Thursday, November 20, 2014

Simple Zipper Pouch Tutorial

After making the two-in-one pouches mentioned recently I realised that I felt completely confident to make any style of zipper pouch on my own. Consequently I have been making quite a few and was asked if I could share a tutorial on what works for me. There are a TON of photos but I wanted everything to be clear.
(2) *Exterior fabric that will measure 5.5” x 9.5” (this can be one piece or patchwork, up to you, but cut it to 5.5” x 9.5” before proceeding.
(2) Lining fabric measuring 5.5” x 9.5”
(2) Lightweight fusible interfacing (Pellon SF101) measuring 5.5” x 9.5”
(2) Zipper tab ends measuring 1.5” x 2”
(1) Nylon zipper measuring no smaller than 10”
(1) label if you use them
Basting glue of some sort (Elmer’s school glue works) with a fine tip (not pictured)
 IMG_3516This picture is to show that if you are piecing the exterior together and want to cars to be on the right side of the pouch no matter which way it is facing, then you have to put the pieces together opposite from each other. 
IMG_3515Apply your label to one of the inside pieces if you wish.
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Take your zipper ends and fold in half with the short ends together. Apply two small lines of glue close to the middle and fold the ends into the middle. Iron to set the glue.
Take your zipper and mark at Zero and at 8.5” anywhere as long as both marks are inside of the manufacturer’s stop ends. You can make your pouch any size as long as your zipper ends up being 1 inch shorter than the length of your pouch.
Open your zipper at this point past the first line.
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Carefully sew across the zipper 1/8” towards to middle from your first line. Cut your extra off on the line. (See why moving the zipper pull is so important? A huge pain if you forget lol)
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Slide the end into the zipper tab and stitch 1/8” along the bottom edge. Carefully trim the ends even with the zipper. Repeat for the other side and your zipper should be looking like this.
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Place your lining face up and lay your zipper face up on top with the pull on the right hand side. Roll the zipper towards you so that you are looking at the wrong side and apply a line of glue to the long side closest to you.
Put the zipper back on the top of the lining and carefully run your iron along the edge to seal.
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Run a long line of glue along the top of the lining/zipper piece and lay your exterior piece right side down. Carefully iron the edge to set the glue.
As you see here I am not using a zipper foot, only my 1/4” foot. Simply place the glued edge under the foot and sew with a 1/4” seam. When you get to the end keep your needle down and raise your presser foot. Carefully wiggle the zipper pull back down to where you have already sewn. As long as your needle is down you should have no problem. I took some pictures later on to try and explain.
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Carefully iron both your lining and your exterior away from the zipper to prepare for topstitching.
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Have your zipper pull in the middle and start topstitching about 1/8” down from the fold. Stop with needle down when you get to the zipper pull.
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Lift up your presser foot and maneuver the zipper pull back along the sewn edge, sometimes swinging the fabric around helps, the needle down ensures that you won’t skip any stitches. Lower your presser foot and finish top stitching.
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Place a line of glue along the raw edge on the wrong side of the zipper and line your zipper edge with the top edge of the second piece of lining.
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Iron down the zipper, and do another long line of glue along the top. Place your exterior piece on top and iron to seal it.
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Once again use your 1/4” foot to sew along the 1/4” seam, maneuvering the zipper pull as required. Iron away from the zipper and topstitch down that side. NOW OPEN YOUR ZIPPER HALF WAY! (That was important in case you couldn’t tell lol)
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Pin the lining to lining right sides together with a 3-4”
gap, and pin the exterior to exterior sides together, no gap. Make sure that the seam faces the lining side. Sew all around, backstitching at the beginning and end of the gap. I am still using just my 1/4” foot here. It gets a little tricky when you reach the middle, but just go slowly and it will work. I always backstitch 1-3 stitches at the end and beginning of each corner to ensure its strength when I am poking corners out later.
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Turn the pouch inside out through the gap left in the lining and use a chopstick to make your corners sharp and to make your zipper tabs look good.
Sew the gap closed.
Give it one last ironing and voila, your pouch is done! If you have any questions, ask away :) I hope this works for you!

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Some recent makes

I have been sewing away lately even if I have been remiss about blogging about it. First up is a first time pattern from a blogger I admire very much, Svetlana of Sotak Handmade. I actually had the honour of sending to Svetlana for her very first Flickr swap a long time ago, the Pretty Little Pouch Swap. I remember wanting to make sure her first experience was fun and I hope I did that LOL!IMG_3467The pattern is the Two In One Pouch and you can read about it here. I highly recommend it! IMG_3466 I added some inside slip pockets to mine.IMG_3471And one last gorgeous one made from my favourite fabric line, Hadley!

Yesterday I finished a new tunic top I had been wanting to make for awhile. It was my first time sewing with knits and it was a great experience, plus, I absolutely love the finished top! The pattern is The Laurel Dress/Tunic by Green Style Creations.IMG_3481 Hope you enjoyed seeing my projects!

Monday, November 17, 2014

New patterns

Hi! Sorry it has been so long… I am a bad blogger :(
But! I have news :) I have made two new paper piecing patterns for my Craftsy shop (link on right). Edited to add: Apparently craftlets no longer work so here is my link.
They are Christmas trees and can be made into mini’s or pillows, or as I have done, ornaments.
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Wednesday, October 15, 2014


As I am sure you all know by now, I rarely find a piece of fabric that is too small to keep! Recently Amanda Jean at Crazy Mom Quilts celebrated her 250th quilt with a giveaway of her patterns. I got her Scrap Happy Purse.

I am totally in love with this pattern! I went through some scraps that I haven’t looked at in years and found some sweet memories.IMG_3126It was such a happy surprise to me to realise that no matter how crazy the scrap was they all looked good together :)IMG_3132  I got to use some fun green and white polka dot handles I have had for awhile.IMG_3142And for the first time, one of my suede tags.

Also, Opie was given the all clear by her vet yesterday! Thank you all for your help and warm thoughts :)

Friday, October 3, 2014

Making it up as I go

I have had it in my head to make a cute tote for my store. Sadly the handles I bought were way too small. (Does everyone else have trouble judging size by measurements alone?) So I pondered. And I thought. And I even threw in some mulling for good measure!

DSC02394DSC02395 And this is what I came up with. It has a combo of machine and hand sewing because I knew how I wanted it to end up but wasn’t completely sure of the method.I find with hand sewing you can pretty much make anything you can think of. It ended up approximately 5.5” x 9.5” so a fun little size.

I attached the metal zipper and the handles by hand. You can see the stitching on the inside but I just think that is the nature of the beast. I also added a cute little squirrel zipper pull I bought ages ago.



I am pretty proud of myself for coming up with this pattern. I have a second pair of “too small” handles so maybe I will get to make a second one soon :)