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Topic: Put a zipper pocket in your Jordy Bag! (Tutorial)  (Read 92332 times)
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« on: July 01, 2004 05:55:28 PM »



Okay, so this is how I put a zipper pocket in a Jordy bag. You craftsters may very well have easier/better ways, and if so please share them on this thread.

Also, if something seems confusing please let me know. Zippers are kinda hard to sew and take practice, so don't get discouraged. Afterall one of the best inventions ever is the seam ripper...





Good Luck and Happy Sewing!
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« Reply #1 on: July 01, 2004 06:00:30 PM »

awesome!!!!

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« Reply #2 on: July 01, 2004 06:42:02 PM »

Wow! Very impressive. My usual method consists of sewing one side of the (open) zipper directly to the lining fabric, and then sewing a finished pocket (a rectangle sewn right sides together, turned through a small hole) to the other side. The I just sew around the edge of the pocket, directly onto the lining.

 Its very easy but not as nice looking as the pocket you made sewing stars!  Grin

Also - I'm curious as to what kind of interfacing you use! Your bag looks so nice and sturdy Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: July 02, 2004 06:06:54 AM »

Hey Thanks.

I use fusable shirt collar interfacing. At Joann's it is the Pellon brand called ShirTailor« 950F. It works pretty well, but it takes time to iron it on because it doesn't adhere without a lot of heat.

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« Reply #4 on: July 02, 2004 09:04:07 AM »

Thank you so much for this.  I'm just beginning to dip my toes into the world that is zippers, so this is helpful.  If I weren't at work I'd try it right now.  Great tutorial too.   Grin
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« Reply #5 on: July 02, 2004 09:19:36 AM »

i love your tutorial! yay! i can't wait to try it out on another jordy bag this weekend.  Smiley
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« Reply #6 on: July 03, 2004 08:35:29 AM »

Is the patch you have on the outside of your bag "The squirrel on fire" Patch?  I know this sounds like a weird question, but if you know the image, it makes sense.  Either way, I love it.  Zippers intimidate me.  But I am going to save your tutorial for future reference.  Thank you.
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« Reply #7 on: July 03, 2004 12:46:23 PM »

I design my own appliques and it is a jumping kitty on the front of the bag:

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« Reply #8 on: July 03, 2004 05:10:06 PM »

That is such a funny little bag! I likes it!

Thanks for that tutorial, I am starting to do my Jordy bags (along with me Mum, who's the sewing expert... I just design the stuff hehe) and I know how essential inside pockets are, especially with zippers!

What's your applique made out of?  OH, nevermind, I saw the image, it's fabric tee hee  It's very cute though!
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« Reply #9 on: July 05, 2004 12:31:11 AM »

Thanks! that's a great tutorial, zips and i aren't friends yet, but I'll give this a go soon. Very cute bag, love the kitty detail.
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« Reply #10 on: July 07, 2004 01:10:24 AM »

wow i sooooo awesome. I have to try this! yay now I'm all excited.

and that bag is so cute cool.  Smiley
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« Reply #11 on: July 07, 2004 07:05:16 AM »

i put in my first zipper ever for my new jordy bag in the process last night and it didnt turn out too bad. not quite as nice as yours sewing stars..  Smiley 

i have a quick question... excuse my verbage..i'm still new so hopefully what i'm asking will make some sense.

while i'm sewing the zipper to any part of the fabric, the foot of the sewing machine seems to get in the way of the zipper itself (not the zipper head) it pushes the fabric further out than i would want it to be.. is there anyway of getting around this. obviously lifting the foot causes the thread to bundle up..so i find myself shoving the fabric and zipper thru the machine.. very frustrating. hmm.. anyone know what i can do? or maybe it's just my technique that isn't working.
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« Reply #12 on: July 07, 2004 07:27:13 AM »

Are you using a zipper foot?  They kind of look like half of a normal sewing machine foot, one of the 'toes' is missing so you can skooch the zipper up closer to the needle.
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« Reply #13 on: July 07, 2004 07:29:35 AM »

oh my gosh. i feel like such a loser. hahah.. that's probably it. obviously i'm not a professional...can ya tell? thank you so much. honestly i had no clue there was such a thing.

thanks again. that will definitely solve it.  Cheesy i'm so silly.
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« Reply #14 on: July 07, 2004 08:54:05 AM »

(Read the note at the bottom of my instructions....)

I don't have a zipper foot either, or if I do I have no idea where it is...But basically pin the pocket in place, have the zipper head towards you/in front of the presser foot and sew about halfway across and leave your needle in the down position, so you don't loose the thread or stitch, and lift your presser foot. Then reach between the layers and pull the zipper out of the way by pulling the zipper head behind the needle and presser foot out of the way. The fabric and the zipper flap will no longer be distorted and sew the rest of the way down.

Does that make sense?

It is hard to make instructions for something I am so used to doing...
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« Reply #15 on: July 07, 2004 11:04:29 AM »

sewing stars: i basically ended up doing that also. it seems as though the foot is resting on the fabric so close that even the path of the zipper gets in the way. the side fabric of the zipper just isn't wide enough so i end up having to shove a fraction of the path of the zipper underneath the foot along with my pocket/fabric to get them to sew together.

i may just need more practice.  Roll Eyes

in any event.. i have a pocket now in my purse and i have you to thank!! yay! thanks for your reply as well.  Cheesy
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« Reply #16 on: July 09, 2004 06:05:52 PM »

Wow  Shocked, I am so cunfused, I will have to study taht more carefully. I will try this at some point though, it looks awesome
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« Reply #17 on: July 11, 2004 04:11:34 PM »

I was a little confused by some of the details but the overall idea is clear enough, thanks for the pics and taking the time out to do a complete tutorial!
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« Reply #18 on: July 12, 2004 05:23:25 AM »

 Shocked I'm really impressed!
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« Reply #19 on: July 19, 2004 08:46:41 PM »

i'm so glad the pics are back up.  i wanted to try this out.  thanks for the tips! 
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« Reply #20 on: July 27, 2004 06:18:45 PM »

that is a fantastic tutorial. I am really impressed with your applique. Great print for a cat.
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« Reply #21 on: September 09, 2004 10:45:34 AM »

Pretty purse and the best zipper tutorial I've seen yet!
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« Reply #22 on: January 07, 2005 11:09:38 AM »

I design my own appliques and it is a jumping kitty on the front of the bag:
thats the cutest kitty Cheesy
i cant wait til i buy some interfacing so i can make my own bags
great tut. thanks
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« Reply #23 on: March 11, 2005 09:18:41 PM »

(Read the note at the bottom of my instructions....)

I don't have a zipper foot either, or if I do I have no idea where it is...But basically pin the pocket in place, have the zipper head towards you/in front of the presser foot and sew about halfway across and leave your needle in the down position, so you don't loose the thread or stitch, and lift your presser foot. Then reach between the layers and pull the zipper out of the way by pulling the zipper head behind the needle and presser foot out of the way. The fabric and the zipper flap will no longer be distorted and sew the rest of the way down.

Does that make sense?

It is hard to make instructions for something I am so used to doing...


Oh geez... I tried sewing on a zipper today for a bag I made, but I don't have a zipper foot... It was a disaster and I ended up having to attempt to stitch it on by hand.  If only I had read this post last night!   Tongue
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« Reply #24 on: June 11, 2005 05:37:03 PM »

EEEK!!
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-cute cute cute!
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« Reply #25 on: July 26, 2005 05:31:30 AM »

I did this zipper insert on my first bag last night. I seen the instructions once.Then we had a storm in the middle of construction and phone lines started screwing up so I couldnt go back and look at.Man i had a bear of a time figuring this out from memory,lol.But it finally came together.Here is mine:
 
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« Reply #26 on: August 24, 2005 01:19:59 PM »

Wow.  When I saw this I was so excited I said, "F*CK!" out loud.  Great job.

Cute applique, too.
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« Reply #27 on: August 25, 2005 07:02:56 AM »

how you did it??
oh i want to learn how can everyone do something like that...
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« Reply #28 on: August 27, 2005 12:29:25 AM »

OMFG!!! kool as! Thanks for putting on a tute, If I stood a chance of being able to do it, i would soooooo try!
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« Reply #29 on: August 29, 2005 10:08:33 AM »

great tutorial and very easy to follow! thank you!
i was really afraid to try a zipper but this made it seem really easy, and it truly wasn't that bad.
i was especially afraid because my liner fabric was vintage and i didn't want to destroy it, but no harm done, and an incredible tote to boot!

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« Reply #30 on: September 01, 2005 10:07:41 AM »

oh so cute! i love the entire thing!
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« Reply #31 on: January 25, 2006 07:45:28 AM »

Brilliant tutorial - thank you Cheesy  I'm going to give htis a go on my first ever bag - wish me luck!
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« Reply #32 on: November 07, 2007 04:13:54 PM »

I LOVE YOU!!

This is the eaisest to understand tutorial ever, and it looks super nice and neat!  Great job with the tutorial sweetie!  Cheesy
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« Reply #33 on: November 07, 2007 04:26:53 PM »

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sew cute! i love the stripey fabric and that cat is adorable Smiley
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« Reply #35 on: March 02, 2008 03:56:34 PM »

Wow. That is SO cute. I definitely have to try this once I get my hands on a zipper. I never seem to get one when I need one..
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