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Thursday, February 20, 2014

How to make a zippered pouch.


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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Yes, it is that easy!!!
Just post your comment at the end of this blog to be entered to win!


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:

Supplies:


  • 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)
  • Thread
  • Pins
  • Scissors
  • 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.






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85 comments:

  1. Awesome! I can't wait to make one. Thanks for the heads on Instagram. I am a fan and follower.

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  2. My zipper pouch must-have is a bright fun lining fabric. I love opening a bag and finding an unexpected lining that makes me smile.

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  3. My zipper pouch must have is batik fabric! Love that iron - too cute!

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  4. Love your products and thanks for sharing

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  5. My must have would be a pocket on the inside. (and no...I'm not a robot).

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  6. My zipper pouch must have is boxed corners! I love that they can stand on their own.

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  7. My zipper pouch must have is what's in it...chapstick, TickTacs and a hair tie! LOL :)

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  8. Love using your products, thank you for sharing the instructions!

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  9. I am a true fan of Quilters' Dream battings. It is the only type of batting in my home now. Love it!!!

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  10. My zippered pouch must have is to fill it with money qo I can go to the Quilt Store!!!!!

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  11. just received my first order of Quilters Dream batting!!! Can wait to start using it!!! THANKS!!!!

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  12. Okay, enjoy using your products and thank you for sharing information but I think we define the word easy differently !!!!!
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    1. You can do it, Laurie!!! Seriously, I took a picture for each step and it IS easy - if I can, you can! ~ Jennifer : )

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  13. My Zipper Pouch Must Have is to hold my sewing supplies when I head to group sewing. Thanks for the Tutorial and Give Away. We use your product for our Charity Quilts made for new mothers who are clients of Mary's Center in Washington, DC.

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  14. I only use Quilters Dream batting and I love it! Hope I win!

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  15. Dog print on my zippered pouch, and filled with Hersheys kisses, and scratch lotto tickets, all surrounded by Quilters Dream Batting. I simply love it, and will not by anything else. Waiting for the Mid Atlantic Quilt Show to stock up!!!!!!!

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  16. I love zipper pouches! My must have is the zipper pouch that holds my thread, scissors, needles, and Clover binding clips. It stays in the coffee table drawer, ready for me when it's time for binding! Thanks for a fun giveaway!

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  17. I only use Quilters Dream batting. Can't decide if I love Dream Puff the best or cotton blend on my quilting machine. And the fusible on place mats is just about perfect.

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  18. .. a great gift for anyone! Thanks for the tute!

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  19. Thanks for the tutorial! My zipper pouch must-have is enough room to hold my traveling hexie-making kit: paper templates, glue stick, clips, needle, thread.

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  20. My must have zippered pouch is to store my notions (scissors, ripper, extra bobbins, needles, brush etc) to the store I fill in at some weekends, that way nothing in the bottom of the bag to lose!
    I have yet to try Quilter's Dream Batting, I am excited to try it!

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    1. If those items weren't in a little pouch they would definitely get swallowed by my purse- hahaha. We won't be announcing the winner of the drawing until Wednesday, but if you email us your address, we would be happy to send you some 10 x 10 samples of our batting :)

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  21. Those pouches are so cute! - Thanks for the great tutorial :-).
    My zippered pouch must have, is one that stores all of my EPP bits and bobs together.

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  22. I haven't tried fusible batting. It's something I should play around with. I've got tons of batting for the foreseeable future, but I'll definitely put it on my shopping list.

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    1. Good Morning! We won't be announcing the winner of the drawing until Wednesday but if you would like some samples of the fusible or any other product for that matter- Please don't hesitate to contact us! Just send us an email with your mailing address and we will send ya something :)

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  23. My zippered pouch must have, is a cute zipper pull, preferably from Japan!!! Love Quilters Dream anything!

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  24. I love all of your zipper bags! I'm new and just starting, but I can't wait to make several of these! Thanks for a chance.

    tdkcarpenoctem@hotmail.com

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  25. My zipper pouch must have is pretty fabric and zipper, lined with none other than Quilters Dream Batting :) Thanks for the sweet giveaway!

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  26. My zippered pouch must have is cheerful fabric on the inside and outside! Thank you for the fun tutorial.

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  27. I would love to win the zippered pouch! I haven't sewn a zipper in forever! Thanks for the tutorial. It looks like it would be very easy to follow!

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  28. My must have(s)? This little zipper pouch. I like to do the lining in a water proof materiaal. Ideal for cleaning out

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    1. I hear you on that! Especially if there is makeup or ink pens in the pouch! Or...if my 7 yr old gets a hold of one-hahahah :)

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  29. My must have...Dream Fusion Batting along with sturdy whimsical fabrics!!! This is a great tutorial!!! Thanks for sharing!!! :)

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  30. Mary Rhodes

    Thank you for sharing!omg hav to make more than one! So cute! Love your product too!

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  31. Must have? Fun fabrics inside and out! I can't wait to make some, and love the clear & simple Tute Thanks in advance! B-)

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  32. So cute! Thanks for showing us how to make our own

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  33. Awesome tutorial! Id love to win the batting, ive never tried it. My preferred batting has been warm & natural. Thanks!

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    1. Hi Cynthia! Glad you liked the tutorial :) If you would like some samples of our batting, please send us an email with your mailing address. We'd love for you to have the opportunity to put a needle to it and play around! :)

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  34. Very nice pouch and great tutorial. I hope I win!!

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  35. great tutorial! I could certainly make use of some batting prizes!

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  36. My must have is that it stays pretty thin! Don't like it too bulky in case I want to put it in my pocket.

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  37. My zipper pouch "Must have lots of room for all the quarters for big and huge washing machines when I go take my quilts to get washed.....

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  38. Lorelei Hauptmann

    great tutorial and very easy to follow! Will definitely make some for holiday gifts!

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  39. My zipper pouch "must be made out of all the fun fabric fat quarters I can't resist, and of course string piecing!!" Just made a body cross-over purse for my granddaughter to take to Walt Disney World, used Dream Fusion. It was wonderful.

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    1. Great idea!! I'm headed to Disney in a month myself and think a cross-over purse is much needed! Maybe I can get Jennifer to whip me up one- LOL. Who knows...maybe another tutorial?? :)

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  40. My zipper pouch must have is pockets for smaller things in it

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  41. my zipper pouch must have is that it is roomy enough for all my lip balms i randomly carry in my purse! :)

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    1. Why is it we carry so many different types of lip stuff?? In one day I don't need 5 lipsticks or 20 different kinds of lip balms. haha.... girl problems :)

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  42. My zipper pouch must have is plenty of room for my hand-stitching supplies when travelling. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  43. My zippered must have is plenty of them on hand in Christmas fabrics, school fabrics and fun modern prints. Perfect for last minute gifts, tgeacher gifts, hostess gifts, Ilove these!

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    1. I agree! These are great to have when you need something real quick for a gift. And you can use your creativity to fill it with anything fun!!

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  44. My zipper pouch must have is to be long enough to hold my eye cosmetics - brow pencil, brush, eyeliner, and such. A zipper pouch is also a must-have for traveling. Thanks for the chance to win! I truly love Quilter's Dream products.

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  45. Love these instructions, looks so easy!

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  46. So cute! Thank you for the opportunity to win.

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  47. Chris M. (aka Meezer Mama)February 24, 2014 at 1:43 AM

    My zipper pouch must have emergency cat treats! (You never know when you will need emergency cat treats!) And your cute zipper pouch would be the perfect way to stash and carry them. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. My cat would be thrilled if it was stuffed with cat nip!

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  48. Love the zippered pouch and LOVE Quilters Dream battings. :)

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  49. My zippered pouch would always have a needle, little scissors and a few hexis in it :)

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  50. My zippered pouch must have treats for the grandbabies (always). Love your batting, use it exclusively! Thanks for the give away.

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  51. My zippered pouch would be made of bright fabrics so I could find it anywhere in my purse! I would use it to hold all those little things that seem to find their way to the purse bottom!

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  52. Wonderful cute idea for a Christmas present for all my friends.

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  53. What a cute idea! I haven't tried any of the Fusion battings yet - but the tutorial makes it look easy! I LOVE Quilters Dream - use it all the time! Thanks for a chance to win! Laurie

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  54. My zipper pouch will be for my small scissors and a spool of thread to so I will have my supplies to sew bindings on my quilts.

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  55. My zipper pouch would have to have a zipper and an outside pocket. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  56. Gosh, I haven't won anything is forever! We're winners everytime, though, when we use Quilters Dream batting! my favorite!

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  57. What a great little pouch to keep the samples of my Quilter's Dream "mini" quilts which I made, when asked to do a program on longarm quilting for my local quilt guild. They give customers an idea of how the different battings will look and feel in their quilts, which makes them better informed on which battings to use. Keep up the great work you continuely do Quilter's Dream!!

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  58. I think I'd like a waterproof lining for toothbrush, paste, etc. when traveling! Pretty on the outside; maybe spring flowers! Haven't used batting in bags yet, so am looking forward to learning that technique!

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    1. ***Congrats Teckla!!!!! You are our random winner for the giveaway!! Please send us an email with your mailing address and we will ship your prize! Thanks :)

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  59. Love the pouch and thanks for the tutorial. Just made the switch to Quilter's Dream batting and very happy with that decision.

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  60. I love the pouch too. Very helpful tutorial.

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  61. What a cute idea, plus you added a tutorial. Thank you! I will have add the Fusion Quilters Dream Fusion Batting to my next order. I love Quilters Dream Batting!

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  62. Thanks for the great tutorial. I will have to add the fusion batting to my list, next time I go shopping.

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  63. How cute!!! Thank you for the awesome tutorial! This will be great for take along snacks for my kiddos! Or to keep crayons and cars in for road trips to grandmas house!

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  64. Great tutorial! I use only Quilters Dream batting as it's the best but have never tried the Fusion yet!

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  65. Adorable pouches! My zipper pouch must have is a waterproof lining such as PUL or laminated cotton. I love using these as reusable snack bags!

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  66. I used Fusion in a kit from Connecting Threads. It worked beautifully!

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  68. My Zipper pouch must have a nice LONG zipper so it can open wide to hold all my STUFF and YES Quilters Dream is the BEST batting

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  69. Great tutorial. Would like to make one with a vinyl lining.

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  70. Love, Love Qulters dream and can't wait to try the new fusible!

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  71. my zipper pouch must have is a zipper pull with fun ribbon! thanks for the tutorial and chance to win.

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