Tuesday, May 6, 2014

How To Make a Basic Zipper Pouch

        Hey guys! I've been slaving away at my computer for the last 2 days so I could get this video and pics edited for this tutorial!
       I know a lot of people who are learning how to sew/quilt are intimidated by zippers, there is really no need to be! So, to show you just how easy zippers really are I wanted to show you how to make a basic zipper pouch!

      The video and the tutorial are a bit on the long side, but it's for a reason! I wanted to go over each and every single step to make sure you could watch the video/read the tutorial and go make yourself a cute little pouch!

    I will be bringing you different variations of zipper pouches in the future, so I figured we better get the basic one out of the way first! I hope you enjoy the video/tutorial and if you have ANY questions what-so-ever don't hesitate to leave me comment asking, because I'm sure if you are thinking it, someone else will be to!!!!

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   Enough with the babbling, let's get going with the tutorial!!!!

The materials you will need are:
-Exterior Fabric measuring 4.5"x6"
-Lining Fabric measure 4.5"x6"
-Interfacing of choice (I use Pellon Shape Flex 101 aka SF101) measuring 4.5"x6"
-Fabric Scissors
-Washable Glue Stick (I use Elmers Glue Stick but you can use whatever you have)
-Zipper measuring at least 7" or longer (it can always be cut down to size)
-A Blunt tip object (for poking out corners)
-Basic sewing supplies (machine, thread, iron, needles)

  First thing to do is get your interfacing fused to the WRONG side of your lining fabric. Just follow the manufacturers instructions for this. (I show you my way in the video). If you have a label add it after the interfacing.

Next, place a thin strip of glue to the top edge of the RIGHT side of your lining fabric

Place your zipper RIGHT side facing you with the zipper pull on your left and press it into place with your fingers. (I press it down for a few seconds to make sure the glue is adhering to the zipper tape)

 Add a thin strip of glue to the top edge of the RIGHT side of your exterior fabric and place onto the zipper.

 Your zipper will now be sandwiched between the right sides of your exterior and lining fabrics

  I use my regular 1/4" foot and sew the zipper into place using a 1/4" seam allowance. You can use a zipper foot if you want, but it's just as easy to use your 1/4" foot. Just make sure you use a 1/4" seam allowance with whichever foot you choose to use.

Press your exterior and lining fabrics AWAY from your zipper teeth. (they will be WRONG sides together at this point)

  Repeat for the remaining fabric. Lining fabric facing RIGHT side up, zipper facing RIGHT side up the pull will be on your right this time, and exterior fabric RIGHT side DOWN.
  Once you do that you should have something that looks like the above picture.

 Now we are going to top stitch along the edge of the fabric so that none of them get stuck in the zipper when we open it and it gives it a more professional appearance. Use 1/8" seam allowance.

  UNZIP YOUR ZIPPER!!!!! VERY IMPORTANT!!!!!!!!!! Unzip it until around 1.5" away from the edge of your fabric.


   Fold Exterior fabrics RIGHT sides together and Lining fabrics RIGHT sides together and pin into place. Make sure you leave a 3" to 4" gap in the lining so you'll be able to turn your pouch right side out. (FYI I like to have my zipper teeth facing the lining fabric, I am not really sure why I do this, it's just how I make mine. The teeth need to be facing the same way either lining or exterior.)

   You will start your stitching on the lining side, using a 1/4" seam allowance and backstitching when you start and stop! The arrows are showing you where to start and stop stitching.

   Trim off any excess zipper and clip your corners to reduce the bulk. (and so we can have nice and pointy corners) Make sure not to cut into your stitching lines!

    Find the opening you left in the lining and start pulling your pouch right side out. It will look a hot mess for a good minute but just be patient, it will come together, I promise!

   Using your blunt tip object (can be a chop stick, embroidery scissors, or anything else you have on hand) poke your corners out. Make sure you have your zipper poked out as well!

   Fold your opening in 1/4" to match your seam and pin into place. Using a very small seam allowance stitch your opening shut.

  Push your lining into your pouch and VOILA YOU ARE DONE! Easy peasy right?

PLEASE let me know if you have any questions or if any part of this tutorial doesn't make sense to you! And let me know if you'd like to see other variations of the zipper pouch! I really do love to hear from you guys!

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~Hope y'all have are having a GREAT day!!!~


Newbie Jen said...

Great tutorial, Kelie.

prsd4tim2 said...

What a cute pouch, Kelie. I saw a couple of new ideas I want to try just in your blog post. Thanks!

PS: It was great fun meeting you at #thestashbash ! Hope to see you next year!

Gosia @ Quilts My Way said...

Great tutorial, Kelie!! Thanks for sharing.
My best,