Bite Sized Sewing: Easy Zipper Pouch

Hello there! I’m Melissa Q. from a happy stitch and I’m so excited to be here, chatting with you on Sara’s amazing blog. I’m sharing how to make a zipper pouch for all your crafty essentials. Don’t be scared by that word, zipper. It’s going to be easy, I promise. My zipper technique is clever, smooth and very not scary.

Easy Zipper Pouch Tutorial


– One 7 to 9 inch all-purpose zipper

– Two pieces of fabric cut to 7″ X 9″

– One spool of matching thread



- Place both pieces of fabric right sides together with the 9″ (long side) of the fabric horizontally on your mat.

- Using a marking tool, draw a notch 1″ in on both the left and right sides of your fabric, on the wrong side.

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- Sew along this seam with a 4/8″ seam allowance but with two different seams allowances. Begin with a regular stitch length up to the mark you made in the previous step (this will mean you sew regular stitch length for 1″), then switch to a basting stitch length until you reach the next mark, for the final 1″ of the seam return to the regular stitch length. Press open your seam.

- Place your zipper face down on the seam with the zipper running directly over the seam. The zipper should lay 1″ from the beginning and end of the seam such that the beginning and end of the actual zipper (not the zipper twill tape but the actual working zipper parts) are laying over the portion of the seam sewn with a basting stitch. Use scotch tape to hold the zipper it in place. You will be sewing right over the tape.


- To put in the zipper, switch to a zipper foot on your machine and sew, with a regular stitch length, along both sides of the zipper’s twill tape. Be sure to leave enough distance from the zipper teeth that you can sew a straight stitch taking into account the bulk of the zipper head.

- Once you have sewn in the zipper, remove the tape.

- Flip over your fabric and using a seam ripper, unpick the basting stitches to reveal the zipper! Yay you! If you want to, you can add a little zigzag stitch to each end of the zipper for a little extra security.


- Open up the zipper about 2/3rds of the way.

- We will be using a french seam method to finish up the zipper pouch. Begin by placing the two pieces of fabric wrong sides together, pin the three remaining sides in place and sew with a 2/8″ seam allowance


- Trim the seam allowance to around 1/8″ but be careful not to trim any stitches!

- Turn the zipper pouch inside out and iron down the sides. You are going to make one final stitch along the three side you have just sewn. It will enclose all the raw edges inside the stitch. That is why you want your sides to be flat and without bulk.

- To make your final stitch and enclose the raw edges tidy and neat inside the stitch, begin sewing an inch or two down from the top.

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- Once you have sewn the rest of the three sides, you can return and sew the remaining bit. This will make it easier because the sewing machine can stitch over bulky parts (such as the twill tape of the zipper, in our case) when it can come at it from the other direction and doesn’t have to start a stitch where there is lots of bulk.

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- Turn the whole thing right side out and you have yourself a nifty little pouch for all your crafty essentials.

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Washi tape is an essential, right? Of course it is!

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Bite Sized Sewing: The 30 Minute Bow Belt

I can’t even begin to tell you how excited (and flattered) I am to be over here today! My name is Hayley and I blog about sewing, crafts, recipes, interior design, and everything in between over at Welcome to the Mouse House. Today, I am sharing a super easy project that you can make for your kids or for YOU!

30 Minute Bow Belt


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I am going to give measurements that worked for my 4 year old daughter Ainsley… but you can certainly lengthen or shorten the measurements to adjust the fit.  She LOVES her new belts.
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Let’s make this adorable and easy belt!  
Okay, so these measurements are for an average 4 year old girl with a 22 inch waist. Just add length for the larger sizes. It is very easy to upsize or downsize by simply measuring your recipient and adding or reducing the length. There is nothing wrong with having extra length… simply tuck it under belt loops. (The red and gold belt is made with elastic… stay tuned because the measurements are different for that.)
Supplies (for Ribbon belt)
(measurements for a 4 year old girl with 22 inch waist)
  • 1 inch grosgrain ribbon cut at 66 inches long
  • 10 inches of ribbon for bow (cut it into 8in. and 2in. sections)
  • 2 “d” rings
  • matching thread
Let’s create the ribbon belt. Follow the pictorial directions below.
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Let’s make the bow!  
This is using the 10 inches of ribbon. You can change the size of this as much as you want… If you want a fuller bow, use a larger width of ribbon size.  
Cut it into an 8 inch section (for the bow) and a 2 inch section (for the tie).
Steps: (picture below)
1.  With wrong sides together, sew the raw edges of the 8 inch ribbon with a 1/2 inch seam.
2.  Press seams open with iron
3.  Match up seams with middle of bow
4.  Grab the 2 inch section and iron the long sides into the middle.
5.  With a 1/2 inch seam allowance, sew the wrong sides together.
6.  Turn the tie right side out and slip over the bow.
Instantly cute bow! Now, we need to attach the bow to the belt approximately 2 inches from the straight end. Attach it with a few straight stitches over the middle of the tie.  (or hand stitch)
Slip two “d” rings over the end.
Fold under 1/4 inch.
Then, fold under again 1/2 inch, making sure to enclose the “d” rings.  Stitch in place.
You have a belt! Happy customer!
The Stretchy Belt
The elastic belt is super easy and can be worn for a much longer time because it is so stretchy.
I found the super cute belt buckle at Joann Fabrics. It is a golden bow that clips at the center. Super easy for kids to maneuver. 
Cut off a piece of FOE (fold over elastic) … also found at Joann’s.
I cut mine to 21 inches. Ainsley’s waist is 22 inches, but this is super stretchy and will accommodate a range of waist sizes.
Using the same technique as the ribbon belts, fold over 1/4 inch and then another 1/2 inch to enclose the belt. Stitch. Do on both ends.  
This creates a super cute belt. (I kind of want one for myself!)

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Bite Sized Sewing: How to Make a Patchwork Pillow Cover

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 Hey there, I’m Stephinie from gypsyforest!

I’m so happy to be visiting Sara’s space to share a really easy pillow tutorial with you today….. enjoy!


  • Fabric (amount will depend on the size of pillow you make)
  • Basic sewing supplies (sewing machine, scissors, thread, etc.)
  • Rotary cutter and mat are optional


  • 1. First you’ll need to measure the pillow you want to cover. Add one inch to this, this is how much fabric you’ll need for each side of the pillow. For example, my pillow is 16 inches. I’ll need two 17 inch squares for each side. If you would like to quilt the front, you will need a 17 inch square of flannel too. I used scraps for my pillow, but 3 fat quarters and a half yard for the backing would be sufficient for the project.
  • 2. To create a simple patchwork front for my pillow, I cut three 17 inch strips in the following widths : 4.5, 8.5, & 6.5. (the extra width allows for two seam allowances when you piece the front.) Press your pieces.


  • 3. Sew the pieces together with a 1/4 inch seam. Press your seams open. Square up your piece to measure 17×17 using a rotary cutter & mat.
  • 4. To lightly quilt the front, cut a piece of flannel into a 17 inch square. Lay your pieced top over the flannel, right side up. I quilted this pillow with a 1/8 inch straight seam along each side of the seam. See picture below.



  • 5. I love linen as a pillow backing! You can certainly use the fabric of your choice. To make a simple envelope closure for the back, you will need to cut two pieces that are 2/3 the size of your front. For a 17 inch front, you will need two pieces of linen measuring 11×17 inches. Press pieces & sew a simple finished hem along one of the long sides of each rectangle. (fold 3/8 inch over, press. fold again, press. topstictch with 1/4 inch seam)



  • 6. Place your front piece right side up and lay your back pieces right side down on top of the front. You will line up the raw edges of the rectangle with the front and your hemmed edge will overlap in the middle. Pin to hold everything in place.


  • 7. Sew around the pillow using a 3/8 seam. I like to back-stitch where the envelope closure overlaps, and I like to sew around the pillow twice for extra durability.
  • 8. Trim your corners, turn right side out, and cover your pillow! You can use a chopstick or un-sharpened pencil to get nice points when your turning the pillow inside out.




Now you have a pretty little pillow to add a bit of color to a rainy fall day!

Thank you Sara for inviting me to your space :)


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Stephinie is a mama, writer & photographer. She blogs at gypsyforest about family life, eating well, & creative living. She is usually making something yummy to eat, chasing kids, or creating for her little handmade shop. She’d love for you to swing by and say hello~


Bite Sized Sewing: Heart Tank Top

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Hi! I’m Kimbo! And today I’m showing you how to make this easy heart tank top!

I actually saw a version of this cute tank at old navy….and loved it! So, we are going to knock it off!!!

First things first– if you are a COMPLETE beginner sewer…here’s what you can do: Buy a tank top or shirt (I got this one at clearance from Walmart for $2.)


(It’s old and stained with paint…but for blogging sake let’s pretend that it’s not there)


Cut out shape from scrap fabric. (you could do a star…lightning bolt….initial…whatever gets you excited)

Pin it on. Sew it around! Easy peasy!

But if you have sewed a LITTLE and want to try your hand at making your own tank tops…then let’s press on! (I like tank tops cause there are no sleeves…sleeves can be tricky!)

First…KNIT! I love it. As long as you cut it nice and smoothly…you don’t have to hem…and no hemming equals a nice fast result!

While I was at Walmart I spied with my little eye this navy and gray striped knit…for $2.50 a yard. And that was right up my alley…cause I’m cheap.


I take an existing tank top that fits and lay it out on the fabric…and cut around leaving about two inches on every side ….remember. The front and back are different. The back is usually higher and this particular tank top had a bit of a racer back.


When you have both pieces cut out…sew on your applique. It’s MUCH easier to do it while they are separate pieces (but still totally doable the other way too!)

Then..right sides together you lay it out and pin. You are going to sew 4 times (follow the pink lines!!!)

tank-top-2Try it on the person…if you need to take it in a little more you can. Knit fabric falls really great so even if it’s a little big it should still look nice on (and they can grow into it!)

Now you can hem if you want. But, I’m lazy. So, I don’t.


The knit makes this a super comfortable tank top perfect for handstands.


After a few tries at these easy peasy tanks you can whip out 3 in an hour! (I did. Cause we like to be twinners triplets)

PicMonkey-Collagematchy-Okay…at least I do!

silly-girlAlright! Go give it a try…or at least jazz up some plain looking t-shirts!!! Thanks Sara for having me!!!

I hope you come by and play at my blog

Bite Sized Sewing: DIY Ruffle Hand Towel


Hello, hello Craft Snob readers! My name is Sarah, and I blog at Craft Quickies. I am a rather scattered person, so my blog is scattered, just like me. I cover everything from sewing to jewelry.

Are you scared of ruffles? Don’t be! They are so easy! I whipped out these towels in a hurry. Yes, I have sewn a LOT of ruffles in my day, but I am no extraordinary seamstress by any means, so I know that you can do it too! Let me walk you through the steps.

Ruffled-Towels-1Start by cutting off part of your hand towel. I got this cute one at Target and cut off 4 inches from the bottom. I actually wish I had cut off 1/2 inch to an inch more.

Ruffled-Towels-15Cut the ruffles for your towel. I chose two fabrics and used one ruffled from one fabric and two ruffles from the other fabric. My towel is 16 inches wide, so I cut my ruffles 22 inches long and 3 inches wide. I like to do about a 1.5 ratio on the length of my ruffles unless I want BIG ruffles on something like a dress for my daughter, in which case I would double the length of the original item.
Ruffled-Towels-16Iron THREE of the sides of your ruffle with a small hem, about 1/4 inch wide. I wanted to keep my top open so it would fray a bit and look “shabby chic.”
Ruffled-Towels-17Sew down the three sides on each ruffle.
Ruffled-Towels-19Now baste along the top edge of each ruffle. Basting is sewing with a very long stitch. DO NOT back stitch on either end of this. You need the thread loose so that you can do the next step.
Ruffled-Towels-20Use your hands to create the ruffle now. Hold onto one of the strings and simply push and scrunch the fabric gently until you have created a ruffle.Ruffled-Towels-21Once you have gathered the ruffle, spread it evenly. Pin it onto your towel.
Ruffled-Towels-26Arrange the ruffle so that you end up pinning it onto the towel evenly spread out. Pin it very, very well.
Ruffled-Towels-22Once the pins are in place, tie off the threads with small knots.
Ruffled-Towels-25Now carefully stitch your ruffle onto your towel. Be sure to set your sewing machine’s stitch length back to the regular amount and to backstitch at the start and finish of each ruffle, just as you always would.
Ruffled-Towels-27Now repeat this process with the next two ruffles!
Ruffled-Towels-210Ta-da! You are finished! Wasn’t that simple? I love how they turned out. And if you want to invest a bit more time in this project and add some extra oompf to it then you can create some Shabby Chic Flowers using similar techniques. Be sure to check out the full Shabby Chic Flower tutorial on my blog today! I was going to include it here, but the ruffles by themselves or the flowers by themselves qualify as bite-sized sewing. NOT both. But I think they really add to the final project, don’t you?
Shabby-Chic-FlowersThanks again for having me, Sara! I hope that all of your come visit me at Craft Quickies and that you have a lovely day!

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