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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

interfacing

Preparation:

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.

patchwork layout

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:

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SEWING THE POUCH:

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BINDING THE RAW EDGES:

Cut the seam binding pieces from the 1 1/8″ x 18″ strip you cut from the lining fabric.

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Turn the pouch right side out. Push the corners out with your fingers and gently roll seams to press. You are done!!

 

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I hope you have enjoyed this tutorial, feel free to contact me with any questions!

Happy Sewing,

Tessa