so, I made a little side zippered pouch a few weeks back, and a friend wanted a tutorial, after I tried to explain, rather fruitlessly, how I made it. So, I've made another, taking pictures as I did so.
You will need:
Two pieces of lining fabric (one is 7x7 and the other 7 x 4.5 inches)
Two pieces of outside fabric the same sizes as the lining
Two small pieces of outside fabric (these are 2x 1.5, but are larger than needed)
one zipper - 6 inches
step 1 - pin tiny pieces to zipper, then stitch in place. As close to the metal bits as your machine foot will allow.
step 2 - turn the fabric, and stitch it down.
step 3 - make a sandwich with the longer pieces. Set an outside piece down face up, put the zipper on face down, put the lining on face down. pin across the top. Sew halfway, move the zipper, sew the rest.
step 4 - fold those over and stitch them down, right sides out.
step 5 - repeat steps 3 and 4 with the shorter pieces on the other side of the zipper.
Now you have this:
(I trimmed the zipper pieces to be flush with the rest.)
Optional bit: if you want a loop now is the time to add it. I used a piece of ribbon.
pin it only to the longer outside piece.
Step 6. First of all, keep the zipper at least halfway open
. Now here's the confusing bit. You're going to need to fold it so the bottoms line up, but keeping the outside fabrics on one side, and the lining on the other, so that you see the reverse of the outside fabric on one side, and the reverse of the inside fabric on the other side. Then pin it from the zipper to the top (about two inches) only.
Now sew from the zipper to the top. ONLY.
On both sides, of course.
Once that's sewn you should be able to do this:
Step 7. Pin the sides and bottom of the outside pieces and pin the sides but not the bottom of the lining. Sew where you've pinned. But do not sew the bottom of the lining.
Step 8. Pull the outside through the bottom of the lining and the zipper you remembered to leave open.
Step 9. Flatten the pouch as much as you can, leaving the lining still sticking out, then start folding and pinning the open edge.
Step 10. Sew it closed!
Step 11. push the lining into the pouch. And you're done!
I hope that's clear...