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.
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!
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.
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
- 17th November – Launch and gathering supplies
- 20th November – Constructing side/zip-bands and pocket
- 22nd November – Putting the Zippy Pouch together
- 27th November – Finishing the Zippy Pouch
- 5th December – Finished Zippy Pouches and winner announced
You can pick up a copy of the pattern here, and 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!
Let me know if you have any questions – have a great weekend sewing!
Today’s sky::: grey and cold. Brrrrrr!