Zippered Pouch Tutorial

by Katie on January 29, 2011

A sorority sister of mine tweeted about this pouch from Kate Spade and I was like, “Pfffttt, girl, you could make that”. So, here is my attempt at “making that”. It should be pretty close in size, but I used slightly different fabric here, and there is no inside zippered pocket. I looked for some newsprint oilcloth (a similar fabric to what’s used on the KS pouch), but ended up using what I had on hand. I hope you like it, Lauren!

– Oilcloth – cut two pieces from the pattern (below)
– Cotton – cut two pieces from the pattern (below)
– One 8″ zipper
– Scissors
– Thread
– Pins
– Zipper Foot (for your machine) and a Sewing Machine

Note: You can make your own pattern if you want to make a bigger pouch (like if you want to get rid of a zipper that’s longer than 8″). Or, you can print out and use THIS ONE (please pardon how not-so-great it looks!).

Here’s a close up of the zipper foot for my machine. It’s GREAT to have because it gives you room for your zipper to pass under the foot without getting caught AND allows you to get really close to the zipper track. My machine came with this foot, but if your machine didn’t, you should be able to pick one up at your local fabric store in the notions department! :)

Lay down one of your outer fabric pieces, right side up, and align one side of your zipper with the track facing down.

Lay one of your lining pieces on top of the two layers, right side town (now your pieces should be right sides together with the zipper sandwiched in between). Pin in place. Note: Make sure your zipper is almost all the way UNzipped!

To make sure you’ve placed your fabric pieces correctly, before you sew, open up your fabric sandwich and make sure it looks something like this.

Make sure you have your zipper foot in your machine. Here is a close up of my dusty setup. πŸ˜€ Take your fingers and feel where the zipper is (it’s the hard bump under the fabric) and line up that bump against the inner edge of your foot – on mine it looks like a chunk of the foot is missing! But it’s not – that’s where the zipper goes!

Sew most of your zipper in, then stop.

Open up your sandwich and zip up your zipper so you can finish sewing it in without having to deal with the zipper pull.

Here are a few shots of what your zipper should look like when you’re finished sewing in one side! Repeat this with the other two pieces of fabric and the other side of the zipper.

Open up both sides of your fabric and take a look at your completely sewn in zipper – the outside and inside should look like this.

Reposition your fabric so that the lining pieces are right sides together and the outer pieces are right sides together.

Find the ends of your zipper and fold them together towards the lining, with the track at the top.

Pin layers together so that you can sew! Note: Make sure your zipper is mostly UNzipped.

Stitch around your rectangle, leaving a portion of the lining open (so that you can flip it right side out later). If your heart so desires, round your corners (my heart did desire, as you can see above).

Once you’ve stitched around your pouch, trim any excess fabric off of the sides. If you rounded your corners, clip them so that when you turn the pouch right side out, its curves won’t pucker.

Turn your pouch right side out, making sure you push the corners (or rounded corners) all the way out. Take the opening you have left and fold the rough edges inward, and pin into place. Sew closed – you can do this by hand or by machine (I did mine by machine – takes far less time! :)). Once you’ve sewn it shut, push the lining into the outer fabric pieces and voila! You’ve got yourself a pouch!

I love this project because it’s simple and isn’t too time consuming. Plus, the pouches can be used for so many things – makeup, purse organization, pencil and eraser organization, etc. πŸ˜‰

Would you like one of these but don’t have a crafty bone in your body? Have no fear. Tomorrow I’m giving three away! Wahoo!

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