Friday, June 29, 2018

A Wonder Full Zipper Pouch Secret

Surprise, surprise, it's another zipper pouch post from me. I love making pouches for just about everything and when Lizzie Clark asked me if I'd like to play with some of her new Wonder Full fabric, I knew it would make some darling bags! I was so excited to jump in and cut it up that I neglected to take a picture of the full collection together. Luckily, Lizzie has one I can share with you:

Those pinks! The blues! I love them! I wanted to use them all but limited myself  to just a handful of the pinks with some accents of the olive and navy. Ahh, triangles. And then more triangles. Before I knew it I had 2 panels all finished up and ready to be pouched.

I don't know about the rest of you but baggy pouch linings that don't stay put really bug me. I've experimented with a few ways to keep them in place and I thought some of you might like to know my secret. This works for any size pouch.

I start by sewing my pouch per the usual instructions (the Open Wide pouch is always a favorite) and stop once I've boxed the corners of both the exterior and the lining. And then:

1 - Sew your pouch, box your corners and trim off the excess. Leave about 3/8" seam allowance.

2 - Looking at the (still inside-out) pouch with a side seam facing up, hold one lining corner and one exterior corner.

3 - Bring these 2 corners together and pin to hold. Do not twist them.

4 - Fold and pin the other side in the same manner.

5 - Here's what you should see looking at the exterior  - that's the bottom seam. The zipper/top seam is in the middle of this rolled up sandwich.

6 - And this is what it looks like from the lining side bottom seam, with the unsewn opening for turning the pouch right side out. 

7 - On the first side, sew these two pieces together making sure to stay in the seam allowance from the boxed corner. Sew the second side the same way.

8 - All sewn up and looking like a rolled-up knot.

9 - Go back to your lining side and find the unsewn section.

10 - Turn the bag right side out, sew up that opening and give it all a good press. 

Bam! An awesome pouch with a lining that stays put. As they all should.

These fabrics were fantastic to work with. Super soft and sewed up like a dream. Be on the lookout for the Wonder Full fabric collection by Lizzie Clark Designs for Sweet Bee Designs at your local quilt shop and if you don’t see it, ask your quilt shop to carry it!

Be sure to follow along on a Wonder Full project tour at these blogs:
6/25 Sarah at Sarah Goer Quilts
6/26 Becky at Be So Crafty
6/27 Becca at Sunflower Seams
6/28 Stephanie at Steph Jacobsons Designs
6/29 Allison at Allison Sews
6/30 Andy at A Bright Corner
7/1 Lissa at Lovingly Lissa
7/2 Jennifer at Dizzy Quilter
7/3 Sherry at Powered by Quilting


  1. What a great tip Allison! I'll definitely be trying this! Darling pouches - you really have a knack with them!

  2. I love the cute little zippy bags! They are so cute! Lizzie's fabric is just perfect for this!

  3. what a great tip! I'm going to give it a try!

  4. I usually quilt the two layers but then I have a raw edge to finish, so I definitely try your technique next time. Thanks!


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