Friday, September 28, 2012

Fat Quarter Friday: Circle Zipper Pouch - Binky Pouch

This week I wanted to make something small and fun. I used this tutorial to make this adorable zipper pouch for Ada's binks. She made the bag to hold her earphones, but mine turned out rather bigger than hers and can actually hold my ipod with some finagling, but it is a little tight. You could use it for all sorts of little things like lip gloss or change. I've been thinking of lots of cute things I could do with this basic idea and hope to make some of them soon to share with you as well! This is a fun quick little project, it took me less than 30 minutes to make start to finish!
1 fat quarter
fusible interfacing or thin batting
7" zipper (or bigger)
keychain ring

Step 1: I used a cd case to trace my circles, it has a diameter of about 5 1/2". Trace four circles.
Cut out your circles and cut two of them exactly in half. Also cut out a 2"x2" little square for the ring tab.
Trace and cut out your interfacing or batting (I used interfacing), you'll need one circle and two half circles. Adhere your interfacing to the backs of your fabric circles and half circles.
 Step 2: Take one half circle that doesn't have interfacing (this will be part of the lining) and place it right side up with the flat edge at the top. Place the zipper right side up on top and match up the top edge.
 Take a half circle with interfacing on in and place it right side down on top and match up the top edge. Sew the layers together using a 1/4" seam.
 Fold both edges down and top stitch in place using a 1/16" seam.
 Repeat step 2 on the other side of the zipper.
 Step 3: Take your 2" square and iron it in half with the right side facing out. Then open it up like so.
 Fold the two edges in to meet the middle crease you just made.
 Then fold in half and iron.
 Stitch on both sides to hold it in place.
 Fold the tab in half and stitch it on directly over the zipper like so.
 Step 4: Lay your zipper piece out like so and pull the zipper tab so it is in the middle of the circle.
 Place the circle with interfacing on it right side down on top, and then put the circle with no interfacing right side up on top.
 Sew around the outside of the circle with a 1/4" seam. Make sure that all your layers meet up nicely as you go. Trim off the excess zipper and use pinking shears around the outside edge. If you don't have pinking shears, you can just cut some slits along the outside edge, but be sure not to clip the seam you just made.
 Step 5: Turn the bag right side out and top stitch around the edge with a 1/4"-1/8" seam.
 For my topstitching, I did not go over the zipper. I did one half circle and then the other.
 Attach a keyring to the little loop, toss in some clean pacifiers and hook it on to your diaper bag! Or your kid's backpack to hold gum and chapstick or your gym bag to hold your keys and cards, or...

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