Welcome to Reader Tutorial week here at Sew Sweetness! Each day this week will feature a wonderful step-by-step sewing tutorial from one of my readers. Today’s guest post is from June at JuneBug’s World! She always has tons of great projects going on, so stop over and say hi!
Hello Everybody! I’m so happy to be guesting over here at Sara’s lovely site, and I hope you’ll all enjoy my Cathedral Window Zip Pouch tutorial. It’s very fun to make, and even more fun to use. You may have first seen this zip pouch as a finalist on the Stitched in Color Celebrate Color event last fall. It’s a great pouch to use up some scraps, and to try your hand at various techniques like fussy cutting, cathedral windows, and pintucks. If you like this project and are interested in more with my style, visit me over at Junebug’s World! I’d be happy to have you there 🙂
Cathedral Window Pouch Tutorial
Yields: one 9 x 5″ zip pouch
1 – cathedral window block, as per the Spotted Stone tutorial
2 – 8×7″ main linen (includes allowances for around cathedral window)
1 – 5×12″ accent linen (for pintuck side)
2 – 9.5 x 5.5″ canvas or home dec fabric (for interfacing)
2 – 9.5 x 5.5″ lining fabric
1 – 10″ or longer zipper
You’ll start by making this cathedral window – go over to the Spotted Stone blog for a wonderful tutorial on it. I like to pull scraps from my stash and find a good print to fussy cut an image from.
Next, cut one main linen piece into sections… 2 – 2×8″ strips, then 2 – 3×4″ pieces.
Take the whole piece of accent linen, and iron it about 1″ in, along the long side of the fabric.
Iron down all the pintucks so that they all fold down toward the same direction.
Cut the pintuck strip in half the short way so you end up with 2 pieces roughly 4″ x 6″.
With right sides facing, sew the pintuck piece to the cathedral window piece. Repeat for the back linen piece and the other pintuck piece.
Now you’ll add sew-in interfacing to stiffen up the pouch. I used canvas, you can use any type of stiffer material that you like. Canvas, home dec, interfacing, fusible fleece, old jeans… it all works.
Place the interfacing against the wrong side of your pretty pouch outer.
Sew another line where the accent linen meets the main linen window.
Next we’ll sew in the zipper. Place an outer face up (right side up), center the zipper across the top edge (zipper should be face down), and then place the pouch lining face down on top of the zipper, lining up all the top edges.
Flip outers right side together and linings right side together, like this:
Pinch the zipper edges towards the lining, like this:
Then sew around the whole pouch, using a 3/8″ seam, leaving a 2-3″ opening in the bottom center of the lining.
There’s your opening in the lining… flip the whole contraption inside out via that hole (and the opening left in your zipper by having unzipped it halfway). Now you’ll have a pouch with a lining sticking out of it. Sew the lining shut with a very small seam allowance.
Push the lining into the pouch, taking care to shove it all the way down into the corners. Zip it shut, press with a steam iron on both sides to give it the final touch.
For another reference on sewing a lined pouch together, go to my source… Noodlehead!
And you’re done! Enjoy your new zakka style pouch, or give it to your favorite school age kid as a pencil pouch. Or use it as a makeup pouch. Or a travel zip pouch. The possibilities are endless, and super cute.