A few weeks ago I found this three bears tutorial on box type pouches and loved the shape of them. She gives a great tutorial on an unlined, single fabric pouch. But I had all these fun scraps to left over from my My Plus One quilt:
I started with two lining/backing squares 11 x 7.5 inches and a 14 inch zipper.
|I probably should've edited this shot a bit. But instead I'll just say, "Look, here's a peek at one our Turkish carpets!"|
But will trim up nicely to this:
Repeat on your other panel.
Now it's time to add the zip. Switch to your zipper foot. Place the zipper face down at the top of your panel, lining up the top edges. Like this:
|Notice that there is plenty of zipper hanging over both ends of the panel.|
Repeat with the other side, making sure to line up the two panels. You should now have something like this:
Now match the right sides of your panels together and sew across the bottom.
Unzip your zipper halfway. I'm going to say that again: UNZIP YOUR ZIPPER HALFWAY. If you don't, you will be stuck with an inside out bag with a non-functional zipper.
Line up your bottom seam (that you just sewed) with the zipper and sew the sides. Like this:
I always sew back and forth across the zippers a couple of times just for added strength. You can cut off the extra zipper tails at this point. (remember your zipper is STILL halfway unzipped.)
Now you are going to box in the corners.
It's easier than it looks. Hold the bag with the zipper to your right and pull the two seams away from each other to create some space in the bag. Then smush the end seam in to create a corner.
How deep you make this corner will determine how 'tall' your pouch is. I use a ruler and marker to ensure that each corner is the same.
For this one I drew a line 1.75 inches down from the peak of the corner. Pin your corner at the top and sew across each line. You'll now have something like this:
See those corners sticking out? Turn your pouch right side out (which you can do, because your were smart enough to leave the zipper halfway down) and check the height. If you like it, turn it wrong side out again and trim off those corners.
If you are feeling perfectionistic you could zig zag or serg the raw edges. I didn't. Today was a loose, shoot from the hip kind of day.
And there you have it! Mine finished at 7 inches long, 4 inches high and 3 inches wide. It stands up nicely on its own and has some body to it without being stiff.
I'll be taking it to our guild meeting next week for a swap and will come home with someone else's zippered, improved creation!