Y’all know how much I love making zippered pouches and today I’m sharing with you a Curved Zipper Pouch Sewing Tutorial. If you like this post you may also like this embellished zippered pouch sewing pattern.
I love to share the items that I’ve sewn for my kids in hopes that I’ll help others who are also trying to sew for older kids and teens. My 13-year-old daughter is OBSESSED with nail polish right now and I thought it would be fun to stitch her up a little pouch to hold some of her supplies.
We live in the South and monograms are a big deal here. I don’t have an embroidery sewing machine so I decided to hand stitch a monogram for the front of the case.
Monogrammed Curved Zip Pouch Sewing Pattern
If you’d like to make one too, here’s what you’ll need:
- 1/2 yard of fabric for the pouch outside
- 1/2 yard of fabric for the pouch lining
- 14″ zipper
- 1/2 yard of Pellon Flex-Foam
- 6″ x 6″ or larger square of cross stitch fabric
- Cotton Embroidery Floss
- Cross Stitch Needle
- Embroidery Hoop
- Package of Jumbo Ric Rack
- Fabric Safe Pen
- The pattern piece for the pouch (see instructions below)
How to Get the Printable Pattern Pieces. You can download a copy of the pattern pieces used in this project in our Template Library. Access to the library is for our Newsletter subscribers and subscriptions are free. Please CLICK HERE and follow the instructions to download the pattern pieces. PLEASE READ the instructions on that page. NOTE: The download only contains the pattern piece, you still need to read this tutorial to complete your project.
All seam allowances are 1/2″ unless otherwise noted.
Step One: Create your Cross Stitch Monogram
I chose to create a circle monogram for my zip pouch. I used a circle monogram font (you can find them for free online) and printed it out so that it was 3″ x 3″. I then placed the placed out monogram and cross-stitch fabric on a lightbox (you can also use a window) and traced the monogram onto the fabric with a fabric pen (the ink disappears with heat).
After you have created your monogram, stitch the outline. I did not use a cross-stitch, but rather a simple back-stitch. I also tried to stay within the “holes” on the fabric as much as possible. On the curves, I was not able to do this, and just stitched where I needed to.
A few things to note:
You don’t have to use cross stitch fabric, you can use regular cotton fabric, but I liked the texture that the cross stitch fabric added to the project. You also don’t need as large of a piece of fabric as I used. I only had one embroidery hoop and had to cut the fabric to fit inside of it. If you buy a smaller hoop and you can use less fabric.
After you have finished your monogram, cut it out in a circle shape leaving a 3/4″ border around all of the stitches. I think it’s best to find a circle at your house that you can trace for this step. Make sure you keep the monogram in the center of the circle, trace a larger circle around it and cut it out.
Step Two: Finish the Monogram
Next, take your ric rack and pin it to the exterior of the circle. The center of the ric rack will touch the raw edge of the monogram (as shown below).
Stitch the ric rack to the monogram by stitching right down the center of the ric rack. Pivot frequently and go slowly so that you get a nice circle as you stitch.
Fold the ric rack to the back and press. Set aside.
Step Three: Cut out the Fabric Pieces for the Pouch
From your pattern piece cut out:
From fabric, 2 pieces for the pouch outside
From fabric, 2 pieces for the pouch lining
From foam, 2 pieces for the pouch interfacing
Stitch the Sewn Monogram to the Pouch:
Stitch the monogram to the center front of one of your pouch outside pieces approx 2″ down from the top of the arch.
Step Four: Sew the Zipper to the Pouch
Place the cut foam piece behind the cut pouch outside piece. Pin the right side of the zipper to the right side of the pouch along the top arch. The zipper is longer than the pouch, that is okay.
Next place the pouch lining piece on top so that the right side of the lining is facing the wrong side of the zipper. Pin in place. (You’ll have lots of pins).
Next, stitch through all the layers using your zipper foot, use the width of your zipper foot as a guide, your seam allowance should be between 1/4″ – 3/8″. Stitch with the foam side up so that the feed dogs on your machine will help to feed the lining piece through evenly.
Clip the curve.
Repeat for the other side of the zipper.
When you’re done you’ll have a piece that looks like this. Top stitch along both sides of the zipper.
Take a second and zip it up to make sure that you’ve inserted the zipper correctly.
Step Five: Assemble the Pouch
Unzip the zipper halfway.
Pin the right sides of the pouch outside piece together (including the foam) and pin the right sides of the pouch lining together.
Stitch around the perimeter of the pouch leaving a 3″ opening in the lining piece so that you can turn the pouch right side out. Leave the cut out square shapes in the corners unstitched.
Create the Bottom Corners:
Pinch all 4 corners of the pouch and stitch 1″ up from the cut raw edges. Cut off the extra part of the zipper.
Turn the pouch right side out. Stitch the opening in the lining closed and you’re DONE!
Add a Pom Pom Pull:
If you’d like to make the pom pom to attach to the zipper you can find a tutorial on my blog to make one.