How to Make a Half Round Zipper Pouch
This half round zipper pouch is a terrific little sewing project that combines machine and hand stitching. This is a fun and functional zipper pouch that can be made in no time with terrific results. I always love a good zipper pouch and this one is a fun one to make. There is a free downloadable pattern to use with this one. This is confident beginner sewing project as there are a few different sewing techniques needed for this project but with a little patience you can definitely tackle it.
I used standard cotton fabrics for my half round zipper pouch. I supported it with Pellon TP971F fusible fleece. The outer fabric was purchased from Fabric Frenzy and the fleece from JOANN Fabric & Craft Stores The lining fabric also came from JOANN Fabric & Craft Stores. You could head to Hobby Lobby, Fabric.com or onlinefabricstore.net to get exactly what you need for your project if you like. This post contains affiliate links that if you click on them and make a purchase I may receive a small commission at no extra cost to you.
What you will Need: How to Make a Half Round Zipper Pouch
- Pattern you can get by clicking on this link
- 1/4 yd Outer and lining fabric
- Two 11 1/2″ x 1 3/4″ pieces of accent fabric
- 1/4 yd Fusible fleece like Pellon TP971F
- 2 pieces of 15 3/4″ bias tape
- 11 1/2″ zipper
Step 1: Cut your Fabrics
Cut a piece of outer fabric and lining fabric that measures 12 1/4″ x 13″. Using the pattern piece cut a single piece of fleece on the double fold placing the dotted lines on the fold. Layer the outer and lining fabrics together. Place the fleece piece on the wrong side of the outer fabric piece and press so that the piece is fused following the manufacturer’s instructions. Layer the fused piece with the lining piece and draw around the fleece adding a 3/8″ seam allowance. Cut along the line you just drew through both layers. Cut two 11 1/2″ x 1 3/4″ pieces of accent fabric and lining fabric. From the fusible fleece cut two strips that measure 10 3/4″ x 1″. Fuse the fleece strips to the outer accent strips. Cut two tabs that measure 1 5/8″ x 2″.
Step 2: Add the zipper
Lay the lining strip that measures 11 1/2″ x 1 3/4″ right sides up on your work surface. Place your zipper right sides up on your lining piece. Lay the outer accent strip right sides down on the zipper and pin or clip. Stitch the layers together using a zipper foot. Repeat for the other side of the zipper using the remaining lining and outer strips. Top stitch along both sides of the zipper. Zig Zag stitch along both raw edges of the zipper placket.
Step 3: Add the tabs
Take the 1 5/8″ x 2″ tab pieces and fold the long raw edges to the center and press. Fold in half widthwise and press. Add the tabs to each end of the zipper and clip. Stitch the tabs in place.
Step 4: Add the Placket to the body
Place the lining body piece right sides up on your work surface. Lay the placket right sides up on the center of the lining body. Place the outer body piece right sides down on top of the placket and clip. Stitch along the placket sides through all layers. Turn the whole piece so that the placket is facing up but wrong side up like the handle of a basket and the outer fabric body is facing up. Zig zag stitch all around the body pieces to join the outer and lining body pieces together.
Step 5: Add the Bias Tape
You can create your own or use pre-made bias tape for this. I had some pre-made bias tape on hand and just used that. Place one piece of bias tape on the placket with raw edges aligned and clip or pin. Repeat for the other side using the other piece of bias tape. Stitch in place.
Step 6: Create the pouch
Pinch the round body so that it matches the raw edge of the placket and pin. Clip the placket up to the seam allowance to get it to fit if necessary. Repeat for the other side. Stitch through all layers. Fold over the bias binding to cover the raw edges and fold under the raw edges of the binding at the bottom and along the edge. Pin. Hand stitch the binding to the pouch using blind stitch. Turn the pouch right sides out and you have finished your half round zipper pouch.
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