Hello. To celebrate my new book, Scrap Patchwork, I've put together a series of zipper pouches.
But first, let put my own plug on this wonderful book. It’s a DIY book on making organized scrappy quilts. I talk about color and organizing your stash. You’ve gotta check it out. Most of the quilt patterns comes with alternate layouts and sizes, providing you with more possibilities. You’re going to love it.
Finished Size 8” x 11”
Materials:1/2 yard interfacing
Fat quarter fabric for exterior (linen)
1/2 yard fabric for interior, block, zipper end covers, and strap (navy)
Fat quarter fabric for white (block)
5” x 5” square fabric for blue (block)
General quilting and sewing supplies
Cutting:Note: I used a Pellon 809 interfacing for both the interior and exterior. I wanted my pouches stiff. Though, you don’t have to have it as stiff as mine. To soften the bag, only apply interfacing to the exterior fabric. It’s your choice.
Interfacing4 – 8” x 11”
Exterior fabric (linen)1 – 8 1/2” x 11 1/2” (back)
2 – 2 1/2” x 11 1/2” (front)
1 – 1 1/2” x 4 1/2” (front)
1 – 4 1/2” x 6 1/2” (front)
Interior fabric, block, zipper end covers, and strap (navy)2 - 8 1/2” x 11 1/2” (interior)
4 – 1 7/8” x 1 7/8”; cut diagonally once
2 – 1 1/2” x 2 1/2” (zipper end covers)
1 – 2” x 14 1/2” (optional strap)
White (block)4 – 1 1/2” x 1 1/2”
1 – 3 1/4” x 3 1/4”; cut diagonally twice
Blue (block)4 – 1 7/8” x 1 7/8”; cut diagonally once
(Here are all the pieces for the front exterior of the pouch.)
Sew with 1/4” seam allowance.
Make the Block:Finishes 4” x 4”
1. Stitch together a blue and navy triangle together to make a half square triangle. Make 4. Press two seams towards the blue and the other two towards the navy.
2. Take two half square triangles to stitch together. Make 2. Note in the picture the direction of the unit’s diagonal and seam.
3. Join the two units from above to make a pinwheel unit. Pinwheel the seams.
4. Make 4 flying geese units by stitching together two navy triangle to the white triangle, and two blue triangles to the white triangle. Make a total of 4; 2 navy and 2 blue. Press seam allowances away from the white. Clip dog ears.
5. Join two white squares to each end of the navy flying geese units to make the top and bottom units. Make 2 and press seams towards the white squares.
6. Stitch together two blue flying geese units to each end of the pinwheel to make the center unit. Match the sides to the blue. Press seams towards the pinwheel unit.
7. To complete the star block, stitch together the top and bottom units to the center unit. Press seams towards the top and bottom units.
8. Join the 4 1/2” x 6 1/2” linen to the left and the 1 1/2” x 4 1/2” to the right of the star block. Press seams towards the linen.
9. Stitch the 2 1/2” x 11 1/2” linen to the top and bottom to make the exterior front cover. This measures 8 1/2” x 11 1/2”.
Make the Strap:
Choose to iron on fusible interfacing on the wrong side of the handle. I did for my Zipper Pouch Square-in-a-Square. However it was so stiff, I had to place the end next to each other, instead of on top of each other. For this pouch, I left the interfacing off and I like the soften feel of it. Click here to see how to make a strap.
Prep the Zipper and Make the Bag:
1. Refer to the Zipper Pouch Square-in-a-Square to prep to the zipper.
2. Iron on interfacing to front and back exterior, and front and back interior units. Center the interfacing to the wrong side of the fabrics. The interfacing is 1/4” short on all four sides. This is intended to reduce seam bulk.
3. Feel free to machine quilt the units as desired.
4. Refer to the Zipper Pouch Square-in-a-Square to make the pouch.
Add the Zipper Tassel:Click here to see how to make a zipper tassel for your pouch.
There you have it. There are other version of this bag to check out over on my blog. Now that you have all the ingredients to make your very own pouch, it’s your turn to make it blossom.