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Here is a tutrorial for zippered pockets inside bags. They look smart, they prevent your valuables from going 'walkies', they make essentials such as lippy and your mirror easy to get at, and a girl can never have too many pockets in her bag! This one is for you Katie :)
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 fabric for pocket
- 0.5 yard of Vilene Firm Iron-on
- 1x 7" Zip
Click on any of the pictures to make them bigger.
1. Cut your pocket pieces - cut 2 pocket pieces, and 2 interfacing/stabilizer pieces to the same size. Mine are 25cm (W) x 18cm (H). Also cut 1 more interfacing piece to the same width as the pocket pieces x 7cm high.
Iron the same sized interfacing onto the wrong side of pocket pieces. Now take the smaller interfacing piece and place it onto one of the interfaced pocket pieces, match the top edges and iron on. The extra layer of interfacing at the top this pocket piece will add necessary strength to the pocket, enabling it to take the weight of your wallet and keys etc. This double interfaced pocket piece will be the front of the pocket.
Sew some stitches around the end of the zip to secure the zip halves (as shown in the pic)
2. Measure and mark the hole for the zip - Position the double interfaced pocket piece wrong side up onto your bag lining piece (where you want the zip to be placed), and pin. Take your zip and measure the length of the zipper teeth (not the length of the zipper itself; as shown by the blue markers in the photo). The length of my zipper teeth were 19cm.
Mark a rectangle that is as wide as length of your zipper teeth x 1cm high. My rectangle is 19cm (W) x 1cm (H). In the middle of the rectangle mark a center line with a triangle at either end (as shown by the black lines in the photo).
Sew the front pocket piece onto the bag lining piece by sewing only all around the rectangle (which is blue in my photo).
3. Make the rectangular hole for the zip - Make an incision into the BLACK LINE using a seam ripper then get happy with your scissors. Only cut the black line and the 'V' of the triangles - don't get too close to the stitching with them scissors!! You will be cutting though your front pocket piece and your bag lining (and any interfacing that you may have on your bag lining - which I do, as it happens) all at once.
Pull the front pocket piece though the hole you have just made. That's right, every single bit of the pocket is has to pull thru.
4. Sew zipper to bag lining - pin the zipper to the hole in the bag lining. I haven't used that many pins because it's all a bit too bulky for me. Not to worry though, you'll find that once you have sewn a few stitches, you'll be able to move the zip and the hole around a bit so you can straighten up as you sew. Stitch the zipper to the hole about 2mm from the edge. Do take your time, you can't rush these things!
5. Finish assembling the pocket - place the back pocket piece (wrong side up) onto the front pocket piece and pin. Fold the top edge of the bag lining down out of the way so you can begin to stitch the 2 pocket pieces together without stitching through the bag lining (because we don't want those stitches to show on our bag lining, well I don't want them to anyway). Sew all around the pocket keeping the bag lining out of the way as you sew. Ta Dah you're done! That wasn't too bad and it's looks really profesh. too!!