Friday, June 24, 2011

Zipper Pouch {Tutorial} & some organization

Did you see my guest post at delicateCONSTRUCTION a few weeks ago?
That's okay if you didn't, I'll share it here! But you'll still want to check out Michelle's's full of cute ideas!

A little back story on this project. I love organizing and to be organized, but truth be told...I'm not a very organized person. I really, really wish I was though. This project is one attempt at becoming that organized person little by little.
When I had my daughter, a "hair stuff" drawer was a must in our house. Unfortunately, this is what my "hair stuff" drawer looked like. It rarely closed all the way because it was so overflowing.


Some people organize with cute wall hangers or little baskets, but that just wasn't my style. Plus, I'd been dying to make some of my own zipper pouches! Check out the "After." Much improved, right?


I ended up moving things around a bit and putting the zipper pouches in the bottom drawer, but I included a pic of the original drawer too, so you could see the improvement!
Are you ready to learn how to make your own zipper pouches!?! Well. Read on!

{the goods}

Fabric Scraps - the thicker the fabric the better!
Sewing Machine
Matching Thread

{how to make a zipper pouch}

First thing's first. You'll need to cut your fabric. I just eyeballed it and guessed how big I wanted my pouches. Make sure you cut it as wide as the zipper + 1/2 inch on each side for seams. And add 1 inch to how long you want it to be. You'll see why later!
Press your fabric down on one side approximately 1/4 to 1/2".


Next, pin and sew this seam to your zipper.


Repeat on the other side.


Turn the right sides of your fabric together and pin around the edges. Sew with 1/4 inch seam allowance.


Now here's the trickiest part. And it's still so easy! Let's see if I can explain it well.
With your pouch still inside out, you need to create a triangle out of the corner of the pouch. Make sure to line up your side seam and your bottom seam. Iron the corner flat on both sides. Next place a pin in it to mark your seam line. This seam will be how deep your pouch is.


Sew and turn it right side out. Here's what your bottom looks like.


And that's it. It's that easy!
I did this three times. I ended up with a 14" pouch, a 9" pouch, and a 6" pouch. I had planned on having one for bows, one for headbands, and one for rubber bands. And I wanted an easy way for my almost 4 year old to know where they belong when she is putting them away.

I figured pictures work best, so we added a bow to the bow pouch and made a headband out of our other fabric scraps for the headband pouch. She should have no issue knowing where the bows and headbands belong!


Here's a little tidbit. My fabrics were typical lightweight cottons. And the pouches didn't have much form when they were empty. With stuff in them, they stood up okay and were filled out. If you want a pouch that stands up and keeps it's shape, I recommend using a heavier weight fabric, or perhaps lining it with fusible web and another fabric.

Edited to add: I've made more, with a slight twist. I used Wonder Under and fused another fabric to the inside of the fabric. The fabric was much stiffer and held it's shape better!

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  1. Found you through the blog party over at Homemaker on a Dime! Love your tutorial - will definitely make an attempt. I'm a follower now!

  2. Amazing tutorial! Thanks for sharing! You got a lovely space here.
    Hope to see you on my blog:)

  3. the bow & headband on the front are too cute! very creative

  4. Sarah I love these bags and your meal posts are great! I need to start writing out my meal plan for the week so I won't end up at the grocery store as much as I do :) I'd love to see your cover-up and little girl's dress as a post :) Would you like to be featured on my blog and do a post or tutorial about it or something you've made? I'd love it! Let me know.


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