zipper pouch

DIY Boxy Zipper Pouch Tutorial

Zipper pouches are perfect for basically everything… and a boxy pouch that can stand up? Better than perfect. It’s easily a naptime sew (you know how I love those), so let’s get making!
Make your own boxy zipper pouch

Supplies:

  • outer fabric
  • lining fabric
  • zipper

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1. Cut two outer fabrics and two linings. I made mine 8in x 8in x 8in x 10in. to make a trapezoid – but you can adjust the size as needed.

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2. Sandwich your zipper (mine is 7in) between one of the outer and lining, right sides together, and sew using your zipper foot. The outer fabric should be on the top of the zipper.

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3. Flip the fabrics back, press carefully (without melting your zipper!) and topstitch.

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4. Now repeat with the other set of fabric.

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5. Open the zipper (don’t skip this step!)

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6. Lay the lining and outer fabrics right sides together. Carefully pin together. Sew along the edges, leaving an opening at the bottom of the lining.

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7. Flatten the bottom of the lining and the outer fabrics. Sew across the corners and cut off the leftover triangle.

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The bottom should look like this when you’re done.

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8. Turn the pouch right side out, using the hole in the bottom of the lining. Then sew the lining shut. I like to hand sew this with a blind stitch, because I think it looks cleaner, but you can also straight stitch along the entire bottom seam with your machine.

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Then rejoice in your beautiful standing zipper pouch!

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Fill it with make up or hand sewing projects or throw it in your purse to hold all that random junk that doesn’t have a place.

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Happy sewing, friends!

Personalize a bridal shower gift

Last month, my sweet sister-in-law had a bridal shower, in anticipation of her fall wedding. I wanted to purchase her some necessities from her registry, but I also wanted to add a personal touch to her gift.personalize a bridal shower gift with embroidery

So I made a quick zipper pouch with brown linen, and embroidered her soon-to-be married name on the front.

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She can toss her wedding make up in there or throw it in her purse for her honeymoon. Or just stare at it and imagine how she will soon be a Mrs. I so remember how that felt to see my married name for the first time! :)DSC_0306Throw it in a cute basket with some registry items: bathroom rug, hand towels, etc. and you have a personal and functional gift!

Happy sewing, friends!

 

I Will Make: Because She’s Worth it!

When Andrea from The Train to Crazy and Go To Patterns emailed me about an exciting idea she had, I could not wait to get involved. Andrea has joined up with a group [ShesWorthitCampaign.com] that is raising money to fight the horrific battle against human trafficking and slavery.

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500,000 chidren between the ages of 5 and 15 years are forced into the sex trade every year.

This campaign focuses on girls and women who are forced into sex slavery and prostitution.

Sometimes when I think about the numbers, I get overwhelmed. And I truly wonder: what can I even do?? How can I make a difference?

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Along with Andrea and other bloggers, we’re teaming up with the She’s Worth it Campaign to raise money and send handmade gifts to deliver to women and girls who are in recovery after being rescued from slavery. Bracelets and zipper pouches might be small – but they are something we can do to show them that they are loved and valued and that the Father hears their cries.

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Here’s where you come in. Can you make a zipper pouch or a bracelet of any kind to be a part of this campaign? And can you donate just $10 to help these women rebuild their lives? For all the details on where this money goes and where you can send your bracelets and zipper pouches, click over to Andrea’s post.

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Along with several other bloggers, I’ll be sharing a tutorial next week to help you make a bracelet or zipper pouch to send to these women and girls, who desperately need to feel how loved they are. Because they ARE loved and they ARE worth it.