Friday, January 24, 2014

Kona Club Challenge - Boxed Zip Pouch by Katrina

Katrina from Nizhoni Workshop, took the Kona Club Challenge this month. Katrina used the colors we sent out in November 2013 for  Kona Club and made this fun Boxed Zip Pouch. We hope you enjoy this tutorial and make one of your own! We are giving away the fat quarters that Katrina used in this tutorial so be sure to leave a comment on this post to win!



Boxed Zip Pouch


Katrina Hertzer of Nizhoni WorkshopHi! I'm Katrina from Nizhoni Workshop, the small blog where I share my projects. I'm a mother of three young children and I love to sew and create. My passion is patchwork and I'm a member of the Calgary Modern Quilt Guild. I love bold pattern on pattern, anything Tula Pink and am currently in love with medallion-style quilts. I enjoy creating designs which incorporate my Navajo heritage and love of modern quilting.

Today I'd like to show you my method of creating a boxed zip pouch. There are many ways to achieve a similar result and I won't be recreating the wheel. This is simply my way of sewing that takes minimal effort to achieve a great result.

Boxed Zip Pouch Tutorial by Nizhoni Workshop



You will Need:





Please start by pressing your fabrics. 

Choose one fabric as your lining. Cut a 10" x 11" piece. Cut and fuse a 10" x 11" piece of lightweight fusible interfacing to the wrong side of lining fabric using the fusing instructions for your interfacing. Set aside.

Stack remaining lining fabric with the other three solids, cut strips of random widths using your scissors or rotary cutter. Cut three or four strip stacks.


Randomly choose strips and sew together. Keep sewing together until you are satisfied. Now, try cutting the piece in half and sew back together so you have more of a "rectangular" shape.


Now try adding strips going different directions. Using small bits of color here and there can make it interesting, you could also use small fussy cut pieces of fabric to showcase. However, for this tutorial I am using solids.



Keep adding until your rectangle is a little larger than 10" x 11".


Lay your interfaced lining piece on top of your patchwork and trim patchwork down to size. Using a couple pins helps keep the materials from slipping. Set aside your lining piece again.


Take your patchwork rectangle and lay down on a small piece of Warm and Natural or similar batting. I trim to about 1/2" on each side. You can choose to use basting spray but since this project is so small, it won't be necessary.


Randomly straight stitch up and down and across your patchwork to quilt. You can also free motion quilt if you prefer.


After you are happy with the quilted lines, lay your lining piece back on top, right sides together, of your quilted patchwork and trim to size of lining.


Keeping your zipper closed, lay zipper facing down on top of the quilted patchwork top edge (10" side).


Lay the top edge of the lining, interfacing (wrong) side up, on top of the zipper and patchwork piece. Pin at ends and once in the middle at least. I also like to use a JEANS/denim needle in my machine because these layers are bulky and I hate finding skipped stitches. Using a zipper foot is not necessary as the layers are quite thick and you will hardly notice a difference.


Take your time and sew a 1/4" seam. Remove pins as you sew.


Open your seam and press open. Be careful not to melt your zipper.


Top stitch close to the edge, about an 1/8th of an inch away.


Now fold over the quilted patchwork layer so right sides are facing each other, fold the lining to the back, right sides facing each other. Align all edges to the top of the zipper.


Pin on the ends first so the edges are aligned. Pin middle area.


Sew a 1/4" seam, removing pins as you go.


Open zipper and open seam and press carefully. Top stitch and 1/8" away from edge like the other side.


Close the zipper (lining facing out) and use a pin to hold place and make with a water soluble marking pen or chalk. Or finger press. Do the same for both sides.



Lay your zipped bag so the zipper pull is on your left side, we will work with the right side (with the zipper stop) first. Take your woven tape or ribbon and cut to 1.5" length and fold in half. Center the tape on the mark and pin.


Make sure the cut edges are aligned with the edge of the bag. Stitch in place 1/8" away from the raw edge.


Align the mark over the top of the zipper and pin along the edge. (Make sure that the first side you sew is the side WITHOUT the zipper pull)


Sew a 1/4" seam along the pinned edge. When you sew across the top of the zipper go very slowly and back stitch a couple times. Cut off the excess zipper. Zigzag your raw edges so they are nice and neat.


Now, working on the other side, slightly pull the zipper open.


Holding the zipper as closed as possible, stitch SLOWLY back and forth across the zipper about 1/8" away from the raw edge of the bag.


Trim the excess zipper end. Repeat the steps for attaching the woven tape again for this side. OPEN your zipper now. Align the zipper over the middle of the tape and pin. Before you stitch the seam, please ensure the zipper is open. Sew the seam as you did for the other side.


Here is your pouch! Now to box the sides.


Using a temporary marking pen or chalk, carefully mark about 1.5" from the edge along the folded crease for all sides of the bag.


Open one side of the box like the photo below. Align the pin on the front with the mark you made on the back.



Using a cutting mat or ruler, align the point of the triangle like the photo below shows. The line I drew with the marking pen is 2" long.


Sew on the marked line back stitch at beginning and end. Trim excess fabric about 1/4" away from seam. Zigzag raw edges. Trim threads and remove the temporary marking pen or chalk lines. Repeat for all sides.


Your finished boxed zip pouch! Now turn the right side out.


Finished boxed zip pouch!


Please share your finished project pictures with me, tag me @khcalgary on Instagram or on flickr!

Giveaway! (Closed)

You could win 4 fat quarters of the Kona Cotton Solids Katrina used to make her Boxed Zip Pouch!
Just leave a comment on this post for a chance to win.

Katrina  chose the colours we sent out in November 2013 to our Kona Club members. 

If you are no-reply/Wordpress blogger please leave your email id in the post.
We will leave the giveaway open till Monday, January 27th, 2014.
Winner will be announced Tuesday, January 28th.
Good luck everybody and enjoy making your very own Boxed Zip Pouch!

Click here for more details on Kona Club. 

63 comments:

Michele T said...

First of all I love the colours in this project and the geometric element is awesome! Great tutorial, lot's of pictures to easily follow along step by step instructions - thanks!!!

Lisa Marie said...

Love this! The contrasting color quilting thread looks really good and the patchwork is great.

Marjorie's Busy Corner said...

Oh could number one be lucky????
I love Kona solids!! I am working with them right now. thanks for this chance.

Gill said...

Thanks for a great tutorial Katrina!
I'd love to make a boxed pouch like yours!!

Denise Mitchell said...

Great tutorial , easy to follow love that!!! I have made several of these. Would love to win!

Margaret said...

I love the colors you used. I would love to make a pouch like this. Thank you for such a wonderful tutorial on it.

Tania said...

I love the contrasting blue thread, looks fantastic.

Debbie Rogowski said...

I love the "fabric" that you made with the fabric. I'd love to try it

Diane H said...

Fantastic tutorial!! Think this is the one for me to finally take the plunge and sew a zipper.
Well done.

140260jo said...

I have to try this one; it looks great and seems easy enough to do!
Thanks for sharing.

Sunnybec said...

Eeekk! Zips!! Thanks for the tutorial, love zipper pouches but never seem to get the zipper in right. Linda

Bonnie58 said...

great pouch, Katarina. Thanks so much for sharing

Janarama said...

Great tutorial. Love your pouch. Thank you for the chance to win.

Audrey said...

This is a super pouch. I like the blue contrasting thread on the greys and silver. Yours is a wonderful tutorial with lots of clear pictures. A job well done, Katrina. Thanks for sharing.

Kelsey said...

Oh wow Katrina I love the kona solids you chose, the pouch you made the contrasting blue thread! Thanks for the tutorial :)

Linda said...

What a great tutorial! Thanks. The Kona shades used are wonderful.

Tabitha Keener said...

I really love the Kona solids and for a new quilter this tutorial is great!
Thanks for a chance!
tdkcarpenoctem@hotmail.com

delaineelliott said...

Great tutorial. This would be perfect to make for Christmas gifts. Thanks for sharing!

fenna said...

love the patchwork!!!

felicity said...

Great tutorial for a wonderful pouch! Thanks!

wipgirl said...

What a nice pouch! I love the colour palette - very subtle.

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Emily C said...

Love your pouch. Great tutorial. Really nice to have it broken down so this pouch is easy to replicate in your own colors.

Robin said...

Thanks for the tutorial!

Kelli said...

Great pouch! Love your choice of the blue. I can totally see these shades of grey with a lime green - oh, I would so sew something up with that color combo. Crossing my fingers!

Vicki H said...

Your tutorial is easy to follow. Thanks for the giveaway.

Colleen said...

Great tutorial, and great colour choices. Thanks Katrina!

Jo said...

Great job on the tutorial thanks for being so detailed.

Joan H. said...

Well written tutorial. It will be very easy to follow. Your chose of fabric is perfect.

Meghan McClelland said...

Pick me! Going to make one tomorrow...love the colours!

PK Sews said...

What an outstanding tutorial! The details and photography are great. And I love the project. The woven effect is so unique. I like the idea of using cloth tape for the tab too. Thanks for a great tutorial and giveaway!

June D said...

I've never tried anything like this, but my DH was just asking for a pouch to put his computer charger stuff. This tutorial seems clear enough that even I could do it! Thanks for putting my name in the hat for the drawing.

Melissa @ Missouri Mel said...

I like everything about that pouch!

Jacquie Billot said...

I would love to make one.

DeborahGun said...

A great tutorial - thanks!

Lolly Challice said...

I love Kona cottons and Sew Sisters

Reb Thack said...

I love your patchwork plaid! Thanks'

P Bybee said...

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I love your tutorial! Thank you for sharing

Carla G said...

What a cool project! :) Thanks for a chance to win the fabric!

Jordann said...

Love this bag! I already know what I am using it for. Kona solids are fantastic too.

Sarah said...

Thanks for the great tutorial!

Jen Barnard said...

Thanks for the great tutorial. You didn't say if the giveaway is open internationallly or not - I'm in the UK.

fotohok said...

I think I'll try a zip pull on my next pouch!

Meghan O'Connor said...

I like this a lot! It's masculine without being that dull black leather kit bag. Very snappy.

sofen said...

What a very thorough tutorial!

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Bethany M said...

Oh, I love Kona solids and I need to start incorporating more grey into my sewing!!

Sue H said...

Thanks for this tutorial, you make it look so easy! Love the greys!

Tiffany said...

Thank you for the detailed tutorial - awesome color choices!

Jacklynn said...

Thanks for the awesome tutorial - can't wait to try one - and the greys are awesome. Thanks for the give away! jacklynnsteven at netzero dot com

Jusmom1 said...

I love those colors...so cool and calm! Thanks for the chance to win!

Carmen N said...

Beautiful job on the pouch! I need to make some of these!

OhioLori said...

Love your pouch & thanks for Tutorial so we can make one too!! Your fabric choices are coooool! :)

Shari said...

Love this pouch! I'll have to try my hand at making one. Thank you for the tutorial...fabulous pictures, I think even I can follow this one and be successful LOL Sew Sisters...thanks for the chance at this generous giveaway!

Michelle Yvonne said...

This is an awesome tutorial! Would love to win this giveaway :)

Sheryl said...

Beautiful neutrals! The pouch looks awesome. I would have loved that as a pencil case in school...and I still would now lol.

M-R Charbonneau said...

So fun! I love the colours you used. Great tutorial!

Wendy said...

what a fab tutorial! I love the patchwork

Doreen Mattatall said...

Beautiful! I already have a few requests from my daughters and a few friends for this.

Laura said...

Thanks for the very nice freeby project. Those Kona cottons are lovely to sew with, thanks for the opportunity to win.

Lorna said...

The tutorial was easy to understand and the pictures were excellent. I'd love to win the Kona so I can make this. Thanks

BaggyQueen said...

Thanks for the tutorial.I would love to be the lucky winner of the fat quarters.

Lisaleh said...

Katrina - such a great tutorial. I love the blue thread you used for the quilting!

thesewingwren said...

Super easy tutorial to follow, great project, I'm going give it a go... thanks very much!
Jay X

Rebecca said...

Great tutorial, thanks! I hope to make one of these for an upcoming trip!