open wide zippered pouch: DIY tutorial Doesn’t it ever get annoying digging through a zippered pouch? I love being able to see what’s inside and what I’m searching for. I spotted this little pouch the other day and had to make something similar. I also made a bunch of sizes, but today I’ll show you the small size, next time, I’ll share the medium and large sizes (not pictured) so you can make all three! Materials: fabric, 1/4 yard would be plentyzipper, at least 10″ long or longerthreadinterfacing of your choice, I used Pellon 101SF, or skip it all togetherscrap for zipper end pull Directions:(1/2″ seam allowance, unless otherwise noted) (Optional) Fuse on or baste on interfacing of your choice to main exterior pieces. Lay one exterior piece right side up, lay zipper (teeth side down) on top with the zipper pull at the left – aligning zipper tape edge to the raw edges of the top of the exterior piece. Use your zipper foot and a 1/4″ seam allowance. Flip so that the fabrics are wrong sides facing and press. That’s it! Ta-da!
Flat bottom straight sides zippy pouch I love the method of sewing across two corners of a pouch or bag to create a flat bottom (this post is going to sound a bit like a cosmetic surgery clinic brochure at times I fear), but sometimes I don’t want the sides of the bag/pouch slope inwards towards the base. I knew that this had to be solvable through the careful application of trigonometry, so…. I decided just to take a guess at how to solve it (‘cos I’m no mathematician). After a few false starts, I managed to draw this pattern which creates a straight-ish sided pouch with a flat bottom. The finished pouch is 9″ wide, 7″ high and around 3″ deep at the base. I also have an issue with the standard way of doing zip ends. Before you start you need to download and print the pdf pattern. You will need: Preparing the fabrics Cut out two pieces of outer fabric and two pieces of lining fabric, using the larger pattern piece. Fuse one piece of fleece so it is positioned centrally on one of the outer pieces of fabric, like this:
Oval Messenger Bag with Free Pattern Hi Guys! Real life has been really hectic recently so my sewing hobby took a back seat for a few weeks. I am obsessed with free bag patterns. I bought this fabric from my local Joann’s fabric store. The binding really brings together the two fabrics well. Print free pattern HERE. Thanks for visiting and Happy Sewing! Tips for a Professional Finish from Nicole Mallalieu + The Better Bag Maker Nicole Mallalieu from You Sew, Girl! shares tips and tricks for a professional finish from her latest sewing book, The Better Bag Maker. Nicole’s new book focuses on bags but these tips apply to all types of sewing; her advice ranges from important info about cutting and seams, to a focus on machine features, topstitching tips and more. The Better Bag Maker features one simple pattern with 10 skill-building projects to help you create a great variety of professional, stylish bags (totes, backpacks, handbags and more!). Comment with your own favorite tips for a professional finish and you could win a copy of The Better Bag Maker! People often comment on the fine finish in my sewing work. Throughout the instructions in my YOU SEW GIRL sewing patterns, my books and classes, I give lots of tips and tricks to teach how to achieve the level of finesse that elevates “home-made” to “hand-crafted.” 1. Avignon Traveler from The Better Bag Maker 2. 3. 4. Edgestitching Foot 6. Topstitching + Structure
gathered clutch tutorial A huge thanks to Dana and Disney for doing such a great job of rounding up all sorts of wonderful mother's day projects! Materials needed: 1/4 yard each of three coordinating fabrics (you'll definitely have scraps leftover)8" zipper (you can always purchase a longer zipper and shorten it, just follow the directions on the packagescraps of medium weight fusible interfacingCutting the pieces: For the main exterior, cut two pieces, one 5.5" tall by 9" wide, and one 5.5" tall by 13" wide (this will be the gathered front) Pieces of medium weight fusible interfacing for exterior pieces of clutch: (2) 5.5" tall by 9" wide For the front band, cut one piece 4" tall by 9" wide. Seriously, the most time consuming part for me is always picking out my fabrics and cutting them, the rest goes together pretty easy, so let's go! Take the front band piece and fold it in half the long way (right sides together) and sew together using a 1/2" seam allowance. Grab the 13" wide main exterior piece.
Mini Zippered Bag (box bottom) I started working on this little bag because we have quite a bit of travel planned for this summer, and I’ve found that when we travel I use way too many disposable zipper bags for miscellaneous things, like markers, toys, legos, snacks, etc. This little reusable bag will be perfect to fill with those little things and throw in the kids’ backpacks that I made a few weeks ago. (It would also be a great little cosmetic bag.) The finished size of this bag is approximately 9″ X 5 1/2″, not including the handle. For this project you’ll need two pieces of cotton woven fabric cut to 10″ X 6 1/2″ for the outside of the bag and two pieces of a medium weight fabric like cotton twill cut to 10″ X 6 1/2″ for the inside of the bag. Start with preparing your zipper. Fold the fabric out at that end of the zipper and lay it out flat with the top facing you. Line your second 1″ X 2 1/2″ piece of fabric up at that line and pin with right sides facing. Sew in your zipper now using a zipper foot.
Lined, zippered pouch / make up bag tutorial This morning I was in a rush to make a simple lined make-up bag and had a quick look on the internet to see if I could easily find any dimensions for such a thing. I could find instructions on how to make a pouch, but none with dimensions and none with covered ends to the zips, which is how I like my zips to be finished. It now seems quite illogical to me that I decided that I simply must write a tutorial for such a thing when I was meant to be 'rushing'...but it seems that most things can wait. So here we have a lined, covered zip ends make up bag / coin purse tutorial (for personal use only, see tutorial end for other terms). Photos are plentiful and instructions (hopefully) basic, in the hope that a beginner will be able to make this easily. This make-up bag will end up measuring: 7.5" x 5". Here are the ingredients you will need: Yay! Take one of the 3" x 1.5" pieces of material. Place your zip so that it butts up to the half way fold that you made. Pull the zip open halfway.
Small Clutch I made another linen, metal zipper clutch. It's a wonder I haven't made 6 more (I guess it's those other obligations I have like my day job). Just like the internet, I am obsessed with these and could have one in every size and color. The final dimensions of this clutch will be 5"x8" (larger version here, is 11.5"x11.5"). Cut your exterior and interior fabric to 10"x11". Cut your zipper to 8". I added a small pocket to the inside. Just as instructed in the larger clutch tutorial, make a small piece of binding in your exterior fabric to wrap the raw edges of your zipper in. Once you've stitched your first zipper side down, complete the second. Attach the zipper to the fabric on both sides. In the dimensions I've given you I've included an extra inch so that you end up with more wiggle room on the raw edge shown above. Stitch up the raw sides. Bind your interior raw edges. Flip inside out and press.
Zippered Pouch (with tidy ends) I know there are lots of zippered pouch tutorials out there, and they're great, but I haven't found one that explains how to make the ends of the zipper more finished. Once I figured out how to do this, I thought I'd share. This tutorial is more about the zipper ends than it is about the finished pouch. Though I am going to tell you how big I cut everything, you can easily make these pouches any size you want. I tried to take a lot of pictures, but if anything is unclear, please let me know! Supplies: (2) Exterior pieces, I cut mine 8.5" x 6.5" (2) Lining pieces, mine are 8.5" x 6.25" (1) 2"x4" piece of exterior fabric to cover the zipper ends (2) pieces of medium weight fusible interfacing OR fusible fleece the same size as your exterior pieces. (1) zipper--Mine is 7" The rule of thumb here is to have your exterior pouch length be 1.5" longer than your zipper. Trim the corners of the fusible interfacing to reduce bulk and fuse to the exterior of your pouch. Repeat for the other side. Whew!