be easy to turn over, so I'd suggest leaving a space of at least 2 1/2" unsewn.

11. Fold the corners and sew straight

Now, pinch together the corners like this:

 Only push them all the way together. Then, sew a straight line from corner to corner. This boxes off the corners so that the bag will have a flat-ish bottom and will stand up fairly straight. Do this to all four corners.

 So you'd sew from where my fingers are pinching right across to the opposite corner.

12. Turn the bag inside out

Now your bag will look like this:
   So it's time to turn it right side out! Go to the hole you left unstitched, and pull everything through it!

 Here's a start...

 Almost there...

 Aha! Now, while the lining is sticking out like this, we can stitch the hole closed.

 Now, put the lining back inside the bag, and you're done!


There you have it! A nice little bag to keep all your goodies in. You can iron it to get the wrinkles out (which I obviously haven't done yet), but mine is also wrinkly since my hole was too small. So the interfacing got a little bunched up. A good quick iron will fix that though.

Additionally, I don't like the way the zipper sticks up on mine and is rounded at the ends. That happened because I did the tabs wrong and didn't trim off enough, and then I ended up folding them weird. But either way, my mom loves her new money bag! And this pouch would work great for any number of other things.

Enjoy everyone! Let me know if you have any questions :)

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