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{PICTURE TUTORIAL} Patchwork Zipper Pouch - Lots of pics!




In this tutorial, I use simple zipper with tab. There are several method on how you install zipper in pouch and bags. I will try to post few mini tutorial on those methods. 

You can also see the tutorial I post it in my FACEBOOK PAGE or in my GOOGLE+ album


FAQ :
1. What interfacing do you use?
Interfacing depends on how you want on the look that you want. It totally depends on you. I love a soft pouches. I normally use fusible interfacing and flannel or fleece batting (that's a substitute for fusible fleece). For a stiffer pouch, I use canvas interfacing. 

2. Batting
As I mentioned, I usually use flannel for quilted pouch or bag. Flannel give a good structure and enough softness. I use fleece or cotton batting for gadget cases. Sometimes, I use foam but I hate working with foam 
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3. How to reduce the bulk?
Always cut your batting 1/2" smaller than the main and lining fabric. If you use a thicker interfacing, cut the interfacing 1/2" less than then main and lining fabric. That will save you lots of headache struggling with the machine. 

4. Ironing is also very important. Iron your interfacing well. I normally set in Cotton and always use DRY setting. Iron your fabric first then attach the interfacing. If you use other than cotton, like silk or cotton mix, do not iron on the fabric. Iron nicely on the interfacing, reduce the heat to (silk/rayon) then iron gently. 

That's as far as I can remember. Ask away if you have more questions. 


*** Please refer to the numbering of each photos ***

Let's start : 
Supplies :
Fabric scraps
Fusible Interfacing
Batting (fleece, cotton or flannel)
Zipper {sorry forgot to include it in the photos)
Embellishment (ribbon, lace, buttons)


Cut the fabrics according to the pics and sew up the strips accordingly


iron flat and sew the green polkadots
Green polkadots: 3" x 9" 
**ironing is very important to get a crisp look **


trim any excess
Please NOTE that you NEED to frequently straightening your panel



Use DRY setting and COTTON setting to fuse the fusible interfacing
First, iron the fabric and then attach the interfacing. 
This is important, cos it's difficult to smoothen wrinkled-interfaced-fabric. 



here I cut the tab 1" x 2" 
Trim the metal stopper of the zipper and cut 8" (1" smaller than the panel)


Sew the tab to both zipper ends


now, decorate your pouch panel
this is the fun part


I did a little quilting with this decorative stitch in my HV
I love my Viking, it has all fancy decorative stitches 


Now ZIPPER time!
Don't be scared ^0^
it's very easy!

Follow the steps in the pic #9 below


remember, ALWAYS use zipper foot! 
you can either baste it first or you can pin and sew


1st zipper done, now the second part
Open the panels as shown in pic #10
(remember, the position of the zipper should be like pic #9)


Bring the zipper to the main panel. Line up the sides properly
 you can pin the middle panel if you want


Now, fold the lining and line it up on top of the zipper


it should look like pic #13
now pin and sew the zipper


once the zipper is installed
pull out and separate the main and lining as shown in pic #13-1


we're almost done! yay

before pinning your panels, make sure that the laces are matched. You don't want as lopsided pouch, right?


and trim the batting 1/4" all around.
This is to reduce the bulk


match the zipper point
the seam facing the lining and pin


Don't forget to OPEN the zipper half way!


Now all sides pinned
trim the zipper tab and start sewing
sew with 1/4" or 3/8" on one side
don't forget to back-stitch on both ends

The other side, leave 2" opening on the LINING side. 
This will be your turning point
Back-stitch on both ends and also the at the opening points.
This is important, cos you don't want your stitch to unravel while you're turning the pouch


now, let's make the square bottom

Method #1 : puff up the corner and pinch evenly and mark 1/2" from the corner


sew the marked line and cut the excess


or you can do 
Method #2
Cut 1/2" square at all corners 


and sew them close.
This is easier cos you tend to get a more even box bottom


So that's done, now turn inside out from the opening
do it gently ! I know it's frustrating but it is DOABLE ^v^


Once done, check the corners, if you're happy with the result, iron your pouch (main and lining)
and sew the opening, either by hand or machine


Yay! you got new pretty patchwork pouch you can flaunt to your friends ^_^





and if sewing machine is not your best friend, you can always visit my SHOP and I'll  be glad to make one ESPECIALLY  for you ^^

I hope you enjoy my tutorial

Happy Weekends & Happy Sewing