This is a fat quarter friendly project. You can make the entire project with one fat quarter piece, or you can choose two different pieces, one for the exterior and one for the lining.
1 Fat quarter for Exterior
1 Fat quarter for Lining (optional - can use the same fabric for both)
1 8" nylon zipper
1 x ½" D-Ring (optional)
2 x 8" x 9.5" Exterior
2 x 8" x 9.5" Lining
2 x 2" squares for zipper tabs
1 x 2" x 3" D-Ring tab (optional)
2 x 7.5" x 9" woven interfacing (Pellon SF101 or Vilene G700) - (Optional)
1. Let's make the zipper tabs and D-ring tab
Fold the tab pieces in half on the longer edge, then fold the two sides to the middle line you just created with the fold. Your piece should look like below. Sew one line of stitching down 30% of the open fold side. Please use a complimenting thread if you prefer, I love to use colours that pop on my exterior, but it's completely up to you.
Thread the tab through the D-ring so the right side is facing you and the tab is wrong sides together (WST).
2. Sew zipper tabs onto the ends of the zipper. You may have to shorten your zipper a bit so that you leave ½" on either side of the exterior fabric on the 9.5" side.
--- If you wanted to include your woven interfacing please iron the interfacing onto the wrong side of the exterior fabric pieces now.
3. Clip the zipper to the exterior longer side top with zipper and fabric right sides together.
4. Then clip one of your lining pieces right side down onto the wrong side of the zipper. Make sure you line up the sides.
5. Now, sew along the top edge on the side where the interfacing is. It is always better to sew from the side that is thicker, as the feed dogs on your machine will find it easier to feed the thinner fabrics through.
6. Repeat steps 3-5 on the remaining exterior and lining pieces.
7. When done, move the lining to one side and top stitch on the seam you just sewed for the exterior and zipper. Make sure you don't sew the lining, as well as this, will reduce the side bulks when your pouch is finished. Do this for both sides of the exterior.
8. Attach the D-ring tab to the exterior, 2" away from the zipper.
9. Open your zipper at least half way, this is very IMPORTANT! Then match your exterior right sides together and lining right sides together. Make sure to push the zipper tabs towards the lining and the seams towards the exterior. This will make sewing through it easier and achieve a neater finish. Make sure you tuck the D-ring tab into the exterior when you pin/clip. And that the D-ring is nowhere near your stitch line to avoid the needle from hitting it and breaking.
10. Sew all the way around leaving a 2-3" gap in the bottom of the lining for turning your project around at the end. Go slow around the zipper tabs, and to make sure you do not sew over your zipper end tabs, but just as close as you can next to it.
After sewing all the way around clip the four corners as shown above in the picture.
11. Now you can turn your project around from the hole you left in your lining.
Make sure to remember to sew close the gap you left in your lining. You can do this on the sewing machine with a matching colour thread or by hand with a blind stitch. I will make sure you do a tutorial on the blind stitch on IGTV soon so you know what I mean.
Your pouch is now completed! I hope you liked the project tutorial and look forward to seeing your makes. Please tag me on Instagram @siraeya and would be fun to see your beautiful creations using our fat quarters.