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« on: July 31, 2007 09:05:27 PM »

Zippered pockets inside of a purse are a wonderful thing, but if you're anything like me you probably dread that step in the bag creation process.  Zippers can be difficult pains in the teeth, and to be honest I try and avoid them as much as I can.  I've got good news, though!  After hours and hours of sewing bags, I recently came up with a really simple technique to make two interior pockets that sit side by side; one zippered and one open topped.  I love all the great information to be found here, so I thought I would see if anyone would find it useful.  I really think this is a technique that anyone can do!

The finished result looks something like this:


Okay, kiddies, gather your supplies.  You'll need:
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-Fabric for the lining of your bag
   >size will vary for your particular bag

-Fabric for your pockets
  EITHER
      >One rectangle of fabric as wide as your lining and twice as tall as  
         the pocket you want to make (plus a little for seam allowance)
  or
       > Two rectangles of fabric as wide as your lining and each
            as tall as the final pocket height
                (Plus a little for seam allowance)  
         Sew these on the width side to make one piece.  
         This way you can have a different fabric inside and out.

-Two strips of fabric, bias tape, or ribbon
      > the first one should be as long as the lining is wide, and the
               second should be a couple of inches longer than the
               pocket will be tall.
         (I usually make my own "bias tape" for this from the fabrics
            I'm using, although I don't actually cut them on the bias.
        Just cut a strip of fabric and iron the rough edges to the back)

-A zipper
  

Now let's put it together!
Step one: Attach zipper to pocket piece

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Fold and press the raw edges of the pocket fabric in toward each other and sandwich one side of the zipper tape between them.

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Stitch through your sandwich and all the way across the pocket.
You may want to pin the zipper into place.  You can see in the photo above that I'm not using a zipper foot for this.  I use the side of the regular foot to keep a space between the fabric and the zipper teeth.  

Remember which side you started stitching on.  It's a good idea whenever you are sewing zippers to sew both sides of the zipper in the same direction.  This will help your zipper to lay flat.

Set the pocket piece into place on the lining fabric.  Assuming it is the same width as the lining, just match up the raw edges and secure it with a few pins.


Step 2: Sew down first strip




Take your shorter bias strip and fold under one end.  Line the folded end up with the bottom of the pocket and let the other end extend up to the top of the zipper. It should cover the end of the zipper tape.   (It's ok if it goes over the top, you can clip it down to the right size when it's sewn down.)

Sew from the bottom of the strip up to the top on each side, stopping just at the top of the zipper.


Step 3:  Attach the second strip

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Lay the longer strip across the top of the zipper and all the way across the lining.  Stitch this into place on the top and bottom, going in the same direction as you sewed the zipper into the pocket sandwich.


Step four: Sew bottom of pocket



Sew a line across the bottom of the pocket.  make it as straight and as close to the edge as you can.  You may wish to sew two lines across the bottom for extra strength.  Again, sew in the same direction as the zipper and top strip of fabric for best results.



Your pockets are complete.  Finish sewing the rest of the bag making sure that your raw edges on the sides get sewn in with the lining fabric.

A few extra notes:


> If you want a smaller pocket, card slots, or decorative items on the front of the pocket, add them before you begin step one.

>Different effects can be made by choosing the material for the pockets and strips.
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By using the lining fabric for both strips, the pockets stand out on their own.

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For this bag I attached the pockets on the front of a messenger bag.  I used two different fabrics so that the inside of the pocket would match the main lining of the bag.  I used some pretty vintage ribbon for both the strips.


I left out the open top pocket on this one and centered the pocket in the bag.  I stitched down the sides and across the bottom to hold it in place.


I used the same zipper sandwich technique to make this pocket for the front of this clutch, but left out the top strip.  I sewed the zipper in place with two rows of stitching instead.

Thanks for taking a look at this tutorial.  I hope that someone out there will be able to use this technique themselves.  Feel free to contact me if anything is unclear or if you have any questions.




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« Reply #1 on: July 31, 2007 09:12:08 PM »

that was great! and your bags are really fun too!
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« Reply #2 on: July 31, 2007 09:28:27 PM »

Thanks so much for posting this. I can guarantee you I'll be using this in the near future!
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« Reply #3 on: July 31, 2007 09:49:40 PM »

That's great! 
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« Reply #4 on: July 31, 2007 10:16:27 PM »

Wow!  Thanks so much for posting this!  You made it seem so easy... I can't wait to try it out. 
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« Reply #5 on: July 31, 2007 10:23:57 PM »

This is great! and your seams are so nice and straight! Thanks for posting this!
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« Reply #6 on: August 01, 2007 12:18:06 AM »

Thank you so much for your tutorial!! I have no doubt I'll be putting it to use at some point in the near future Smiley I love the result on your bags, it looks so neat
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« Reply #7 on: August 01, 2007 01:50:31 AM »

thanks for this, i've bookmarked it for future use Smiley
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« Reply #8 on: August 01, 2007 04:30:01 AM »

Thank you very much!!!!!!! after reading your tutorial I will not be afraid of zippers anymore!!! Cheesy
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« Reply #9 on: August 01, 2007 04:53:14 AM »

This is perfect!  I was recently asked if I could do a diaper bag for a friend and I wanted to put some nicer-looking pockets in it.  This is exactly the kind of thing I needed!
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« Reply #10 on: August 01, 2007 04:59:28 AM »

Oooh, this is making me want to bust out the sewing machine again. Thanks for the great tutorial!
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« Reply #11 on: August 01, 2007 06:38:12 AM »

You've made this look so easy and it comes out looking so neat! I'll definitely be incorporating this technique into a few bags in the near future.

Thanks so much for sharing this great tutorial!
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« Reply #12 on: August 01, 2007 06:53:18 AM »

I hit the "this rocks!" button, thanks so much for the tutorial, it's freaking fantastic.
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« Reply #13 on: August 01, 2007 07:22:15 AM »

What a cute trick, thanks for sharing!
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« Reply #14 on: August 01, 2007 03:37:03 PM »

this is amazing.
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« Reply #15 on: August 01, 2007 05:49:59 PM »

omg! I just finished a bag with a zippered pocket and, let me tell you, it was a pain in the butt. haha So this is pretty much amazing.  Cheesy Thanks for the great tutorial! I think I'm going to try it later today. :]]

P.S. All of your bags are so cute!
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« Reply #16 on: August 02, 2007 08:40:59 AM »

thanks for the tutorial,I will definitely be using this
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« Reply #17 on: August 03, 2007 12:36:23 AM »

Thanks for all the great comments!  I hope I'll get to hear back if anyone tries it out.  I'd love to see pics!
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« Reply #18 on: August 03, 2007 02:21:07 AM »

That really IS an easy zippered pocket! Wink

I think I'll be using this for my next project - I still have a little fear left when it comes to zippers, but practice makes perfect, right?  Tongue
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« Reply #19 on: August 03, 2007 09:07:40 AM »

Thanks for sharing!
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« Reply #20 on: August 03, 2007 09:44:44 AM »

wowee! Good job! I might have to try this one out myself. I love how inventive you can get when something is difficult. I've come up with a few crazy ones for zipper pockets, myself.

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« Reply #21 on: August 08, 2007 02:11:07 PM »

I love this method! I tried it just this week and it was so easy. Here's a link to my post: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=188594.msg1979176;topicseen#msg1979176
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« Reply #22 on: August 13, 2007 06:10:10 PM »

That does look easy! I'm going to try it in my next bag. Thanks a lot!
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« Reply #23 on: August 16, 2007 05:25:03 PM »

Wow, that is an uber-clever way to do a zipper! You are a smartie, thanks so much for sharing!
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« Reply #24 on: August 29, 2007 02:43:18 AM »

I'm going to try this real soon, it looks so easy. I just hope I don't mess mine up.

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« Reply #25 on: September 05, 2007 12:05:18 PM »

Thanks you for what looks like an easy tutorial.  Can't wait to try it.
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« Reply #26 on: February 09, 2008 08:46:01 PM »

Thank you!!! You make it look so easy, hopefully it is!!
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« Reply #27 on: April 06, 2008 12:31:03 PM »

this is the greatest way to put a zipper into a bag i love it so much and i've already used it twice, thanks!
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« Reply #28 on: April 06, 2008 03:42:58 PM »

Thank you for this, you make it sound easy and your pockets are great. I'm definitely going to try this.
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« Reply #29 on: April 11, 2008 03:07:53 AM »

Here is my zippered pocket...this was my 2nd time trying this technique...I love it...will be doing my third one today. Thanks for posting this tute...it was real helpful.



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« Reply #30 on: April 11, 2008 03:34:52 AM »

This is a perfectly helpful tutorial.  Thanks for sharing
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« Reply #31 on: December 30, 2008 07:56:05 AM »

this IS easy!  i will keep this bookmarked for future reference, but the instructions were so clear to read through i think i'll be able to do this without even looking back at the post.  thanks! 
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« Reply #32 on: December 31, 2008 01:11:37 AM »

Previously I was lazy to the extent of doing a standalone pouch before attaching it to the bag.. this looks better!

Thanks for sharing! I'll try it when I make my new bag.. Hope I can pull it off..
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« Reply #33 on: October 13, 2009 03:35:14 PM »

I used this tute 2xs to add pockets to the interior of my Weekenders.  Thanks for taking the time to add this.  It made my bags look so great!
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« Reply #34 on: November 09, 2009 03:54:12 AM »

Super!  I'm going to be working on a new bigger messenger bag for everyday use and this will come in handy!! Thanks!
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« Reply #35 on: March 04, 2011 04:42:08 AM »

Hey LauPre

Thank you very much for this tut  Kiss. Since I found it I've been so impressed by it that I add these kind of pockets to every bag I made.

In addition, it's one reason for joining craftster  Cheesy

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« Reply #36 on: March 04, 2011 08:53:24 AM »

Very Smart!! I don't like zippers very much or they don't like me. This is a great Idea. Your bags are very nice & sewn neatly. Thanks for the tute. I'll bookmark it & use it later.  Wink
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« Reply #37 on: November 14, 2013 01:31:07 PM »

Hi,

I realize this is an old tutorial.  I have had this tutorial for a few years.  Let me just tell you that this tutorial is Awesome!   I have some questions.

I made a macrame purse and I would like to line it.  I took a walk-in sewing class and they basically made the pattern for me for the lining.  I have the front and back piece, and the sides and bottom is another piece. I know that I have to put on the zipper pocket and the open pocket before I sew the lining together. 

The purse is rather small so I don't have a lot of room inside the purse.   I lined the tab that goes over the purse from back to front.  I put in a sew-in magnet which I will also put on the front side of the lining inside the purse.  I have my big open pocket cut.  I sewed the pocket on the width side to make one piece. You stated this way you can have a different fabric inside and out.  At this point I do not understand how that would happen but for some reason I am making this more difficult than it needs to be.   

I can have a zipper pocket, 7" on one side and big open pocket on the other side.  My question, how wide do you make your bias tape?  I am making bias tape rather than using straight grain. Is it just a matter of figuring out how much room I will have on each side determines my size of bias tape?   

I apologize for the questions, I sewed a long time ago and am now trying to sew again so many years later.  I bought me a good sewing machine as the one I had was falling apart. 

I would send you a picture of the purse but I just now registered at Crafster and this is my first post.  I see I need 10 posts before I can upload any  images.

Thank you for your time and knowledge,

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