31 Days of Shut Up and Sew: Zippered Pouch

Friday, October 5, 2012

Welcome to Day 5 of...

Today I'm sharing a tutorial for a simple square bottom zipper pouch, but before we begin, I would like to say that I.hate.Blogger sometimes.  This was the first project I finished for SUAS and had this post all typed up weeks in advance, but when I was going through my posts one day, I realized that it had vanished.  Just disappeared.  POOF.  I was beyond mad.  I mean, beyond.  I still am.  But it has to be written, so here we go.  Bare with me as I've probably forgotten some of the details and measurements, but I'll try to do the best I can.  Ahh, technology, can't live with ya, can't live without ya.  Oh, but now I've gotten wise and copy and paste all my pre-scheduled posts in a document and save it on my computer.  At least I learned something from this ordeal, right?

2 pieces of interior fabric: 10" x 7"
2 pieces of fusible interfacing (I like Pellon 808 CraftFuse): 10" x 7"
2 pieces of exterior fabric: 10" x 7"
9" zipper
Coordinating thread

~2 hours

First things first, iron the interfacing to the exterior pieces, following the instructions that came with it.

With CraftFuse, the shiny side goes down...

...then you iron with no steam from the center out...

...until it's all fused!

On the short side of each of the exterior pieces, iron down 1/2" seam allowance.

Also iron down 1/2" on the interior pieces, until you have this:

You're going to sew the interior pieces to your zipper first.  With the zipper upside down, pin the folded edge to the zipper, with the fabric right side up, like so:

Using a zipper foot, sew the interior fabric to the zipper.


Yes, I know my zipper is a little discolored but I got it for free from the instructor of my sewing class, so I'm not complaining.  You can't beat free!

Now repeat for the other side, so you end up with this:

Okay, now flip your zipper over, so it is right side up and the interior fabric pieces are wrong side up.  Pin the folded edge of each exterior piece to the right side of the zipper and sew, just like you did for the interior pieces.

Now all four pieces of fabric should be attached to the zipper.

It's okay if the seams on the interior pieces look like this.  (It's the inside - no one will see!)

Now for the tricky part that is hard to explain in words.  Take the interior pieces only, line them up at the bottom (right sides facing) and sew them together with 1/2" seam allowance, leaving a 3" hole on one side for turning.  (The photo below only shows the bottom seam sewn, but that's because I was figuring this out as I went along.  You can go ahead and sew all 3 sides now, just don't forget to leave a hole!!)

Then match up the exterior pieces and sew along all three sides.  I used 1/2" seam allowance but then cut off my excess.  You can just use a smaller seam allowance if you're comfortable with that.

Now it's time to box the corners.  Match up one of the side seams of the exterior piece with the bottom seam and pinch it together, like so:

Using a measuring tape, make a 2" line across the fabric.  What I do is just run one edge of the measuring tape down the left side of the triangle until the 2" mark is exactly on the other edge.  Does that make sense?  I hope so.

Then just sew across the line, and repeat for the other side until it looks like your bag has ears.

Clip those triangles off and you should have this:

Repeat for the interior.

Turn right side out by stuffing the exterior through the hole you left in the interior.  Sew the interior hole closed, iron it if need be, and voila!

Cute, right?  I'm so proud of it that I took lots of after shots.  Bare with me.

What I Learned:
Don't box the corners too much or you will end up with a weird shaped bag.  Trust me.

So, that wraps up all the projects for Doo Dads Week!  Come by tomorrow and Sunday for round-ups of all the cute little doo dads I could find around the Internet!


  1. So lovelly! Love the colours of both fabrics! Thanks so much for sharing such great tutorial!
    I'd love for you to visit my blog.

    Hugs from Portugal,

    Ana Love Craft

  2. I love the close-up pictures boxing the corners. I'm a novice seamstress and this helps bunches! Thanks! New follower.