I’m excited to share a great opportunity for connection with other business owners specializing in handcrafted goods. This year will be Reclaimed for Good’s first annual “Handmade Holiday Shopping Guide”, featuring handmade *very* small businesses.
I’ve put together cut dimensions for five of the most common zip pouch sizes. These are the sizes I make the most often, both to sell and to use personally. I hope it’s as useful to you as it is to me!
Here are my best tips for hand embroidery on denim or other heavy weight fabric. If you’re using a lighter weight fabric, don’t worry, there are tips for you too!
dding rounded corners at the bottom of you zip pouch can be an alternative to either the simple square corners or the more complicated boxed corners. And, luckily, it’s an easy process. Just follow a basic zip pouch tutorial, but prepare the corners as described below!
Once you know the basic zip pouch pattern, you can make a custom pouch in any style, length, width, and depth that you’d like! This post will give you the tools to figure what dimensions you’ll need to cut your fabric.
If you do want depth to your pouch, you’ll need to adjust the cut dimensions accordingly or be okay with a slightly smaller zip pouch in height and width. I’ll cover the basics and my favorite method below.
I generally try to avoid sewing zip pouches and bags with stretchy fabric. “Try” being the key word. Sometimes the perfect color of denim ends of having spandex in it or the logo I want to highlight is from a jersey shirt. Here are my best tips when having to sew a zip pouch with stretchy fabric.
The beauty of sewing your own zip pouch is that, with a little bit of tweaking, you can use a wide variety of fabrics. I know the choices can be overwhelming, though. I’m here for you!
It’s important to not skip topstitching when sewing a zip pouch, since this is what keeps the fabric from getting caught in the zipper. You do have three options to choose from, though! Here’s a quick tutorial on each one 🙂
Sewing up improv blocks is one of my absolute favorite activities. It’s soothing because your seams don’t need to be perfect, it’s functional these blocks make your scrap bin dwindle, and it’s just plain fun to see how each one turns out! Read below for tips and suggestions for use, then get sewing using the tutorial as a springboard for your own creations!