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Friday, December 6, 2013

How To's of the Welt Pocket Zipper Pouch

When I set out to make this zip pouch for my son that had pockets on the outside..

I didn't really know how I was going to do it, b/c I like the quilted look on a zip pouch, but a square of fabric sewn over the quilting wouldn't look very good.

Then I thought that maybe I could embed the pockets.  I didn't even know the name of those kind of pockets but remembered making a jacket with them in high school. So to make the pockets "embedded" I decided to make the pouch a square so they would be deeper than if the pouch was a small rectangle.  I picked out this echino train fabric that I had been hoarding forever, (just looking at it makes me happy) and the leftover pieces of these Lucy's Crab Shack bikes (also invokes happiness at first glance)that were the backing of my husband's Triangle Massacre quilt..

and cut out two 11" squares each of the trains, bikes, batting and muslin.  Then I layered the trains, batting and muslin and quilted some straight lines, and repeated for the other side of the pouch.

Then, I cut about a 6" by 14"-ish piece of bike fabric for the pocket construction.  I measured and drew out where I wanted the pocket to be on the pouch.  Then, with the bike fabric and trains right side together, leaving about an inch and a half or two inches of the bike fabric above where the pocket slit would be I drew the pocket opening line.

Then I sewed about a quarter inch around the line that I drew..

and cut it open on the line.  I like to start it with my seam ripper b/c I can be a little clumsy with the scissors in small spaces. ;)

Then I snipped a "Y" so it would turn easily and then flipped the pocket through to the back side.

This is where I had a hiccup. See how the bike fabric at the ends of the slit in the above pic are kind of bunchy?  Something wasn't quite right.  But I tried to smooth them out and make them look a little mitered on the front when I topstitched around the mouth of the pocket at the very edge of the bike fabric.

It turned out okay, but (this is when I googled the proper name for the pocket and found out they are called welt pockets) it would have really REALLY helped me if I had found this tutorial first! So much simpler and the opening would be so much neater I think. So if you ever go to put welt pockets on a pouch, watch this first.  It will really help!

Also, instead of having the pocket lining be free in mine, I folded the bottom edge of the bike fabric up and brought it to about 1/2" above the top edge of the topstitching around the opening. Then, I measured out a square and topstitched all the way around it so it's fully attached to the wall of the pouch.

I put a pocket in the other side, too, and then did the zip and the lining based on this noodlehead tutorial that I used for the other zip pouches I made.

And then Voila! It was done!!  Except, my son had mentioned that he wanted a cool zipper pull on his, too, and I didn't know what to do for that, so I fussy cut a train, and sewed a circle leaving about a finger width open, and stuffed a little bit of fiberfill into it, and then sewed it closed. 

When I sewed it closed, I sewed around the circle about three times.  (I didn't put too much fiberfill, otherwise it would have been hard to sew closed.) And then cut it out with pinking shears, and attached it with some green ric-rac.  It kind of looks like a little echino ravioli. :)

Oh and for the zip tab cover, I fussy cut a bike by cutting a rectangle of fabric, and folding it right sides together, then turning down the top edges, pressing, and then sewing up both sides.

Then I trimmed the corners, turned it right side out, slid it over the end of the zipper and stitched around the all of the edges in a rectangle.

It was so much fun to sew up.  Even though I muddled my way through the pockets and should have watched the video first. :) I LOVE these fabrics.  I should have gotten those trains out and used them a long time ago!

And that is the making of the zip pouch with welt pockets. (Now I know the proper name!) :)  If you made it to the end, thanks for popping in to have a look-see. :)

Have a great weekend!

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Thursday, December 5, 2013

Quilted Zip Pouch with Welt Pockets

Hi!! (hand waving)
Hope you have recovered from Thanksgiving weekend and the adjustment of getting back to a normal schedule after four days off, and are having a great week! I ended up at the Dr. on Tues., and am finally feeling better and getting rid of this resp. thing I had over Thanksgiving.  It's been brutal! 

I have finally felt like sewing again so I tackled this zip pouch. It has a back story..

The other day, mr. sonny asked me to make him a zip pouch, but he wanted pockets on the sides of his. ?? He even drew me a picture with diagrams. Complete with arrows making sure the right sides of the fabric and lining are facing the right direction, and making sure I know where the zipper goes. :)

He first said he wanted it to be a pyramid, but with pockets on the sides.. (like the one from the last post) That sounded a bit too complicated for me, so I got busy yesterday, and figured out a way to put pockets on the sides .. of a square pouch.  He said it could be rectangle if it couldn't be a pyramid, but I thought a square one would make the side pockets be able to be deeper.  Plus, it will hold more Legos or whatever he puts in there. It's not snug like an iPad case, but it's also big enough to hold an iPad mini with a few other things so might make a good travel bag.

I made a welt pocket on the outside on both sides so it has plenty of storage options for him.

He also mentioned loving the felt sock monkey zipper pull that I put on the sock monkey pouch, so I fussy cut a train and stuffed it to make a zip pull.  And fussy cut a bike to put on the tab end of the zipper.

It was super fun to make! Someone commented on a FB pic asking how I made it so tomorrow I will post pics, etc of how it all came together.  I found a couple of really helpful tutorials so stay tuned tomorrow, and thanks for dropping by! :D  Fingers crossed that he will love it!


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