Zipper Pouch with Gathering

Size: 13cm (l) 20cm (w) 4cm(d)

This zipper pouch is made with a cotton/linen canvas fabric from Ellen Baker’s new collection, Monochrome. It has a refreshing, summery look with a blue stripe accent at the opening. Gathering creates fluffiness, giving more space inside than it looks. Famous blogger and hand craft artist, Mioko Sugino, aka komihinata, is sharing her creative idea.

Design & Work:Mioko Sugino

Fabric shown for this sample:
 ellen baker Monochrome JG42300-300 (B)

□ Fabric (Panel outer fabric): 30cm×30cm
(Opening outer fabric): 20cm×10cm
(Tag, Lining fabric): 50cm×30cm
□ Zipper: One piece (30cm)


We interviewed Mioko about her creation:
Kokka Fabric (KF): What did you think of the fabric you used for this project?
With simple design alignment, I thought this fabric would make a great combination with other fabrics. While it is monotone, the shaded color creates dimension and fun movement.
Even with the gathering, this solid fabric creates a three-dimensional look.

KF: Can you tell us any special elements or ideas that you incorporated into this creation?
The gathering is added to create a stocky silhouette. With gathering both inside and outside, you can put a lot of things in contrast to the size of the opening.

KF: What are some tips for making this pouch?
When attaching the zipper, you may find it slightly difficult as the fabric is gathered.
Try to place the gathering line perpendicular to the stitch line as you stitch.
Pressing it down using something with a tapered tip, like a stiletto, will be helpful.

KF: How should we use this pouch in everyday situations?
I combined it with a yellow fabric, which is a perfect match for blue.
This summery color combination will stand out if you match it with a lighter color item, like a white bag.

KF: Thank you very much, Mioko! Here are sewing instructions along with step by step photos from her. Enjoy crafting!


Cut the fabrics and prepare necessary materials.

Fold the edge of the tag for 0.5cm all the way around. Sew the tag to the panel outer fabric.
(place it at 5cm from the top and right edges)

Run rough stitches on both top and bottom edge of the panel outer fabric and panel lining fabric. Stitch two lines (one at 0.2cm from the edge and the other from 0.4cm from the edge.)
Pull top two threads together and shrink it to 18cm wide.

Align the gathering. With front sides facing each other, sew together the opening fabric and panel outer fabrics. Press the seam down to the opening side.

With front sides facing each other, sew together the outer and lining fabrics with the zipper in-between. Place the zipper’s bottom stopper at 1.5cm from the edge of the fabric.

Fold it to make an outer bag and lining bag. Sew the sides.
Press the zipper element down to the reverse side. Leave an opening on the lining bag.

Press the side seam open. Make a 4cm gusset in four corners and cut the excess.

Turn it inside out using the opening. Close the opening to finish.

Click here for Sewing Instructions (PDF format / A4 size)