I’m so excited to Amanda from Jedi Craft Girl guest posting today and sharing this fun tutorial for a Heart Zip Pouch! These would make such a great Valentines gift for a friend. I used to be intimidated by installing zippers. If you are feeling this way too, I promise, you can do this! It’s such a great, fun, fast and personalizable project.
Howdy! Amanda from Jedi Craft Girl stopping by with a fun Valentine’s Day sewing project!!
I always carry a pencil pouch with me – I have one in my purse, one with my scripture study stuff, one in the car – you get it – I love colored pens!!!
I was at the store recently and saw some cute padded pencil pouches – I love that they were thick and soft! Here is my version!!
You will need fat quarters – I used this adorable valentine fabric called Hello Sweetheart by Riley Blake Designs available from Lou Lou’s Fabric Shop, Fat Quarter Shop, and Simply Love Fabrics. You will also need Heat n Bond Fusible High Loft Fleece, Heat n Bond Lite, and a 12 inch (or longer) zipper.
Let’s talk about fusible fleece. Have you ever used it? What do you use if for? I use fusible fleece for nearly all my zipper pouches and tote bags. It’s manufactured by Therm O Web and you can purchase it by the yard or in prepackaged cuts*.
There are two types of fusible fleece: high loft and regular loft. High loft, as you can see above, is thicker and softer. For this zipper pouch I am using the high loft – I want the zipper pouch to feel “padded”. Both weights are fused with an iron and provide stability and softness.
Cut the fusible fleece into (2) rectangles measuring 5″ x 9.5″
Also cut the fabric for the outside of the zipper pouch into (2) rectangles measuring 5″ x 9.5″
The manufacturer’s instructions say to set the iron on “wool” and use steam. Place the rough side of the fleece toward the fabric (that’s the adhesive – you don’t want to attach it to your iron or ironing board!). Press and hold iron with medium pressure for 10-15 seconds. Let cool. Repeat with the other rectangle.
For the heart appliqué, draw a heart on to Heat n Bond Lite. Cut out around the heart.
Using a dry, medium hot iron, heat set the hearts onto the wrong side of the desired fabric. Let cool. Cut out the heart on the pattern line and peel off the backing paper.
Position the heart onto one of the rectangles. Heat set into place.
Sew around the heart with a straight stitch 2 times.
Cut (2) lining rectangles 5″ x 9.5″
Instead of recreating my zipper tutorial, you can click HERE for the instructions to finish the pouch.
Because I’ve used fleece, it is best to use a walking foot to sew the pouch together.
And just like that you have valentines for all your friends!!!
I ordered these fun little tassels from Amazon*, they come from China and take a while, but they are worth it!!
These look darling with any fabrics and for any occasion!
Amanda is also the creator of this adorable LOVE applique pillow tutorial. You can see more of Amanda’s tutorials on her blog. You can also find Amanda (and her cat, Mufasa) on Instagram for lots more creative inspiration.
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