Full Access Zipper Pouch Tutorial

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I love making zipper pouches – any shape and any size!  They are perfect for every situation and every occasion!!  This is a tutorial for how to make a “full access” or “open wide” zipper pouch.  This method will work for any measurements of zipper pouch.  Before we get started, prepare the outer bag, lining, and stabilizer or quilt batting.

My favorite zipper pouch dimensions:

6.5″ x 9″

8″ x 11″

and this one is 7.5″ x 9″

Cut (2) outer bag pieces the same size.  The one above is pieced.  You can piece the outer bag in any design, as long as the measurements are the same as the back and the lining.

Cut (2) lining fabrics the same size

Cut (2) stabilizer pieces or batting pieces also the same size

Fuse the stabilizer to the outer bag pieces, or quilt the outer bag pieces.

And now for the zipper…..

I always use a zipper that is larger than I need.

Mark a straight line on the wrong side of the zipper, as pictured below.  This will provide a way to make sure the zipper matches up.

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Place the 2 outer bag pieces as pictured below, as thought the zipper was in the center.  Place a mark 1/2″ from the left edge and 1 1/2″ from the right edge, as shown below.

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Place the zipper face down on the front piece of the bag:

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Match up the mark on the zipper and the 1/2″ mark on the bag with the end of the zipper trailing off as pictured below:zipper pouch tutorial. 3

Continue to pin the zipper along the raw edge of the bag front.   zipper pouch tutorial. 6

Now place one of the lining pieces face down on the bag front/zipper portion.  Align the raw edges along the top and pin in place.

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Using a zipper foot, sew along the pinned edge.  The front end of the zipper should be trailing out of the seam, and the marked lines should match up.  Kind of curve the zipper in to make sure the marks meet exactly.

Continue sewing and stop the needle in the down position at the 1 1/2″ mark.  Move the zipper tail to the right  and continue sewing right off the zipper and all the way along the raw edge.  You should not be sewing the zipper once you hit the 1 1/2″ mark.

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Once you turn the outer bag piece facing out, this is what it should look like:

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Position the outer bag back piece next to the zipper as pictured above. Repeat the same process of sewing the zipper, only on the opposite side.  Match the marks at the 1/2″ point.  Then put the second bag lining piece on top, right side down.  Pin along the top and sew with the zipper foot.

zipper pouch tutorial. 9  You will need to sew this portion “opposite” with the needle moved all the way over to the opposite side and the bulk of the zipper pouch next to the throat of the sewing machine.

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Stop sewing at the 1 1/2″ mark and pull the zipper end to the right and continue sewing (below)

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This is how the bag should look now:zipper pouch tutorial. 13

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Trim off the excess zipper of the front only, leave the tail.zipper pouch tutorial. 15

WITH THE ZIPPER PARTIALLY OPEN, match right sides together of the lining pieces and right sides together of the outer bag pieces, tuck the zipper tail way inside this unit so it doesn’t get caught in the seam.  Pin all the way around, matching the seams.zipper pouch tutorial. 16

Sew all the way around the bag using a 1/4″ seam allowance.  Leave a 3″ opening on one of the bag lining sides for turning.zipper pouch tutorial. 18

This part will differ depending on the bag you are making.  I like to use a 1 1/4″ or a 1 1/2″ notch.  Cut a pattern square the desired size of the notch.  Cut this notch out of each corner.zipper pouch tutorial. 19

After the notches have been cut, open the corner of the bag so the bottom seams match up and pin:zipper pouch tutorial. 20

Sew a 1/4″ seam along each of the 4 corners, back-stitching at the start and stop of the seam.zipper pouch tutorial. 22This is how the bag should look now (above).  Turn the bag right side out and top stitch the opening closed.
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Press the lining down inside the bag and top stitch all the way around the top of the bag 1/4″ away from the top.zipper pouch tutorial. 24

To finish the zipper, make a zipper tab.  Cut an accent piece 3 1/2″ x 2″.zipper pouch tutorial. 25

Press the short ends under 1/4″ and the sides in enough to match the width of the zipper.  Then press in half.zipper pouch tutorial. 26

Cut the zipper tail to the desired length and then place the zipper tab over the end of the zipper.  Pin.  Top stitch all the way around the zipper tab.zipper pouch tutorial. 27

And it’s finished!!!

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These are some of my favorite zipper pouch tutorials:

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Strawberry Zipper Pouch Tutorial

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There is something about strawberries that makes it feel like summer!  This fun zipper pouch is the perfect addition to your warm weather outings!  Pack it with little snacks for the kids, keep sunscreen and chapstick in it, or keep emergency items like sewing kit and first aid kit handy in the car.  If you know me, you know I love zipper pouches!



Scraps of fabric for front of bag – I used Briar Rose, one of my favorite fabric lines ever
1/4 yard natural cotton/linen blend for outer bag
1/4 yard lining
Heat n Bond® Fusible Fleece
Heat n Bond® Ultra
Heat n Bond® Lite
Pressing Sheet
iCraft® Deco Foil™ Pink Melon Transfer Sheets
11″ lace trim
14″ or longer zipper
Strawberry Pattern

Begin by cutting the fabrics according to this cutting guide: (you will also use this diagram for piecing guide)

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Trace the strawberry and stem on the Heat n Bond® Ultra. (We also recommend using our NEW iCraft® Deco Foil™ Hot Melt Transfer Adhesive Sheets)


Cut out the strawberry and iron it to the white 5″ square according to the instructions.  Let cool completely.  Peel off the backing paper.  Next take the Pink Melon Deco Foil and place it over the Heat n Bond® strawberry.  Place a pressing sheet on top of the foil.  WITH A MEDIUM HOT IRON (HOT ULTRA HOT) press for about 15-20 seconds.  I wanted a slightly vintage look so I pressed for a shorter amount of time. (for a full Deco Foil™ look…press for 30 to 40 seconds and then allow to completely cool before removing the liner.)

This makes it so some of the foil peels off.  Let it cool then gently peel off the remaining Deco Foil.  The picture below is the same technique but with a different project:


Trace the stem on the Heat n Bond® Lite.  Cut 1/4 ” around the stem.  Iron it to the wrong side of the green fabric.  Then cut around the stem pattern.  Peel off the backing paper. Position the stem.  Place the pressing paper over the strawberry to protect the Deco Foil.  Heat set the stem in place.  Top stitch around the stem.


Once the strawberry is complete, sew the fabric pieces together in the layout diagram.  Press the seams – DO NOT press the Deco Foil strawberry.  The bag front should measure 8″ x 11″.  Iron the HeatnBond® Fusible Fleece to the wrong side of the bag front and the bag back.  Again, put a pressing paper over the strawberry to protect while fusing the fleece.  You can quilt the bag pieces or leave them as is.  Add the accent lace along the bottom seam.


To insert the zipper, follow THIS tutorial.  It’s my friend’s and it’s the easiest to follow, and it comes out perfect every time!     IMG_7066

Wouldn’t this made a super cute gift?

Theme Print Zipper Pouch Tutorial

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Today I am sharing something I LOVE!!!  Zipper Pouches!  I can’t have enough of them and I love to give them as gifts.  In fact, the ones pictured in this tutorial is actually what I gave my nieces and nephew for Christmas.

zipper pouch tutorial 21 I have created this pattern so you can use your favorite theme print fabric and tailor it to who you are giving it to.   I even have Star Wars version!!  Let’s get started!!



1/4 yard outer bag fabric

1/4 yard lining fabric

1/8 yard accent strips

small scraps for theme print 5″ x 6 1/2″

Heat n Bond fusible fleece

Spray n bond

12″ or longer zipper

cutting instructionsCut the pieces according to the above cutting guide.


Fuse the heat n Bond Fusible Fleece to the wrong side of the (2) outer bag pieces.


Cut the 1.25″ accent strip into (4) 6.5″ x 1.25″ strips. IMG_2122

Press the accent strips in half lengthwise.
  IMG_2124Align the raw edges with the edge of the theme print fabric and sew a 1/4″ seam.  Do this to all (4) sides of the (2) theme print pieces. IMG_2125Press the accent strips so the seam allowance is toward the theme print. IMG_2126

Using the Spray n Bond (temporary basting spray) spray the theme print piece and position it on the outer bag, centering.  Topsitich along the seam to finish.

Inserting the Zipper

Note: This tutorial is for a zipper with zipper tabs. You can find more instructions HERE if you need a little extra help.  You can also use the”Open Wide” zipper method by clicking HERE .  I used both.


Using the extra from the 1.25″ strip, cut (2) pieces 1.25″ x 5″.  Press them in half, and then press the raw edges under 1/4″. IMG_2128

Lay the zipper out positioning it on top of one of the outer bag pieces.  Position the tabs so they overlap each side of the bag 1″.  Cut the zipper to fit inside each tab.  Pin in place. IMG_2129

Sew 2 times along the edge of the tabs as pictured above. IMG_2130http://www.jedicraftgirl.com/wp-admin/post-new.phpCut along the fold of the zipper tab and cut away the excess zipper, leaving about 1/8″ of zipper.  This makes it so there is no bulky zipper in the side seam of the zipper pouch. IMG_2131

Position the zipper right sides together with the outer bag piece.  Notice the zipper tabs are hanging over, not to worry, we will square up in a minute. IMG_2132

Next position one of the lining pieces right side down on top of the outer bag with zipper in between.


It should be layered together like the picture above.  Pin and sew 1/4″ seam along the top edge using a zipper foot.  Trim off the excess zipper tab so it is square with the outer bag.IMG_2133

Press the outer bag and lining piece so it looks like the above picture.


Topstitch along the edge (above).  Then repeat with the other side of the zipper, aligning the pieces just like we did above.

This is how it should look once the zipper is inserted (above).

Finishing the Bag


Making sure the zipper is open, match the lining pieces together and the outer bag pieces together and pin all the way around.  IMG_2138

Make sure to push the zipper tab toward the lining piece and pin, matching the zipper seams.  Sew all the way around the zipper pouch using 1/4″ seam.  Leave a 3″ opening at the bottom of the bag for turning.  IMG_2144

Cut a 1″ square notch out each corner.  Openzipper-pouch-tutorial-27-1024x768

Open each notched corner and match seams.  Sew a 1/4″ seam, backstitching to start and stop.  Turn right side out and topstitch the opening closed.

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Your done!  You can see from the photo that I used a zipper tab on one and then the open wide zipper method on the others.  It’s just preference.

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For my nieces I am including a cute nail file, an EOS, and some yummy smelling hand sanitizer.  You could also include a small perfume, lotion, gum, notebook and pen.  One of my nieces is a ballerina and I know she’s going to love this darling fabric by Heather Ross!

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My other niece loves the ocean and fish so this Saltwater fabric by Riley Blake will be just perfect!.

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For the boys (which are always harder for me to buy for) you can include a small flashlight, deck of cards or other small game, PEZ dispenser or candy, small action figure or car.  I also purchased a whoopee cushion to include, just to drive my sister crazy!!

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Star Wars Sewing Projects

I love May the 4th!  I had too much fun sewing Star Wars projects!     IMG_6713

This cute comic book Star Wars  zipper pouch was made using this tutorial – I omitted the lace trim.  I just can’t get enough of this fabric!!  I used Heat n Bond fusible fleece and added some topstitching along the seam.


My brother’s birthday is May the 4th!  I made his this more “manly” zipper pouch using this tutorial.  I also used Heat n Bond fusible interfacing AND fusible fleece.  It has a really nice feel to it!IMG_6549My daughter takes a sketch book with her everywhere she goes!  She was in need of a new case.  To make this follow these instructions, but change the measurements to 26″ x 15″.  For this pouch I used Heat n Bond fusible stabilizer to give it a nice weight.


Nautical Zipper Pouch

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You knew it was coming!  Of course I need a Nautical Zipper pouch to go along with my Sailboat skirt!!  I love these fabrics and I am down to only scraps in my stash.  It’s called True Blue by Blend Fabrics.

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This is a modified version of my original My Favorite Zipper Pouch Pattern version 1.0 and version 2.0.  If you would like to make your own zipper pouches here are the instructions:


Outer bag anchor print (2) 4″ x 9″

Outer bag red accent (2) 3″ x 9″

Lining (2) 6.5″ x 9″

Heat n Bond Fusible Fleece (2) 6.5″ x 9″

(2) pieces of lace 9″ each

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Sew the red fabric to the anchor fabric using 1/4″ seams.  Press toward the red.  Press these two units to the Heat n Bond Fusible Fleece.  Then sew the lace on.

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To insert the zipper, follow THIS tutorial.  It is from my friend Jennifer.  I keep thinking I should write my own, but hers is so perfect.  I go to it every time I sew an “open wide” zipper pouch because I can never remember the measurements!  Insert the zipper just like she instructs.  Once you’re done, it should look like this:

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Open the zipper, and place right sides of the outer bag together, and right sides of the lining together, make sure to tuck the end of the zipper in.  Match the side seams.  Pin all the way around.  Sew all the way around using 1/4″ seams, leaving a 3″ opening at the bottom of the lining.  Notch all the corners with a 1.5″ square:

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Fold out the corners and match the seams.  Sew using a scant 1/4″ seam.  For more details, visit my post here.  Then turn right side out, and top stitch the opening closed.  Top stitch all the way around the zipper pouch 1/8″ away from the zipper.  To finish the zipper end, cut it at the desired length.  Cut a piece of accent fabric 2.5″ x 3″.  Fold it like this and press:

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You kind of fold it around the zipper and press.  Then insert the zipper in and sew around the seams.  Careful on the metal zipper!!  Here you can see what it looks like.  I added a little compass zipper pull.  My anchor charms haven’t arrived in the mail yet 🙁

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I just love them!!!
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Here are a few other of my True Blue Projects:

whale zipper pouch true blue blend fabrics covered composition book tutorial whales true blue blend fabric whale skirt whale skirt whale shirt true blue_9

i love whales pillow tutorialsummer throw pillow tutorial

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Soccer Zipper Pouch Tutorial

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It’s the day before my son’s school soccer party and I decided I should make each of the 12 boys a gift.  Now what to make?  I know – a zipper pouch of course!  Why do I do this to myself?  Really, 12 zipper pouches in 24 hours?  It’s a good thing I buy my zippers in bulk 🙂

I was so happy I decided to make these little pouches because the boys (age 11-13) LOVED them.  soccer zipper pouch

Each pouch has their initial appliquéd on it.  soccer zipper pouch 1
The back of the zipper pouch is soccer ball fabric.  This is a great size because it can be a pen/pencil pouch, or hold other items like phone, keys, or in my sons case an inhaler and kleenex 🙂soccer zipper pouch 3

The inside of the pouches are all different black and white prints.  I just used up what I had.soccer zipper pouch 5

These are great for any type of party favor – just change up the fabric!
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Heres how you can make one!


Fabric for outer bag and lining and scraps for appliqué square

12″ or longer zipper

Heat n Bond fusibile stabilizer

Heat n Bond EZ print sheets

Begin by printing the desired initial in reverse on the Heat n Bond EZ print sheets.  If you don’t have the printable sheets, print the letters in reverse on paper and then trace them to a fusible appliqué paper.

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Iron the letters to the wrong side of the soccer ball fabric.  Cut out each letter.  Or, have your daughter cut them out for you while you sew the bags because the clock is ticking!!

Cut (2) outer bag pieces 8.75″ x 5″

cut (2) lining pieces 8.75″ x 5″

cut (2) fusible stabilizer pieces 8.75″ x 5″

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Iron the stabilizer to the wrong side of the outer bag pieces.soccer zipper pouch 10

Cut a 3.5″ or so square (it just needs to frame the letter) of grey denim fabric.  Layer it as pictured below.  Peel the backing paper off the letter and heat set it into place.

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Stitch around the square and the letter.soccer zipper pouch 15

To insert the zipper…..lay the zipper face down on the front of the bag.  Then place a lining piece right side down on top of the zipper, like this: (note, position the front and the lining piece so they line up perfectly.  I moved the lining piece over for the picture so you can tell how they are layered.

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Pin the pieces into place.  Notice the zipper ends are hanging out – totaly ok.  In my other zipper pouch tutorials I have made zipper tabs.  I skipped this step to save time.
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Sew using a zipper foot along the edge like this:soccer zipper pouch 17


Now do the same thing to the other side.  This is how it is layered: the backing fabric (soccer balls) face up, the letter piece face down then add the second lining piece so the right sides are together.  Line everything up and sew.soccer zipper pouch 18

It should look like this before you sew:soccer zipper pouch 19

Once the zipper is in, press the sides like this:  
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Top stitch next to the zipper.soccer zipper pouch 23


Trim off the excess zipper making sure not to trim the zipper pull.soccer zipper pouch 24


I spy a kitty paw 🙂

soccer zipper pouch 30Making sure the zipper is open, place right sides of the outer bag together and right sides of the lining together and pin all the way around.soccer zipper pouch 26

When you get to the zipper, match the seams and push the zipper toward the lining:soccer zipper pouch 25

Leave a 3″ opening at the bottom
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Sew all the way around using a 1/4″ seam.  Turn right side out and top stitch the opining closed.  Use a turn stick or chopstick to push out the corners and the zipper.soccer zipper pouch 28


Now make 32 cupcakes with cupcake toppers and dash to the soccer party!!!

More Zipper Pouches

zipper pouch 2What do you get when you cross “My Favorite Zipper Pouch” with “Full Access Zipper Pouch“?  Last minute Christmas gifts!  I sewed up 6 of these and filled them with some Bath and Body Works goodies.  I think the ladies in my husband’s office will love them!


I used the dimensions from My Favorite Zipper Pouch and then added the full access zipper using this tutorial.  It’s not to late to sew a few!

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All the fabrics are from Blend’s Harmony collection by Jessica Swift.  They are amazing!!!  This pattern uses Heat n Bond fusible fleece to give the pouch a little stability & softness; add touch of lace and these coordinating fabrics and you’ve got a darling gift.  (I need a few for myself!)
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Handmade Holidays Blog Hop – My Favorite Zipper Pouch

I LOVE zipper pouches!  I have million and I still need more!  I love that all my friends have one of my zipper pouches in their purses.  They are fabulous gifts because you always need another one!  I call this pattern My Favorite Zipper Pouch Version 2.0, click HERE for version 1.0 🙂

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How cute is it to make one of these pouches and then put a few necessities inside: Kleenex, lip balm, hand sanitizer, gum, a handmade pouch of fabric bandages, and my favorite idea which I got from my friend Jennifer, a hair elastic with safety pins and bobby pins attached to it!  Brilliant!  Below you will find the tutorial for the zipper pouch, fabric bandages, and clear bandage keeper.  I hope you enjoy making these.

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fabric bandages

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Fat Quarters or 1/4 yard cuts assorted fabrics

The fabrics used in this project are from Blend’s Turkish Delight.  I am totally loving every combination in this collection!!!

Therm O Web Fusible Fleece

Therm O Web Spray n Bond Basting Spray

1/2 yard of lace

zipper, at least 12″ – I buy my zippers long and then I can always cut them down

Key charm for the zipper pull

Let’s get started!

Cut the coral floral fabric (2) 5″ x 9″

Cut the white floral fabric (2) 2″ x 9″


Cut the lining fabric (2) 6.5″ x 9″

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Cut the lace (2) 9″ pieces.  Using the Spray n Bond, spray baste the lace into place, lining the top edge with the top raw edge of the coral floral fabric.  Do this to both pieces.

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Using 1/4 inch seams, sew the white floral to the top of the coral floral.  Press.  Layer this piece on the fusible fleece and press according to the directions.  Do this to both the floral/lace pieces.  Using 1/8″ seam, top stitch next to seam on both pieces:

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For the zipper tabs….Cut (2) strips of fabric 2″ x 4″.  Press in half then press the ends in 1/4″ like this:

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Lay out the zipper, tabs, and one of the floral/lace pieces – note, the zipper tabs are larger than needed, we will cut off the excess

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Open one of the zipper tabs and insert one end of the zipper (cut off metal stop).  Sew 2 times along the edge holding the zipper into place.  Then position the other tab.  There should be about 1″ of tab on each side, the extra will be cut off and discarded.  If your zipper is really long, you will trim down the zipper then place inside the tab.  It should look like this:

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Cut open the folded end of the zipper tabs.  Cut out the zipper so it only about 1/4″ remains.  This photo was taken before the zipper was cut out.  The reason for this is to reduce the bulk in the zipper pouch seams.

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Place the zipper and one of the zipper pouch sides right sides together, aligning the edges.  You can trim off the excess tabs.

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Now place one of the bag lining pieces right side down, lining up the raw edges with the zipper and the zipper pouch front.  Pin into place.  Sew along the edge using a zipper foot.

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Now that the one side of the zipper is sewn in, press and trim off excess tabs.

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Now it’s time to sew the other side of the zipper pouch to the zipper.  Lay the second floral/lace piece facing up.  Then lay the piece with the zipper on top, matching right sides.  Line up the top edge of the floral piece with the zipper, like this:

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Now lay the second piece of lining fabric right side down and align the top edge as well.  Pin.  Sew using zipper foot.

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Press the second side so the zipper lays flat.  Top stitch 1/8″ next to both sides of the zipper.

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To finish the bag…. MAKE SURE THE ZIPPER IS OPEN  Match right sides together beginning at the zipper.  Match the zipper seams line this and pin:  Do this to both sides.

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Continue pinning all the way around the bag like this:  Then sew 1/4″ all the way around the bag, leaving an opening about 2.5″ on one of the sides of the lining.

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Before turning right side out, cut a 1.25″ square out of each corner.  I use a piece of paper 1.25″ square and cut with scissors.

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This is what it looks like after all 4 corners have been “notched”.

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Open each notched corner and match the seams, pin, sew 1/4″ seam, backstitch to start and stop.  Do this to each corner.

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Turn the bag right side out, topstitch the opening closed.  I like to add a little charm to the zipper.

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Now, to make the Fabric Bandages….

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You can make fabric covered bandages several ways.  I’ve seen some tutorials and they use a double sided permament sticky tape.  I decided to try using iron-on adhesive hem tape, which happens to be the exact width as most bandages, 3/4″!


To make the fabric covered bandages, cut a piece of Heat n Bond Hem tape the length of the bandage.  Place it in-between the bandage and the fabric.  Using a pressing paper for protection, press.  TWO IMPORTANT THINGS…. FIRST, make sure you flip the bandage/fabric over to press so the iron hits the fabric first and not the bandage.  SECOND, only iron with hot dry iron for 2-3 seconds max.  If you heat any longer, the heat will melt the bandage adhesive and the bandage won’t be sticky.

Please note, these are just for fun and to be used on minor scratches or “boo boos”.  For serious injuries or wounds, use a real first aid kit and seek medical attention.

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Once the adhesive has cooled, cut the bandage out.

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To make the bandage “keeper” cut a piece of clear vinyl 2.25″ x 7″.  Fold in half.  Cut a little notch out of the front.  Use a decorative stitch to sew up the sides.

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Place the colorful bandages inside.  I can’t wait to use mine, I guess I should sew some more for gifts!

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Whaley Zipper Pouch

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If you know me at all, you aren’t surprised that a whale zipper pouch would be apart of “Whale Week”!  I have gotten so much use out of my 1/2 yard of True Blue Whales fabric by Blend!!!  I love the little anchor charm I found to use as the zipper pull.  The lining of the bag is super cute with lifesavers and anchors on it!!

This tutorial is more of an overview, if you want extra details and you are new to making zipper pouches, check out My favorite zipper pouch tutorial.



Fat quarters or large scraps for the outer bag and lining

scraps for zipper tabs

Medium or light weight fusible stabilizer

Heat n Bond LIte


scrap of ric arc

Cut the denim outer bag, bag lining and stabilizer 8″ x 11″ (2) of each.  Fuse the stabilizer to the wrong side of the lining fabric.


Iron the heat n bond lite to the wrong side of the desired whale.  Fuse and cut the whale out.  Position the whale as pictured below.  Sew an accent piece of ric rac.


Cut 2 zipper tabs 1.5″ x 4″.  Pres the ends under 1/4″ and then press in half.IMG_9650

Here you can see the 2 zipper tabs.  (Sorry about the lighting, it was 11:00 pm).

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Measure the zipper and the tabs so you have 1″ on each side of tabs (there will be extra).  Sew the tabs to the ends of the zipper. Again, click HERE for more details on this process.  Cut the folded piece of the tab and cut out the excess zipper.  The goal with this is to reduce bulk in the seams.

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Flip the zipper over and match with the top edge of the whale piece.  Place one of the lining pieces right side down and align all the edges.  Don’t worry about the zipper tabs, we will even them up in a minute.
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Sew using a zipper foot.  Press and do the same thing to the other side of the zipper so it looks like this:whale ziper pouch tutorial_4

Top stitch 1/8″ along the zipper.  Trim the excess tab fabric.  Match right sides with right sides and pin all the way around.  MAKE SURE ZIPPER IS OPEN  Sew using 1/4″ seam leaving a 2.5″ opening on the side of the lining fabric.whale ziper pouch tutorial_5

After you’ve sewn all the way around cut a 1.5″ notch out of each corner of the bag.whale ziper pouch tutorial_6

Match bottom seams and sew a 1/4″ seam:



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Turn right side out and top stitch side opening.  Yea!  It’s done!

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It’s the perfect little pouch to tuck inside a beach bag with all the little stuff that might get lost.whale ziper pouch tutorial_11

“Manly” Zipper Pouch, aka I LOVE Bacon


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Do the men in your life LOVE bacon?  The ones in my life do 🙂  Bacon themed items are super popular and what I love most about the bacon trend is Jim Gaffigan’s comedy bit about bacon – if you haven’t heard it -click HERE … you will laugh so hard!!  This week at Jedi Craft Girl has been all about the fabric line Ribs & Bibs and Father’s Day
.  I love this zipper pouch because it is “manly”.  I used a light weight black denim on the outside, a chunky metal zipper, and the taupe utensil fabric on the inside.  I used white house paint to stencil the word “Bacon” on the bag.  Therm o Web fusible stabilizer gives the bag more stability.  This zipper pouch is my new FAVORITE!!!

Here’s how you can make one:


fat quarters of outer lightweight denim fabric

fat quarters of lining – I used taupe “grill master

fat quarter “open pit” for pig motif

Therm O Web Fusible interfacing, medium weight

Heat n Bond Lite fusible applique

White paint


Letter stencils or cutting machine


Cut (2) lining pieces (2) denim pieces and (4) interfacing pieces 8″ x 11″

Begin by preparing the stencil  I used some extra vinyl I had laying around (that’s why it’s pink) and ran it through my Cricut.  I used the font “Playbill”, weed the letters to leave the outline.
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Using a masking strip to adhere the stencil, place the Bacon word on the center of the denim piece.bacon zipper pouch father's day tutorial_4

Using a stencil brush, stencil with white paint.  I literally used the trim paint from my house.
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Here are the pieces you should have cut 8″ x 11″

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Iron the interfacing to the wrong side of both the lining pieces and both the outer bag pieces – 4 total.  Iron a piece of Heat n Bond to the wrong side of the pig fabric.  I liked the red pig the best.  Cut out around the pig leaving a little white boarder.  Stitch around the pig in white thread.  Press the front of the bag, heat setting the painted letters.bacon zipper pouch father's day tutorial_7

Now you are ready to construct the bag.  Follow this tutorial here.   A word of advice if you are using a chunky metal zipper…..It was my goal to not break my needle.  I was super careful to hand move the needle when near the zipper – that way the needle can find it’s way around the zipper teeth.  I thought I was in the clear and then resumed with the pedal and snap – the needle broke – darn!  I bet you can do it without breaking the needle 🙂

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I just love this project to pieces!  I might need one for myself – my kids all want one too!!