Posted in Crafting Corner, sewing

Cute Boxy Make-Up Bag Sewing Tutorial

Have I mentioned how much I like making zippered pouches? They really are fun and easy to make. Not to mention the different ways they can be made.

If you haven’t read my previous zippered pouch tutorial you can find that here. If this is your first time making a zippered pouch I would suggest that you read it.

It contains useful tips and hints that will make putting this pouch together easier. Today I’m going to share with you how to create a cute flat bottom zippered pouch aka cosmetic/make-up bag.

Flower themed zipper pouch in front of white roses.

Materials

Supplies needed to put your zippered pouch together.

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  • 2 Fat quarters (coordinating colors)
  • 7 in zipper (or zipper of any size)
  • Coordinating thread
  • Clear Ruler
  • Pins/Sewing Clips
  • Zipper Foot

Optional Supplies

  • Seam Ripper

Important Sewing Terms

  • Zipper foot- type of presser foot that is used to attach zippers.
  • Right Side (rs)- The pretty side of the fabric
  • Wrong Side (wr)- The plain side of the fabric
  • Top stitch- stitches placed on the right side of the fabric for decorative purposes
  • Seam allowance- area between the fabric edge and the line you stitch
  • Interfacing- used to make an area of a garment more rigid or give it body.

Tutorial

1.Prep Materials

Before you start sewing you will want to do the following things:

  • Iron fabric to get out all of the wrinkles. Make sure you iron your fabric on the appropriate setting.
  • Attach your zipper foot to your machine.
  • Thread your bobbin with your coordinating thread colors and thread your machine. Change your needle if you have already used it a few times. If you are using thick fabric you may want to use a bigger needle. Check your manual to ensure you are using the proper size needle for the fabric you will be using. 

2. Cut Your Fabric

Cut  two 8.5 in x 7.5 in rectangles from your lining fabric, outer fabric, and your interfacing. You should have six rectangles (2 lining fabric pieces, 2 outer fabric pieces, and two interfacing pieces).

Tip: An easy way to save time on this step is to layer your pieces together and cut them all at once. If you have a rotary cutter set it makes cutting multiple layers of fabric easier and quicker.

Cutting fabric using the self healing mat, rotary cutter, and ruler.

 Tip: If you are using a different size zipper you will want to cut your fabric the same length as your zipper. If you brought a 9 in zipper add 1.5 inches to the length of your fabric.  The 9 inches doesn’t include the material at the end of the zipper. 

3. Attach Interfacing

Cut your interfacing to the size of your fabric.

Once you’ve cut out all of your pieces attach your interfacing to the wrong side of your outer fabric. Follow the directions that came with your interfacing.

I used clips to hold my fabric and interfacing in place until I could attach it to my fabric.

Clip the interfacing to the wrong side of the outer fabric until you are ready to press it in place.

Note: If you are using a thick fabric you may not need to use interfacing. The interfacing is used to stiffen the fabric so that the pouch will hold it’s shape.

4.  Create A Zipper Sandwich

This is one of the most important steps of the process. Take your time and make sure everything is lined up correctly and facing the right direction. You can find detailed steps on creating a “zipper sandwich” here.

Line the zipper up with the edge of the lining fabric.

Line the outer fabric up with the zipper and lining fabric.
Use your clips to hold everything in place.

Now you have a zipper sandwich! Well at least one half of it. 🙂

5. Sew The Pieces Together

First half of fabric is placed in the sewing machine.

Place your zipper sandwich on your sewing machine  and sew a straight line down the length of the zipper.  Make sure to remove the pin/clips as you sew. Cut your threads.

Tip: Before you get to the zipper pull. Place your needle in the fabric and unzip the zipper. Continue sewing.

6. Repeat Steps 4 & 5

At this point you should have one side of the pouch attached to the zipper. You are going to repeat steps 4 and 5.

Line up the outer fabric piece with the zipper.
Place ling fabric rs and line up with the edge of the zipper.
Second half of the inner and outer fabric are clipped to the zipper.
Place outer fabric rs down on top of the zipper and clip together.

Your finished product should look like this:

Inner and outer fabric attached to the zipper.

7. Press Your Fabric

Press fabric down and away from the zipper.

Press your fabric. Make sure that you are pressing away from the zipper on each side.

Note: If you are using a metal zipper be very careful because the teeth will get hot and burn you. 

8. Top Stitching

Take your fabric back to the machine and place a straight top stitch on each side of the zipper.

I usually line the edge of my zipper foot up with the top edge of the fabric.

Fabric is placed in the sewing machine to add top stitch.
Top stitch on each side of the zipper.

9. Match Up The Sides

Fold the fabric so that the right sides of the inner and outer fabric are facing each other. Pin or clip the sides together.

Fold the ends of the zipper so that they are facing the lining of the fabric and pin/clip each side together.  Unzip the zipper halfway before clipping both ends together.

Edges of the fabric are clipped together with binder clips.

*All you should see at this point are the wrong sides of the fabric. 

10. Sew It Together

Starting at the top of the lining fabric using a .5 in seam allowance sew around the perimeter of the fabric.

The perimeter of the zippered pouch is sewn closed with a small hole in the linning fabric.
You will need to leave a gap at the top of the lining fabric large enough to stick your hand through.  DO NOT  SEW CLOSED.

 Tips:

  • go slow when you get to the zipper area you may need to use the hand wheel to sew through this area because it will be thicker than the rest of the fabric. You do not want to hit the metal part of the zipper. 
  • Leave your needle in the fabric when you are turning the corners. 

11. Create The Bottom

Now we are going to create the bottom of your pouch. In each corner draw a .5 in square.
Note:You want to measure your squares inside the seam allowance.

Squares are drawn in the corners of the inseam.

*Tip #1- If you want a smaller or bigger bottom to your bag take the width that you want the bottom to be and divide in half. Use that number to determine what size your squares will be. (ex: 3 in bottom: 3/2=1.5 in square.

Once you have marked your corners trim off the excess fabric and cut out your corners.Trim the excess fabric and cut out the boxes of the pouch.
Carefully fold and match the end of each corner together. Pin the corners in place and stitch closed.

Make sure you use the same seam allowance when you sew all of your corners or they won’t be even. Trim off any excess fabric.

If you would like to try another method of boxing the corners or need a visual aide there is an excellent video tutorial here.

Align your seams before sewing the corners together.

*Tip #2- Before you sew your edges together make sure to line up the seams. This will keep your seams even all the way around your bag.

12. Time To Flip Out (The Fun Part)

Hopefully, you remembered to leave a hole in your lining fabric and you left part of the zipper unzipped.

Reach your hand into the hole of your lining fabric and pull the outer fabric through.

Viola! You have a cute little zippered pouch that will stand on its own. But before we can use it we have to do one more thing.

Pouch seamed are correctly matched up on the side and bottom of the bag.

13. Sew the Lining Closed

Tuck the ends of the fabric in (the should do this naturally) and sew the hole closed.

Inner zipper pouch lining is sewn closed.

14. Finishing Touches

  • Using a pencil or another blunt object push out the corners of your bag.
  • Zip the top closed and press your bag to give it that professional touch. 

Flower theme zipper pouch

Congratulations you have made your first flat bottomed zippered pouch! These are really easy to put together and make excellent gifts for kids and adults.

If you have any questions or need clarification please don’t hesitate to leave me a message in the comments area.

If you found this tutorial helpful please don’t forget to like and share it on social media.

Until next time,

The Crafty Afro

Posted in Crafting Corner, diy, sewing

Super Simple Zipper Pouch Sewing Tutorial for Beginners

stack of zippered pouches with a pink rose

Make up bags. Pencil pouches. Coin purse. Mom first aid kit. What do all these things have in common? Simply put they are all just different variations of a zippered pouch. 

I first started making zippered pouches because I wanted to learn how to sew a zipper. And creating a zippered pouch is a fairly simple and straight forward way to get practice sewing zippers.

I’m relatively new to sewing so I was very excited when I made my first one and it came out better than I could imagine.

It wasn’t too long before I started making all kinds of pouches! You can use them for just about anything and everything.

You need a pouch to carry your essential oils? Pow! Zippered pouch to the rescue!

Your kid has a bunch of small tools laying around house? I got a zippered pouch to put those suckers in!

Another thing that’s great about making your own zippered pouches is that you can make them a small or as large as you want. It’s a very versatile project. 

On top of that they are fairly inexpensive to make. I think I spent about $3 to make the pouch I used for this tutorial.

 As you can tell I’m pretty excited about making zippered pouches. I’m also excited to share with you this easy photo tutorial that I’ve put together to help you make a simple zippered pouch. 

I’m sure once you’ve made your first one you’ll be making many more! So without further ado, let’s get started!

Materials

This post contains affiliate links which means that I may receive a small fee, at no additional cost to you, when you purchase items using the links provided. As an Amazon associate I  earn from qualifying purchases.

Important Sewing terms

  • Zipper foot- type of presser foot that is used to attach zippers.
  • Right Side (rs)- The pretty side of the fabric
  • Wrong Side (wr)- The plain side of the fabric
  • Top stitch- stitches placed on the right side of the fabric for decorative purposes
  • Seam allowance- area between the fabric edge and the line you stitch

Tutorial

1.Prep Materials

Before you start sewing you will want to do the following things:

  • Iron fabric to get out all of the wrinkles. Make sure you iron your fabric on the appropriate setting.
  • Attach your zipper foot to your machine.
  • Thread your bobbin with your coordinating thread colors and thread your machine. Change your needle if you have already used it few times. If you are using thick fabric you may want to use a bigger needle. Check your manual to ensure you are using the proper size needle for the fabric you will be using. 

2. Cut Your Fabric

  • Cut  two 8.5 in x 7.5 in rectangles from your lining fabric and your outer fabric. You should have four rectangles (2 lining and 2 outer fabric pieces). I can’t cut a straight line with scissors to save my life, instead I use the rotary cutter set that my husband brought for me. It’s made my life much easier.

 Tip: If you are using a different size zipper you will want to cut your fabric the same length as your zipper. If you brought a 9 in zipper add 1.5 inches to the length of your fabric.  The 9 inches doesn’t include the material at the end of the zipper. 

3.  Zipper Sandwich

This is one of the most important steps of the process. Take your time and make sure everything is lined up correctly and facing the right direction.

  • Place the lining fabric right side (rs) up on the table.
  • Lining fabric is placed rs up.
  • Place the zipper right side up on top of the lining fabric, line the zipper up with the top edge of the lining fabric.
    Zipper is lined up with lining fabric.
  • Place the outer fabric right side down on top of the zipper and line up the edges.
  • Pin or clip the edges together. (I prefer to use clips because they are easier to manipulate than sewing pins. I brought a pack of cheap binder clips from Walmart for .88, but they have nicersewing clips that you can use.)
    All the pieces clipped together.

    Now you have a zipper sandwich! Well at least one half of it. 🙂

Tip: Before you start sewing take a piece of scrap fabric and sew a few stitches. Check to make sure your tension and stitch length are correct. The thicker the fabric the longer the stitches should be. 

4. Sewing The Pieces Together

Slowly sew everything together.
  • Place your zipper sandwich on your sewing machine  and sew a straight line down the length of the zipper.  Make sure to remove the pin/clips as you sew. Cut your threads.
    Completed zipper sandwich.

Tips: Before you get to the zipper tab,stop sewing and back stitch. Take your fabric off the machine and unzip the zipper. (Or you can leave the needle in the fabric and unzip the zipper. ) Place your fabric back on the machine and continue sewing from where you left off. 

Unzip the zipper and keep sewing.

5. Create Another Zipper Sandwich & 6. Sew The Pieces Together

At this point you should have one side of the pouch attached to the zipper. You are going to repeat steps 3 and 4. 

Completed zipper sandwich.

Lining fabric is rs up.
  • Place the lining fabric rs up and line the zipper up with the fabric.
Rs of the outer fabric should be facing each other.

Place outer fabric rs down on top of zipper. Line everything up and pin/clip in place. Sew it together.

Your finished product should look like this:

7. Press Your Fabric

  • Press your fabric. Make sure that you are pressing away from the zipper on each side.

Note: If you are using a metal zipper be very careful because the teeth will get hot and burn you. 

  • Press fabric away from the zipper.

8. Top stitching

  • Take your fabric back to the machine and place a straight top stitch on each side of the zipper.
    Top stitch on both sides of the zipper.

9. Match Up Sides

  • Fold the fabric so that the right sides of the fabric are facing each other. Do the same thing with the outer fabric. Pin or clip the sides together.
  • Fold the ends of the zipper so that they are facing the lining of the fabric and pin/clip each side together.  Unzip the zipper halfway before clipping both ends together.

*All you should see at this point are the wrong sides of the fabric. 

All clipped together.

10. Sew It Together

  • Starting at the top  middle of the lining fabric using a .5 in seam allowance sew around the perimeter of the fabric.
    Sew along the perimeter with .5 in seam allowance
  • You will need to leave a gap at the top of the lining fabric large enough to stick your hand through.  DO NOT  SEW CLOSED.
    3 finger width gap in fabric

 Tips:

  • go slow when you get to the zipper area you may need to use the hand wheel to sew through this area because it will be thicker than the rest of the fabric. You do not want to hit the metal part of the zipper. 
  • Leave your needle in the fabric when you are turning the corners. 

11. Trim

  • Trim off the excess fabric and an excess bulk from the zipper area. Be careful not to cut the thread. Also trim all loose threads if you haven’t already.

Tip- cut your corners at an angle, this will help when you have to turn the bag right side out. 

Clip the edges at an angle

12. Time To Flip Out (The Fun Part)

  • Put your hand inside the hole you left in the lining fabric and gently pull the outer fabric through the zipper. You may need to unzip the zipper more to flip the bag completely out.

Pulling the outer fabric through.

Viola! You have a cute little zippered bag to use however you wish! But before we can use it we have to do one more thing.

Completed zipper pouch

If you did not place your fabric right when making the zipper fabric your bag will look like this:

Outer fabric is showing the ws of the fabric.

13. Sew the Lining Closed

  • Tuck the raw edges of the lining fabric together and sew it shut either by hand or using your sewing machine.

14. Finishing touches

  • Using a pencil or another blunt object push out the corners of your bag.
  • Zip the top closed and press your bag to give it that professional touch. 
Finished product.

Congratulations you have made your first zippered pouch! These are great to give as gifts and are pretty easy to put together once you get the hang of it.Not to mention there are so many other different bag styles that you can make once you get the basics down.

If you have any questions or need clarification please don’t hesitate to leave me a message in the comments area.

If you found this tutorial helpful please feel free to share it. I hop you enjoy making many more pouches!

Until next time,

The Crafty Afro

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Crochet Blankets and Scarves for Christmas

It’s Christmas eve and I’ve finally finished all of those crocheted Christmas presents that I foolishly promised people I would make. A superman themed baby blanket, 2 blankets (lap blankets), and a hat and scarf set.

The first blanket I made using:

Isaac Mizrahi Yarn (Sutton, 7 balls)

Q/16 mm Hook

Darning needle

I really love the color of this yarn. It’s a super bulky yarn so the project worked up pretty quickly.

I’m not big on fashion, but apparently, Isaac Mizrahi is an important designer. I was lucky and found this yarn on sale at A.C. Moore. Seven balls of yarn for $5.

The pattern for this yarn consisted of double crochets and single crochets. Unfortunately, I forgot to bookmark the pattern. If I find the link I will make sure to add it to the site.

The second blanket I made using:

Isaac Mizrahi Yarn (Sutton, 7 balls)

P/11.5 mm Hook

Darning Needle

I used the same yarn for this blanket I just used a different pattern. Instead of trying to do something fancy I just made a blanket using granny squares. Since the yarn acrylic and wool, both blankets turned out to be pretty warm.

My last Christmas gift was a hat and yarn set. Honestly, I really like the scarf, but I’m not thrilled about the hat. She wanted a slouchy had, but somehow it didn’t turn on like I imagined.

For this project I used:

Grey Crochet Hat & Yarn Set

Studio Classic Yarn (Grey, 1 Jumbo roll)

K/6.50 mm Hook

L/8.00 mm Hook

Darning needle

I followed the pattern here to make the slouchy hat. However, I didn’t have bulky yarn so I just used two strands of the grey yarn.

Grey crochet hat

The scarf was made using a half double crochet stitch with the stitches crocheted in the back loops only.

Chain 142 stitches

Round 1: Insert hook into the second chain, half double crochet into that stitch and all the remaining stitches.

Round 2: Chain 1. Half double crochet into the back loops only. Repeat until you achieve the desired width.

Then I added the tassels at the end.

The hat is not my best work. I am still trying to figure out what kind of embellishments to put on it to make it look better. However, the scarf turned out great.

Until Next Time,

The Crafty Afro