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No purse is complete without an inside pocket or two.
All pockets, handles, etc. must be added on before the two layers - inner bag lining and outer bag fabric - are sewn together. I put a plain open pocket on one side of the inside of my "TA-DA" bag and a zippered pocket on the other side.

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  • How to make a zipper pouch. Inside Zipper Pocket For Your "TA-DA" bag! - Step 1
    Step 1

    To make a zippered pocket I sewed a welt facing on to the side wall of my bag where I wanted the zippered opening to be. A welt facing is basically a rectangle of fabric. I made sure it was about 1" bigger than my zipper all around. After I centred and sewed it on to my lining wall, right sides together, I cut a slit into the centre of the welt and a snipped up into the corners. I turned this welt facing into the hole and pressed it. My zipper will fit under this small, neat opening now.

  • How to make a zipper pouch. Inside Zipper Pocket For Your "TA-DA" bag! - Step 2
    Step 2

    I sewed my zipper underneath the opening. You can use pins to hold it before you sew, but I used a temporary sticky fabric tape as it makes the whole sewing area flatter, secure and easier to sew.

  • How to make a zipper pouch. Inside Zipper Pocket For Your "TA-DA" bag! - Step 3
    Step 3

    Now it doesn't matter how deep you pocket is. I made mine approximately 5" deep, so I needed a rectangle of fabric at least 10" long. This rectangle must be at least 1" wider than your zipper on both ends - the same width as your welt facing. I sewed this pocket lining on to the welt facing on the inside – along the top and bottom of the welt facing, right sides together.

  • How to make a zipper pouch. Inside Zipper Pocket For Your "TA-DA" bag! - Step 4
    Step 4

    Then I sewed up the sides to close my pocket lining.

  • How to make a zipper pouch. Inside Zipper Pocket For Your "TA-DA" bag! - Step 5
    Step 5

    Functional zipper pocket done. By the way, the zipper was repurposed from a worn out purse. I always strip the odds and ends and zippers and D rings, etc., off of ready-to-discard purses before they are thrown away. If not broken, they are perfect for new projects!

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