4/365 – Sew a Zipper Pouch

Zipper Pouch

For the next week or so, I will be continuing the Project365 on my own as Kimi is back home right now visiting family. First off my list, I re-attempted to sew a zipper pouch.  Let me preface this entry by saying, I don’t know how to sew. I’ve always wanted to learn so I could hem my own jeans and avoid bringing 23230940238 pairs of jeans for my mom to hem every time I see her, but alas,  my sewing experience is pretty limited. I once made a pillow (which I feel like is one of the first projects you tackle when learning how to sew) and it was really hideous and lopsided.

Every time I’m on Etsy now, I get craft envy. People are so insanely talented and I always feel inspired to make my own things after seeing their amazing work. Instead of mastering the pillow like a smart person, however, I decided to jump ahead and sew a zipper pouch to hold my laptop cables when traveling. That was probably not the smartest idea, given the fact that I didn’t even know how to use a sewing machine.  I was surprised that I figured out how to thread the bobbin, insert it in the machine, thread the machine, and kind of use the machine, but my first zipper pouch came out hideous and lopsided (just like that pillow I once sewed)! I decided that I probably wasn’t ready for a project like that and I spent my time since then trying to figure out where the hell I went wrong.

Well, with Kimi’s trip home this week, I thought it would be a great opportunity to re-attempt my zipper pouch project so she could use it to carry her own electronics’ cables.  She already had picked out her fabric months ago when I made my pouch, so the rest was on me to complete.

I found that these tutorials from Design Mom and Niesz Vintage Home helped me figure out in which order to piece together the lining and outside fabric. It’s important to piece together the fabric in the right order and right side up or else you’ll be pissed off later.

Things I learned: Even with that stupid pizza rotary cutter (pictured below),  I still couldn’t cut my fabric exactly straight (I think I need to get a ruler to help guide me). Also,  make sure to add interfacing to lighter fabrics like cotton so that the pouch looks neatly pressed and has shape, and finally,  your zipper doesn’t have to be exactly sized to the fabric–if your zipper is longer you can trim it and sew over it and it’ll work just fine.

Things I still can’t figure out: WHY DOES THREAD KEEP BUNCHING UP IN THE STUPID BOBBIN! I read somewhere it might have to do with the tension being used, but UGH. How do people sew straight? Seriously. I don’t think my machine has a guide so I was eyeballing it and let me tell you, I’m cross-eyed or something because I did not sew in a straight line. One more thing, there must be a nicer (less visible) stitch to use to close the pouch at the end than a regular back stitch, right?

If you’re at all familiar with sewing or other crafty things, sound off in the comments. I need all the help I can get!

Zipper Pouch

Kimi picked her fabric a while back. The rotary cutter and measuring board were great investments.

Buster
After cutting the fabric, I was forced to take a break.

Buster
She was very persuasive.

Singer Sewing Machine
It took me a good 20 minutes to properly set up my stupid bobbin and thread the machine. I wanted to kick the machine.

Zipper Pouch
The finished product! I hate you, zipper!