It’s been a long while since my last Blogger post. Life gave me some twists and turns and changes. I hope that I can come up with some things to share with you – I enjoy doing that.
On a recent trip, I realized that a light-weight zippered pouch/bag would be just the thing to keep all those chargers together. You know – one for the cellphone, iPad, Kindle, camera, etc. I had used an old pouch that I found in a drawer & knew that I could make a better one.
Why do pouches always have a zipper at the top? I thought a zipper in the middle of the pouch/bag would make the contents more accessible. And here’s what I came up with --
Fabric Tubes for ends of zipper:
Cut each rectangle for tube 2-1/2” wide (this allows for 1/4” seam & goes around the zipper)
Length to cut – 2-1/4” is enough to allow for clearing ends of zipper tape and will be enough for a seam allowance of 5/8” on the bag.
So, for the Fabric Tubes on my zipper –-
I cut two rectangles -- 2-1/2” wide x 2-1/4” long
The orange dotted line shows the stitching line of the Fabric Tube to the zipper.
After sewing Fabric Tubes in place, pull the Fabric Tube over the end of the zipper tape; the right side of Fabric Tube is now showing and the end of zipper tape is encased in the Fabric Tube – no raw edges showing. Press.
This would now be called a “Zipper Unit”.
There are so many tutorials on the web for making pouches/bags, I’ll leave the rest of the construction up to you. And most of them will show you how to insert a zipper and you would just follow those directions and insert a Zipper Unit, which is just a zipper with covered ends. I just wanted to show you how I did my zippers.
Before the sides are sewn, the zipper can be located anywhere on the bag
or, centered on bag front – which is what I did with mine.
I chose to use French Seams on the sides of the bag, with the final stitching of the French Seam on the outside of pouch/bag, so I could have something to hold on to when opening or closing the zipper. For the 1st stitching of the French Seam, I use 1/4” seam allowance and then for the 2nd stitching, I used a 3/8” seam allowance. That way, I did not have to trim the 1st seam.