It seems the most unsatisfactory thing about zipper pouches is those pesky corners and ill-fitting linings. This method eliminates both!! The zipper is not actually sewn into the side seam – the tab encases the ends of the zipper. Then the sides are sewn with the lining in place – there’s no stuffing the lining inside the pouch. Seam binding covers the raw edges for a neat finish.
Before you start, you will need:
- fabric for outside of pouch – one fat quarter or assorted scraps at least 10″ wide
- fabric for lining – one fat quarter or scraps at least 10″ x 8″
- interfacing – 10″ x 16″
- nylon coil zipper 11″ or longer
- basic sewing supplies
Cut all of the following 7 ¼” x 9½”:
- (2) outer pouch fabric ∗
- (2) lining fabric
- (4) interfacing
Cut two squares 2″ x 2″ for the zipper tabs
For seam binding, cut from lining fabric a strip 1 1/8″ x 18″
Fuse interfacing to the outer pouch pieces and the lining pieces.
∗FOR THE PATCHWORK VERSION, cut the following and sew together with ¼” seam allowances. Then fuse the interfacing to the pieced section.
Now you are ready to sew. I thought a picture-tutorial would be useful for this so that you can see every step:
ATTACHING THE ZIPPER:
SEWING THE POUCH:
BINDING THE RAW EDGES:
Cut the seam binding pieces from the 1 1/8″ x 18″ strip you cut from the lining fabric.
Turn the pouch right side out. Push the corners out with your fingers and gently roll seams to press. You are done!!
I hope you have enjoyed this tutorial, feel free to contact me with any questions!