Don’t Be Afraid of Zippers: Make a Custom Camera Pouch!

Hi Sizzix Friends, Nicole from Modern Handcraft here today with a fun appliqué tutorial using the new camera die by Echo Park Paper Co. - Sizzix Bigz Die Camera #2. One of the things I love about Sizzix is how versatile some of their dies are.  This was meant to be used with paper but is just as amazing with fabric! When you are looking at dies, always double check the description to see what you can cut with that particular die.

Don’t Be Afraid of Zippers: Make a Custom Camera Pouch!

For this project I am making a zipper camera pouch with the Sizzix Bigz Die Camera #2 as the main feature.  Appliqué projects can be as easy or as hard as you want to make them - I went the easy route and decided to use a no-sew heat n bond interfacing with a straight stitch quilting over the entire camera. This method secures the camera without having to go and make a stitch around the raw edge of each individual piece.

Don’t Be Afraid of Zippers: Make a Custom Camera Pouch!

The first step is to choose the fabrics you want to use for each camera part. Look at the image on the front of the Sizzix Bigz Die - Camera #2 and see all of the different parts, and decide how you would like them to stand out. I chose a fun color and fabric combo and then cut small sizes for each part, backing them each with an iron-on no-sew fabric interfacing.

Don’t Be Afraid of Zippers: Make a Custom Camera Pouch!At your machine make a Sizzix Sandwich:layer your cutting pad, Camera #2 Die facing up, layers of fabric pieces, and cutting pad and roll through your machine.

Don’t Be Afraid of Zippers: Make a Custom Camera Pouch!You now have all of your camera parts ready for the next step.

Don’t Be Afraid of Zippers: Make a Custom Camera Pouch!

Cutting your fabric for your camera pouch varies, depending on the size of your camera. I added 1" to each side to make sure the camera fits snugly in the zipper pouch. Since my camera measures 3" x 4" I cut my outside and lining fabric pieces 5" x 6". This will also tell you how large of a zipper you will need. I tend to buy larger zippers and cut them down to the size I need, which in this project is 6" long.

Don’t Be Afraid of Zippers: Make a Custom Camera Pouch!You will need to cut:

  • Two (2) outside pouch pieces
  • Two (2) lining pieces
  • Two (2) zipper end pieces (optional - only for decoration) 1" x 2" and iron in half

Don’t Be Afraid of Zippers: Make a Custom Camera Pouch!

To add decorative zipper ends, make sure your zipper is the length of your pouch, and leave an opening on the zipper that will still fit your camera. I stitched the ends on my 6" zipper leaving a 5" opening.

Don’t Be Afraid of Zippers: Make a Custom Camera Pouch!

Now that your fabrics and zipper are prepped we can iron our camera to the front of our pouch! There are many parts to the camera so make sure to practice your layout before actually ironing together. Peel off the paper backing and iron your pieces going in order.

Don’t Be Afraid of Zippers: Make a Custom Camera Pouch!

Take your two outside pouch pieces and spray baste them to your batting scraps, using a straight line stitch or more decorative free motion stitch, quilt both pieces.

Don’t Be Afraid of Zippers: Make a Custom Camera Pouch!

To attach your zipper: Lay your front exterior piece right side up, lay zipper teeth side down on top with the zipper pull to your left. Line up your zipper edge to the raw edge of the top of the exterior piece.

Don’t Be Afraid of Zippers: Make a Custom Camera Pouch!

Lay your lining piece on top, right side down on top of zipper. Pin in place. Use your zipper foot or regular sewing foot with the needle moved to the left and sew along the edge of your zipper against the teeth using a 1/4" seam allowance.

Don’t Be Afraid of Zippers: Make a Custom Camera Pouch!

Flip so that the wrong sides of fabric are touching and press. Lay the remaining exterior piece right side up, lay zipper with fabric attached on top teeth side down with your zipper pull now to your right.

Don’t Be Afraid of Zippers: Make a Custom Camera Pouch!

Flip over and lay lining piece right side down on top. Pin in place. Use your zipper foot or regular sewing foot with the needle moved to the left and sew along the edge of your zipper against the teeth using a 1/4" seam allowance.

Don’t Be Afraid of Zippers: Make a Custom Camera Pouch!

You can now open up your pouch and add a top stitch to each side along your finished zipper.

Don’t Be Afraid of Zippers: Make a Custom Camera Pouch!

Flip so that the exterior fabrics are right sides together and the lining pieces are right sides together - the zipper will he hidden in the middle and should be unzipped about 3/4 of the way open. Pin around the edges.

Don’t Be Afraid of Zippers: Make a Custom Camera Pouch!

Sew around the perimeter making sure to leave an opening on the bottom of your lining at least 3" wide. Snip edges after sewing.

Don’t Be Afraid of Zippers: Make a Custom Camera Pouch!

Turn right side out, poke out corners and fold in opening. Pin in place and stitch closed using a small seam allowance.

Don’t Be Afraid of Zippers: Make a Custom Camera Pouch!

Push lining into pouch and press with a hot iron and you are finished! I like to place my camera in my pouch with the camera strap near the zipper opening, it makes for a handy little strap!

Don’t Be Afraid of Zippers: Make a Custom Camera Pouch!

Thanks for stopping by today and as always I love seeing your work! Please share on Instagram and tag @sizzix and @modernhandcraft!

-Nicole

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Other Materials:

  • Fabric scraps for camera pieces
  • Fabric for outside and lining of pouch. Size varies depending on camera size (example: Add 1" to the measurements of your camera on all sides / camera in tutorial measures 3" x 4" - fabric cut measures 5" x 6")
  • Iron on no-sew interfacing
  • Zipper measuring the width of your pouch fabric - I used an 8" zipper cut down to 6"
  • Fusible Fleece or batting scraps
  • Coordinating thread
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