Zippered Pouch Tutorial

A while back, my daughter mentioned that she’d like to have a travel art journal kit to carry with her. Knowing she had a birthday coming up, I said to myself, “!!!!!”  Down below, is the beginnings of how I made that kit.  I’m wishing now that I had written down all the instructions as I went!  I’m looking at some of these pictures and thinking, “if I don’t know what that is, how will anyone else?”  Let’s try and just see what happens:)  Oh, and one more caveat; I am not an expert seamstress, and I did approach this in the haphazard, “I wonder if I can do this” fashion that I do most things.  For being the gold personality, rule follower, that my husband claims I am, I often don’t follow directions and sometimes get myself in a pickle because of it;)

I started out with an old pouch I already had, to use as a pattern.  I traced it on some scrap paper.

I wanted to be sure that each half was symmetrical, so I folded the paper to cut it out.  The resulting pattern was 8 1/2 inches long by 5 1/4 inches tall at the short end and 6 1/2 inches tall in the middle (the top is curved).

I pinned the pattern to two fat quarters placed with right sides together.  I did this twice, ending up with two of each fabric piece.  I also cut two from a piece of thin cotton batting.  You could use interfacing if you wanted or nothing at all!

Cut two 1 1/2 by 2 inch rectangles of fabric to use as zipper tabs.  Pin the bottom one to the front of the zipper,  just covering the very end of the zipper mechanism, and the other one just up to the top of the zipper.  Sew them on, being careful not to hit the zipper with the needle.

Baste each piece of the inside fabric to a piece of batting, with the right side of the fabric facing up.  Use a 1/4 inch seam.

Baste along the top of each outer fabric piece and gather the top edge up just enough to fit it to a 7 inch zipper.  Pin the zipper to one piece with right sides facing.

Sew the zipper on.  I found it easier to have the zipper open, sew down a ways, then pull the zipper up to finish.  Now do the same with the other side.

I use this a lot!

Ok, this is the part I hope I can describe accurately, because I don’t think the picture does!  Baste the curved top of each inside piece and draw them up.  You’re going to pin them to the back of the zipper.  Lay the assembled outside piece folded flat, with the back of the zipper facing up.  Pin the inside piece to the edge of the zipper, with the right side of the fabric facing the wrong side of the zipper.

This is the other side of that.  Sew the pieces together on this side, following the original stitches.

This is what it looks like sewn on.  Now do the same on the other side.

Here are both sides attached.

Next, position your pouch so the right sides of the inside and outside are facing their matches and stitch them together with a 1/4 inch seam.  Leave an opening for turning on the inside pouch.

Turn the pouch right side out and stitch up the opening.  Remove any unsightly basting stitches.

Now stuff the inside back in.

Ta da!!  You have a pouch!  You could put your glasses in there I suppose, but come back tomorrow and I’ll show you what I put in there:)


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