Sew: colorfield zipper pouch
Make your own personalized zippered pouch with handpainted monogram, no fancy tools required, only a small light box (or even a window will do!).
Sewing in a zipper is easier than you think and these metal zippers are my favorite mostly because I love their heavy duty feel and smooth operation:
Inspired by Mark & Graham's colorfield clutch:
Their clutch is made from vinyl and does have an interior zippered pocket but at $45 each you might consider making your own for much less.
Add any style monogram or personalization, simply print a word document in the desired size, use a light box, a steady hand and some acrylic craft paint to get this:
Here's how to make a personalized zippered pouch:
1. Supplies: makes 1 - 12"l x 7.5"h x 1"thick at base pouch
- exterior blue canvas 13" x 17"
- med. weight fusible interfacing 13" x 17"
- interior drop cloth canvas 13" x 17"
- white cotton center panel 5" x 17"
- 12" metal zipper
2. Determine your monogram or personalization, print out word document.
Find center of white panel and pin on top of monogram print out:
3. Working on a light box paint letter with acrylic craft paint using print out as guide:
4. Once dry press raw edges under 1/2" on both long sides:
5. Pin white cotton panel in center of exterior fabric:
6. Top stitch panel in position on both long sides:
7. Iron fusible interfacing to wrong side of exterior fabric.
8. Place zipper face down at top edge then layer interior drop cloth and sew in place using zipper foot:
9. Flop drop cloth into position and top stitch:
10. Repeat process for other end using other side of zipper.
Once done top stitching it should look like this:
11. Turn inside out, right sides together and sew side seams, be sure to leave at least 4" open on one side of lining portion.
12. Miter all 4 corners:
13. Clip miters and turn right side out through lining opening.
Then top stitch that opening shut: