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.
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!
- 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
- Rotary cutter or scissors
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).
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:
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.
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.
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!