Friday, July 3, 2009

It's hip to be square!

Here's how I made my zipper pouch corners much squarer.

I ironed a hem on a little tiny piece of scrap fabric, then sewed this to both ends of my zipper. I used an iron-set glue stick to get the placement exactly right.

Here's a close-up, to show the seam and how close it is to the zipper stop. I used the zipper foot for this. I did a double seam for reinforcement -- just ran it in reverse along the same seam.

Here's what it looks like on the back side.

Now trim the zipper ends way back. This is about 1/8" away from the seam. Get them back to beyond where you know your seam will be when you're sewing the sides of the pouch.

Now you are only dealing with a piece of fabric when you turn your bag inside out and poke out the corners. A piece of fabric is, of course, much less stiff and much more flexible than the end of a zipper.

An added benefit: It sort of disguises slightly misaligned sides, because the little metal end pieces of the zipper are not right next to the corner to get pulled out of alignment, and because the added piece of fabric kind of blends out the colors of the two side panel pieces.

I am sure I'm not the first one to have thought of this. But it is cool!

1 comment:

Hilary said...

THANK YOU! I have been sewing (um, sloppily and half-heartedly) for years and have never been able to figure out how to get my zippers not to get all wonky in the corners of things. I will definitely employ your method in the future. Many, many thanks!!