I know, the name has been taken about 500 times over, but seriously, this is all I could come up with (and before I searched and found a million others called the same thing, mind you!).
Don’t let the pleats scare you (or the length of the tutorial—I just included a LOT of pictures to explain things clearly). The cutting takes more time than the actual sewing does, in most cases!
Let’s get started!
First, print and cut out these four patterns: one, two, three, four. Round off the corners if you desire with the circle on the pattern. I did on my pouch, but you can leave it so it has sharper corners if you’d like. **The pattern for the pocket is small—you might want to make it bigger. I think I will next time. As it is, it fits a standard size credit card, but two pockets side by side might be nicer.**
What You’ll Need:
fabric for outer
fabric for lining and band
20” piping, cut into two 10” pieces
(all seams are 1/4”)
Cut out your fabric and interfacing according to the pattern pieces you printed off.
Take one of your band pieces and line up the raw edge of the piping. If you are unfamiliar on how to sew on piping, I found a helpful tutorial here on The Cottage Home. I won’t go into as many details here, so if unsure, click on over there!
Next line up the band with the 10” edge of one of the outer pieces of fabric, like this.
Repeat previous steps with the other band and piping. Pin and sew the band onto the other outer piece.
Topstitch one of the edges for the top of the pocket, then pin it onto the right side of the lining and topstitch around all but the top.
Almost done! Time for the zipper. Lay one of the lining pieces, right side up. Then the zipper, right side up. Lay one of the outer pieces, right side down over that. Pin, and using a zipper foot, sew the 3 layers together. See next 5 pictures.
Now repeat those steps with the remaining lining and outer pieces. The next 4 pictures show how to lay your pieces of fabric. Don’t forget to topstitch as you did above once the outer and lining are sewed to the zipper.
Sew lining pieces together, leaving a 4” gap at the bottom for turning. Make sure not to catch the zipper when sewing the lining pieces. Just sew to the zipper, otherwise the corners of the bag look wrong when finished.
And although I took a million pictures of the rest of the steps, I forgot to take a picture of the next couple!
Sew the outer pieces right sides together, like you did with the lining. Pull the purse through the lining, then sew the gap in the lining closed. Tuck in the lining, iron the pleats down, and you are finished!
Some things to remember:
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