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Sunday, 20 August 2017

Tute: Double Zipper Pouch/Pencil Case

Double Zipper Pouch/Pencil Case Tute by Chris Dodsley @madebyChrissieD.com

The Double Zipper Pouch/Pencil Case is wide enough to hold a 12" ruler and a notepad up to 5-5/8" wide alongside just about anything else you might need on your first day Back To School.  It also has a separate zippered front pocket to hold your spare change and even your phone!  Its size makes it super versatile, how about using it as a makeup bag or a coupon pouch?

DOUBLE ZIPPER POUCH/PENCIL CASE

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Supplies Needed:
1 x 1/2" D-ring (optional)
2 x zippers (minimum length 14")

  


Fabrics Used:
The fabric I've used in the tute is Benartex's Simply Chic collection by Anna Stuart.


Cutting Fabric:
Back - 13-1/2" x 7" - Toile Check Sky Blue
Upper Front - 13-1/2" x 1-3/4" - Blossom Red
Lower Front - 13-1/2" x 5-1/4" - Flora Eye Ribbon Sky Blue
Lining (cut 2) - 13-1/2" x 7" - Floret White
Pocket Lining - 13-1/2" x 7" - Cherries White
D-ring Tab (optional) - 2" x 2" - Gingham Sky Blue

My Tools:
      

Let's Start Sewing:
Sew together the pouch as shown in the photos below.  The photos walk you through each stage step-by-step, lay your fabrics out exactly as I've done as you work your way through the project. 

Pouch Front & Pocket
Layout out your Lower Front, Upper Front and zipper as shown.

Double Zipper Pouch/Pencil Case Tute by Chris Dodsley @madebyChrissieD.com

Flip the Upper Front over on top of the zipper and sew together.

Double Zipper Pouch/Pencil Case Tute by Chris Dodsley @madebyChrissieD.com

Sew the zipper along the raised grain line that is approximately 1/4" from the edge of the zipper.

Double Zipper Pouch/Pencil Case Tute by Chris Dodsley @madebyChrissieD.com

Lay the zipper and Upper face down on top of the Lower section as shown below.

Double Zipper Pouch/Pencil Case Tute by Chris Dodsley @madebyChrissieD.com

Sew along the zipper grain as before to join.

Double Zipper Pouch/Pencil Case Tute by Chris Dodsley @madebyChrissieD.com

Press Lower and Upper Fronts away from the zipper teeth.

Double Zipper Pouch/Pencil Case Tute by Chris Dodsley @madebyChrissieD.com

Top stitch the Upper and Lower Fronts on both sides of the zipper at approx 1/8".  
From this point on I'll refer to the Upper and Lower Fronts as the Front.

Double Zipper Pouch/Pencil Case Tute by Chris Dodsley @madebyChrissieD.com

Move the zipper pull within the body of the Front as shown below and stitch 3 rows of straight stitch across the open zipper end to hold the zipper together (see far left of zipper below).  

Double Zipper Pouch/Pencil Case Tute by Chris Dodsley @madebyChrissieD.com

The zipper pull MUST BE to the right of the holding stitches as shown.
Trim away excess zipper along sides of Front as you can see I have in the photo below.

Double Zipper Pouch/Pencil Case Tute by Chris Dodsley @madebyChrissieD.com

Place the Front on top of the Pocket Lining - Pocket Lining right side up and Front right side up also.

Double Zipper Pouch/Pencil Case Tute by Chris Dodsley @madebyChrissieD.com

Stitch around all 4 sides at 1/8" to secure the two sections together and create the pocket. 

Double Zipper Pouch/Pencil Case Tute by Chris Dodsley @madebyChrissieD.com

Remove the zipper holding stitches as the zipper is now held by the 1/8" stitch line you have just sewn around the Pocket Lining and Front.

Double Zipper Pouch/Pencil Case Tute by Chris Dodsley @madebyChrissieD.com

D-Ring Tab (optional)
Press D-ring Tab fabric in half; open flat; press outside edges into the fold line; press in half again; stitch 1/16" around edges - the narrow ends will still have visible raw edges.

Double Zipper Pouch/Pencil Case Tute by Chris Dodsley @madebyChrissieD.com Double Zipper Pouch/Pencil Case Tute by Chris Dodsley @madebyChrissieD.com Double Zipper Pouch/Pencil Case Tute by Chris Dodsley @madebyChrissieD.com Double Zipper Pouch/Pencil Case Tute by Chris Dodsley @madebyChrissieD.com Double Zipper Pouch/Pencil Case Tute by Chris Dodsley @madebyChrissieD.com

Fold D-ring Tab in half and slip the D-ring on - the D-ring is optional, you could just add a tab to the pouch without a D-ring.  The tab itself is also optional.

Double Zipper Pouch/Pencil Case Tute by Chris Dodsley @madebyChrissieD.com

Place the D-ring Tab folded over the right-hand end of the zipper on the Front, the ring/folded end should face inwards over the zipper.

Double Zipper Pouch/Pencil Case Tute by Chris Dodsley @madebyChrissieD.com

Sew a few stitches at 1/8" to hold the D-ring Tab in place.

Double Zipper Pouch/Pencil Case Tute by Chris Dodsley @madebyChrissieD.com

Attaching The Top Zipper
Layout out your Lining, Front and zipper as shown.

Double Zipper Pouch/Pencil Case Tute by Chris Dodsley @madebyChrissieD.com

Flip over the zipper and sew it to the top of the Front along the zipper grain line as before.

Double Zipper Pouch/Pencil Case Tute by Chris Dodsley @madebyChrissieD.com

Place the Lining on top of the zipper right sides together with the Front - be sure to line the side edges up neatly then sew over the same stitch line you've just created when you sewed the zipper and Front together.

Double Zipper Pouch/Pencil Case Tute by Chris Dodsley @madebyChrissieD.com

The back now looks like this...

Double Zipper Pouch/Pencil Case Tute by Chris Dodsley @madebyChrissieD.com

and the front looks like this.

Double Zipper Pouch/Pencil Case Tute by Chris Dodsley @madebyChrissieD.com

Press the Front and Lining fabrics away from the zipper teeth, laying them flat against each other, wrong sides together.

Double Zipper Pouch/Pencil Case Tute by Chris Dodsley @madebyChrissieD.com

Topstitch through all the layers along the fabric edge 1/8" from the zipper fabric.

Double Zipper Pouch/Pencil Case Tute by Chris Dodsley @madebyChrissieD.com

Lay the Back, Front and zipper out as shown.

Double Zipper Pouch/Pencil Case Tute by Chris Dodsley @madebyChrissieD.com

Flip the Back over onto the unsewn edge of the zipper, line up the side edges evenly and stitch together along the zipper grain line.

Double Zipper Pouch/Pencil Case Tute by Chris Dodsley @madebyChrissieD.com

Lay your project out like this...

Double Zipper Pouch/Pencil Case Tute by Chris Dodsley @madebyChrissieD.com

...and place the second section of lining fabric on top of the Back, wrong sides together.

Double Zipper Pouch/Pencil Case Tute by Chris Dodsley @madebyChrissieD.com

Flip the Lining over on top of the last section of the zipper that doesn't already have a piece of fabric sewn to it.  Line up the side edges and sew the Lining to the zipper over the previously sewn line attaching the Back to this zipper edge.

Double Zipper Pouch/Pencil Case Tute by Chris Dodsley @madebyChrissieD.com

The Front/Back now look like this...

Double Zipper Pouch/Pencil Case Tute by Chris Dodsley @madebyChrissieD.com

...and the lining looks like this.

Double Zipper Pouch/Pencil Case Tute by Chris Dodsley @madebyChrissieD.com

Press Back and Lining away from zipper teeth and top stitch through all layers of the Back, zipper and Lining at 1/8" from the zipper fabric.

Double Zipper Pouch/Pencil Case Tute by Chris Dodsley @madebyChrissieD.com

Trimming & Seaming The Pouch
As before, move zipper pull so it's within the body of the pouch
and sew a few stitches across the open end of the zipper to hold it in place.

Double Zipper Pouch/Pencil Case Tute by Chris Dodsley @madebyChrissieD.com

Place a horizontal line of your ruler along the line of your zipper teeth and the vertical edge of your ruler along the side edge of your Front/Back.  Trim away the excess zipper length and, if necessary straighten up the sides of your Front/Back.

Double Zipper Pouch/Pencil Case Tute by Chris Dodsley @madebyChrissieD.com

Ensure your zipper is OPEN TO HALF WAY.

Double Zipper Pouch/Pencil Case Tute by Chris Dodsley @madebyChrissieD.com

Lay the Front/Back right sides together and the Linings right sides together - zipper fabric should lay towards the Front/Back while the zipper teeth lay towards the Linings.

Double Zipper Pouch/Pencil Case Tute by Chris Dodsley @madebyChrissieD.com

Pin around the sections - hard to spot the pins but they are there in the pic below!
Sew around the edges with a 1/4" seam and leave a gap in the Lining seam for turning.

Double Zipper Pouch/Pencil Case Tute by Chris Dodsley @madebyChrissieD.com

Snip diagonally across the 4 corners - take care not to cut into your stitches.

Double Zipper Pouch/Pencil Case Tute by Chris Dodsley @madebyChrissieD.com

Finishing Touches
Turn to the right side through the Lining seam gap and the half open zipper.

Double Zipper Pouch/Pencil Case Tute by Chris Dodsley @madebyChrissieD.com

Take time to push the corner points out properly.

Double Zipper Pouch/Pencil Case Tute by Chris Dodsley @madebyChrissieD.com

Turn in the raw edges along the bottom of the Lining and stitch along the opening using a 1/8" seam.

Double Zipper Pouch/Pencil Case Tute by Chris Dodsley @madebyChrissieD.com

Pop the Lining inside the Front/Back section bring the corners together inside and press the finished pouch.

DOUBLE ZIPPER POUCH/PENCIL CASE
Double Zipper Pouch/Pencil Case Tute by Chris Dodsley @madebyChrissieD.com
Double Zipper Pouch/Pencil Case Tute by Chris Dodsley @madebyChrissieD.com
Double Zipper Pouch/Pencil Case Tute by Chris Dodsley @madebyChrissieD.com
Double Zipper Pouch/Pencil Case Tute by Chris Dodsley @madebyChrissieD.com

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8 comments:

  1. such a detailed tutorial will save link to this as would like to try it though 2 zips are a bit daunting

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  2. A great tutorial with lots of helpful photo's. The next pouch I make I'll use your method. Thanks Chrissie :)

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  3. What a great and thorough tutorial! Thanks for all the photos, very helpful. I am looking forward to making one (or more) soon as I have the perfect recipient in mind. Thank you for sharing.

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  4. Great tutorial !!! Thank you for sharing !

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  5. Next time my sewing machine is out I'm going to give this s go. I LOVE how you show every step, I find that so reassuring when I'm trying a project. I'll let you know how I get on (I'm imagining a pile of beautiful pencil cases in my future! )

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  6. I am very visual so thank you for the great tutorial!!!!

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  7. Wonderful tutorial, Crissy. You have left no detail out and, though I read the instructions, I could have gotten through without the words because you have enough pictures. Really impressive and adorable little pouch. :)

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  8. Very thorough tutorial with lots of photos. I might just try this one. Thanks for all your hard work.

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