Aside from convincing Scarlet to wear socks to school and Quinn to leave her diaper on at night, we have one mission in life and that is to convince you that zippers are not scary. Velcro closure childen’s clothing will no longer be accepted. Ok, fine, it will be accepted but make a Zipper Week promise you will try a zipper soon. k?
This morning we are going to give you the 101 on sewing a simple zipper pocket. Very handy. Try one today on a bag or clutch or jacket. Anything that needs a zipper pocket.
You will need 1 large piece of fabric, this is the surface to which the zipper will be attached. Mine is some of my own Texas Modern Herringbone. In this case it’s the lining of a purse, approximately 10″x14″. You will also need a zipper (this is 4″) and two pieces of fabric that will be the two sides of the enclosed pocket. These were 4″x6″. I used a white zipper but this is a lovely opportunity to add a pretty pop of color with a brightly colored zipper!
You will also need three pieces of single sided (the kind without paper), light to mid-weight interfacing. 2 the size of your pocket, and 1 the width of your pocket x 2″ tall. This smaller piece is optional but helps make your pocket stronger.
Iron one of the pocket-sized interfacing pieces to the wrong side of the pocket. Directly on top of that, iron the 2″ piece along the top edge.
Directly on the double layer of interfacing, about 1″ down from the top, draw a box the width of your desired zipper opening, here mine is the advertised zipper length, 4″. The height is 1/2″ (make sure that it is narrower than the width of your zipper tape.) Draw from the 4 corners to the middle line as shown below.
Position zipper so it is centered through the hole. You can probably do this without pins, just go slowly and make sure your zipper doesn’t move. Sew close to the edge of the opening all the way around with back stitches at the start and finish. Be careful not to sew over the metal “stopper” at the bottom of the zipper but otherwise you are fine to sew right over the plastic teeth. I didn’t have to use my zipper foot for this but use it if you have one.
Flip it over! You have a pocket. Add them to jackets, vests, toys, purses, travel pillows, whatever your heart desires.
What do you think? Easy enough?
Start your zipper foot! You will be pleasantly surprised to find how easy zippers can be. Need some zippers to get started? Check out our intro to zippers post.