Saturday, April 7, 2012

Zipper Pouch Tutorial- Free

This cute zipper pouch is really easy to make! I've created a simple tutorial for you to follow and you will be done within 30 minutes.  I made it from scraps

What you need:
  • (2) 4"x5" strips of fabric for the inside lining
  • (2) 4"x5" strips of fusible fleece or batting
  • (2)1 1/2"x5" strips and (2) 1"x5" strips of fabric for top and bottom (lavender polka dot)
  • (2) 3/4"x5" strips of fabric for accent strip (yellow)
  • (2) 2 1/4"x5" strips of fabric for main (pink polka dot) and (1) 2"x2" strip for keychain (not pictured)
  • (1) 2 1/2"x10" strip for ruffle (pink damask)
  • (1) 7" zipper
  • (1) key ring
  • A few buttons
  • Double sided interfacing (Not necessary, but recommended)

Step 1- Sew the 1" strip to the top of the 2 1/2" strip and then the 3/4" strip to the bottom of the 2 1/2" strip.  Press flat. (Do this for both sides)

Step 2- Sew the 1 1/2" strip to the bottom of the piece you have finished.  See photo. Press flat (Do this for both sides)

Step 3- Take your 2 1/2"x10" strip of fabric and iron the sides in about 1/4 to 1/2 inch. 

Step 4- Sew the ironed edges on each side.  Then sew a gathering stitch down the middle and gather to your preference.  (To make a gathering stitch, set your tension to a VERY long stitch, then after you sew all the way down the middle, on one end, hold ONE thread and scrunch the fabric down.)

Step 5- This is the step that is not necessary, but encouraged.  If you have the double sided interfacing, cut a strip the size of your gathered fabric.  Press your gathered fabric the way you want it to look on the front of the pouch, because once the interfacing goes on, there is no changing it.  Then peel one side of the interfacing and iron on the back of the gathered fabric.

If you decide not to do this step, proceed to next step.

Step 6- Once cool, peel off the back of the interfacing and place where you want on the front finished strip.  Iron on by following the directions the interfacing came with.

If you are not using the interfacing, sew onto the finished fabric.

Step 7- Cut off excess gathered fabric.

Step 8- Machine stitch or hand stitch a cluster of buttons on the right side.  Make sure to leave at least 3/4" on the right so you can sew the pieces together through your machine without having a button get in the way.

 Step 9- Sew the zipper on.  Place the lining fabric right side up, the zipper directly ontop, then the outside fabric face down ontop of the zipper, followed by the batting. Do this for both sides so your product will look like the photo below. If you are using fusible fleece, iron the fusible fleece on the back of the outside fabric before this step.

Step 10-  Top stitch the fabric on both sides of the zipper all the way down as shown above.  Then cut the excess zipper off, but make sure the actual zipper does not get cut off.  Also, I forgot to take photos, but take your 2"x2" strip of fabric, iron in half.  Open the fold and take each side folding in to meet the inner crease and iron, then fold in half again and iron.  Sew down each side so you come up with a piece that looks like the piece shown above.

Step 11- I forgot to cut the extra fabric off before this step, but cut it off so you have a nice straight seam.  Then unzip your zipper half way, and take your outside fabrics and fold good sides facing eachother.  Line them up and pin.  Then take your inside fabrics and face them together and pin.  Remember to fold the keychain tab (2x2 folded fabric) and pin it inbetween the front facing fabrics.

Step 12- Sew down both sides and sew the bottom of the outside fabric.  Snip the corners.  Make sure to not sew the bottom of the inside lining.

Step 13- Flip inside out.

Step 14- Fold the raw edged of inside lining in about 1/4" on each side.  Press flat.

Step 15- Sew as close to the edge as possible.

Now push the inside lining into place, add your key ring to the tab and TADA!

If you have any questions, or something is not clear, please leave it in the comments.