There’s nothing more thoughtful than a handmade gift, so surprise your Mum this Mothers Day with a gift that is a step up from the days of making her paper chains and finger painted cards. This zip pouch is the perfect protector for an ipad, notebook and pen or even a travel make-up kit. It is even keeping the contents of my Mary-Poppins-like handbag organised. Customise it to suit your Mum by choosing fabric that she’ll love from the huge Dailylike range.
Happy Mothers Day to all the Mums, and if your babies are a bit too little to whip you one up for Mothers Day (as mine are!) steal a few moments of the day and make one for yourself, you deserve it!
Before you start sewing, cut your fabrics to the following sizes:
2 x pieces 29 x 23cm from print 1 (back and front of pouch)
2 x pieces 29 x 23cm from print 2 (lining)
1 x piece 55 x 12cm from print 3 (frill)
Select one piece of fabric (print 1) and place facing up. This will be your pouch front. Lay the zip face down along the top edge of the front piece as per photo.
Place one piece of lining (print 2) face down on top and pin together along the top edge.
Sew along top edge as close to zip as possible. If you have a zipper foot for your sewing machine, use it here, as it will allow you to sew closer to your zip.
Fold back lining, so that the front and lining are now back to back on one side of the zipper.
Place your second piece of print 1 fabric face-up. This will become the back-side of your pouch. Lay the zip face down along the top edge of the back piece
Place the second piece of lining (print 2) face down on top and pin together along the top edge.
Sew along top edge as close to zip as possible.
Open up so that the front and lining are back to back on one side, and the back and lining are back to back on the other side of the zip.
Press with an iron.
Sew 1/8” in from the zip along both sides. This will attach the front and back to its respective lining.
To make your frill, fold your piece of fabric (print 3) in half along the long edge with right sides together.
Sew along the short edges. Open up and press with an iron.
Sew along the top (open) edge of the frill. Increase your stitch length to 5.5, and sew a second line of stitching approximately 1/8” underneath the first line. Make sure you do not knot/stop the thread at the start or finish of these rows otherwise your frill won’t gather!
Pick up the top threads only at one end and pull to create a gather. Gather enough so that the finished frill is 25cm long.
Cut a piece of bias 31cm long. Open up and lightly press. Pin it to the front piece only (not the lining!), approximately 5cm below the zip.
Pin the frill so the top edge aligns with the centre of the bias.
Sew along the frill. Fold over the top of the bias and press with iron.
Sew along the bias. I used a zigzag stitch reducing the width and length to 1 at the base of the bias, but you could use a straight stitch it you prefer.
Open up the zip and lay flat so that the 2 pieces of lining are face-to-face and the front and back are face-to-face on the other side of the zip.
Sew around all four edges leaving an opening of about 2” at the bottom of the lining side. Use the zipper start and end (where it opens and closes) as the guide for your seam allowance – it will be approximately ¾”.
Trim corners and any excess fabric in the seam allowance.
Turn inside out through the opening in the lining. Fold the seams in in the opening, press with iron and sew across the opening.
Tuck the lining back into the pouch.
This project was created by Dailylike Design Team member Sam Dunne of Dunne with Style.