I’ve seen zipper pouches made a few different ways. The first one I made was using Noodlehead’s Lil Cutie Pouch tutorial. It’s cute and is a great tutorial but I wanted to try one with covered zipper ends to see if I could get rid of the funky corners.
So I decided to try it out. I found a few tutorials on how to cover the end of the zipper and each one is slightly different. I sort of combined the tutorials and came up with my own way. It didn’t work out the best so you probably shouldn’t follow what I did.
I liked the size of the Lil Cutie Pouch so I used similar dimensions…6 1/4 x 4 1/4, with zip ends of 2 x 2, and I cut the zipper to 6 1/4. I now realize to reduce bulk in the top corner seams you probably want to cut the zipper shorter than the top. One of the tutorials did do this but I didn’t follow that part of it. Lesson learned!
I covered the ends of the zipper by folding in the ends of the 2 x 2 piece by 1/4” and then folding in half. I then attached it to the zipper like in this tutorial. From there I followed the Lil Cutie Pouch tutorial.
This tutorial suggests to push the zipper toward the lining when sewing the lining to the outside. But the other two tutorials suggest pushing it toward the outer fabric. So I guess do what works best for you. I can’t say either is better.
As you can see in the picture, the ends don’t look nice at all and my stitching is coming loose. ICK! I think next time, I will cut the zipper shorter than the length of the pouch and then make the zipper cover long enough so that when sewn onto the zipper, it extends the zipper to be as long as the pouch length. Other than that, it doesn’t look a ton different than the Lil Cutie Pouch.
Do you cover the ends of your zipper for pouches like this? Do you have any suggestions to make it look better?