Lined Zipper Pouch


Always prepared is another motto we have here
at Man Sewing. So today’s really cool lined zippered pouch is actually a first aid kit.
Let’s get started. I created this fun project to actually walk
you through the basic construction of any size zipper pouch. But as a dad and somebody
that loves extreme sports I’ve always got a package of bandaids and actually sunscreen
with me at all times. So in today’s printable link, we actually have a cool list from the
American Red Cross themselves on the items they recommend you keep in the first aid kit.
So I wanted this to be a great project for you and the kids around the house to do together.
Of course you need to modify it, it’s a pretty extensive list. But I do have a bunch
of those wonderful goodies here in my first aid kit. And I’m dying to show you how to
make this. Now you know I love the Michael Miller Cotton Couture fabrics. And this whole
project you can actually get away with a quarter yard of red fabric. And really just a 2 ½
inch strip of white. But get a quarter yard of each so you can make plenty. And what I want you to start with is two strips:
one red strip, 2 ½ by the width of the goods so 45 we’ll call it. And one white strip,
2 ½ by the 45 as well. And then I want you to sub cut those down so that you have two
2 ½ by 22 and two white strips. You know what I’m saying, right? You’ve got a pile
of them. You take two reds and one white and make this little band. Ok, this is going to
be for the front of the bag for the X’s. And then the other white strip you’re going
to sub cut down into 2 ½ since you had already made by six inches to fit this size bag. If
you change the size just change the math. This works really, really well, ok? I also
want you to have two 6 ½ by 6 ½ or known as square pieces of fabric of the red. Those
will be the liners of the bag. Now we’re ready to get started. I need myself a nice
little ruler here to work with. And a rotary cutter as well. Boy now we’re ready to go. Ok so once I’ve got this made I want to
trim down my edge because this precision will work in cutting our squares today. So I’m
going to clean that edge up really nice. Now I’m going to spin it around and we’re
going to cut four strips at 2 ½ because this is how we make the X on the front for our
first aid. Ok, symbol there. So I’m looking at that, looking at my lines I’ve got 2
½. I’m going to make one. I don’t want to have to make more than that. There’s
two. Pay attention to what we’re doing here. And you can see I always use the lines on
my ruler versus the lines on the mat. That’s what I like for the accuracy there. Ok. Like
yay. And then what we’re going to do is we’re going to build out those fronts of
our bag first, the X’s like this. And let me show you how to do that over here at the
machine. Oh and I’ll get my iron heating up while waiting, ok. So you’re sewing right
sides together. And I like to sew them so that I actually have my seams on the top,
a little easier to manage. And I’m doing a quarter inch seam with an edge guide on
here and I’m also going to have a stiletto handy today so I can just flatten that seam
as it goes underneath. Match this up. And then before I get up to go to the iron I’m
just going to grab the other side. Still sewing though with my seams on the top. Oh it looks
like my needle may have come unthreaded. It did. I’ll just do this really quick here.
It happens to all of us doesn’t it. Oh, first try. Beautiful. Let’s hope the rest
of the video goes that smoothly. Ok, now back to what we were saying we have our seams up.
We’re just going to stitch through there. Lining up that outside edge nice. Get your
stiletto handy, there you go. And I should point out the reason that was happening is
when I was pressing open the seams when I made the strips of the red and white fabric
together I pressed both white seams to the red fabrics just to keep the bleed through
not showing as much on the white fabrics. So then when I come over here to press I’m
going to do the same thing. So I’m going to hold that side up and I’m going to press
into the patch work. And then on this side I’m going to press the opposite direction,
also into the patch work. So that comes together nicely like that. . And again you need to
make two of these, ok? And I’ve got another one made here already. And then I just establish what is going to
be the top of my bag. And so I just chose where the patch work comes together like this.
It doesn’t really matter. And I’m going to take my 6 ½ inch red squares. And now
what we’re going to do is we’re going to stitch it to make the liner at the same
time. But we’re only going from the top corner down and around into the top corner.
We’re not going to cheat on the inside because we’re going to slide our zipper in that
way. So here we go again. And I’m again on the seam side. Just so I can see what’s
happening. . Starting at the top, backstitching, but not from the corner around. Let’s get
that stiletto handy. There we go. You can either sew off the end or you can do your
corner and do your quarter inch corner there, either way. And we’re almost on this third
side here. Oop, got away from me. That’s why I like the stiletto so much. Ok. Now on
my way over to the ironing board what I’m going to do is I’m also going to take and
just clip off the little corners on all four sides. So that as I turn this right sides
out it works nicely, like yay. And then you can use a purple thang or a popsicle stick
or something. Now I love the back end of the Shark rotary cutter. You can take that and
slide it in there and get a really crisp corner. If you didn’t know that’s part of what
that back of that tool is used for is like, ok? And then I’ve got a really nice square.
Now as I come to the ironing surface what I want to do is I want to first flatten out
my square nice. But I also want to treat my top edge so that I can slide my zipper in.
Ok so as we have this all pressed out flat now we’re going to get ready to do the edges.
But I only want about a quarter inch edge underneath. . So I start by rolling that edge,
ok like yay. And what I want to do is I want to get in here with the tip of my iron to
set that quarter inch nice like this. And flip it over on the other side. And if you
don’t do a perfect quarter of an inch it’s ok. But what I want you to do is make sure
both sides are the same. Ok because we’re making these two squares come together later
on. I don’t want one much larger than the other. Now I can take and I can roll this
edge underneath and this prep work is going to help us with the zipper. So we want to
do this nicely. And all of a sudden I feel like I’m all thumbs. Ok so we’ve got that
corner now. Did you see how I did that. So I went from the centers and I’m pressing
and then that last corner is really easy to get. And you get it like that. Set that iron
down on top of it. Ok. And now I’ve already gotten a head start
for us. And you can see I’ve already put the zipper in, one leg of that. But I didn’t
tell you how we’re going to do that, right? So a lot of times I like to have zipper by
the yard on hand so that would obviously work for this very nicely. However you can also
buy any length zipper. Our opening is 6 ½ inches or six inches. So you’re going to
want a seven inch or larger zipper to start with. And a fairly good size pair of scissors
because I want to be able to cut off that metal end. But I’m not going to cut through
the metal so I’m going to go ahead and take about an extra inch or so off there, right?
Trim that nice and square. And then what I want to know is what size is the zipper to
fit into my bag. And it’s going to fit into this sleeve, right? It’s going to fit into
this opening like that. So now I want to come down and sure it fits tight but not too long
and stop. Did you see what I almost did? I almost cut my zipper with the head on the
wrong side. If you did that make that side fit. But I want to maximize that for later.
So I’m going to slide the head back into the spot we need. That was a close call. I
would have needed some first aid for my bag, ok? Now my zipper is cut to the right size.
Now that’s how I did this one as well. I’m going to finish the bag so that you can see
what we’re doing here. We’re going to come to the machine. And
at this point I’m going to get my edge guide out of the way. . Completely remove that.
And now I’m going to go ahead and I’m going to start by setting the tail of the
zipper up inside. If you’d like to take a second and pin you’re certainly welcome
to. Then I’m going to make sure that the fabric is not on top of the teeth of the zipper.
But my needle is right on the edge. Get a couple stitches to secure. And now we’re
going to very nicely just stitch that right in all the way down to the edge. Making sure
you’re catching the bottom fabric, that red liner and the top. Sometimes you might
get a spot where the head of the zipper is in your way. And I know we’re taking this
nice and slow. A lot of folks haven’t handled much zipper. I just lifted that up and I zipped
it back. Be careful I don’t want you to get the head off of the teeth. Yes you can
put it back in but it’s not real easy. Again I’m just sewing this there. Coming all the
way to the end. Now there’s another trick. What I’m going to do is I’m going to move
this head up into the middle. And I’m going to come back over and at the very top to where
I cut off that metal piece. And I guess I could have left it really but I didn’t want
to stitch through it. It’s easier to stitch through thread. Three or four backstitches
over the teeth there. And now that the zipper is also lined into the second part of the
bag I can do the same up here up top. And those threads are going to keep the zipper
head from coming off while I’m working on it. And now I can unzip the bag. We’re going
to fold this what would technically be right sides together or white sides together if
that helps you remember. And now we’re going to come up here to the top and we’re going
to start there and we’re going to technically topstitch this closed. Now I like to try to
catch the zipper one more time if I can. And now what I’m going to do is I’m going
to come around as close to the two edges as possible. There are no raw edges on your liner
now. So just do your best maybe a little back up in the corner and make sure you’re right
where you want to be. And the last side here going terrific. At this point you might want
to make sure that you don’t accidentally hit the zipper with your sewing needle or
foot. You just want to be real careful not to do any damage. Again I’m really stitching
to the end of that. Three or four backstitches in there. And now we left the zipper open
and so we can get in here and turn it right sides out. Make sure you leave a good opening
in the zip there. So you’ve got plenty of room. And of course your strips will make a couple
of different bags worth of this. And I would recommend you have one for your vehicles,
one for your bag, your purse. Like I said I always keep one with me because I want to
make sure I’m ready for any emergency. Last step is pop those corners out and then go
ahead and look at that list in that free printable below. Make sure that you’re modifying and
putting in the things you want. And I mentioned at the beginning of the video and it’s really
important and I’m sorry but I don’t remember if it’s on the list. They make wonderful
little packages of sunscreen to keep. And sunscreen is something we often forget to
have when it’s too late. So I don’t want you to be as red as this bag for getting burned
out there in the sun. You really should be inside watching more videos right here at
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