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Sew a super cute pouch to hold your odds and ends.
This project is from one of JP Knit & Stitch's classes, and developed by one of our awesome teachers, Alexis! Zippered pouches are fun and quick to sew, and we especially love this extra-cute version. Two fat quarters are enough for two pouches (or more if you cut really carefully); make one to keep and one for a perfect little gift.

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  • How to make a zipper pouch. Puzzle Piece Zipper Pouch - Step 1
    Step 1

    Make your pattern: Print the puzzle piece attachment. Lay tracing paper over the image and trace the shape. Add ¼” seam allowance all around except for the top edge. On the top edge, add ½” seam allowance. This is your main pattern piece. For your lining pattern piece, lay the tracing paper over your puzzle pattern and draw a rectangle that fits snugly inside your puzzle piece. Add seam allowance (¼” all around and ½” for the top edge) to the lining piece. Cut out your pattern pieces.

  • How to make a zipper pouch. Puzzle Piece Zipper Pouch - Step 2
    Step 2

    Cut your fabric: Fold your shell fabric in half and, using your main pattern piece, cut out two mirror-image pouch pieces. Fold your lining fabric in half and, using your lining pattern piece, cut out two lining pieces. For the pouch strap, cut out a fabric strip that is 2” by 18”.

  • How to make a zipper pouch. Puzzle Piece Zipper Pouch - Step 3
    Step 3

    Here's what your pouch pieces should look like.

  • How to make a zipper pouch. Puzzle Piece Zipper Pouch - Step 4
    Step 4

    Prepare your strap for sewing: Iron it in half long ways, creating a nice crease, then unfold it. Fold each raw edge into the center and press. Fold the strap again lengthwise so the raw edges are completely encased.

  • How to make a zipper pouch. Puzzle Piece Zipper Pouch - Step 5
    Step 5

    Edge stitch your strap along both long edges.

  • How to make a zipper pouch. Puzzle Piece Zipper Pouch - Step 6
    Step 6

    Create a zipper sandwich: Place one lining piece right side up, then the zipper also facing up, and then one shell piece wrong side up. Line up the top edges of the lining, zipper, and shell. Pin all three layers below the zipper coil.

  • How to make a zipper pouch. Puzzle Piece Zipper Pouch - Step 7
    Step 7

    Sew the zipper: With the zipper foot, stitch the lining, zipper, and shell piece. Use the right edge of the foot as a guide lining it up with the edge of your fabric (3/8” seam allowance). Iron fabric away from zipper and then topstitch with the zipper foot.

  • How to make a zipper pouch. Puzzle Piece Zipper Pouch - Step 8
    Step 8

    Repeat step 6 and 7 for the other side of the zipper with the second shell and lining pieces.

  • How to make a zipper pouch. Puzzle Piece Zipper Pouch - Step 9
    Step 9

    Prepare for sewing: Unzip your zipper halfway so that you’ll be able to flip your project right side out at the end. Fold the strap in half and pin just below the zipper, lining up the raw edges of the strap to the edge of the shell. Be sure to pin the strap only to the shell fabric, not the lining.

  • How to make a zipper pouch. Puzzle Piece Zipper Pouch - Step 10
    Step 10

    Match and pin the shell pieces with right sides together. Repeat for the lining pieces. When pinning the lining, mark a 2” gap at the bottom edge. This gap will be your starting and stopping point. Fold your zipper in half lengthwise and pin it together to help your project lay flat.

  • How to make a zipper pouch. Puzzle Piece Zipper Pouch - Step 11
    Step 11

    Sew the pouch: Stitch all the way around the project using ¼” seam allowance, beginning at the bottom of the lining, sewing around the entire edge, and stopping 2” from your starting point, leaving a 2” opening. When you sew the lining together, pivot at your corners by stopping ¼” away from the edge, putting your needle in the fabric, lifting your pressure foot, and rotating your project. If you have trouble sewing over your zipper you can use your turning wheel to manually move the needle forward. When you sew around the really curvy parts of your puzzle piece it might be helpful to mark every ½" and use the marks as tiny pivot points, only pivoting about 5 to 10 degrees. Press your seams.

  • How to make a zipper pouch. Puzzle Piece Zipper Pouch - Step 12
    Step 12

    On the pouch shell, clip and notch your curves so that your pouch will lay flat. For convex curves, cut out little triangles. For concave curves, clip every ¼”. Do not cut too close to your stitching.

  • How to make a zipper pouch. Puzzle Piece Zipper Pouch - Step 13
    Step 13

    Turn right side out: Use the 2” gap at the bottom of the lining to pull your project right side out. Use a corner turner to poke out the puzzle piece curves so they are nice and crisp. Press all seams flat. Turn the seam allowance from the gap in the lining to the inside, hiding the raw edges, and press.

  • How to make a zipper pouch. Puzzle Piece Zipper Pouch - Step 14
    Step 14

    Close the gap: Edge stitch with your machine or hand sew the lining gap closed.

  • How to make a zipper pouch. Puzzle Piece Zipper Pouch - Step 15
    Step 15

    14. Tuck the lining into the pouch and give your project one more good press You now have a super cute puzzle piece zipper pouch, and all you have to do is make a matching one.

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