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.
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!
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.