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Quilt Now Little Zippy Pouch Tutorial::: how to add zipper tabs

Hello everyone! How are you all? I’m very excited to have a project – the Little Zippy Pouch – in Issue 9 of Quilt Now, which came out this week.

Little Zippy Pouch, Quilt Now Issue 9 by fabricandflowers | Sonia Spence

The (Not So) Little Zippy Pouch is available to download now and includes two sizes!

I had lots of fun working it out and, measuring around 5″ (h) x 8″ (w) x 3″ (d) it’s the perfect size for carrying make-up around although I think it could also make a fab project bag. 

Little Zippy Pouch, Quilt Now Issue 9 by fabricandflowers | Sonia Spence

I made another Little Zippy Pouch for a friends birthday last week and added zip tabs and thought I’d put up a tutorial just in case you would like to add them too.

Little Zippy Pouch, Quilt Now Issue 9 by fabricandflowers | Sonia Spence

To Make the Zipper Tabs you will need;

  • (1) 1 1/2″ x 4″ fabric
  • (1) 1 1/2″ x 4″ interfacing   

Make the Zipper Tabs

Iron interfacing to the wrong side of the zipper tabs. Cut into (4) 1″ strips along the long side  

Tutorial for adding a zipper tab to each end of a zip.

Optional – secure the open end of the zip together with a few stitches.  

Taking two zipper tabs, place them right side together, sandwiching the zipper in between. Make sure that they are just on the other side if the metal zipper tabs so that sewing machine needle doesn’t get broken!!!  

Tutorial for adding a zipper tab to each end of a zip.

Secure in place using a 1/4″ seam allowance. I also completed another line of stitches at 1/8″ for extra strength. Trim the zip.

Tutorial for adding a zipper tab to each end of a zip.

Fold the zipper tabs back so that they are wrong sides together. Finger press/iron. Topstitch.

Tutorial for adding a zipper tab to each end of a zip.

To add a tab to the other end of the zipper, use a ruler to measure 16 1/2″ from the end of the zipper tab that you’ve just made and mark the zip.  

Follow previous steps for adding the zipper tab. Once everything has been trimmed and top-stitched the zip should measure 17 1/2″ in total from end to end.  

Continue with the instructions for making the bag as detailed in the pattern.

Tutorial for adding a zipper tab to each end of a zip for a Little Zippy Pouch

If you would like to make your own Little Zippy Pouch, the pattern is available now with more detailed instructions and includes two sizes.

For even more tips, you can follow the Zippy Pouch Along here;

If you have any questions, please do get in touch. And if you make one please use the hashtag #littlezippypouch as I’d love to see them all!

Have a great weekend,  

Sx  

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2 Comments

  1. Jessie Fincham @ Messy Jesse
    March 16, 2015 / 4:38 pm

    I've got my copy ready for your IG sewalong Sonia! Excited! xo

  2. Jo Robertson (thejoyofthehousetomyself)
    March 17, 2015 / 7:43 pm

    That's a great way of doing zipper tabs!