Intro to Improv Zip Pouches PDF Sewing Pattern | Intermediate sewing tutorial show how to sew zipper cosmetic toiletry makeup bags.


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Sew box bottom pouches in FIVE SIZES using this SEWING PATTERN.

This INTERMEDIATE LEVEL sewing tutorial is a little different than a regular sewing pattern in that you'll only use one main pattern piece and some freehand cutting. This is a fun and liberating way of sewing!

It's a quick way to put together a pouch in interesting fabric combinations without needing a bunch of small pattern pieces, and it also gives you nice finished results since you are cutting out the pattern pieces from pre-sewn fabric panels.

The pouches can be divided either horizontally, vertically, or even a mixture of both. Add some trim to the seams, use decorative topstitching, or piece several fabrics together to create unique pouches.

Includes step-by-step cutting and sewing instructions and pattern pieces for 5 sizes.

This document is a paper & ink friendly 12-pages: 7-pages text (in English) and color photo instructions & 5-pages of full size black and white pattern pieces.

Sewing Skill Level: You are comfortable with sewing and have experience with zippers. This zipper technique and/or the way of sewing demonstrated in this pattern might be new to you, so you should be open to trying new things. This pattern is NOT appropriate for beginners.

Approximate Finished Dimensions:
Size 1: 4" x 2.75" x 1.5" (10cm x 7cm x 4cm)
Size 2: 6.75" x 3.25" x 2.25" (17cm x 8cm x 6cm)
Size 3: 5.25" x 4" x 2.25" (13cm x 10cm x 6cm)
Size 4: 6" x 4.75" x 3.5" (15cm x 12cm x 9cm)
Size 5: 4.75" x 6.5" x 1.5" (12cm x 17cm x 4cm)

Supplies (Materials You Provide):
• Fabric scraps - quilting cotton or equivalent
• Fusible interfacing scraps - Pellon SF101
• Fusible fleece - Pellon 987F
• Zipper (no metal zippers) - see chart in pattern for sizes
• 1" (25mm) split key ring
• Claw style staple remover to open split ring
• Ruler
• Fabric marking pen or chalk
• Cutting mat with a grid or other grid surface (optional)
• 1/4" foot w/guide or zipper foot - 1/4" foot can be used for zipper

Sew It & Sell It: Pouches made using this pattern can be sold in your own online store, local boutiques, craft fairs, etc. Please offer Michelle Patterns design credit in written descriptions.

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Average review
I mostly purchased this pattern, because I love the way she installs the zippers. Such an incredibly professional look. Easy to understand the directions.
Apr 14, 2018 by Nancy Gobee

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