Monday, 11 May 2015

Zipper pouch tutorial

Well, this is a first for me my first tutorial! I was thinking what can I make for all the teachers this year, that won't cost the earth or won't take too long. Then it hit me we had the perfect Apple fabric in our shop, a pencil/ makeup case is cute but useful. 
So here goes-
1. Decide on your size and cut four pieces of fabric exactly the same size - two lining and two of your main fabric
Grab a zip of the right length, if you have purchased a kit from our Facebook shop you can skip this stage as it's all ready in your kit.
2. Take one lining piece, one main and the zip. Lay the lining down right side up, lay the zip right side up on the edge of the lining. Then take the main fabric and lay it right side down and pin all the layers together. 

3. Now change to a zipper foot on your machine and sew down the zip nearest to the edge of the fabric.

4. Next flip the two layers together and edge stitch on the right side of the main fabric. This stops the fabric from moving when you use the zip. Make sure you keep the two layers tight when edge stitching so it is not baggy near the zipper. Sometimes you have to move the zip closer to get a straight line as it gets in the way.

5. Next do the same with the other side. You will need to lay the main fabric down on the edge of the zip right side down. Then lay the lining on top right side up.
Flip the pieces around and edge stitch the other side keeping the fabric taut away from the zip. Edge stitching both main and lining fabric together.
6. Next move the fabric around again so the main fabric are right sides together and the lining pieces are right sides together.
7.Pin the sides together and sew around the sides and along the bottom. Make sure you leave a hole for turning and reach in to unzip the zipper to be able to turn. When you go over the zip do a few back stitches to make sure it is really secure.
8. When leaving a hole for turning sew along stop and continue to sew to the edge of the fabric. This will create a strong turning hole and the seam allowance will be forced inside creating a neat closure. See picture for detail.
9. Clip the corners and trim the seam allowance to reduce bulk. Trim the zip if you need to.
10. Turn the pouch in the right way, finger press and poke out the corners.
11. Now you have to neatly stitch the turning hole closed and press. Stand back and marvel at what you have achieved ­čŹÄ give to teacher and forever be teacher's pet x

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