Zippy Pouch Along – finishing the Zippy Pouch!

Zippy Pouch Along – finishing the Zippy Pouch!

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Hello! Are you ready for the finishing touches on your (Not So) Little Zippy Pouch?! The final step is adding the binding and, if you wish, a zipper pull.

I prefer a narrow binding of 2″ but if you like a thicker binding please alter to your own measurements. When attached the binding, it is important to remember that we are using a width of fabric strip around corners, so we need to ease the fabric in to get a nice smooth binding. I have found that the best way to do this, is by pinning the binding on from the front. Normally, I will pin in the centre of the curve first (where we marked for joining the front/zip band together) and then either side for the rest of the curve. 

Zippy Pouch Along - finishing the (Not So) Little Zippy Pouch, pattern by fabricandflowers | Sonia Spence

To sew the binding in position, I will sew from the zip band side. This means that as I work my way around the corner I can stop, lift the presser foot and rearrange the fabric as I go to stop any bunching. When it comes to sewing across the bottom of the pouch, make sure to push the zip band/pouch down flat. Due to all the layers in the centre of the zip band, it is worth going slowly to achieve good stitching and save your machine needle! 

Zippy Pouch Along - finishing the (Not So) Little Zippy Pouch, pattern by fabricandflowers | Sonia Spence
Zippy Pouch Along - finishing the (Not So) Little Zippy Pouch, pattern by fabricandflowers | Sonia Spence

Fold the binding up and over towards the zip band. If you have added pockets, you may find it helps to trim some of the bulk out from the seams before wrapping the binding over. I slip stitch the binding in place, as I would for a quilt. 

Zippy Pouch Along - finishing the (Not So) Little Zippy Pouch, pattern by fabricandflowers | Sonia Spence

And Ta-Dah! You’re all done! If you would like, you can check out my Mini Macaron Zip Pull Tutorial or check out this tutorial for the fabric tassel that I added to this Not So Little Zippy Pouch. I’m even been looking at a few enamel pins which I think I’ll be adding to my Christmas wish list to put on the front, the bat is my favourite so far!!!! (click pics to find the makers!).

Enamel Pin ideas for quilters by fabricandflowers

I hope you’ve enjoyed this sew along and I can’t wait to see all your finished pouches. I have adjusted the timings slightly – all pictures posted by Midnight on the 4th December GMT using the hashtag #zippypouchalong will be eligible for the lovely prize from Rose Garden Patchwork, with the winner being announced on 5th December.

Don’t forget to follow @fabricandflowers and @rosegardenpatchwork and use the hashtag #zippypouchalong so that I can see all the fabulous pouches that you’re making! If you are looking for a copy of the pattern, check out my Etsy shop here. And please do sign-up to my newsletter if you would like any updates or news sent straight to your inbox.

S x

Today’s sky::: overcast, grey and raining. Boo!

Zippy Pouch Along – Joining the Pouch Together

Zippy Pouch Along – Joining the Pouch Together

Hello there and welcome back to the second part in the sew-along! By now, you should have all the different pieces of the (Not So) Little Zippy Pouch (pattern available here) interfaced, quilted and pockets all made. Now, we’re going to join the zip band to the pocket/lining before sewing the two layers together.

Zippy Pouch Along - joining the (Not So) Little Zippy Pouch together, pattern by fabricandflowers | Sonia Spence

Adding the Pocket Sides to the Zip Pocket

When I attach the pocket side, I always like to start stitching at the bottom, working up towards the top.

I stitch until the needle runs off the end of the fabric, and then stitch forwards/backwards a couple of times. As the zip sits lower than the pocket side, it means that the zip is fitted very securely, the ends are completely hidden and everything is neat and tidy.

Joining the Zip Band to the Lining and Pockets

Sewing the pocket side to the zip band from the bottom of the piece will give better results. As the pocket side piece is angled, the first side sits nice and flat but the second piece will be a little bit bouncy! Pin in place – again starting at the bottom – before sewing to help keep everything in position!

Zippy Pouch Along - joining the (Not So) Little Zippy Pouch together, pattern by fabricandflowers | Sonia Spence

Sewing the bag together

This is probably the trickiest bit of the pattern to visualise – how do we bring it all together?! I did some videos on Instagram, some of which I have added below – click right to see – and will hopefully make it all seem a lot clearer!

If you would like to see all the video’s, then please check out the highlights ‘Zippy Pouch’ on my Instagram profile page @fabricandflowers.

Sewing the sides in positions

After basting the sides/pockets in place, we need to shape the corners. I trim around the template with a rotary cutter. Starting on one side, join the pouch together by matching corner mark with the corresponding mark on the zip band. Pinning from the front of the pouch will help to ensure that the fabric isn’t bunching up. Once the corners are in place, pin the rest of the seam in place.

When sewing together, I sew from the zip band side, to make sure that none of the fabric bunches on this side either! Take it slowly sewing around the corner, stopping to lift the presser foot and rearrange the fabric if needed, helps to give a smooth finish to the corner.

Zippy Pouch Along - joining the (Not So) Little Zippy Pouch together, pattern by fabricandflowers | Sonia Spence

And that’s it for today! Come back next time when I’ll share my tips for adding and stitching the binding!

Zippy Pouch Along timings

Don’t forget to follow @fabricandflowers and @rosegardenpatchwork and use the hashtag #zippypouchalong so that I can see all the fabulous pouches that you’re making! If you are looking for a copy of the pattern, check out my Etsy shop here. And please do sign-up to my newsletter if you would like any updates or news sent straight to your inbox.

Let me know if you have any questions – have a great weekend sewing!

S x

Today’s sky::: grey and cold. Brrrrrr!

Zippy Pouch Along – constructing the zip band, lining and pocket sides

Zippy Pouch Along – constructing the zip band, lining and pocket sides

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Hello there! Shall we get started with the (Not So) Little Zippy Pouch?! You may find it helpful – if you haven’t done so already – to print out the Cutting Instructions (page 4/5) and the Measurement Guide (page 18/19) relevant to the pouch size you are making. Although not necessary, you may find it helps to keep a track of the pattern if you are working off a screen.

Zippy Pouch Along - preparing the pieces and zipper tips by fabricandflowers | Sonia Spence

I’m making a Not So Little Zippy pouch and have made a patchwork front panel with some lovely scraps I had lying around. I ironed my favourite interfacing to the back – I find it sticks well and adds a nice weight/stability to the fabric without making it feel stiff and horrible –  as I have run out of fusible wadding before layering with some wadding to quilt. Depending on the quilting that you do, it may be beneficial to baste around the finished edges of the panel to secure everything in place.

Constructing the Zip Band

If you’ve not used zips much before, I have personally found that adding tabs to the end of the zip seem to make them a lot easier to work with as it seems to stabilise them! The tutorial here details how to add the zip tabs. Some other tips that may help with inserting the zipper (or any zip actually!);

Zippy Pouch Along - preparing the pieces and zipper tips by fabricandflowers | Sonia Spence
  • Pin the fabric/tabs in position with the pins at right angles to the seam that you are going to be sewing. 
  • For the tabs, if you can position the pins close to the zip, when you place the fabric under the machine you can add a couple of stitches to secure everything in place before taking the pins out.
  • Measure both sides of the zip for accuracy when marking.
  • When sewing the zip to the band pieces, begin sewing each side from the same end. This will mean that if there is any fabric creep, it will end up at the same end meaning you only need to trim one side, helping with accuracy.
Zippy Pouch Along - preparing the pieces and zipper tips by fabricandflowers | Sonia Spence

The Pocket Sides

When making the pocket sides, the only thing to really watch is when trimming around the excess fabric around the tab: you need to snip right up into the corner, but not through the stitching. Then, when turning to the right side, press from the top edge towards the bottom tab. Even then, the sides of the tab can still be a little bouncy! I have found that using scissors/seam ripper to gently hold the side out will help create a straight edge. 

Zippy Pouch Along - preparing the pieces and zipper tips by fabricandflowers | Sonia Spence

Bag lining & Internal Zip Pocket

Using some of the zipper tips from above, sew the pockets and pouch lining together. If your zip is slightly longer than even better as it means you can keep the zip pull up and out the way and you won’t need to move it at all whilst sewing the zip in!!!

To close the bottom of the pocket (Step 20), ensure that you fold at the zip and if necessary use pins to keep the top lining edges straight. Smooth the fabric down from the zip, measure and mark the line that you will be sewing.  Once you have completed this step, the bottom of the pocket will be closed. When you have shaped the side of the pocket you can baste the edges together – which can be beneficial if you are not adding the pocket sides on straight away.

Adding Slip Pockets

In an attempt to be ultra organised (ha!) I’m adding two slip pockets to this version. For one of them, I thought it would be handy to create a divide with a pocket big enough to keep pens/scissors so that they don’t disappear to the very bottom of the bag. 

Zippy Pouch Along - preparing the pieces and zipper tips by fabricandflowers | Sonia Spence

To do this, I made a slip pocket following the pattern up to Step 3, before attaching it to the lining. I measured 3″ in from one side and using a hera marker drew a line. Starting at the bottom of the pocket, I stitched up to the top of the pocket, adding a stitched triangle to help reinforce the seam.

And there we go! That is all of our pouch elements prepped and ready to be put together – come back for our next post where we will add the pocket sides and join the layers together!!!

Zippy Pouch Along - preparing the pieces and zipper tips by fabricandflowers | Sonia Spence

Zippy Pouch Along Timings;

Don’t forget to follow @fabricandflowers and @rosegardenpatchwork and use the hashtag #zippypouchalong so that I can see all the fabulous pouches that you’re making! If you are looking for a copy of the pattern, check out my Etsy shop here. And please do sign-up to my newsletter if you would like any updates or news sent straight to your inbox.

Sx

Today’s sky::: mostly grey and quite chilly!

Zippy Pouch Along – are you in?!

Zippy Pouch Along – are you in?!

NOTE: this post may contain affiliate links. It will not cost you any money if you click on them and just means that I get a small commission for recommending it.

So, when I launched the (Not So) Little Zippy Pouch, I asked if there would be interested in a sew-along and there were lots of ‘Yes’s’! It’s always fun to sew with others, isn’t it?!

So many of you loved the little macaron zip pull I made that I spoke with the lovely Lisa at Rose Garden Patchwork and she has very kindly agreed to sponsor the sew-along with a fantastic bundle of fabrics, pincushion and tulip needles, all pictured below. It’s a fabulous prize! The winner will be picked at random and announced on the 4th December. To be eligible you must follow @rosegardenpatchwork on Instagram and have sewn a pouch since the pattern launch in October.

Lisa is also offering a 10% discount on macaron’s and zips from Rose Garden Patchwork if you use the code ‘zippypouchalong‘ at the checkout.

So, how will the Zippy Pouch Along work?

You will need to get yourself a copy of the (Not So) Little Zippy Pouch pattern, decide which size pouch you would like to make and then chose fabrics and zips. You will also need some interfacing and (fusible) wadding. However, if you don’t have any fusible wadding to hand, I have found that if you interface the fabric for the front of the pouch and then quilt it, it will have the same structure. Other handy notions to have are a fabric pen, wonder clips, ruler and pins.

(Not So) Little Zippy Pouch Along, pattern by fabricandflowers | Sonia Spence

I will be making a zippy pouch with you, guiding you through the steps which can be a bit tricky and also passing on some tips. The instructions are the same for each bag, so you can make either size (or two, if you’re feeling particularly productive!), maybe a good way of getting some Christmas presents done?! To follow along with everyone’s progress, I have created a new hashtag for this sew-along on Instagram – the #zippypouchalong.

We will start putting the bag together next week, which gives you the weekend to start choosing fabrics and cutting out the pieces! The pattern includes instructions for the measurements needed to make a contrast pouch base. However, you could use some precious scraps to make a patchwork version, add a feature strip across the side or even add applique……so many options! I can’t wait to see what you all come up with!

Zippy Pouch Along Timings;

Don’t forget to follow @fabricandflowers and @rosegardenpatchwork and use the hashtag #zippypouchalong so that I can see all the fabulous pouches that you’re making! If you are looking for a copy of the pattern, check out my Etsy shop here. And please do sign-up to my newsletter if you would like any updates or news sent straight to your inbox.

Looking forward to sewing along with you over the next couple of weeks!

S x

Today’s sky::: grey and miserable. Again!

Tutorial – Adding a Zip Pull using Mini Macarons

Tutorial – Adding a Zip Pull using Mini Macarons

Hello there! Well, this morning I’ve just finished off a zip pull – one of those fantastic 5-10min project that makes you feel so happy with the end result,  that I just had to hop on and share it with you!

Tutorial - how to add zipper pulls to the (Not So) Little Zippy Pouch using mini macarons by fabricandflowers | Sonia Spence

A little while ago, I’d ordered a few things from the Rose Garden Patchwork (a new-to-me online shop) which specialises in Japanese fabrics.  Obviously, I’d ordered a couple of fat quarters (!) but also added to my basket these Mini Macaron’s: they are like buttons that you can cover with fabric but without the shank.  So you can place them together to cover the end of zip-tabs….I’d never seen them before and really wanted to have a play with them!

Once I’d finished my Not So Little Zippy Pouch, I thought a zipper pull would add the perfect finished touch – I don’t know why, but they always seem to make it feel nicer when you open the pouch?!

To make a zipper pull, you will need;

  • 2 macaron covers – I used 24mm and they come in sets of 6
  • 2 pieces of fabric, minimum 1.5″ square for zipper pulls
  • 1 piece of fabric, 0.75″ wide by 2″ long for zipper pull tab
  • Scrap piece of fabric
  • Needle & thread

To start, cut two circles bigger than the size of the macaron – I used the bottom of a large thread spool to draw a circle 1.5″ wide.

Take some thread and, starting on the right side of the fabric, do a running stitch around the edge of the fabric, until you reach your starting point. Place the macaron dome side down in the middle of your fabric and gently start to pull the threads together gathering the fabric up so that it is tight over the macaron. Knot your thread to secure. If you feel that the fabric is not tight enough, I found completing a second round of running stitch and securing it helped to solve this. Repeat for the remaining macaron. Set aside.

Taking the zipper pull tab, fold the fabric in half width-ways, wrong sides together. Finger press before folding the outside edges in towards the centre. Finger press again and keep in place with a couple of pins.

Tutorial - how to add zipper pulls to the (Not So) Little Zippy Pouch by fabricandflowers | Sonia Spence

Place a scrap piece of fabric under your machine needle – we are going to use this to help feed our tiny little zipper pull tab through the machine (these are sometimes called leaders/enders) as the fabric is so narrow it can easily be eaten by the machine/not feed through properly.

Complete a few stitches on the scrap piece of fabric, and stop just before you reach the end of the fabric. Lift the presser foot to place one end of the zipper tab pull under the piece of scrap fabric – I tried to line up the centre of the tab pull with the needle. Place the presser foot back down, and sewing slowly continue stitching – because the zipper tab is quite narrow, you may find that the scrap fabric moves and the zipper tab pull comes out from underneath. If this happens, lift the presser foot and re-arrange.

Take your zipper tab pull, and snipping off the scrap fabric, thread it through the end of your zipper pull. Set aside.

Tutorial - how to add zipper pulls to the (Not So) Little Zippy Pouch by fabricandflowers | Sonia Spence

Place two covered macaron pieces wrong sides together. Holding in place, begin hand-stitching (I use ladder stitch) around the outside to join them together, stopping when you are 1″ from where you started.

Squeeze the opposite sides together slightly to help open up the gap, and gently push the zipper tab pull ends inside until you reach the desired length (I pushed them nearly all the way in!).  If you are struggling to get the ends in, you can use sharp scissors to help encourage them!

Holding everything in position, secure in place, stitching through the zipper pull tab a few times before going on to close the gap.  

And ta-dah! We’re all done! I hope you’ve found this useful if you’ve not made covered buttons/zipper pulls before. I had so much fun making this, that I think I’ll be adding them to lots more pouches in the future! And don’t forget, if you’d like your own (Not So) Little Zippy pouch, do check out the pattern here!

See you soon,

S x

Today’s sky::: slightly cloudy, but finally some sunshine!!!