Sew a few seams and insert a zipper (we'll show you how) to make each of these cute pouches in very little time.

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Materials

FOR BAG NO. 1

  • 1⁄4 yard fuchsia laminated print (bag)
  • 9"-long blue zipper

FOR BAG NO. 2

  • 1⁄4 yard green laminated floral (bag)
  • 7"-long lilac zipper

FOR BAG NO. 3

  • 1⁄4 yard blue laminated floral (bag)
  • 9"-long purple zipper

Finished bag No. 1: 9-1⁄2×6×3"

Finished bag No. 2: 7-1⁄2×6-3⁄8×2-1⁄4"

Finished bag No. 3: 9-1⁄2×4-3⁄4×1-1⁄2"

Quantities are for 54⁄55"-wide, 100% cotton with laminated coating.

Measurements include ¼" seam allowances. Sew with right sides together unless otherwise stated.

Cut Fabrics for Bag No. 1

From fuchsia print, cut

  • 2--8×10" rectangles

Assemble Bag No. 1

1.    Place one fuchsia print rectangle right side up on work surface. Align blue 9"-long zipper facedown along a 10" edge of the rectangle (this should be top edge of rectangle if working with a directional print). Open zipper. Using a zipper foot, sew zipper to fuchsia rectangle as close as possible to zipper teeth (Photo 1).

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2.    Close zipper. Finger-press rectangle away from zipper. Topstitch 1⁄8" from fold (Photo 2). (For smooth and even stitching, adjust tension as needed and use a nonstick or walking foot on machine for this step.)

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3.    Repeat steps 1 and 2 to add remaining fuchsia print 8×10" rectangle to remaining edge of zipper (Photo 3).

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4.    Fold joined rectangles in half, right sides together, and stitch side seams (Diagram 1).

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5.    Open zipper, leaving right sides together, and stitch bottom seam to make a bag body; clip corners (Diagram 2).

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6.    To shape flat bottom for bag, at one corner match bottom seam line to side seam line, creating a flattened triangle (Diagram 3). Measuring 1-1⁄2" from point of triangle, draw a 3" line across triangle. Sew on drawn line. Trim excess fabric, leaving 1⁄4" seam allowance. Repeat with remaining corner. Turn bag body right side out and finger-press to complete bag No. 1.

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Cut Fabrics for Bag No. 2

From green floral, cut:

  • 2--8" squares

Assemble Bag No. 2

1.    Referring to Assemble Bag No. 1, steps 1–5, use green floral 8" squares and lilac 7"-long zipper to make bag body; sew zipper to one edge of each green floral square.

2.    To shape flat bottom for bag, at one corner match bottom seam line to side seam line, creating a flattened triangle (Diagram 4). Measuring 1-1⁄8" from point of triangle, draw a 2-1⁄4" line across triangle. Sew on drawn line. Trim excess fabric, leaving 1⁄4" seam allowance. Repeat with remaining corner. Turn bag body right side out and finger-press to complete bag No. 2.

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Cut Fabrics for Bag No. 3

From blue floral, cut:

  • 2--6×10" rectangles

Assemble Bag No. 3

1.    Referring to Assemble Bag No. 1, steps 1–5, use blue floral 6×10" rectangles and purple 9"-long zipper to make bag body; sew zipper to a 10" edge of each blue floral rectangle.

2.    To shape flat bottom for bag, at one corner match bottom seam line to side seam line, creating a flattened triangle (Diagram 5). Measuring 3⁄4" from point of triangle, draw a 1-1⁄2" line across triangle. Sew on drawn line. Trim excess fabric, leaving 1⁄4" seam allowance. Repeat with remaining corner. Turn bag body right side out and finger-press to complete bag No. 3.

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