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Had a quiet weekend (still recovering from last weekend in Dublin!). My folks popped over for a visit and we ate out (and too much) in a nice Chinese restaurant. Afterwards Dad drove us back to my house whilst I feel asleep in the back seat. Even at 30ish years old I still think that sleeping in the back seat of your folks car is one of the nicest thingzzzzzz.
I thought I would get another tutorial together, this time it's zippers. The amount of times I've been asked to get a zipper tutorial sorted!!! This one is for you Lizzie (heh! heh!).
This tutorial is for a dinky zippered pouch which has a clear outside pocket for your ID, tube/subway pass, or credit cards etc. and a loop for attaching the pouch to your bag or keys etc.
Click on any of the pictures to make them bigger.
Front view of Boomerang zippered pouch' 9cm (H) x 10cm (W) with handy clear pocket for cards and what not. WHAT IS THIS POUCH ATTACHED TO? FIND OUT IN MY NEXT POST...
Here's how I put it together
Shopping list (as if you were buying from a shop, if not using stash fabrics)
- 0.5 yard of Boomerang Beat fabric
- 0.5 yard lining
- 0.5 clear plastic (if you don't have any plastic handy, substitute for a piece of Boomerang fabric 16cm (H) x 12cm (W)
- 1x 15cm zip
- 1 x 13mm D-Ring
NB: All seam allowances are 1cm (3/8") unless otherwise stated.
1. Cut your fabric pieces as shown in the photo below.
2. My zipper is too long! - so I have to adjust it (if your zipper is just right you can skip this step and go make yourself a cup of tea. Measure your zip against the length of one of the exterior pieces and mark the line.
Trim off the excess zipper and secure the raw edge of the zipper by sewing quite a few (wide, but short length) zig zag stitches 5mm from the edge. This will ensure that the zipper doesn't go wandering off.
3. Make tape for clear pocket trim - Take the 17cm boomerang fabric strip (wrong side up) fold it half length ways, and press. Open out and fold the long edges up to the crease line you have just made. Divide the tape into 12cm & 5cm lengths. Set the 5cm aside for the next step.
If you're making a boomerang fabric pocket fold the pocket in half (right side out) by bringing the short edges together and topstitching the crease line. You will still need to make tape but you'll only need the 5cm length.
3. Sew the tape trim onto the pocket - place the tape over one of the long edges of the plastic and stitch the tape onto the plastic close to the bottom edge of the tape. Match up the pocket (with it's nice new trim) with the sides and bottom of the exterior piece and baste the sides and bottom of the pocket a few mms from the edge.
Take the 5cm tape and topstich the long open edge shut. Thread the metal D-ring onto the tape and fold the tape in half. Position the tape (with it's ring) just above the edge of the pocket as shown by my rubbish blue drawing (drawing was never my strong point, sewing always was and will be my thing!). I forgot to take a photos of this bit!
If making a fabric pocket; place the pocket with the topstitched edge (facing away from you) onto one of the exterior pieces, baste in place and make the tape (with it's D-ring) as directed above.
4. Sew the 1st half of the zipper - make a sandwich (starting from the bottom) lining piece (right side up), zipper (right side up) in middle, and exterior piece with pocket (wrong side up) on the top. Carefully match up the top edges and pin together.
Attach your zipper foot to machine and sew along the top edge only. Stitch a few mms from the top edge.
5. Topstitch exterior to zip for neatness - Flip the layers over so that the right sides of exterior and the lining are facing outwards. Topstitch the exterior 2 mm from the edge of the exterior (stitching through the 3 layers) as shown in photo for neatness. Repeat steps 4 - 5 for the other half of the zipper.
6. Sewing the purse - Make sure the zipper is unzipped. Flip the layers of the purse over so that the right sides of the lining and the exterior are touching each other. Match up all of the edges of the layers (the zip will naturally curve towards the lining) pin all around.
Stitch the sides and bottom (in one continuous line) of the purse ensuring that you leave a 8cm gap as shown by my wonky blue arrow. Clip off all of the corners.
7. Turn your purse right side out through the gap - push the corners out and smooth everything down. Ohh, so that's why the zipper needed to be open!
8. Sew gap in lining closed - stitch gap in lining shut by pushing in raw edges into the hole and top stitching closed. You're done! There, see? Zippers only look scary; they only want to be loved like everybody else!