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Topic: #2 Put a zipper pocket in your Jordy Bag! (second tutorial)  (Read 52698 times)
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« on: July 27, 2004 12:32:53 AM »

This is the first version of my inside pocket zipper tutorial.

I call it “the professional one” because it looks like a “professional”  Undecided inside pocket, but maybe it is a little bit more complicated than the other methods I use. Maybe.
Let’s start


1)What you see is the lining unsewn and the zipper. You must trace that line with those “inverted” arrows with a pencil. Make sure that the total length (from A to B) is equal to the length of the zipper (the useful part of it).


2)You cut following the drawing and you fold the fabric to the wrong side, this way


3)Pin and baste the zipper at the place that you created. The hole should be perfectly fitting.


4)Now create the bag for your pocket. I shouldn’t tell you how to do this  Wink (ok, you never know…  ::)two rectangles or one long rectangle folded in half,  right side together, sew three sides of four leaving one open and unsewn)


5)Make sure that the sides of the open part of the pocket bag are not completely sewn to the end. You’ll understand why.


6)Now you have the lining and the pocket bag on the right side. Put the bag inside the opening of the zipper as shown in the picture.


7)On the wrong side, pin and baste the pocket to the zipper (and lining of course). The picture should be explicative.


8)Now sew. Always leave the pocket bag where it is so that you’re sure that you’re not sewing it wrong (or you could just close the opening!)


9)Now turn the pocket bag on the back –I mean let it pass through the zipper… oh well You get it!


10)This is the wrong side of the pocket –and of the lining…

Now sew the lining to the bag…and that’s all!
I will post two easier tutorials. But I don’t think this is so difficult anyway. The pics that you see are the ones of my first ever attempt to this kind of inside pocket. So, if I did it…

I hope it helps.
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« Reply #1 on: July 27, 2004 07:44:57 AM »

Nice Tute!, looks better than my method...i'll have to try it, but first see if i can find my zipper foot...

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« Reply #2 on: July 27, 2004 09:48:57 AM »

dumb question, but I'm going to ask anyway, do you have to have a zipper foot to put a zipper in?  I have an ancient Singer and it didn't come with any extra feet.
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« Reply #3 on: July 27, 2004 09:53:11 AM »

I use my zipper foot, yes.
I think that the normal foot is not sp impossible to use. Mhhh. I don't know.
Probably I would hand-sew the zipper.
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« Reply #4 on: July 27, 2004 11:24:34 AM »

dumb question, but I'm going to ask anyway, do you have to have a zipper foot to put a zipper in?  I have an ancient Singer and it didn't come with any extra feet.
if you have a vintage singer its probably a slant shank foot, which you can purchase for under 10 dollars at any decent sewing repair store, just say I need a slant shank zipper foot, it shouldnt be more then 10.00, do not pay any more then 10!
heres a guy I buy from on ebay, its a reasonable price for a foot,
as a seamstress for over 20 years, all I can say are feet are you friend, I have probably 30 diffeent feet but the 3, I must have are a zipper foot, for zippers, piping making your own piping etc., a roller foot for sewing anything thats a pain in the ass, like velvets, satins, vinyls and upholstery fabrics. and a walking foot, for when your sewing layers of fabic, it makes the pressure of the foot and the feeddogs work together so you can sew multiple layers without shifting, and if you love applying bias binding tou your edges a binding foot rocks! I got mine from nancys online. A bias binder sews the binding on all at once, I can bind a kingsized quilt in like 10 minutes with it and you dont have to pin the binding on!

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« Reply #5 on: July 27, 2004 12:50:07 PM »

Thanks Dyabolica!  I just assumed since it was so old that nothing new would work with it, der, now I'm excited by getting new "feet"!
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« Reply #6 on: July 31, 2004 09:31:29 PM »

i think i prefer this method. i havent tried it yet, but it looks really simple.

thank you so much for the explanation!


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« Reply #7 on: August 05, 2004 01:01:19 PM »

i will try this too with my soon-coming tweed/man coat/zippered pocketed/zippered top messenger bag! Grin

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« Reply #8 on: August 16, 2004 05:04:23 PM »

Darn!  I'm really interested in this tutorial but I can't see the pics.  Bandwith exceeded?!?  Please help.  SHanks!  Grin
« Reply #9 on: August 16, 2004 09:27:36 PM »

I got the same error message - bandwidth exceeded. So I can't see any pictures either.  I have written to your privately.  I sure hope I can get a copy of these directions.  Thanks so much
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« Reply #10 on: August 17, 2004 12:03:43 AM »

I answered to you.
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« Reply #11 on: August 17, 2004 07:02:33 PM »

Thanks for the tutorial.  I copied and pasted your instruction in Word so that I can print them.  And the pictures came up!!!

So for those who can't wait to see the pictures, just copy and paste the whole tutorial and you will be able to see the pictures!!!!

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« Reply #12 on: September 03, 2004 06:09:10 AM »

Hey sushi!

Thanks for posting such a great easy to follow tutorial.  I used this yesterday and was able to put my first zipper pocket in a purse!  Thanks again for rocking my world of craft.   Wink

« Reply #13 on: September 07, 2004 12:37:19 PM »

Just a quick question. In Step 7, when you pin and baste the pocket bag to the zipper from the back, are you sewing through all 3 layers, or just zipper and pocket bag? Also, do you machine baste or hand baste?  Sorry to be thickheaded, but I can't quite wrap my head around this step.

Thanks for the tute. I haven't tried this, yet, since I can't afford to put extra zippers in pockets. When I find a source of bulk zippers, though, I'll be definitely using this idea. Great tute!

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« Reply #14 on: September 10, 2004 02:30:35 PM »

i am now inspired to try and put a zipper on something......just have to figure out what bag to make......I LOVE CRAFTSTER!!!!
« Reply #15 on: December 22, 2004 02:04:19 AM »

Great tutorial!

I was trying to work out how to do this for a few days, it's so much easier work it out in my mind, now I can see some pictures.

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« Reply #16 on: March 07, 2005 11:03:12 PM »

of the zipper pocket tutes. i find that i like this one the best. i have not made one yet....but it looks simple enough. thank you so much.

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« Reply #17 on: March 19, 2005 03:45:27 PM »

I'm using this to work on a project right now, and it is helping so much!!

Thank you!
« Reply #18 on: May 19, 2005 11:19:14 AM »

Fantastic tute!
I was trying to think of how to do the very thing to one of my bags..
Pretty impressive...
« Reply #19 on: July 25, 2005 11:26:57 PM »

I love you. Why didn't I think of that? I just made 3 mini messenger bags today and I wish i'd seen this sooner. Oh well i'm going to hancock fabrics in  few days and than I shall see...
« Reply #20 on: September 07, 2005 10:40:45 PM »

Thank you. I have wanted to know how to do this for a very long time but have been too intimidated to make that initial slice without proper instructions.  I copied your instructions and made little illustrations in my project book for future reference. So damn handy.

In the last picture you have folds in the pocket where it is attached to the zipper. Does this help the pocket hold things better, by balooning it out slightly? I'm constantly confounded by the "square fabric-round world" dilemma when making bags. Does anyone else have any other advice for making flat pockets more functional?
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« Reply #21 on: October 18, 2005 08:57:47 PM »

I just wanted to show my appreciation for this tutorial; I've used it in the past and never commented on it.  It's great and I find it a lot simpler to do than the others ones I've seen Cheesy Thank you sooo much!  Very clear, easy tutorial!

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« Reply #22 on: October 19, 2005 05:57:57 AM »

Thanks for the tutorial!! Smiley Smiley Smiley

Gracias por el tutorial, es muy claro hasta para mi que soy un zoquete!


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« Reply #23 on: December 10, 2005 01:52:55 AM »

Hey, great tute!

I just used it to put a zipper pocket into lining for the first time ever - yay!  It's only on a trial calico bag, bag I think I'm making up the proper bag tomorrow and now there will definately be a inside pocket, thanks to sushimifune. Wink

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« Reply #24 on: March 15, 2006 09:59:11 PM »

first let me say that these instructions are perfectly clear and simple [so i don't sound like i'm complaining!] but argggh i've been trying to get it for...at least an hour and had to tear it apart three or four times.  i don't know what i'm doing wrong.  first the slit is too big, just a little bit, but enough so that there's extra that's pretty obvious.  and then those little points started to fray.  and somehow i kept sewing things onto themselves or other parts they weren't supposed to be sewed on to, even though i was very careful to flip the pocket to the other side to make sure i wouldn't close it.  aaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhh.  i don't have enough of my fabric left to cut out another piece and try again, so i think i'm just gonna can it for tonight before i rip it all to shreds and try again with a different fabric tomorrow.   Sad
« Reply #25 on: October 15, 2006 07:14:54 AM »

I LOVE these zipper instructions! I have been sewing things by hand until i can afford a sewing machine and this tutorial was easy to adjust to hand stiching. The only bad thing is that it takes me almost an hour to hand stich one Sad. thanks again!
« Reply #26 on: August 15, 2007 07:41:08 PM »

i totally tried this earlier. and it really turned out better than i thought it would. but it was sooo easy. i couldnt believe it.
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« Reply #27 on: October 01, 2007 07:39:05 PM »

I sort of followed this tute to put a zipper pocket in a messenger bag I made for the Floral Bag Swap. The only problem was, the messenger bag didn't have a center seam on the sides, so instead of being a divider down the middle, it was shifted to the side.

I was still pretty happy with it though!

The rest of the bag can be seen here:

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