Tuesday, September 23, 2014

DIY Lined Zipper Pouch

Just to keep things straight - I'll write the directions, then do a picture of it.
- 2 pieces of fabric cut to the same dimensions
- 1 piece of batting (same size as fabric)
- A zipper that is longer then the side that will be your opening.
Step 1: Lay your pieces together in the following order and pin as you go.  They should all line up to the left, I staggered mine so you could see.
a. first fabric face up
b. zipper face down
c. lining fabric face down
d. batting
Sew a 1/4 inch seam across the top.  You'll want to use a zipper foot (honestly...sometimes I don't, and sometimes I regret not switching).
 Now you can fold it around and so the right sides are out and iron the first side of the zipper.  At this point, you can either unzip your zipper, or just leave it done up.  Layer your fabric again - with the front fabric face up, zipper face down and pin.
Then, add the second fabric face down and the batting.  It will look exactly like the first time you did this, only it'll feel a little awkward because you have the other half of the zipper in tow.  Again, thats:
a. first fabric face up
b. zipper (unzipped or zipped up - your choice) face down
c. lining fabric face down
d. batting
It should now look something like this:
Sew a 1/4 inch seam across the top, taking out the pins as you go.  When you're done with that, i'll be a weird little tube, as seen below:
Turn it right side out and zip up the zipper so its in the middle of the opening or top of your pouch like so:
 Now, turn the bag inside out and unzip the zipper half way.  This is important so you'll be able to turn it right side out when you're done.  Sew 1/4 inch seams up both the sides to close off your bag.  Be sure to do a lot of back-stitching over the zipper.
Optional: I like to zigzag my seam allowance shut.  It doesn't take long with these two short seams and will keep your pouch from always having little threads in it.
Turn it right side out and push out the corners with a butter knife or the back of a pen.  Ta Da!

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