Friday, March 27, 2009

Fully Lined Front Zippered Pouch Tutorial

As promised this is my fully lined Front Zippered Pouch Tutorial. It is easy enough even for a first-timer. I have designed the tutorial in such a way that if you like, you can opt for two contrasting fabric for the front.

As for me, I wanted to use the fabric that I used for my Chinese New Year bag because it is so fabulous. I'm not using any contrasting fabric but for you, the option is there.

Front view


Back view


Materials

1. Cut the following.
Outer
Front top 8 1/2" by 2"
Front bottom 8 1/2" by 5 1/2"
Back 8 1/2" by 7 1/2"
Strap 13 1/2" by 2"

Lining
Front top 8 1/2" by 2"
Front bottom 8 1/2" by 5 1/2"
Back 8 1/2" by 7 1/2"

Zipper - anything from 8 1/2". No metal teeth! We gonna sew over it.
I used a 14" zipper. The excess will be cut off.

Note: Just to be clear. When sewing the zipper to the OUTER or LINING, sew from end to end.

2. Assemble the following sandwich:
Lining front top facing up
Zipper facing up
Match long side


Sew zipper to lining(1/4" seam). Avoid sewing too close to the zipper.


This is what you should get.

3. Assemble the following sandwich:
Lining front bottom facing up
zipper facing up
Match long side


Sew zipper to the lining (1/4" seam). Avoid sewing too close to the zipper.


This is what you should get.

4. Assemble the following:

Zipper facing up
Outer front top facing down


Sew outer front top to the zipper from the LINING side. This is so you have the sewn seam to guide you. Sew just a little to the left of the sewn seam to hide it when you look at the zipper right side up.


This is what you should get. See how you can't see any seams made by the lining?

5.Assemble the following:

Zipper facing up
Outer front bottom facing down

Sew outer front bottom to the zipper. Similar to step 4, sew from the lining side and sew a little to the left of the sewn seam.


This is what you should get.

6. Press fabric.

Top stitch the edges next to the zipper.

7. Assemble the following:

Lining Back facing up
Zipper facing up (zipper pull on the left)
Outer Back facing down


Sew across the TOP of the pouch through ALL THE LAYERS. Be careful your layers do not shift. I used a 3/8" seam.


This is what you should get.

8. Flip the sandwich around until you have the outer on one side and the linng on the other side. A little explanation here. I have determined that the escape route to turn the pouch right side out is through the BOTTOM of the lining. As such, you can't sew the bottoms of the outer and lining together. That would seal our escape route.

What we will do here is to sew the bottom of the lining and outer SEPARATELY.


With right sides together, sew across the bottom of the OUTER.

9.

With right sides together, sew across the bottom of the LINING. Be sure to leave a GAP large enough to turn right side out.


This is what you should get. Separate seams for bottom and lining and gap in lining.
Now is also a good time to make sure your pouch is even (outer and lining should match in size). Trim if necesary.

10. Fold the strap in half along the long side.
Fold 1/4" seam along the 2 long sides. Press.


Topstitch across both long edges.

11. Fun part. Turn pouch right side out. Cut off excess zipper so it aligns with the sides.

12.

Fold strap in half. With pouch right side out, align raw edge of strap with left side of pouch.


Sew strap to front layers only. See picture for better understanding.

13.

Flip around until you have the above position. See picture.
IMPORTANT: Be sure the zipper is OPEN.


Sew across the side seam through ALL THE LAYERS. I used a 3/8" seam. Start with the side which has the zipper ends open. Be sure to hold the zipper ends closed so you will have a nice finish. Reinforce the areas over the strap and zipper.

Do the same for the other side seam.


This is what you should get.

14. Trim edges. Turn right side out through the gap in lining. Hand sew the gap and you're all set!


Front

Back

Lining front

Lining back

No gaps!

As always, please let me know if you spot any errors! Thanks. I hope you have fun making fabulous front zippered pouches.

New! (added on 15 July 2009)
I've created a group pool on FLICKR where you can post pics of your creations from using this tutorial. Click projectsbyjane group. I hope everyone will join. Thanks.

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Below are my bag patterns which are available for sale at Etsy (instant download) and Craftsy (instant download). Clicking on the images will take you to my Etsy shop.






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Thursday, March 12, 2009

Patchwork Drawstring Bag

I have exciting news. I have booked a booth to sell my bags at MAAD on the first weekend of April. As a result of this April gig, I've been busy sewing up a storm. I have a secret stash of pouches and bags which I've made over the months and these have never been put up on my blog. I'll post them after the MAAD gig.

I'm generally making little purses and bags which I would want for myself. I'm not very commercial! In fact, I love all the stuff I've made so far it hurts to sell them. On the other hand, it would be so cool to have folks in Singapore using my bags! Lately I've also been contemplating selling my stuff online. Unfortunately I've been living in a cave and does not possess a PAYPAL account. This seems to be the passport to online selling. Until I figure it out, it'll go to my To-Do List.

Speaking of To-Do List, I've promised a Front Zippered Pouch Without the Gaps tutorial. I haven't forgotten it. It's just that I haven't been able to sit down and explain it clearly so it's going to take just a little bit longer. Definitely before Apr'09. This tut is going to shift your sewing paradigm. It'll blow your... Um, I distinctly remember some guru from when I was working telling us to always underpromise and over deliver. Ok, I'm the complete opposite. This tut is going to be the mother...



Today's patchwork drawstring bag was made using Pink Penguin's reversible patchwork bag tutorial. Although I'm pretty good at drawstring bags, I'm never tired of learning and besides I'm a big fan of Pink Penguin.

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