Guest Blogger: Half Moon Zipper Pouch Tutorial

Half Moon Zipper Pouch Tutorial by Jessee Maloney for Sizzix

Hello everyone! Jessee here from an Art School Dropout's Life to share with you a fun zipper pouch tutorial using one of my favorite quilting designs. Check out our 15 Ways To Conquer The First Day Of School blog for more useful tutorials!

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Half Moon Zipper Pouch Tutorial by Jessee Maloney for Sizzix

This pouch can be made using the Big Shot Pro and the Rose Dream die, the Drunkard's Path Arch & Fan die, and the Drunkard's Path Quarter Circle die. Both of them make drunkards path designs, except the Bigz Pro Die is 1" bigger. So your pouch will be slightly different depending on the die you use.

For my pouch, I used the Rose Dream die and my Big Shot Pro.

Half Moon Zipper Pouch Tutorial by Jessee Maloney for Sizzix

I started out with two fat quarters of fabric. One for the rounded pieces, and one for the outside and back. I cut two 6" squares from each of them, and placed them on top of my die.

Half Moon Zipper Pouch Tutorial by Jessee Maloney for Sizzix

I only needed to crank the fabric through one time to get all the pieces I needed.

Half Moon Zipper Pouch Tutorial by Jessee Maloney for Sizzix

Pin your curved seams, then find the centers and match them up.

Half Moon Zipper Pouch Tutorial by Jessee Maloney for Sizzix

Once the corners and center are pinned, match up the rest of the shape and pin carefully.

Half Moon Zipper Pouch Tutorial by Jessee Maloney for Sizzix

Next, stitch the sides using a 1/4" seam. Make sure not to tug on the fabric much, as that will cause distortion.

Half Moon Zipper Pouch Tutorial by Jessee Maloney for Sizzix

If all goes well, this is what the back side of your block should look like. Repeat with the other set of pieces.

Half Moon Zipper Pouch Tutorial by Jessee Maloney for Sizzix

Once you have both pieces sewn and pressed, pin them together with the half circles meeting. Make sure to match your seams. Press it again to give yourself a nice crisp piece.

Half Moon Zipper Pouch Tutorial by Jessee Maloney for Sizzix

I like the look of a quilted zipper pouch, so using some scrap batting, quickly stitch some horizontal lines on both the front and the back piece.

Half Moon Zipper Pouch Tutorial by Jessee Maloney for Sizzix

This is how my quilted and trimmed pieces looked.

Half Moon Zipper Pouch Tutorial by Jessee Maloney for Sizzix

Now it's on to the zipper! I used a 14" zipper and marked the edges of the pouch.

Half Moon Zipper Pouch Tutorial by Jessee Maloney for Sizzix

I flip the zipper over so the raised teeth are pointed towards the pouch. Stitch close to the edge, just to get that zipper on there.

Half Moon Zipper Pouch Tutorial by Jessee Maloney

This is what it looks like with the zipper attached.

Half Moon Zipper Pouch Tutorial by Jessee Maloney

Next you need to place the lining piece down on top of the pouch. Clip or pin it in place, lining up the edges along the way.

Half Moon Zipper Pouch Tutorial by Jessee MaloneyHalf Moon Zipper Pouch Tutorial by Jessee Maloney

Top stitch along the edge of the zipper.

Half Moon Zipper Pouch Tutorial by Jessee Maloney

Repeat for the back piece and lining.

Half Moon Zipper Pouch Tutorial by Jessee Maloney

Open your zipper about 1/2 to 3/4 of the way. You want to take your two quilted pieces and place them together, right sides touching. Then, do the same with your lining pieces. Pin them together, as shown above.

Half Moon Zipper Pouch Tutorial by Jessee Maloney

Its fine if your zipper is sticking out. Just make sure the teeth are folded into the lining side, not the quilted side.

Half Moon Zipper Pouch Tutorial by Jessee Maloney

Stitch around the entire perimeter of the pouch, leaving a 2" opening in the lining for turning later. Once you are done stitching, trim all the corners without cutting into the thread, and cut off the excess zipper pieces.

Half Moon Zipper Pouch Tutorial by Jessee Maloney

Using the 2" lining opening, turn the pouch inside out, making sure to use a pointy tool to get those corners perfect.

Half Moon Zipper Pouch Tutorial by Jessee Maloney

Top-stitch the open lining together. Stuff the lining into the bag and you're done!

Half Moon Zipper Pouch Tutorial by Jessee Maloney

Half Moon Zipper Pouch Tutorial by Jessee Maloney

Half Moon Zipper Pouch Tutorial by Jessee Maloney

Ta-Da! You've got yourself a brand new zipper pouch. This size is perfect for pencils, pens, and markers.

Thank you for stopping by today and checking out my project! I hope I made zippers and curved seams seem less scary. I'm here if you have any questions, too.

By Jessee M

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