Wednesday, February 12, 2014

1-hour Zip Pouch Tutorial

Have an hour? We've got a fun zip pouch for you. And with Valentine's Day fast approaching, you can use fun themed fabrics (like Greta Lynn's Smooches collection for Kanvas, shown in our pouch!) and stuff it full of chocolates or a gift card for a sweet present for someone special.

First, a peek at a few of the Smooches fabrics, full of glamour, style and all things girly! 
See the rest of the collection here.
  • 1 fat quarter each of 4 prints
  • Fusible batting
  • 7" zipper
Lipstick on white:
One 3" x 7-1/2" strip and one 2-1/2" x 7-1/2" strip

Lips on black:
One 3-1/2" x 7-1/2" strip

Red/black stripe:
One 7-1/2" x 8-1/2" piece (for backing)

White/black stripe:
One 6" x 7-1/2" piece, one 2-1/2" x 7-1/2" strip, and one 7-1/2" x 8-1/2" piece (for lining)

Fusible web:
One 5-1/2" x 7" piece, one 2" x 7" strip, and one 7" x 8" piece

Make the Pouch
1. Sew the 3" x 7-1/2" lipstick on white strip lengthwise to the 3-1/2" x 7-1/2" lips on black strip. Fuse the 5-1/2" x 7" fusible web piece to the back side, leaving 1/4" of fabric exposed on all sides. Fuse the 2" x 7" fusible web strip to the wrong side of the 2-1/2" x 7-1/2" lipstick on white strip.

2. Lay the zipper right side down on the lips/lipstick fused piece from step 1 and pin in place. Layer the 6" x 7-1/2" white/black stripe piece on top, right sides facing, and pin in place. Using a zipper foot, stitch along the edge of the zipper. 

3. In the same manner, pin the 2-1/2" x 7-1/2" lipstick on white strip and 2-1/2" x 7-1/2" white/black stripe strip to the opposite long side of the zipper. Check to make sure the fabrics will be oriented correctly after sewing, and then stitch to secure the zipper. It should look like this:

4. Using a walking foot, topstitch on both sides of the seam line and 1/4" on either side of the zipper seams.

5. Fuse the 7" x 8" fusible web to the wrong side of the 7-1/2" x 8-1/2" red/black stripe piece for the back side of the pouch. 
6. There are two options for finishing this bag: 
a) the super easy one--layer the pouch front right side up, pouch back right side down, and 7-1/2" x 8-1/2" white/black piece right side up. Make sure the zipper is open. Pin pieces together and stitch around all four sides. Clip corners and turn right side out. Easy, right? The drawback of this method is that the seams will show inside the pouch. 
b) this clever technique by Projects from Jane. Your pouch will be fully finished, no seams showing! Click here to see Jane's tutorial so you can finish your pouch in this manner.

Back of the pouch--love this fun fabric!

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  1. Thank you very much for sharing this fabulous little zippered pouch. How fun to make for the birthday girls and include those ever popular gift cards or better yet...$$$. Creative Stitching Bliss...

  2. I have done zipper pouches before, not in an hour but still....!!! LOL! But I like your pattern alot, sometimes a pouch that kind of lays flat is a better way to go than one that stands upright. And I love that fabric! I have a 14 yo grand daughter that would like that...I think I'll look for it!

  3. I think that would be perfect for carrying mom's personal stuff in the ever present diaper bag stuffed with baby items! And the fabric makes it look grown up but still girly!

  4. Love this and many of your tutorials. I just wish you would add the pinterest buttons so that I could pin them! It really frustrates me! Printer ink and paper are expensive. Please consider it.

    1. Pinterest has a button that you can add to your web browser that all you have to do is click that and it offers you all the photos on the page you just came from. I clicked it on this tute and all the photos came up with links back to the tute itself. Try googling "Pinterest button for my desktop" and see what happens. I have had mine for so long I cannot remember where I got it now.