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Zipper Pouch (In-the-Hoop)

Free project instructions for creating in-the-hoop zipper pouches.

Free project instructions for creating in-the-hoop zipper pouches.


Stitching with zippers is easier than ever! These cute and clever pouches assemble in-the-hoop, complete with adorable decoration and a smooth finished edge. They're a perfect catchall for trinkets and treasures -- for kids and grown-ups alike. Follow along to make your own!


Project Needs & Notes:

- Fabric for the pouch (we used flannel)
- 7" zipper (in a color matching the fabric)
- Embroidery thread
- Scissors
- Masking tape
- Temporary spray adhesive
- Tear-away stabilizer


Designs featured in this tutorial include:
- X14068, Slice of Life Zipper Pouch - Watermelon (In-the-Hoop)


Finished size:
6 1/4" wide x 4 1/4" tall


Special notes:
The dielines for the front of the pouch are designed to be cut on the fold. To get the correct fabric shape for these pieces, fold the fabric in half, place each dieline with the long edge along the fold, and cut around the non-folded edges. The back piece should be cut from a single layer of fabric.

Free project instructions for creating in-the-hoop zipper pouches.

In-the-hoop designs are specially digitized to be embroidered and completed right in the hoop.

These designs contain three files. One is a full embroidery file, and the other two are dieline files.

Free project instructions for creating in-the-hoop zipper pouches.

When you download the in-the-hoop zipper pouch design, you'll find two files. One is an embroidery file, and the other two are dieline files, marked with the letters DL. Dielines are used to cut the fabric to the right shape and size.

Open each dieline file with an embroidery software, and print it. If you do not have embroidery software, Wilcom TrueSizer is a free program to use.

Cut around the paper dieline shape for each dieline file, and spray the back with temporary adhesive. Then smooth it onto the right side of the fabric.

Free project instructions for creating in-the-hoop zipper pouches.

Cut out each fabric shape, leaving the folded edges intact. Do not unfold the folded pieces.


Free project instructions for creating in-the-hoop zipper pouches.

Now that the fabric pieces are cut and ready, it's time to embroider the pouch. Hoop a piece of tear-away stabilizer. Madeira E-Zee Tear 1.5 oz. or Floriani Tearaway Medium are good choices. Those brands are more fibrous, less paper-like, and will tear more cleanly.

Free project instructions for creating in-the-hoop zipper pouches.

Attach the hoop to the machine and load the full embroidery design (not the dieline files) for the pouch.

Use a size 11 or 75/11 sharp sewing needle, rather than an embroidery needle. A sharp sewing needle has a smaller, finer point than an embroidery needle, so that will make smaller perforations in the stabilizer.

Embroider the design. The first thing to embroider will be a dieline for the zipper placement.

Free project instructions for creating in-the-hoop zipper pouches.

Remove the hoop from the machine, but do not unhoop the stabilizer. Spray the back of the zipper with temporary spray adhesive. Open the zipper about halfway, so that the zipper pull is in the middle.

Place the zipper inside the dieline so that the zipper teeth are centered over the center line, and the top stops of the zipper are about 1/8" in from the end of the dieline. Use a bit of masking tape to hold the zipper pull in the center of the zipper.

Place the hoop back on the machine. A tackdown will stitch next, to hold the zipper in place.

Free project instructions for creating in-the-hoop zipper pouches.

Place the hoop back on the machine. A tackdown will stitch next, to hold the zipper in place.

The next step will stitch the dieline for placement of the "Top Front" piece.

Remove the hoop from the machine, but do not unhoop the stabilizer. Spray the "Top Front" fabric lightly with temporary adhesive. Place the fabric in the dieline shape, with the folded edge facing the zipper and the raw edge facing outward.

Free project instructions for creating in-the-hoop zipper pouches.

Place the hoop back on the machine. A tackdown will stitch next, to hold the top front fabric in place. Then embroider the dieline for the "Bottom Front" piece, and stop the machine.

Spray the "Bottom Front" fabric piece lightly with temporary spray adhesive. Place the fabric in the dieline shape, with the folded edge facing the zipper and the raw edge facing outward.

Free project instructions for creating in-the-hoop zipper pouches.

Place the hoop back on the machine, and continue stitching the design. A tackdown will sew next, to hold the bottom front fabric in place. Then any decorative elements will sew.

Free project instructions for creating in-the-hoop zipper pouches.

Watch the color change sheet, and stop the machine before the "back piece tack down." Remove the hoop from the machine, but do not unhoop the stabilizer.

Lay the back fabric piece over the front of the pouch, covering the fabric and embroidery, and use masking tape along the edges to hold it in place.

Free project instructions for creating in-the-hoop zipper pouches.

Place the hoop back on the machine, and continue stitching. The last step to sew is a finishing seam to stitch the front and back fabric together.

Free project instructions for creating in-the-hoop zipper pouches.

Once the design is finished, gently remove the excess stabilizer and tape from around the design. Trim away the excess fabric, leaving 1/4" seam allowance.

Free project instructions for creating in-the-hoop zipper pouches.

With a pair of scissors, gently cut away the stabilizer from the inside of the zipper.

Free project instructions for creating in-the-hoop zipper pouches.

Open the zipper completely, and turn the pouch right side out.

Zipper Pouch (In-the-Hoop)



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