The class I’m teaching next week is a zipper pouch. I want to expel the fear of zippers for people who have some experience sewing, but don’t think they can put in a zipper. First, I had to refresh my confidence with zippers so I made a sample of the pouch we’re going to be making in class. My anxiety was unfounded and I was successful even though the tutorial was in French. Here’s how it turned out.
It’s a great little pouch with tons of pockets….24 to be exact! The finished size is approximately 7” by 11”. It was actually very simple to make. Here are the steps I took…in English .
1. Convert the measurements from cm to inches.
2. Cut out pattern pieces in proper sizes. I used 2 coordinating fabrics from my stash.
3. Cut and press 2” strips for homemade binding.
4. Sew binding onto the pocket pieces.
5. Layer and pin together inside and outside pieces including pocket pieces.
6. Sew pocket stitch lines. Mine were 4” apart because fabric started out 12” wide.
7. Sew inside and outside pieces to both sides of the zipper.
8. Turn inside out and sew edges together.
I serged the seams to make it look nice. I followed the pictures in the original French tutorial the best I could. This is just a rough summary of the steps I took. It turned out great and my daughter did a super job taking the pictures. We both like this bag so much that I’m going to make a couple more. While I was digging through my zipper stuff, I found two zippers that need to go into sweatshirts that should have been done last fall, one for my son and one for my mother-in-law. I guess I’ll be doing those next.
A, I did not forget about your hand stitching tutorial. I’m working on it and it should be ready tomorrow night so tell your mom to keep looking.
Have a great day everyone! Try something new today!