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Large Miffy Zipper Pouch with English Paper Piecing Decoration

Large Miffy Zipper Pouch with English Paper Piecing Decoration

“Zipper pouches are so on trend at the moment and very easy to make. For the extra personal touch, why not try decorating it with English Paper Piecing? I paired the design up with the wonderful Miffy fabric from the Craft Cotton Company and used the new Bosal In-R-Form making the pouch stylish and lightweight.” - Bernadette Wainwright

You will need:

  • 12” x 5½” (31cms x 14cms) x 2 for the top of the pouch
  • 12” x 5” (31cms x 12.5cms) x 2 for the bottom of the pouch
  • 12” x 10” (31cms x 25.5cms) x 2 Lining fabric
  • 12” x 10” (31cms x 25.5cms) x 2 Single Sided Fusible In-R-Form
  • Small amounts of fabric for the hexies and zip tabs
  • 9” (23cm) zip
  • Glue Pen
  • 1” (2.5cm) Acrylic Hexie Template
  • Cardstock/Thick Paper
  • Superior Bottom Line Thread or equivalent
  • Approx 6” (15cms) of ?” (0.32cms) wide ribbon

Time to Make: 1 hour

Skill Level: Advanced

Step-by-step:

  1. To create the design, known as ‘Grandmothers Flowers Garden’, cut 9 x ¾” (1.9cms) hexies from the cardstock.
  2. Using the clear acrylic 1” (2.54cms) hexie, fussy cut 9 hexagons in your chosen fabrics.
  3. Lay your fabric right side down, position the paper in the centre then turn the edges over and glue in place.
  4. Vintage Birds Mixed Media Canvas Project Only 7 hexies are used for the GFG. Lay out your design, once you are happy take two of the hexies and using a whip stitch sew together at one side, picking up just a few threads from each shape. Remember to secure at the beginning and end of the seam. Open and then join in the next hexie. There is no right or wrong way in which order to sew the hexies together.
  5. Vintage Birds Mixed Media Canvas Project When all the internal sides are sewn together, press.
  6. Vintage Birds Mixed Media Canvas Project To make the pouch, sew together the top and bottom fabric pieces for both the front and back.
  7. Press the seam downwards.
  8. Following the manufactures instructions, iron the In-R-Form to the reverse of the front and back
  9. Topstitch below the seam
  10. Carefully remove the cardstock from the hexies and position the GFG in the centre of the front top panel. Topstitch in place.
  11. Vintage Birds Mixed Media Canvas Project Cut two 1½” (3.8cms) squares from the bottom of the front, back and lining pieces.
  12. Place a few tacking stitches at the top end of the zip to hold the ends together.
  13. Fold the two short ends of the zip tabs over ¼” (0.64cms), press. Fold in half, press. Slip on the ends of the zip and topstitch in place.
  14. Vintage Birds Mixed Media Canvas Project Trim the tabs to make them the same width as the zip
  15. Position the front section right side up and place the zip on top, right side down; lay the lining on top of the zip, right side down, to form a sandwich. Using a zipper foot, sew into place.
  16. Press the fabric and lining away from the zip. Topstitch in place.
  17. Vintage Birds Mixed Media Canvas Project Repeat for the other side of the zip.
  18. Vintage Birds Mixed Media Canvas Project Place the two fronts right sides together and the two linings right sides together. Pin, sew along all the edges, but not the cut-out squares and leave a 4” gap in the lining for turning.
  19. Vintage Birds Mixed Media Canvas Project Box out the 4 corners by bringing together the side and bottom seams. Stitch a straight line.
  20. Vintage Birds Mixed Media Canvas Project Turn the bag through the gap in the lining then stitch closed. Push the lining back into the bag.
  21. Thread the thin ribbon through the pull tab on the zip, tack them together so they don’t twist. Take the remaining two hexies, (I left the cardstock in, but this is personal preference) position the ribbon in the centre of the hexies and topstitch all the way round to close, re-enforcing over the ribbon as you will be using this as a pull tab. Vintage Birds Mixed Media Canvas Project