Sunday, August 12, 2012

Triple-Zip Pouch :: A Tutorial


Supplies Needed
  • 3 zippers, 9" or longer
  • fabric for pouch body, accent pieces, and linings (fat-quarters are plenty for the pouch body and linings; accents can be made from scraps)
  • fusible fleece
  • coordinating thread (which may be more than one, depending on your choice of accent fabrics)
     All seams are 1/4”
     * Note: The piece indicated is one already partially stitched onto the pouch. Now you will be stitching on the other end; will be a lining piece that you are working with, except for the last instance, where it will be the main body fabric.

Cutting Instructions
1 –  main body fabric, 8” x 9 ½”
1 – fusible fleece, 8" x 9 ½” (not shown)
2 – front accent pieces (can be the same or contrasting), 8" x 1 ¼”
2 – pieces fusible fleece, 8" x 1 ¼” (not shown)
6 – zipper ends (all matching or matching pairs), 2 ½" x 3”
1 – main zip lining fabric, 8" x 12 ½”
1 – center zip lining fabric, 8" x 9 ½”
1 – bottom zip lining fabric, 7" x 8”



Preparing Fabric

Adhere fusible fleece to matching fabric piece. (not shown)

Preparing Zippers
Fold and press 1/4" fold in each of the 2 1/2" x 3" fabric pieces, along a 3" edge. Fold each piece in half again so each measures 1 1/2" x 2 1/4".
Pin the folded 'tabs' over the zippers so they extend approximately 3/4" in from the edges of the main body fabric. Stitch across each folded edge.
Pull back each tab and trim off excess zipper at one end, extra zipper tape at the other end.
Also trim along edge of zipper, so tabs basically just cover both zipper ends, without excess, per picture below.

From here forward, zippers will be referred to as #1 (bottom zipper from front view), #2 (center zipper from front view), & #3 (main/top zipper from front view). Bottom edge of each zipper will be referred to as “B”; top edge of each zipper will be referred to as “T”. We’ll be installing the zippers from the bottom up.

Zipper Installation
  • For zipper #1B, lay on your work surface, in order given:
Main fabric UP
Zipper #1 face DOWN, zipper pull to the left
Bottom (smallest) lining face DOWN

Pin well, between layers if needed.

Using a zipper foot, stitch 1/4” seam along length of zipper, removing pins as you go.
(Confession: sometimes I need to sew along until I reach the zipper pull, remove from machine & rearrange the pull out of the way, then continue stitching.)

Once stitched, remove from machine and arrange fabric so zipper is fully visible, & main fabric and lining are wrong-sides together. Press well & top-stitch close to zipper.
  • For zipper #1T, lay on your work surface, in order given:
Bottom (smallest) lining face UP* 
Zipper #1 face UP, zipper pull to the left
Accent piece #1 face DOWN

Pin well, between layers if needed.
Using a zipper foot, stitch 1/4” seam along length of zipper, removing pins as you go. Once stitched, remove from machine and arrange fabric so zipper is fully visible, pressing pocket lining down & accent piece up. Top-stitch close to zipper.
  • For zipper #2B, lay on your work surface, in order given:
Accent piece #1 face UP
Zipper #2 face DOWN, zipper pull to the left
Center (medium-sized) lining face DOWN

Pin well, between layers if needed.
Using a zipper foot, stitch 1/4” seam along length of zipper, removing pins as you go. Once stitched, remove from machine and arrange fabric so zipper is fully visible, pressing pocket lining down & accent piece with zipper up. Top-stitch close to zipper.
  • For zipper #2T, lay on your work surface, in order given:
Center (medium-sized) lining face UP*
Zipper #2 face UP, zipper pull to the left
Accent piece #2 face DOWN

Pin well, between layers if needed.
Using a zipper foot, stitch 1/4” seam along length of zipper, removing pins as you go. Once stitched, remove from machine and arrange fabric so zipper is fully visible, pressing pocket lining down & accent piece up. Top-stitch close to zipper.
  • For zipper #3B, lay on your work surface, in order given:
Accent piece #2 face UP
Zipper #3 face DOWN, zipper pull to the left
Main (largest) lining face DOWN

Pin well, between layers if needed. Using a zipper foot, stitch 1/4” seam along length of zipper, removing pins as you go. Once stitched, remove from machine and arrange fabric so zipper is fully visible, pressing pocket lining down. Top-stitch close to zipper.
  • For zipper #3T, lay on your work surface, in order given:
Main (largest) lining face UP*
Zipper #3 face UP, zipper pull to the left
Main body fabric face DOWN*

Pin well, between layers if needed. Using a zipper foot, stitch 1/4” seam along length of zipper, removing pins as you go.
Once you sew this step, your project will be inside out, and somewhat odd looking. No worries! You're still on the right track!

To Finish

This is where it got really difficult to take meaningful pictures, so read carefully and just go step by step.
  • Reach in through the main lining fabric fold and turn inside out, so all you see is the main lining, right side out. Reach in and unzip the main zipper. 
  • Work from here on one side edge of pouch at a time. Line up edge, pushing main lining out of the way as best you can. Pin edges together, and starting from bottom, stitch up the side of the pouch, removing pins as you go and going up as far as you can. 
  • Now bring the lining back where you can work on it, pushing the seam you just sewed into the pouch, out of the way. Press edges of lining in 1/4", pin sides together, and starting from bottom, stitch up the side of the pouch, removing pins as you go and going up as far as you can. 
  • Repeat for other side.
  • Turn pouch inside out through open main zipper, pushing out corners to shape. Press edges with your iron for a clean finished look!

The story behind this pouch can be found here. If you make a Triple-Zip Pouch or are inspired by this tutorial, please feel free to post a photo in my flickr group ~ Quilting with A Quilter's Table. Thanks!

101 comments:

  1. Fantastic tutorial - thanks :)

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  2. Great tutorial! My daughter is going to love all those zippers!

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  3. Oh, hurray! I've been waiting for this! Thank you so much! Unfortunately I can't make one right away, because I'm in the midst of testing a rather complicated bag pattern for someone, but this pouch will be next on my list. I'll show you when I've made one. I think this pouch is so cool, and I can't wait to make it!

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  4. I love the colors of this one! Surprised? I have a quick question. In the preparing zippers step, how much zipper is exposed between the tabs? If I count the blocks on your mat correctly, it looks like about 6.5".

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  5. Great tutorial! I love it in the Madrona Road fabrics.

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  6. This is such a cute pouch! And your tutorial is really well done, thanks!!

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  7. I am going to round some zippers and give this a try, your tutorial looks clear and easy to follow. Also, I have been trying not to order Madrona Road all week, you might have made that even harder.

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  8. Amazing tutorial, Debbie! And I love that Madrona Road!

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  9. i pinned the crap out of this debbie! excellent tutorial~! i will be trying it out sooooooon!

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  10. It looks fab, love that fabric line you chose for it :o)

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  11. Nice tutorial Debbie. I'm still scared to try it ; )

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  12. So cute Debbie! Thanks for the tutorial.
    Amanda

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  13. Such a great idea, Debbie! Thanks for the tutorial.

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  14. Awesome pouch!! Thanks for the great tutorial =D

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  15. thanks for writing up a tutorial! I love your 3-zip pouch & hope to try making one for myself :)

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  16. Wonderful tutorial! Thanks so much for sharing it with us!

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  17. You did a wonderful job, Debbie on this tutorial. I will Pin It, so that I am going to make it one of these days.

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  18. This is awesome! I'm not sure I'm brave enough for THREE zippers but you make it look so easy :-)

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  19. Great tutorial.I sure try one.Thanks for sharing!!

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  20. Nicke cracks me up. Also, this is so fun! Thanks for sharing your tutorial, Debbie!

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  21. This is great. I will definitely be making one sometime soon!

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  22. Thank you for making a tutorial! I am going to give this a try for sure!

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  23. Great tutorial, I can't wait to make one! Lovely fabrics too!

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  24. Hi, I'm your newest follower. Thanks for the tutorial. I've never seen a pouch like this.

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  25. I have shared your tutorial on Freebies for Crafters...thanks for sharing your tutorial.
    Hugs Khris

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  26. I just discovered your blog and love it. This triple zip pouch is beautiful, your tutorial is well explained, thanks for sharing with us. This is a blog that I will visit often. You have a new follower with me, just love your blog!

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  27. I think I got it, but am just a little confused and want to make sure I am going to do it right. On the first step after applying the first zipper (this step)
    For zipper #1T, lay on your work surface, in order given:

    Bottom (smallest) lining face UP*
    Zipper #1 face UP, zipper pull to the left
    Accent piece #1 face DOWN

    Do you mean "lining face up", to fold the lining up so right sides are together? I keep looking at the pictures and think that is what I see. If I am wrong, Help Please!

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  28. For DonnaRae...Hi! Sorry you're facing some confusion, but yes, I think you are exactly right. The lining that you just pressed away from the zipper, now take its other end - you are basically making the first 'pocket!' So yes, the two ends of the lining are now right sides together. This IS the trickiest - and once you have this one down, you'll see 'ah ha!' . . . Hope this helps!

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  29. que bonito realmente genial!!!!!!
    Felicidades!!!! y gracias!!!

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  30. This is Debbie, just adding translation for Rosy's comment above: "really great beautiful!
    Congratulations! and thank you!"

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  31. Hi Debbie, Thanks for the answer. I got it. I tired replying to your message at my blog. I am just learning how to blog. I thought that you were able to get the email addy if I used Google profile. I guess not? Anyway, I tried to set up a Google email account to use with my blog and Google now wants a cell phone number to confirm the account. I don't want to give my cell phone number out So I can't email you without going through an email account. My PC is new so I have not set every thing up yet, like having my mail go through my charter account. Anyway, your answer did the trick. Now to get my email addys all set up. I just don't like to post it in an open forum. I get too much spam as it is. LOL... Thanks for the tute and your time helping me!

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  32. Wow! Just ran across your awesome tutorial on Pinterest and was pleasantly surprised to see Madrona Road! Cool!!!

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  33. I'm working on zipper T1, did you fold up the lining? It's unlear in the directions but in the photo, it looks like you flipped it up? I took the next smallest lining piece and sewed it in, I now wonder if I have to unpick it?

    Thanks, love this bag!!

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  34. Oh man, Deb! This is amazing - going to the top of my to-do list so I can bring it to the Sewing Summit...thanks!!

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  35. hola, recien te conozco excelente tutorial, desde ahora te seguire, e intentare hacer esta cartuchera.

    abrazos

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  36. Deb,

    I received one made from your tutorial (at least I'm thinking it was) and I LOVE it!!! Thank you so much for this tutorial as I wanted to make one, too.

    thanks!!!!

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  37. cute CUTE! Awesome tute, can't wait to try it out!

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  38. Just read a post on How About Orange which referred to your tutorial. This I gotta try!

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  39. Looks like a great bag and a great tutorial. I just bought 10 zippers yesterday so I am all set!

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  40. Thanks for this tutorial.

    Moltes gràcies!

    Bet from Catalonia!

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  41. You did a great job, this is really a perfect tutorial, thanks for sharing!

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  42. This is excellent! I will be linking to this in a blog I've scheduled for this week - I'm going to make it with my students at school too if you dont mind! Cheers, Tracy
    http://yellowfibro.blogspot.com.au

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  43. Hi! I love this... may I feature it on www.sewcanshe.com? Please drop me a line at caroline@sewcanshe.com to let me know.

    Thanks!

    Caroline

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  44. This looks fantastic!!! Must try it. Thanks for the tute.

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  45. very cute: I featured it here:
    http://sewprettysewfree.blogspot.com/2012/10/triple-zip-pouch-sewing-tutorial.html
    Thanks,
    Anshu
    http://sewprettysewfree.blogspot.com

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  46. Thank you for an excellent Tutorial! I really enjoyed making this. I was wondering if you made the largest lining in two pieces with a seam that would wind up at the bottom of the the lining. Then you could leave an opening and be able to sew the side seams a little easier and turn the whole ting through this opening. I will try this and let you know if it works.

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  47. Wonderful just wonderful tutorial thank you so much.

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  48. This is such a great project.
    Myself and two friends spent a day making triple zipper pouches only we made jumbo sized pouches.
    I just put a picture of mine on my blog with a link to the tutorial.
    Thank you!
    Margaret

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  49. Wow what a great tutorial. Just finished my first one. Did it from start to finish (picking fabric to admiring it open and closed) in 2 hours and 10 minutes. Will make another tomorrow and post them both on my blog with a shout out to you. The only change I would make to this pattern is that I will probably add a strap for convenience. I thank you and the receivers of these gifts will also thank you. I'm off to see if I can be your newest follower.

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  50. I pinned this a while ago and am just now getting around to looking at it. Love it!!! Any suggestions for converting this to a purse? I want to make my 3 yr old a purse with lots of pockets, buttons and zippers. She's a bit obsessed. =)

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  51. In response to Unknown (above), I know of more than one person who has just increased the size with good results. A purse tutorial has crossed my mind though - maybe in the new year...

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  52. Love it! I've been trying to think of how to put a multizip pouch together...and now my brain can just rest and use yours! :)

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  53. Great Tutorial! How would I make this bag with 2 zippers on both sides instead of just the 1?

    SewKoolBeenz@gmail.com

    @pril

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  54. this looks like a great tutorial. and what a fun sew along project! i'm excited to do this :)

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  55. I LOVE this pouch!!! I made one tonight, and now I'm addicted. I did get confused a few times about various things, mostly because it was late at night and I probably should have been in bed sleeping, instead of up and sewing. When I got to the last part, sewing up the sides, my brain refused to go any further. I understood the concept of sewing up the sides (sort of), but I just couldn't make it work. Colleen's post saved me - I simply sliced the main lining piece in half at the bottom, sewed the sides up easily, turned the bag right side out through the opening I left in the bottom of the lining, and then machine stitched the opening closed. Problem solved, my OCD is satisfied, and I can go to sleep. Thank you so much for your generosity in sharing this with us. I'm going to be making more of these :)

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    1. That's exactly what I did! Otherwise, I couldn't figure out how to turn it right side out.

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  56. Thanks for this tutorial. I've got it pinned for later. Think I'm going to make two of these for my nieces' birthdays.

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  57. I've been wanting to make a zippered bag for a while now, but didn't really know where to start. Your tutorial is amazing and so clear, thank you so much! (Love your bright colored fabric too!)

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  58. Hi!
    First of all, thank you for the great tutorial! I made it and can't stop the sewing...
    Edit

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  59. Better late than never! I made one too. First of many, I'm sure:

    http://cabinfibers.blogspot.com/2013/02/i-asked-her-for-adidas-and-she-bought.html

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  60. Thanks for the wonderful tutorial. Am I the only one

    who had trouble getting the ends of the top zipper to look
    good? I finally put it up to work on another day. Otherwise,
    I think it is such a cute bag.

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  61. It makes a difference if you lay the zipper up or down before sewing the zipper in. Here are a couple of sites that should you how to do it so the zipper ends look much better. I also put tabs on the ends of my zippers which makes a world of difference. I don't think either of these sites mention it but there are lots of sites out there. Just Google instructions for zipper tabs in pouches or something like that. Here are the two sites I mentions. (http://www.curbly.com/users/ModHomeEcTeacher/posts/4101-How-to-Insert-a-Zipper#jump) and (http://www.sewdelicious.com.au/2012/09/simple-zip-pouch-tutorial-for-beginners.html)

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  62. I cannot wait to try my hand at this one. Thanks for sharing :-)

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  63. Hi Debbie, I am wondering if it's OK to put the two pouches I made in my Etsy shop if I link back to your blog? Can you please email me back and let me know what the rules are? ;)

    Thank you!
    Kerry
    kerryATpenny-dog.co.uk

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  64. Hi, great tutorial, Thank you so much from Italy, Emanuela

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  65. Awesome tutorial! Thanks for sharing!

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  66. Thank you SO much for this tutorial. I absolutely love my little triple zip pouch. Your directions were great too!

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  67. Love the tutorial thanks for sharing the post.... now i can use this one...!

    embroidered patches
    wallets and purses
    Magnetic Labels
    lighters uk

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  68. This is amazing! Thanks for a great tutorial! Somebody has a very keen mind to figure out how this would go together so easily. Thanks!! I will be making this one again!

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  69. Great tutorial, thank you! - I have posted a picture in my blog: http://quiltar-och-silver.blogspot.se/

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  70. Beautiful little bag. Thank you for the detailed tutorial.

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  71. I can see so many uses for this! Thank you for sharing. I have linked to you on my blog. http://alittlebirdmademe.wordpress.com/2013/06/21/a-list-of-30-free-tutorials-and-patterns-for-wallets-and-pouches/

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  72. Hi Debbie - I'm in the home stretch of this adorable little bag and I'm TOTALLY stuck. How do I top stitch the final side of zipper #3? I have reread the tutorial and i don't think it mentions it - please help!!

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  73. merci pour ce tutoriel, je me coucherai moins bête ce soir !
    je vais bien vite tester en faisant une trousse.

    bonne journée

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  74. What great fun this pouch is going to be!! I can't wait to make...THANK YOU for posting such an easy to follow tutorial...I really appreciate it :)

    Katye

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  75. Can hardly wait to give this little bag a shot. Thanks for the well written tutorial.

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  76. Today this bag will be made ​​by several members of Quiltesiden on Facebook. We are sewing together.
    Thank you for sharing the pattern :-)

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  77. Debbie, you are welcome to join us in my group on Facebook. Then you can see all the pictures. Just look up the Norwegian group Quiltesiden.

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  78. I love this but as another person said….a little confused about the last part. I will figure it out once I get going I am sure….but…..a video tutorial would be AWESOME and you would get LOTS of viewers I am sure. Please………...

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  79. I’m trampled for the blogs writings and also blogs.
    english help online

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  80. very good information and Inspiring & Interesting.

    success always
    http://tokoobatbiusasli.blogspot.com

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  81. I love this! I saw a zip pouch in Country Living this month but its just one pouch with decorative zippers...I was working out a pattern in my head to do a pouch like this while trying to fall asleep last night! - Bailey Marie & Me

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  82. Can anyone tell me the final size of the outside of the bag please? I'm trying to change the size and convert to cm's and want to be sure im on the right track. I want a finished bag of 38cm wide by 27cm high (15x10.5 in) will still work right? Sorry im a newbie being very brave trying something complicated

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  83. Ashleigh, the finished pouch is 6" tall and 7 1/2" wide....good luck!

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  84. Thank you for sharing this great tutorial. I just finished a bag and wrote a post about it. You can find it on my blog at http://beccascrazyprojects.blogspot.com/2014/06/triple-zip-pouch-fun-with-thing-1-thing.html.

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  85. I love this! thanks for the tutorial!
    (julie gier)

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  86. Perfect tutorial for a multiple zipper pouch! Thank you!

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  87. Thanks Debbie, awesome pouch, have made 3 so far and will probably make a few more

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  88. Thank you so much for the nice Bag tutorial but could you please post some pictures of how to sew the lining in the end, I had to handsew the last seam.

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  89. I made a couple of these last year and I love them so much I am going to make a few more. They are so handy.

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