Introduction: Sewing for Beginners - Lined, Zippered Change Purse
There is no hand sewing in this project! My hand sewing skills are...limited...so I tend to avoid doing it as much as possible.
This pattern makes a change purse that's 4" x 3 1/4" (10 x 8 cm). By increasing the size of the fabric pieces and the zipper, you could easily make pencil cases, makeup bags or whatever you need a zippered pouch for.
Like this pattern and want to try something bigger?
Step 1: You'll Need:
4 pieces of fabric that are 5" x 4" (12.5 x 10 cm)
1 lightweight dress/pant zipper (generally they're 7", 18 cm, long)
steam iron & ironing board
Step 2: Zipper to First Side
Starting with the outer fabric facing up and the zipper facing down, line up the bottom of the zipper with the edge of the fabric. Pin zipper carefully to the long edge of the fabric. At the sewing machine, position the needle as far left as it will go (or use a zipper foot, just avoid catching the zipper teeth with the needle). Sew along the edge of the zipper teeth. A 1/4" (0.6 cm) seam allowance is provided.
Step 3: Lining to First Side
Place the lining piece, face down, on top of the seam from the previous step. You'll be sandwiching the zipper between the two layers of fabric. Sew along the zipper edge again using the same seam allowance. **you may not be able to see the zipper, but you'll feel it against the edge of the presser foot.**
Step 4: Zipper to Second Side
Repeat the last two steps with the other side of the zipper and the remaining two pieces of fabric.
**Note: It's easier to sew the second half of the zipper if you reset the needle position of your machine to the far right and line up the zipper teeth to the right of the presser foot. This way, the feed dogs will feed the zipper and fabric through in exactly the same way as the first side and things will line up properly when you're done.** Reset your machine to the original needle position. Press seam allowances towards the lining.
Step 5: Create the Pouch
Fold and press 1/2" (1.2 cm) along the bottom edge of the lining pieces. Open zipper half way. With right sides facing and seam allowances pressed towards the lining, stitch around the change purse leaving the folded edge open. It's a good idea to reinforce (backstitch 3 stitches then continue sewing forward at the zipper and corners. Turn right side out being careful not to poke the corners too hard.
Step 6: Finish
Edge stitch the opening shut and tuck the lining back inside the change purse.
8 years ago on Introduction
Clarification: So, in step 5 when you create the pouch, you simply cut the end of the zipper that's too long?
11 years ago on Introduction
I have never sewn a zipper and have read numerous instructions. Yours actually makes sense to me - thanks for your effort and very nice instructable.
11 years ago on Introduction
I've been looking for exactly this sort of help!! Thanks so much! :0)