DIY Easy Leather Zipper Pouch

DIY Leather Zipper Pouch | RevamperateDIY Leather Zipper Pouch | Revamperate
First and foremost, I’d like to thank my mom for helping me sew today’s project. Sewing is not my strongest skill, and I’m still learning the basics. For me, planning out the proper steps to take is the most difficult part and I tend to make a lot of mistakes. I can’t even tell you how many projects I’ve had to scrap because I messed something up too many times, so I should thank my mom for not letting me scrap this one when I accidentally sewed two pieces together the wrong way. Sewing takes a lot of practice. You can’t just sit down and do it right the first time (or if you can, teach me!) and that’s totally fine. 

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Today’s sewing tutorial for this cute color blocked leather zipper pouch took me much longer than I anticipated because I messed up at least twice and my mom had to tear my seams out. What else did I do wrong? My seam around my zipper came apart several times because I sewed too close to the edge. I also melted a portion of the “leather” when I tried to iron a seam down because, as it turns out, plastic leather melts. Oops. My point is you can’t get it right every time, and when you’re testing out something new you’ll probably make mistakes. It doesn’t mean you should give up. Start small and tear out a few seams and start over. You’ll get it! 

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Time: 30 minutes 

Supplies:

  • Half yard of faux leather
  • Half yard of complimenting heavy fabric
  • 7-inch “fashion” zipper (I used gold and black to match but stand out)
  • Complimenting thread 
  • Pins
  • Rotary cutter or scissors 

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First, cut your fabric. You need two pieces of patterned fabric 8 in x 4 and one piece of leather 8 in x 6 in to make the outside. For the lining, cut one piece of patterned fabric about 8 in x 12 in (not pictured). 

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Pin the right side of your patterned fabric to the zipper (long side) so that when your zipper is facing up, your fabric is pinned to the opposite side. Check before you sew! Once it’s pinned, if you were to sew a seam along the zipper to secure the fabric and you fold over the fabric to hide the seam, it should show the patterned side of the fabric and hide the seam. Pin the other piece of patterned fabric to the opposite side of the zipper. Then sew as close to the zipper as you can and iron your seams. When you unfold it, it should look like this: 

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You should have one long piece with the zipper in the middle. Leave face up and place the leather on top, right sides facing together and line up one end of the fabrics and pin. Then pin the other end to end of the fabric. Note, once pinned, it won’t lay flat. Sew each seam. Now you should have a hammock-looking piece with a zipper in the middle. 

Trim excess strings and open the zipper at least halfway. While still inside out, sew down each side to close them off, sewing as close to the zipper as you can. Trim strings and turn the pouch right-side out through the open zipper. Set aside.

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To make the lining, lay out the fabric, right side facing down. On each shorter end, fold over a 1/2 inch seam and iron flat. Fold in half, right sides facing together and sew each side, stopping before you reach your ironed seam. Trim threads and stick the lining inside of the pouch. When inserted, you’ll see the right side of the fabric. Pin the top seams to the zipper on each side and sew down as close to the zipper as you can.

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Lastly, use a needle and thread to hand sew any areas you could not reach with your sewing machine. For example, I hand sewed the corners of my lining to the zipper because my my sewing machine could not reach the corners with the zipper in the way. 

Ta-da! You should have a fully functional leather zipper pouch now that is both fashionable and versatile. Use for your makeup or for carrying around when you go out. Happy crafting! 

 

DIY Wrap Headband

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Remember Rosie the Riveter from the 40s? Her headband style has become pretty popular recently as it was back in the day, especially with “rockabilly” style in the 50s. Now, these wrap headbands are quite popular with tons of different styles and patterns. I’ve always avoided headbands like these because I didn’t think I could pull them off, but it seemed like a fun and easy sewing project to try. Plus, my new and smoother hair can do a lot more than my natural frizzy hair could, so I embarked on a sewing project.

This should really only take you up to an hour, but my luck took a bit of a turn during this project when I could not longer thread my sewing machine (sigh). I spent a lot of time on the phone with my mom going “Why won’t it work?!” as if she had all the answers. Moms know everything, after all. It took a lot of fussing, but I got it back up and running and finishing the headband was a breeze. 

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Now, let’s talk fabric choices before we jump in. You can make a wrap headband with most types of fabric. If you use something thinner like a standard cotton fabric, you’ll want to use a fusible interfacing to give it stiffness. Otherwise, go ahead and continue without it. You can also make one of these Rosie the Riveter style headbands with one pattern or with two or with one solid side and other patterned side. You can also experiment with using a bright or contrasting thread color for your top stitch. Mix it up and make them in a bunch of patterns and colors!

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Time: 1 hour

Supplies:

  • 1/2 yard of fabric (can use two different fabrics if you want – one for each side)
  • Matching thread
  • Fusible interfacing (not required for heavier fabrics)
  • Iron
  • Sewing machine 
  • Scissors
  • Cutting board and rotary cutter (recommended)

First, decide how long you want the headband to be. With 1/4-inch seam allowances, I recommend cutting 39-inch long, 3-inch wide strips for an adult. Of course, you’d want to adjust the sizes for a child. 

I recommend using a rotary cutter for this because it makes it really easy to cut long, straight strips, but you can do the same with scissors. Cut two strips of fabric that are 39-inches long and 3-inches wide. You can adjust these if you want to use larger seam allowances or have a thinner band. Just remember you don’t want it to be too thin or it may be difficult to turn right side out. 

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Then cut the same size of your interface and iron the interface to the wrong side of your fabric strips. 

Fold each piece in half. Starting with one piece, cut a tapered point into the end of the fabric. Once you’re satisfied with the shape, place the cut piece of top of the other uncut piece, and copy the shape. Make sure all sides have the same shape – this will ensure that everything lines up and stays symmetrical. 

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Pin the two right sides of the fabric together, leaving the interface facing out. In the middle of the band, place two pins perpendicular to the others to mark the opening where you will not sew. Leave about 1-2 inches of space here to turn your fabric right side out after the rest has been sewed together. Once pinned, start at the opening and sew a 1/4-inch seam all the way around, followed the tapered ends and stop when you reach the other pin marking your opening. 

While it’s inside out, cut off the points of your fabric at the tapered ends. This will keep the point from appearing bulky once finished. 

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Turn the headband right side out through the opening using something similar to a chopstick. Then iron well and tuck the unstitched portion of the band inside, ironing it down so that you can stitch over it afterward. Top stitch all the way around the headband as close to the seam as you can get and you’re done! Wrap the band around your head and tie the top for a cute accessory that you can customize in so many different ways. Happy crafting!