Zip Pouch

These little zip pouches are great.  I like to make them as gifts for people, and think they are great for my make up and little embroidery projects I have on the go.  You can make them in pretty much any fabric you want and any size, the principle stays the same.

For this tutorial I made an 8″ x 6″ zip pouch.  To make this size pouch you will need the following
  • Two 8 1/2″ x 6 1/2″ pieces of fabric for the outer, I have used quilting weight cotton but you can use practically anything you have lying around.  Oil cloth would be good for a make up pouch.
  • Two 8 1/2″ x 6 1/2″ pieces of fabric for the lining.  Again I used quilting weight cotton.
  • Two 8 1/2″ x 6 1/2″ pieces of interfacing, match this to the weight of your fabric, I’m using a medium weight iron on interfacing which I find works well.
  • A zip, at least 10″ but if you have a larger zip you want to use thats fine.
  • Machine thread
  • Zipper foot
Right now we’ve got that sorted we can start making!
1. Iron your interfacing to the wrong sides of your outer fabric as per the interfacing instructions.
2. Place one piece of your outer fabric wrong side down, then place the zip along the longest side, right side down.  Then place one piece of lining right side down, lining it up with the edge of the zip and outer fabric.  You should now have a fabric sandwich with zip filling, (can you tell I’m hungry while eating writing this?) pin the three layers together.

3. Make sure you have your zipper foot attached, then sew along the side you just pinned.  Try and sew as close to the zip as possible.

4. Now fold the outer fabric back over the zip so you can lay the sandwich open like a large rectangle.  Press the fold with your iron.

5. Do the same for the lining.

6. Now you need to repeat steps 2 to 5 with the remaining outer and lining pieces, attaching them to the free size of the zip.

7. Fold the lining back so that right sides are facing, then do the same with the outer and pin together.  Make sure you open the zip a few inches! If you don’t you will have to unpick everything you are about to do.  Once it’s all pinned fold the zip seam allowance towards the outer and press with your finger.

8. You’re nearly done now.  Starting with the lining, stitch around the entire rectangle you just pinned, with a 1/4″ seam allowance.  You can do this with either the zipper foot or your normal foot.  REMEMBER leave a few inches open in the lining, you will use this to turn the pouch in the right way.

9. I don’t know why but this is my favourite bit. Carefully ease the pouch through the opening you just left, turning the pouch the right way.

10. With your iron press the pouch, getting rid of any creases made while turning it through.  This will also give you a nice edge to stitch where the opening was in the lining.  Now top stitch the opening.

11. This is the last step. Simply open the zip completely and turn the lining into the outer. Zip up the pouch and check the corners are all pushed out. You now have a shiny new zip pouch.







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