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« on: May 15, 2012 10:43:50 AM »

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Whimsical Zippered Pouch using the BERNINA 380

I love making zippered pouches!  They make great gifts and you can easily personalize them with your choice of fabrics and embellishments.  I made this simple pouch to test-drive the BERNINA 380.  



Start by cutting your fabrics.  For the lining, cut two pieces 6 1/2" x 9".  For the outside, cut two pieces of your main fabric (the blue print in this picture) 5" x 9".  Cut two pieces of your secondary fabric (the orange stripe) 2" x 9".  Using a 1/4" seam, sew the secondary fabric strips onto the main fabric pieces, as in the picture.  The fabric choice makes all the difference between an ordinary pouch and a great pouch--this bright, whimsical print and matching stripe are really great!



I made two of these pouches, one without embellishment, and one with this blue ribbon trim.  If you want to use the ribbon, sew it in place now.



To give the pouch more body, I added iron-on interfacing to both the outside pieces and both lining pieces at this point.

Now to add the zipper!  Layer one outer piece and one lining piece on each side of the zipper, as shown in the photo below.  (The fabrics are staggered in the photo so you can see how they are layered; to sew them, match the left edges of both fabrics, but leave the zipper extending past them, as in the photo.)



Since this is an exposed zipper, I'm just using the basic sewing foot (rather than the zipper foot).  The amazing thing about the BERNINA 380 is that there are nine needle positions, from left to right, so you can easily arrange everything just the way you want it.  I'm sewing with the needle in the farthest left position, very close to to the zipper teeth.



Then flip the fabrics over and topstitch, again with the needle in the left-most position.



Repeat on the other side of the zipper, sewing the outer fabric and lining in place, then flipping the fabrics and topstitching.  When you have done both sides it will look like the picture below.



Now to sew around the sides.  First, open the zipper half-way (you will sew the sides with the zipper in this position).  Then flip the fabrics so the two outer sides are touching, right sides together, and the lining pieces are also touching, right sides together.  Pin everything in place.  The zipper will be folded so there is a small bump at the two sides; make sure the bump is pushed down towards the lining.



Sew all around the edge, leaving a 4" opening at the bottom of the lining.  That's right, you sew right over the zipper!  Trim off the ends of the zipper, even with the seams.





Sew a 1" gusset in each of the four corners.  Sewing the gussets is simplified on the BERNINA 380 by the marked 1/8" measurements on the throatplate.



To turn it right side out, reach in and open the zipper all the way, then turn it.  Press under the raw edges of the opening in the bottom of the lining, and stitch it shut.



Push the lining down inside the pouch and smooth it out.



Hot off the sewing computer!  (Yes, that's what it's called in the manual--it's a sewing computer, not a sewing machine!!!)  I added the orange button for a little more interest.



After pressing it with the iron, I finished the pouch with a flower charm tied on with a ribbon.  Small touches like this can really personalize your creations.  My zippered pouch is now ready to be given away!
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« Reply #1 on: May 15, 2012 10:46:59 AM »

Just beautiful, Leslie - I love your creations anyway and it's so cool you were able to test drive this machine! 
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« Reply #2 on: May 15, 2012 10:54:32 AM »

I'm going to give this a try, thanks for the tutorial.
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« Reply #3 on: May 15, 2012 11:16:14 AM »

This is just too adorable for words. I love everything about it.
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« Reply #4 on: May 15, 2012 11:41:21 AM »

great tutorial--I look forward to trying it
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« Reply #5 on: May 15, 2012 11:48:12 AM »

Thanks, everyone! After you get the hang of it, they are easy to do.  I've made a TON of them!
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« Reply #6 on: May 15, 2012 12:10:27 PM »

i LOVE this fabric to pieces!! and this pouch is so crisp and lovely--it's an LHH creation, that's for sure.
thanks for the tute--i'm going to make me a bunch!
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« Reply #7 on: May 15, 2012 12:54:47 PM »

ahh!  What cute cute fabric!  I have to say I'd give the zippered pouch a try but....  there are so many reasons why...   I will just admire your creations from my computer!  Your creations are always wonderful!
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« Reply #8 on: May 15, 2012 12:57:11 PM »

This is the post that said "Leslie" immediately! Then I noticed you did several projects.

Love this zippered pouch, so spiffy  Grin!

Thanks for sharing this lovely pouch with us. Will definitely make me some, I just LOVE pouches!
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« Reply #9 on: May 15, 2012 12:59:10 PM »

This machine really has so many great options to help your sewing be the best it can be. Love that, and this pouch! Smiley
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« Reply #10 on: May 15, 2012 02:27:34 PM »

This is a great tute and that is some of the most ADORABLE fabric I've ever seen! Also, 9 needle positions?! Holy Whoa!
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« Reply #11 on: May 15, 2012 02:33:41 PM »

This is a great tute and that is some of the most ADORABLE fabric I've ever seen! Also, 9 needle positions?! Holy Whoa!

Thank you! And yes, the ability to position your needle so precisely is amazing...I've never had more than two needle positions before!
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« Reply #12 on: May 15, 2012 04:09:29 PM »

I always wondered how these cute little pouches were made!  Sewing baffles me, but you really made it look easy! 
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« Reply #13 on: May 15, 2012 05:02:40 PM »

Everything about this pouch makes me so happy.  You make it look so easy, too.  I think I could probably most likely make one! Cheesy
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« Reply #14 on: May 16, 2012 10:11:15 AM »

Zippers always elude me, but you make this seem easy! I will definitely be giving it a try! Thank you so much!
I LOVE that fabric?  Where did you get it?
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« Reply #15 on: May 16, 2012 10:25:41 AM »

Thanks, Bobomom! I'm pretty sure I got the fabric from Sew Mama Sew, probably about six months ago, so it might not be there now.
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« Reply #16 on: May 17, 2012 12:15:05 PM »

Oh Leslie, this little pouch is so cute!  Cheesy  That new sewing computer sounds wonderful!! Thanks for the tute, I'll be making some in the future, Fantastic & I love the fabric!!
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« Reply #17 on: May 19, 2012 07:14:31 PM »

I saw the picture on the hot new projects and I just knew from the look it had to be from you! I really like the pouch and the machine!!! What a dream of mine to own a Bernina! I love the tutorial and now that I've tried some zippers I am ready to give it a try!
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« Reply #18 on: May 21, 2012 10:09:51 AM »

I love that fabric and your pouch!  Great tutorial  Grin  What size seam allowance did you use on this pouch?
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« Reply #19 on: May 21, 2012 10:54:38 AM »

I love that fabric and your pouch!  Great tutorial  Grin  What size seam allowance did you use on this pouch?

I used a quarter inch seam allowance.

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« Reply #20 on: May 21, 2012 04:15:22 PM »

Yw! ...and thank you for all the tutorials you take the time to do and the parting of information  Cheesy Cheesy
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« Reply #21 on: May 21, 2012 06:09:45 PM »

Love it Leslie!!....too cute
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« Reply #22 on: May 22, 2012 04:00:58 AM »

Thanks, OGD!

And Midnight Sun, thanks for pointing out the missing info about the seam allowance...I have updated the tutorial to include that information.
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« Reply #23 on: May 25, 2012 05:16:48 PM »

This is really cute! I'm gonna try out this tutorial soon.
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« Reply #24 on: June 03, 2012 05:37:53 PM »

I love this pouch, soo cute, I love the tutorial, Im going to rummage through my fabric to find cute prints.
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« Reply #25 on: June 11, 2012 06:40:26 AM »

Lovely!  Thank you so much for the tutorial.
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« Reply #27 on: October 21, 2013 09:30:40 AM »

I made one, using your tutorial Leslie!

Do you recognize the fabric?? I got that from our scrap happy swap and saved it to make something special. Since I used only a small strip I can make a few more! Yay!  Cheesy

Thanks for this great tutorial, I will make many more!

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« Reply #28 on: October 22, 2013 12:08:38 PM »

Very cute, Wendie! Yes, I certainly DO recognize the blue fabric--it's one of my favorites. Thanks for sharing your pouch, it came out great!
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« Reply #29 on: October 22, 2013 12:18:16 PM »

Very cute, Wendie! Yes, I certainly DO recognize the blue fabric--it's one of my favorites. Thanks for sharing your pouch, it came out great!

Your tutorial made it possible  Cheesy

And the fabric is one of my faves too, so cute! Will be using this tutorial more often, they are fun to make and ideal to use as a gift   Smiley

Thanks for your nice comment Leslie (as usual!)
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