Quilt Now Little Zippy Pouch Tutorial::: how to add zipper tabs

Hello everyone! How are you all? I'm very excited to have a project - Little Zippy Pouch - in the latest issue of Quilt Now (9), which came out this week. I had lots of fun working it out and, measuring around 5" (h) x 8" (w) x 3" (d) it's the perfect size for carrying make-up around although I think it could also make a fab project bag. 

I made another Little Zippy a Pouch for a friends birthday last week and added zip tabs and thought I'd put up a tutorial just in case you would like to add them too.

To make the zip tabs you will need;
(1) 1 1/2" x 4" fabric
(1) 1 1/2" x 4" interfacing 

Iron interfacing to the wrong side of the zipper tabs. Cut into (4) 1" strips along the long side

Optional - secure the open end of the zip together with a few stitches.

Taking two zipper tabs, place them right side together, sandwiching the zipper in between. Make sure that they are just on the other side if the metal zipper tabs so that sewing machine needles don't get broken!!!

Secure in place using a 1/4" seam allowance. I also completed another line of stitches at 1/8" for extra strength. Trim the zip.

Fold the zipper tabs back so that they are right sides together. Finger press/iron. Top stitch.

To add a tab to the other end of the zipper, use a ruler to measure 16 1/2" from the end of the zipper tab that you've just made and mark the zip.

Follow previous steps for adding the zipper tab. Once everything has been trimmed and top-stitched the zip should measure 17 1/2" in total from end to end.

Continue with the instructions for making the bag as detailed in the pattern. 

If you have any questions, please do get in touch. And if you make one please use the hashtag #littlezippypouch as I'd love to see them all! And in the next couple of days I'll be announcing a #littlezippypouchalong on Instagram if you'd like some support/help along the way.

Have a great weekend,


Today's sky - overcast and miserable

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