In October Rachel and I participated in a pleats,smocking and pin tucking challenge. We opted to make a market bag with both a pleated and smocked pocket. See our pocket tutorials here.
We had chosen fabric for two bags when we were doing our challenge. Rachel has the bag we made for our challenge and I brought the second stash of fabric home with me, with the intent of making my own bag.
I love bags of all kinds. My hubby just shakes his head and does not even comment
anymore. I decided to make some tweaks to the new bag and add a ﬂush zippered pocket. I was excited to put this inside my market bag.
After I cut all my bag pieces I needed to decide on the size of my pocket. I decided that my ﬁnished pocket would be 8 inches by 11 inches ﬁnished. This would be large enough to ﬁt keys, wallet and phone. All the essentials!
When cutting your pocket pieces be sure to include seam allowances. I like to use 1/2 inch seam allowance. The zipper for our pocket needs to be 4 inches less than the width of the pocket. Always use a nylon zipper. They can easily be cut and sewn without harming scissors or sewing machine.
After trimming your zipper down to size, from the zip pull end, hand stitch the pull ends together.
Next you are going to mark and make a hole for your zipper. On the wrong side (WS) of
your pocket draw a rectangle the width of your zipper teeth, and 3/8 inch high on the
center of the pocket.
This opening should be at least 2 inches down from the pocket top. Draw a center line in your triangle with a V-shape at both ends.
Place your pocket on the lining of you bag WS up at least 2 3/4 inches down from top edge to allow for any fasteners and seam allowances to be added at a later time. Pin and stitch around the rectangle.
Using a pointed sharp scissors, cut through all layers on the marked center line and V shapes. Be careful not to cut into the stitching line.
Pull the pocket fabric through the hole. Press well both from the RS and the WS.
Place the zipper on the wrong side of the opening. Arrange and tape in place. Be sure your zip opens on the right side of your pocket. Using your zipper foot, stitch in place.
Assemble your pocket. Place your pocket pieces WS up and stitch around being sure
not to catch your lining. Now your pocket is attached to your bag lining.
You are free to build whatever kind of bag you like. This is a great interior zip pocket for any kind of bag! Enjoy!
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