Today I’m going to use the Husqvarna Viking Opal 690Q to show you a zippered pouch tutorial. You can modify this pattern to make any size pouch that fits your needs. It’s so easy and there are so many fabric options, that you’ll find yourself making a customized one for each of your friends. I already have requests to make more!
Several weeks ago, I posted a Tutorial on Making Fabric Journal Covers and I promised to post pictures. I received this from Donna. I guess the rest of you are shy? Don’t forget to send in pictures so we can see what you have created.
Requirements for the Zippered Fabric Pouch
TWO – 10″ by 8″ rectangles of outer fabric
ONE – 2″ by 4″ rectangle of outer fabric (for the zipper)
TWO – 10″ by 8″ rectangles for the lining
TWO – 10″ by 8″ rectangles of interfacing
ONE – 9 1/2″ zipper (20 CM)
ONE – Fabric tag (that we made last time)
Supplies needed for the Zippered Fabric Pouch
Step One – Fusing
Fuse the interfacing to the wrong side of the outer fabric. Alternatively, you can fuse the interfacing to the lining especially if the outer fabric is pieced or is of a heavier weight than quilting cotton.
TIP I often have to use the hottest setting on my iron in order to get the interfacing to stick properly. Make sure it is well adhered over the entire surface. The interfacing gives the bag some body and without it or without it being well adhered, the bag can look wimpy.
Step Two – Prepare the Zipper
Take the 2″ by 4″ piece of outer fabric and fold in half lengthwise (wrong sides together) and press.
Open the pressed edges and now take the long raw edges and line them both up to the center line and press.
Now one last fold – fold the piece in half along the center fold. You now have a long narrow unit. The raw edges are tucked inside – the piece is four layers thick.
Tuck the end of the zipper into one edge of the folder unit. Top stitch along the open end to secure the zipper in place. Repeat the process on the other end of the zipper. Be careful when you insert the end with the zipper pull. Make sure the two edges of the zipper are lined up.
Trim the ends of the zipper tabs so they are flush with the edge of the zipper tape.
If the ends of the zipper tape are too long – simply cut them off before you stitch the fabric tab to the end of the zipper. If your zipper is too long, cut the zipper at the length you want and sew the zipper tab to the end. This will act as a stopper.
Step Three – Insert the zipper
Lay the zipper face down on the right side along the 10″ side of the outer fabric. You may want to baste the zipper in place. Take the lining and lay it on top of the outer fabric – rights sides together. The zipper will be sandwiched in between the two layers. Make sure the zipper is centered along that edge. Carefully stitch through all three layers using the zipper foot.
Press the seam towards the outer fabric.
Lay the remaining edge of the zipper face down on the right side of the last piece of outer fabric. Baste the zipper if you need. Take the lining and lay it on top of the outer piece. Right sides are together. The zipper is now sandwiched between these two layers. Make sure the zipper is centered along that edge and that the raw edges of ALL four pieces are lined up. Carefully stitch through all three layers using the zipper foot.
Place the right side of the lining face down on the two pieces as shown in the diagram above.
Step Four – Cut the Corners!
Cut out the spacing for the corners. This will give you a nice flat bottom bag. Mark the pouch top – I cut 1 1/4″ from each corner. Make sure you are cutting through BOTH the pouch top and lining. I marked with a pencil and used scissors to make the cuts. Make sure you cut from all FOUR corners of the pouch.
Step Five – The Side Seams
Lay out the bag with the two outer layers right sides together and the two lining pieces right sides together. Stitch along the four sides (but NOT into the corner cuts). Leave an opening on the bottom of the lining so you can turn the pouch inside out.
If you made the personalized labels, insert one into the side seam before you sew them.
Carefully line up the center where the zipper is. You want that intersection to be nice and smooth.
NOTE: OPEN THE ZIPPER or you will not be able to turn the pouch inside out.
Step Six – Stitch the corners
Bring the cut corners together – reversing the side seams in the opposite direction. Stitch across that seam. I reinforce this seam by stitching it twice. Repeat for all four corners.
Step Seven – Turn the bag inside out
Turn the bag inside out and inspect your handiwork. Is the tag in the right direction? How did the matching go at the zipper ends? If you are happy – there is one last step.
Step Eight – Close the opening in the lining
While you could close the opening in the lining by hand, it’s just as easy to use the sewing machine to stitch that opening closed. It’s in the bottom of the pouch after all and will probably never be seen.
The FINISHED Zippered Fabric Pouch
Now wasn’t that easy? Get your materials and make your own bag.
Remember you can modify the sizes that I gave you to whatever size and shape you want. This was so easy to make on the Husqvarna Viking Opal 690Q. I used many features of the machine.
I hope you enjoy the zippered pouch tutorial. Send me pictures and I’ll be sure to post them on the blog.
Thanks for hanging out with me today.
Have a great day!
How many inches from the edge of the fabric is left after sewing in the zipper? I don’t have a nine and a half zipper. I love the neatness of the zipper not being sewn in the side seams!