I’m so excited to be joining some sewing friends for the Hank & Clementine Fabric Tour. I’ve created a picture tutorial for making the zipper bow pouch – one of the free projects you get when you buy a Cricut Maker. The colors of these fabrics were perfect for a cute zipper pouch. Keep reading for TWO giveaways at the end of the post.
Supplies (some of these links are affiliate links – I get a small percentage, but your cost stays the same)
1/4 yard outside fabric (I used gray)
1/4 yard inside fabric and accent band (I used floral)
6.5 x 12 inch piece for zipper bow (can use from the outside fabric, or another print – I used green)
1/4 yard lightweight fusible interfacing
7 inch zipper (or longer, and cut to fit as I did)
1 inch 1/4 inch elastic
Needle and thread
Open the Little Zipper Bow Pouch project in Design Space. Follow the cutting instructions with which fabrics to cut. Place fabric face down on the pink fabric mat and use the rotary blade. I used the Cotton setting for all fabrics, including the interfacing.
After all pieces cut, iron interfacing pieces to the wrong side of the inside fabric pieces.
Fold down the accent band on the top and bottom at 1/4 inch. Pin to the outside pieces and sew close to the edge.
With right sides together, sew top edge of one inside and one outside piece with 1/2 inch seam and trim. Iron seam towards the lining and press. Topstitch close to the edge. Repeat with the other inside and outside piece.
Cut ends of zipper to make it fit the top of the bag. My zipper was too long, so I stitched about 1/2 inch from the edge of the fabric to make a new end to the zipper, then cut off the extra.
Fold and iron the two rectangle pieces in half, then fold and iron the edges into the middle. Sandwich the ends of the zipper, pin and sew close to the edge to secure.
Use the zipper foot on your sewing machine to sew one side of the zipper to the right side of the top edge of the one of the pouch sides. To keep the line nice and straight, when you get close to the actual zipper pull, stop sewing, lift up the sewing foot, and move the zipper pull. Then put the foot back down and keep sewing.
Repeat with the other side of the zipper and other side of the pouch. Press away from the zipper for a nice clean look. Trim the extra pieces from the fabric rectangles at the ends of the zipper.
Make sure the zipper is open. With right sides of the outside fabric together, sew all three edges of the pouch with 1/2 inch seam allowance. Keep the edges of the zipper pushed up – and since it’s so thick, and sewing over a zipper, I turned the wheel slowly by hand for a few stitches to make sure I didn’t break my needle.
In the Cricut picture, it doesn’t look like the bottom corners are flattened much, if at all. In the instructions, it says to pinch and flatten the bottom corners 2 1/2 inches and sew across. I didn’t do mine quite so dramatic, just 1 1/2 inches.
Flatten, pin, and sew a straight line. Then cut off the excess. This is what provides some body to the bottom of the bag. Turn the bag inside out.
Next, it’s time for the bow. Take the last piece of fabric and fold in half, right sides together. With 1/4 inch seam, sew down the two short sides, and the long side – but leave 2 inches unsewn in the middle. Use this hole to turn the piece inside out, push out corners, and press, tucking the 1/4 inch seam in where the hole is. Top stitch over to close.
Thread the elastic through the zipper pull and sew ends by hand. Pull the fabric rectangle through and tie it in a knot. Now the bag is all done! I can’t wait to try this pattern again with even more fabric combinations.
As I’m sure you can tell, I’m a huge fan of using the Cricut Maker to cut fabric. Click here to see a list of what the Cricut Maker can cut.
Huge thanks to Susan Emory for providing the fabric and Gemia at Phat Quarters for organizing this fabric hop. Stop by her shop to order all these prints and more. Visit the links below to see the rest of the posts.