I used this tutorial to whip up a few zipper pouches to use as teacher gifts. I’ll tuck some Moonstruck chocolates and a Starbucks gift certificate in, and they’ll make the perfect goodie bags!
I bought some Robert Kaufman Essex Linen yardage at Bolt and then pulled the colored panels, lining, and batting from my stash. I had 7″ zippers in various colors so I used those and reduced the dimensions of the pouch accordingly, although truth be told, I think this is too small; I’d prefer it sized to a 9″ zipper at a minimum (something to remember next time I’m buying zippers). Initially I tried reverse appliqué, but I’m lousy at making the holes look even and symmetrical, so I tossed that idea and went with simple piecing, instead. To quilt the outer sides of the bag, I just sewed roughly even vertical lines – you can’t see them much on the Essex Linen, but I think they give the bag a nice texture.
I had a little trouble sewing the edges of the pouch together where each end of the zipper comes together, but other than this challenge, the project is quick and easy. One note to self: I was so focused on trying to sew close to the zipper that I went overboard, and as a result, another pouch I was working on won’t zip closed because the fabric gets caught in the sides of the zipper. I need to remember not to sew the fabric so close to the zipper teeth next time!
This is a great project for using up all kinds of scraps, and I easily finished all of these in a day. Next time I’m at Bolt, I’ll stock up on brightly colored zippers for another round of these pouchesPin It