We absolutely love the zippered pouches that Jennifer made for each of us!
In fact, we love them so much, we want to share - Jennifer has made a zippered pouch that we are giving away, with added Dream Fusion Batting that you can use for your own fun projects!
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If you aren't a winner, no worries - Jennifer wrote out instructions, so here is how you can make these adorable pouches of your own:
- Coordinating Fabrics - You will cut two (2) - 5.5” x 5.5” pieces from each fabric
- Quilters Dream Fusion - You will cut two (2) pieces - 5.5” x 5.5”
- Zipper – 8” or longer (zipper will be cut down)
- Sewing Machine
Place your Quilters Dream Fusion batting right side up on your ironing surface and your outer pouch fabric right side up on top of the Dream Fusion Batting.
We mark the fusible side with a sticker, but if you have a scrap piece without a sticker, place the piece of Dream Fusion under a light and you will be able to see the fusible needled punched fibers as they will shine under the light.
Iron the fabric and batting to fuse them together. (Don't you love this cute little iron!!!) It is suggested to use a steam iron on the fabric setting you are using, but as you can see, I used my mini iron and it fused nicely.
You now have two outer pieces of fabric fused to Dream Fusion batting and two pieces of coordinating lining fabric for your pouch.
Take your zipper and place it right side down on the top edge of your outer fabric. Pin to your liking.
Take your lining fabric and place it right side down on top of your zipper, lining up the edges with your outer fabric piece.
Pin to your liking. The zipper will be sandwiched in between the fabric.
You will now sew the three layers together, sewing as close to the zipper teeth (or chain) as possible.
Depending on your sewing machine the seam will be a little larger than a quarter of an inch.
Flip your fabrics so that your outer fabric and lining fabric join wrong sides together and pin to your liking. Sew a 1/8th inch seam to secure your fabrics to the zipper.
This is what the lining fabric will look like after you flip it and pin.
Sew the 1/8th inch seam.
Here is what it will look like after you have sewed.
You will repeat these steps for the second side of the pouch and zipper. Place the outer fabric face up and align the zipper face down to the top edge.
Pin the zipper to your liking and then place the lining fabric face down and pin again.
Sew the three layers together as close to the zipper teeth (or chain) as you can.
You will have a seam that is slightly larger than a quarter of an inch.
Again, you will flip the outer fabric and lining fabric so that wrong sides are together, pin to your liking, and sew a 1/8th inch seam to anchor the fabric to your zipper.
Sewing the 1/8th seam also gives the top of the pouch a clean, finished look.
You are getting close to being finished now! This next step you don’t want to miss because if you do – you will have a lot of “unsewing” to do and you don’t want that. Take your zipper and open it up half way.
You will be folding the fabric so that the two outer fabric pieces are facing right sides together. This will leave your lining fabric facing right side up – on both sides of the zipper. Pin the three sides to your liking, trying to match up the side and bottom seams as close as possible.
Sew a ¼” seam around the three sides. I actually started at the top where the zipper is and backstitched several times to secure the zipper. I also sewed the ¼” seam twice just to give the pouch some additional stitch security. After you have sewn the three sides together, you will cut the excess zipper pieces on both sides off.
I wanted to take one additional step to secure the seams, so I trimmed to 1/8” inch and then sewed a zig zag stitch around the three sides.
This seam will show inside the pouch. By sewing the zig zag stitch it gives a clean line to the finished piece
Now you can open up the zipper and turn the pouch inside out.
Iron your little pouch to flatten out the seams and any wrinkles in the fabric.
And VOILA! Your new little pouch is ready to be used. You can get real creative and make quilted blocks and use those for your outer fabric, or take a page of an old telephone book or newsprint and cut to the size you like and string piece your outer fabric. Let your imagination have fun and make multiples for your sewing bee, guild, family and friends.