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How To Make A Zip Pouch

Louise Silk, FiberArtist

How To Make A Zip Pouch

Louise Silk, FiberArtist

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5 Lessons (21m)
    • 1. Making A Zip Pouch supplies

    • 2. Making A Zip Pouch Part 1: Sewing in the Zipper

    • 3. Making A Zip Pouch Part2

    • 4. Making A Zip Pouch Finishing

    • 5. Deconstruct Jeans-This is an extra video to show you how to deconstruct jeans.

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This is a free, self-guided art activity to make a zipper pouch. This project was designed for Contemporary Craft's Drop-In Studio in conjunction with FiberArts International 2019



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Louise Silk



Hello, I'm Louise Silk. I've been making quilts with meaning and memory for over forty years. I wrote the book The Quilting Path: A Guide to Spiritual Discovery through Fabric, Thread, and Kabbalah.

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1. Making A Zip Pouch supplies: Hi, I'm Louise Silk, and I'm going to show you a project. It's a cute little zip bag. It's made out of a repurposed zipper, a piece of fabric. It's 18 by 11 a zipper that you're going to repurpose. But maybe you already have a zipper that you want to use. And also we're gonna do be doing this project by hand. So you're gonna need needles, your needles and crow shea thread that goes with er needles. You could also do the project by machine with machine thread and needles. But also, if you don't have crush A you are. You could be using any kind of extra yarn that you have if you would like. For the younger people that are making this project, they might want to so ribbons to the top of the bag so that they can put it over there neck and carry it over their shoulder. You need a good pair of scissors seem ripper and some pins on. We're doing this project in conjunction with the Fiber Arts International, which is an exhibit at the Society for Contemporary Craft in Pittsburgh over the summer of 2000 19 on and I have a piece of the exhibit that uses repurpose sippers, which is how we came about to use and do this project. I just want to show you also a zipper pouch that I've made that's really made out of all of denim. You can use denim, of course, so you could just put your hand in there. This is another project that I've made. It has made out of multiple zippers. Three and you can make them multiple pockets for the zippers. So we're gonna now make this project any kind of material that you like and a repurpose it for. 2. Making A Zip Pouch Part 1: Sewing in the Zipper: So we have a zipper. We're gonna make sure it works. You can zip it. Don't close it all the way because sometimes if you close track was it all the way. And there's nothing stopping it. You could pull the whole tab off, so just close it part way and make sure it's working. And then you have your piece of fabric that's about 11 inches by 18 inches. And first thing we're gonna do is so the fabric to zippers that will take the top and put it right sides together. And then I'll pin that it's not to hold it in place, so it will be easy to stitch. And now I'm using this crow Shea thread. It's really great, strong, wonderful thread and darning needle that fits it, and you can use of use different yard, and then you can get the size darning needle that fits your yard. And then I would normally do this single Fred. But I think younger sewers have trouble with the single three because it keeps coming out and it's confusing. So it's just fine to use a double thread and how you not It is if you like your finger and rule the thread off of your finger. You get a really nice not at the bottom over that works for you. And then we're gonna do what's called a hand piecing quilting stitch, which is a running stitch back and forth 1/4 of an inch from the edge. And what you do is you get the stitch in there, flatten it out, make sure it's flat, and then you go behind it. If you go in back of it, you create a little back stitch at each juncture, and that makes a very strong hand stitch. And that's the way Quilter's do stitching when their hand piecing Every time you stop do running stitch, Flatten it out. When you get to the end of the zipper, you might have a little bit extra fabric. We'll cut that off later. Don't worry about that. You take another little stitch. Put your needle through this luke three times, tighten it up and then you have a great little not cut it off and there you have it. You so the zipper to one side of the fabric. Now we're going to take it up to the other side in it and repeat the process. So you get two chances this time. It'll probably be easier for you to do once again, Uh, I think I'm gonna I don't think this fact this thread is gonna make it, but I'm gonna do it is a single, but you can do it is a single or a double. So here, you see, the problem that some people have is that it keeps coming out of the needle, but find it out. Go behind the little back stitch, get to the end again, you to make a little stitch so that you have a loop. Go through it three times. And this now we're looking at the wrong side. But if we just turn it around just to see how it looks, we're here. We have it sewn. 3. Making A Zip Pouch Part2: the that we sowed the top and the bottom of the fabric to the top in the bottom of the zipper. It's kind of like a tube here, right on before we. So the first we're going to sell the far that the bottom edge of the zipper. But what I'm gonna do is I'm gonna take the fabric and just trim it down. So it's the same size now, say you want to make it bigger, Then you'd have to add a little piece of fabric to the zipper part to make it bigger. But I think the zipper is plenty big enough. My handle fitted it. It's gonna be about the same size. Is this while he's even a little bigger, so it's gonna hold plenty of things. So the only thing now that you want to decide before you turn it back to the wrong side, is how much of this fabric you want to be at the top. And I think you just want enough just to have it be a little decorative and don't need the zipper to be all the way at the top, because this is very nice sized pouch, anyway. And by the way you could shorten it if you wanted to. You could have made the fabric shorter to just have something a little smaller thinner. But I'm just using the piece of fabric that I had because I think it's cool. So now I'm gonna turn it back to the wrong side, line up the edges, pin it in place, and again, I have a double thread ready to go. Except I have to. Not it. My favorite part making a lot on, then the running stitch just to review it again. You started the very edge your quarter of an inch in from the edge of the fabric. You do this running stitch. Take two or three or four stitches on your needle. Pull it through, flatten it out, make sure it's flat. Then you go behind it. It's like a little back stitch, and it really just helps to make the handwork much stronger and much more adorable, so you can see there's a little back down if you can see it. But there's a little back stitch there. We're gonna keep going, running stitch, getting another little back stitch all the way through the fabric, make a loop. Go through it three times. Tighten it up, Cut your thread. Now we're gonna move it back to the right side. Just pull out the corners. And now the final stitching is a decorative stitching. It's something that you can see. Uh, and if I see here, I did what I call it. This is an embroidery stitch. It's called a stem stitch. I'll show you that, but you could do a buttonhole state. You could do just the same stitch that we that I chose you before the running stitch with the back stitch. But again, Now you want to make sure that you be sure that you pin the the fabric so that you get all the edges matching up on and get. I'm worried about that. I won't have enough thread and I want to do in one, so I'm gonna do it single. But I'm gonna hide the not inside here to start and then, ah, stem stitches. You're always going the stitch you're going stitching this way. But the needle always goes facing the other way, and it creates kind of an overlap so that it's it makes what's called a stem and usually they use it on flowers and embroidery. So again, it just it's kind of a pretty stitch. It's decorative. It's really easy to Dio. So you're stitching backwards to the direction that you're going. You're going to do that all the way down now when you get to the zipper. First of all, it might be a little bit of hard and get the needle through. But also you want to make sure, and this is particularly if you're suing by machine. I have lost a lot of machine needles, but you want to make sure that you don't so into the zipper itself that you just so the fabric. Because zipper is meddled and it will, it will not accept your needle. So you keep selling all the way down and then nodded at the end. 4. Making A Zip Pouch Finishing: So now if we want to. If you could be done, this could be the end of it for you. You're happy. Here's your pouch. Put in your phone your money ready to go. But we some people might want to add a ribbon, and you would add a ribbon so that maybe you could put it over your neck or over your shoulder. Or just easier that carrying around or not. So again, take a double thread and take your ribbon, and I would just put it on to the back top on. I don't know. I am not sure what I would do. I think I would just do again the running stitch one side across. I would make it into a square of stitching. You can measure ribbon to make sure it's will work for, you know, for the size that you wanted to be, and then and also make sure you don't twist the ribbon so clean and straight out, and now we can do the same thing on the other side After Not this first. That's cute. You could make this purse, you know, looking at it like I love seeing the stitching on the front here. So maybe I might want toe stitch your name or a little some more flowers and more stems all over the place. There are a lot you could look up some embroidery, stitches and decorated, maybe concerns of buttons. A lot of fun. Ways to make. Make the purse be yours. Just have fun with it Any way you like. There we go. What? To step by three four, go. 5. Deconstruct Jeans-This is an extra video to show you how to deconstruct jeans.: in this segment, I'm gonna teach you how to deconstruct a pair of jeans. So you'll need a terrible genes that no one's wearing anymore. A seam ripper and a really good pair of shears. Um, and the first thing we're gonna do is take off the waistband or loosen the belt loops so they're no longer attached to the gene. So I've done that for all of them, except for this one that I can show you that you have to take it from the bottom. So what I do is just try to get into the stitching, which is they put a lot of stitching on it, toe, hold it tightly, and I try to break the stitching. And then I come around to this side and with my seam Ripper, disconnect the belt loop. Then I moved to the inside, and what we're gonna do is take off the waistband. So what I do is take my seam Ripper and put it underneath the stitching. And then there's a funny thing about this stitching, but it's it's a chain stitch. It's one thread, and if you're lucky and this in the we might not be on this one. You'll keep getting underneath with your scene ripper and seeing if you can get it. If you get a good hold on the thread, it's a chain stitch, so it'll keep going. All the way around and down in almost almost every pair of jeans is the waistband is applied in the same way, so it'll work for you to take it off. So then what you have to do is just cool it and see what happens. And because we've already taken off the belt loops. Well, here we have a slight something's holding it. So we go underneath there and see what that is. Oh, it had a label on the inside, so the labels kind of holding it a little bit. So that's gonna take a little extra seem ripping to do it. Actually, this one that's two labels. So again, we're gonna find another place to do that. Pretty soon you have a whole way spend off, except for the beginning and at the end. And that again, you have to take your seem ripper under give and pull at it and get those stitches inside whole waistband ready to go. And sometimes we I use the waistband like I might use it for, um, a strap on a bag. And so then I would have to take off the rest of the belt loop. So the next thing we're gonna do is remove the inner legs seem, and that's really a very difficult part. Two so and use so we can get rid of it. We can just cut it out. And, um so what you do is just cut along the edge, cut off one side and then come back. And here's the second side, and this is a really strong piece of fabric because it's that inner seem. It's very well constructed, very adorable, and I love to use it for straps for a bag and cut off the zipper, and I don't cut right at the edge of the zipper, but I cut about an inch out so that I'll be able to piece this sipper into something else. However, I decide I want to use it, who so it into something else. And, um, I have here a bag where I've taken three of the zippers and some them together to make a bag out of it. And here's another thing where we're just where you just could make it into a pouch. I will take the back seen and cut that out. He's a sign. Maybe I'll use these for straps. I've diseases, decorative touches. Then now you have your pant leg and you can look at the him and you can decide that you really like the look of a ham the way it is sown. And so and sometimes I decide toe, just open it up using my seam ripper, because I think it will be really more interesting. And I just have this bag to show you. This is this is a ham where I've opened it up and I've made it flat, so it's just kind of interesting. And here's a place where I've kept the him because I think that that's interesting. So just a little bit of variable things. And also, sometimes I remove the pocket because I love the way that looks. So there's your deconstruction