1. This first tip I already shared in my metal zip post, but thought it worth sharing again here for reference. And that's to open the zipper and stitch the two open ends together to keep them aligned. It's not necessary at the zipper stop end, just the 'open' end.
2. Placing wonder tape along the top edges of the exterior and lining pieces eliminates the need for any pins or clips (shown before and after the 2nd strip of protective paper is removed).
Simply place your prepared zipper down along the tape on the first piece of fabric ....
Then place the second piece of fabric on top of that. Finger-press well and sew!
3. I have always found stitching past the zipper-pull messy, and more often than not, end up with crooked lines at that spot. Now I stop stitching when I reach the zipper pull, and completely remove my pouch from my machine. I move the pull past the area where I stopped, then start stitching again, overlapping when I ended by several stitches. Works wonders for a neater finish.
4. To avoid a "baggy" lining, after the zipper installation, when you place exteriors right-sides together, trim 1/4" off the bottom of both lining pieces, then proceed as normal.
5. After the perimeter of the pouch is sewn together, but before turning to the right-side out, press the seam allowance of the opening back 1/4". This makes it much easier to get that area neat when you go to sew it together later.
6. A detail I never seem to see in zipper pouch tutorials is what to do with the seam allowances at the side seams when you are doing the final sew around the exterior. So this time I consciously chose to fold the seam allowances towards the linings and the tabs towards the exteriors, and that seemed to work well.
Well there are my little secrets! If you have some zipper pouch tips to share, we'd love to hear them!