An easy DIY pouch tutorial…

This takes more time to read the tutorial than to sew it:) Its that quick and easy!

Step1: Take one top(preferably quilted fabric) and one lining fabric each of size 13.5″X7″
In case you do not want a quilted top, interface the top fabric with batting or just hold it together and treat as a single sheet with the top fabric.
Cut the top and lining fabric into half breadth wise so you get 4 pieces, each 6.75″X7″

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Step2: Now arrange one sheet of lining fabric facing up, then zipper facing up and quilted fabric facing down, all along their 7″ edge.
Take a zipper at least one inch longer than the width of the pouch, here 7″ raw.

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Here you can see the 3 layers pinned together in place and ready for sewing.

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Step3: Now sew on the pinned line using a zipper foot. If you don’t have a zipper foot, carefully stitch using a normal foot. Turn and needle press the outer and inner fabric along the stitch length. Top stitch as shown below.

Pouch_4

Step 4: Now do the same thing for the other side along the free edge of the zipper. Lining fabric facing up, zipper facing up and top fabric facing down.

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Step5:Align and pin. Sew into place using a zipper foot, turn, finger press and top stitch as shown in Pic below.

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Step 5: Open up the sides along the zipper pouch, i.e. just lay the piece flat with the lining down to see where you are.

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Hold the lining sides together and top fabric sides together and lay on the surface as shown below.Pin all around. Make sure you half open the Zip at this point.

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Step 6: Sew all around starting from the pouch bottom on the lining fabric ensuring you keep at least a two inch opening to turn the pouch out. Double stitch if necessary.

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Now turn the pouch inside out through the opening at the base of the purse and hand stitch the opening.Snip the corners in case you want them to look crisp and turn well . Give the pouch a good iron. Mine isnt ironed yet.

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A metre of red and white polka dots which I had bought during my year end trip home and some coloured zippers…

Polka dots and zippers

Polka dots and zippers

These polka dots will most possibly become a baby pinwheel quilt as part of a Quilt along on India Quilt Guild. Are you aware, India Quilt Guild is a facebook page curated by me for all the lovely people in India who want to Quilt and sew:)

The zippers will go into coloured pouches for gifts and maybe a bag if I ever get brave enough to try one.

Linking to Sunday stash at Molli Sparkles and Charm about you.

Aha! it was the world quilting Day and I had planned to do some major quilting related activity…but I really didn’t quilt, I just went ahead and bought this beauty from the Bernina Creative Center(BCC) in Mumbai.

Swiss wonder comes home

Swiss wonder comes home

Its way above my league and am still trying to accept the fact that this Swiss marvel is actually in my house:)

Inaugurating Bernina 550 QE

Inaugurating Bernina 550 QE

My little one inaugurated it and Usha, from BCC graciously took the pains to explain the machine details to me over 3 hours! This is still too much technology for me and I will slowly try my hand at it!

As of now I am just over the moon:)

So this year Easter will be here shortly and I have yet again made a few bunny pouches like I made last year, which you can see here. Its almost becoming a tradition. This pair is a gift for an office friend.

Easter Pouches

Easter Pouches

Soon I will be making another gift pair for two lovely little girls!!

Tagging it to Lets be social

Some more Indian prints. These are primarily from Southern (kalamkaris) and Western India(daboo and other Rajastani and Gujrati hand dyed fabric). Since these are all vegetables dies, they run colour in the first wash…need to be treated before use.They are very soft to wear during the hot summer months in India and are usually sold as dress material locally. Since these are very small pieces, some just fat eighths, I will mix and match them with other fabric or use them to make a dozen pouches:)

Indian prints

Indian prints

Linking it to Sunday Stash at Molli Sparkles and A quarter inch from the edge, who is hosting it this week.

Assorted Indian fabric in various shapes and sizes. Love the Indigos, blues, greens, reds, magentas…just about everything!

Assorted Indian Fabric

Assorted Indian Fabric

Linking it to Molli Sparkles and PatchworkandPastry!

As you have recently seen, I was in a sewing slump all though February. I wonder why! As the quilting tempo has again caught up, I wonder what was wrong in February! I just didn’t feel like quilting anything and now, suddenly, I am unable to keep my quilting enthusiasm in check. ha ha ha

I have a quilt meet coming up for which the homework(yep! you read it right, we have homework to complete if we want to attend the meet:) makes me feel like I am back in school) is a runner 10″X30″ dimension and a 10.5″ block as a hostess gift.

Log cabin block

Log cabin block

I made this block in black and white with a bit of red and maroon thrown in. Its my first log cabin block but I almost killed myself; not as much on the making of the log cabin, which came through rather smoothly, but more on the combination of Indian fabric to be used in each ring. Am glad it came together well and the combination mandated was black and white, which I didn’t remember then. Glad I used the black and white combinations from my stash; passes muster .

Runner

Runner

For the runner, which again was a first, I wanted to try a different pattern(something new) so decided upon a drunkard’s path. Made it from scratch including the template. I did some FMQ, just some stippling on it, magenta over blue and blue over magenta. A tight 2.25″ binding closed the deal.I still think its small but that’s the specification.

Runner

Runner

Planning to make a lot more of them:)

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