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These zipper pouches are easy to make and a perfect gift for the G-I-R-L in your life. Or just for yourself! ;) These are available now in The Badge Fairy Shop. Read on for directions and video tutorial.
These are super easy to make with the right materials and just a bit of time. My favorite tutorial, and the one I followed for this project, is from Dana at Made Everyday. She does great tutorial videos for learning how to sew all kinds of simple projects. Check it out:
To summarize Dana's excellent video, start with a stack of rectangles, all the same size, with the width about one inch longer than your zipper, and the height however deep you want your pouches to be, plus a bit for seam allowance. You'll also need zippers. I buy nylon zippers in big multicolored packs on Amazon - they are easy to work with, inexpensive, and washable:
Follow the steps in Dana's video above!! Basically, you make a sandwich of pieces to attach the zipper to one side, and then do it again to attach the zipper to the second side. When the zipper is finished, you should have something like this:
Note that the "up" direction of the fabric goes toward the zipper. If your fabric has an up/down/left/right, make sure you're attaching them to the zipper correctly!
Next, OPEN THE ZIPPER!, and then sew one big rectangle all the way around the outside edge, going over both ends of the zipper. Leave an opening at the bottom of one side big enough to pull through. After it's turned, finish the opening and stuff the lining in. Really, just follow Dana's video above, it's much clearer in video form!
Add some flair, like a council patch or troop number. These are just the right size to hold some cash and pens - maybe a perfect cookie collection bag?