OK, it's supposed to be quick so let's get started.
Ingredients & Tools
Rotary cutter/ruler/mat for accuracy
Clips for laminate
Zipper foot for sewing machine
- Cut fabric & optional lining to size. 10" x 12" gives a nice make-up bag size, 6" x 10" is good for a pencil case (shown).
- Cut a piece from either the outer or lining fabric for tab, 1.25" x 5". If there's a pretty element, centre it.
- Prepare tab: if fabric does not need its edges hidden (shown), fold over 1/3 & finger press (L). Fold over 1/3 again (C), finger press, clip and stitch to secure (R). If fabric does need its edges hidden, press both long edges under, fold in half & topstitch to secure.
- Sew in zipper: with the zip closed, layer the zipper right-side to the outer fabric, edges lined up (L), with the lining right-side down (C). Clip in place and stitch.
- Fold open the fabric and lining to expose the zipper; press (R) or finger press (if using melty laminate) and topstitch.
- Zipper, side 2: repeat for opposite side by folding fabrics to zip tape edge as shown (L). To press and topstitch, reach into pouch and open the zipper (C). Turn it right-side out (R) and expose the zip for pressing and topstitching.
- End seams: With zip part-way closed (pull should be within pouch area but with a gap big enough to turn through), fold fabric and lining in half (L), mark centres with a small snip (R).
- Fold tab in half, place on closed end of zipper with ends sticking out a bit for control (L).
- Fold the ends so the snip is lined up with the centre of the zip (L). With a little wiggling, fold the sides inward to meet the snip/centre (L).
- Once you're happy with how it's lined up, stitch across the ends. DON'T make this super-secure yet, just a quick stitch across to hold in place (R).
- Repeat for the opposite end, the one where the zip is open. This is a little trickier with the gaping zipper teeth, but just make sure it's all secured and in the right place before stitching (L). It can help to tuck the folded sides in all the way along the pouch (R).
- Before making it all super-secure, turn the pouch right-side out to make sure you're happy with how it has come together (L).
- Finish seams: after making any adjustments you need, you'll want to secure the seams and the zip ends, and conceal or protect the seam allowances.
- Cut off ends of zipper, stitch over the zips at the seams to secure. You can even do a bar-tack if your machine has that (C). Mine's not very well centred, but it's doing its job so I opted not to re-do it.
- Finish seam allowances with a serger or bias tape (R).