by Vanessa Hewell - LBG Studio
Blog: Little Big Girl Studio
What you will need:
Seam allowance will vary throughout the project. Make sure to double check before stitching.
Step 1: Cutting
You'll also need to cut  pieces 4.25 x 8.5 inches for the lining of the pouch. I forgot to include those in the photo. And you won't need two zippers - I just couldn't make up my mind which color I wanted to use!
Step 2: Patchwork
1. Pin together the  2.5 x 2.5 squares in whatever order you choose and stitch together using a 1/4 inch seam allowance. Press seams open, flip over and press again to smooth everything out.
2. Next, you will sew the  long pieces of unbleached cotton to the patchwork. The 1.75 x 8.5 piece will be the top of the pouch and the 1.25 x 8.5 piece will be the bottom. Use a 1/4 inch seam allowance here as well. Press seams open.
Step 3: Fusing the fleece to outer pouch pieces
*If you prefer to sew your zipper another way, don't fold over the tops of the pieces and skip Step 3.
Fold over and press 1/4 inches on the top long edge of both outer pouch pieces. Place the fusible fleece under the 1/4 inch fold and center on each pouch piece. This will decrease the bulk in the seams when you sew. Fuse the fleece according to the manufacturer's instructions. Once the fleece is fused to your pieces, you can add decorative stitching to the patchwork piece if you like.
Step 3: Attaching the zipper
Place your zipper along the left edge of one of your lining pieces and pin to the right of the zipper teeth. Make sure the zipper pull is at the top. If you use an 8 inch zipper like I did, you'll need to also make sure to center it so that you won't sew over any of the metal bits when stitching the seams of the pouch (you'll be using the edge of your presser foot or 3/8 inches as your seam allowance to sew the pouch together-use that as a guideline). Or, you can remove the metal bits with a plier. If you use a longer zipper, those pieces will most likely hang off the edges of the lining fabric so it won't be an issue.
Next, take your patchwork piece and place folded edge against the left side of zipper teeth. Pin in place. Once everything is pinned together, you'll need to open the zipper a bit to get the zipper pull out of the way. Stitch fairly close to the zipper teeth. Continue to open the zipper as you sew until you get close to the bottom. At that point, leave your needle down, lift the presser foot, and move the zipper pull up and out of the way. Finish stitching. I use my walking foot to attach zippers so just use whatever foot you like best! Once you've stitched the zipper, flip the lining piece towards the outer piece (wrong sides will touch) and press.
Now we'll add the other side of the pouch! Take the pouch half you just sewed and place it on top of the other lining piece (the right sides of the lining fabric will touch). Make sure the zipper pull is at the top and that the short sides of the pieces match up. Pin in place. Refer to the photo below for clarification.
Flip your pinned pieces around and add the back piece of the pouch now. As you did with the patchwork piece, you'll place the folded edge of the back piece against the left side of the zipper teeth (zipper pull will be on the bottom). Pin in place and stitch.
Press the lining pieces flat. Trim of most of the zipper overhang. Flip the pouch around to get lining pieces on one side and outer pieces on the other.
Step 4: Sewing the pouch
Pin all away around the pouch. Use the edge of your presser foot or a 3/8 inch seam allowance to stitch the pouch together. Leave a small opening along one of the short sides of the lining to turn your pouch. Don't forget to unzip the zipper a bit before sewing everything together!!!!!
Trim all 4 corners and turn the pouch through the opening. Slip stitch the opening shut and press. Tuck lining into pouch, zip shut and press. Add a bit of ribbon as a zipper pull if you like. I run the ends of the ribbon through a lighter flame to seal them and stop fraying. All done!!!
Feel free to use this tutorial to sew for yourself, to make gifts, or to sell offline (friends, craft shows, etc). Please don't sell items made from this tutorial online (Etsy, etc.) If you blog about this tutorial, please give me credit and link back to my blog. Also, please don't sell this tutorial! Apparently that happens. . .
Thanks! I hope you enjoy. If I've made any mistakes, you have constructive criticism to offer, or have ANY questions, feel free to email me!
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