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Topic: Half-Zip (Say What?!) Grosgrain Pouch  (Read 34037 times)
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« on: September 05, 2004 02:57:27 PM »

I made a grosgrain ribbon pouch with a unique half-zipper.  The zipper is easy to install, especially for a person who's afraid of her zipper foot.

You didn't ask for a tutorial, but I'm a-givin' ya one anyway.
Sew 22'' lengths of your fav grosgrain ribbons side by side, so they overlap by 1/4". 
Cut off one side of a 22" Coats & Clark polyester zipper and the stopper.  (Yes, I said CUT THEM OFF!)  Remove that side completely.  Sew the remaining side to the long side of the rectangle of ribbons.

Next slide the end of the half-zipper back into the pull.  Sew your own stopper.

Make sure the zipper is partially open.  Pin the rectangle in half with right sides together.  Sew on two sides.  Finish the raw edge with a good bit of zigzag stitch.

Turn right side out.  Done!
Since I've become addicted to making purses, I've been using a new purse each day.  I needed something to put all my essential stuff in, so I could switch purses by just throwing the pouch into the flavor of the day.
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« Reply #1 on: September 05, 2004 05:32:11 PM »

woah..that's crazy....i don't entirely understand the whole half zipper thingy though....how does it stay shut?
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« Reply #2 on: September 05, 2004 05:44:42 PM »

You're zipping the remaining one side of the zipper to itself.  It's super easy to install, because all you have to do is sew the one side of the zipper to one side of the ribbon rectangle.  It's also less bulky at one end than a regular zipper.  Does that help?  Sorry if my instructions are unclear.  It took me just a few minutes to make the pouch.
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« Reply #3 on: September 05, 2004 08:32:16 PM »

oh cool! I had no idea that would work with the zip. That seems a much easier way of putting a zip in for one like me that for some unfathamable reason loathes putting in zips even though I can do it fine!
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« Reply #4 on: September 05, 2004 09:27:14 PM »

So you are making a finished bag of about 11" width? What do you do with the other half of the zipper, buy extra pulls?

I really like this pouch and love the ribbon idea! I need a pouch, too, since changing stuff is making me use fewer of my growing purse collection! I wind up switching only some of the stuff over and then find I forgot something important.
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« Reply #5 on: September 05, 2004 10:10:21 PM »

I wind up switching only some of the stuff over and then find I forgot something important.

I do the same thing.  Tongue

Sewer Rat I love this idea! I have SOO many zippers and this little number will be a great way to use some up, and some of my fabric stash. yay! And it looks so simple to do. Great job an nice ribbon pouch!
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« Reply #6 on: September 05, 2004 10:34:46 PM »

Arrhythmia-- yes, the pouch turned out to be a little less than 11 inches long.  I'm going to try making a deeper, narrower pouch on my next attempt.  The half of the zipper that you cut off is no good, so just discard it.  (Or you could pair it up with another half zipper with a pull and make a funky two-colored zipper!)

Oh yeah, I forgot to say that you have to cut off the metal-stopper-thingy before you can feed the end of the zipper through the pull.

Thanks for the feedback, crafty gals.  I'm sure someone could take this simple idea and really go with it.   
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« Reply #7 on: September 06, 2004 10:43:10 AM »

neat idea, sewer rat.  Even without the half-zipper ingenuity, I love your use of grosgrain ribbon. Great idea.
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« Reply #8 on: September 06, 2004 11:35:41 AM »

W-O-W. What a simple idea, but so clever!!! I am really excited to try this, I have a ton of TOO LONG zippers that I always have to cut down, but this is just so smart! THANKYOU!
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« Reply #9 on: September 06, 2004 12:21:15 PM »

The nice thing about this way of installing a zipper is that you have only one side of the pouch that has raw edges.  This is a plus when working with fraying grosgrain ribbon.  I suppose you could enclose the raw seam with seam binding. 

In the middle of the night I was thinking that it would be easy to make a lined pouch by starting with a rectangle of fabric (sew two rectangles together 4/5 of way around, turn right side out, press), instead of a rectangle of ribbons.  I also thought about using a rectangle of vinyl and fabric.  If I try these ideas, I'll post them.
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