My blog friend Debbie has been hosting a Triple Zip Pouch sew-along on flickr (you can enter until Feb. 15/13, go here....great prizes involved!). Here's my version:
In general, the tutorial was great. Lots of detailed instructions and photos to help you along the way. I'm not one to be afraid of zippers so that part was a breeze. It was the final step that had me a bit stumped, but I made it work eventually. Marci has provided an alternate final step tutorial on her blog which I felt to be a lot more intuitive and I ended up doing it her way.
One issue that I had, and I've had with other zip pouches I've tried in the past with a similar zipper tab construction, is knowing how to sew the final side seams to achieve a neat tab in the finished product. Debbie's tutorial said to sew up the sides as far as you can go, and Marci's tutorial said to stitch up to the zipper, and with both instructions I wasn't sure if I was supposed to sew the entire length of the sides or if I was supposed to leave a section right at the zipper area un-sewed. So at first, I left an un-sewed area at the zipper on each side, turned the project right side out and pushed all the corner points out only to find that in those sections that I left un-sewed, raw edges would poke out if I pushed the corner out too much. Hmmmm. I figured it was "good enough", sewed the lining together and called it finished. But it was bugging me! So I undid it, turned it inside out again and sewed all the way up each side (carefully, because there's thick layers and seams to sew through), with the zipper tab folded in half towards the lining side (see this blog post for a more detailed description). This made me much happier!! My corners now look like this:
A few final notes:
- this project took me a couple of hours to make even after having all of the pieces cut and fleece fused, longer than some people, mostly because I always hand-baste zippers in place, rather than using pins. Hand-basting takes a little while, but in my opinion is SO worth it. No pins to deal with, and the layers stay together very nicely. I recommend it!
- I did not use a zipper foot. I had no issues using a regular foot. I had my needle position set to 1/4" for adding the zippers, and then used a centre needle position for top-stitching next to the zipper - the side of my presser foot was right next to the zipper teeth and I ended up with a really nice small top stitching line.
- I would make many more of these if I knew what to do with them! What do you use zip pouches for? I'm not a "bag person", maybe that's why I don't totally get it. :)
- the lining doesn't show in any the photos, because it's nothing exciting - just gray like the zippers. Kona Iron to be exact.
- unrelated to the project itself - I struggle with skipped stitches once in a while on my machine, which I've had service for and nothing seems to be wrong. I thought I got through this whole pouch with no skipped stitches, but I notice one now on the zipper tab in my third photo! Doh. Ah well, I will try not to let it bother me. :)