Here’s the big wrap-up to our Print Your Own Fabric At Home series with a unique sewing project for you. We’ve looked in the earlier articles at:
Now it’s time to put everything we’ve learned into creating our own custom sewing projects. I’ll get you started with this fabric download to create this unique vintage envelope zipper pouch.
Vintage envelope zipper pouch
You will need:
- 2 or 3 sheets of pre-treated printable fabric ( I tested these by June Tailor and was very happy with them (Amazon US here and UK here)
- Lining fabric, two pieces 9 by 6.5 inches
- 8 inch zipper (or longer)
- Optional – ‘Handmade’ printable fabric labels sheet for your designer label
- Color bubble jet printer
- Interfacing of your choice
- The vintage envelope fabric download below
How to make the vintage envelope zipper pouch
Download and print out your PDF files for the front and back of the envelope onto your fabric sheets. Print at 100%, no scaling or fit to page. If you want to add a ‘designer’ label from the Handmade labels sheet, then print that one too.
Follow the instructions provided with your sheets on how to ‘set’ your ink. I had to leave the ink to dry for 10 minutes and then iron for 2 minutes.
Trim away the white border leaving the envelope and a 1/2 inch seam allowance on all sides. Fuse your interfacing of choice to the outer and lining fabrics.
Now we’ll just be creating a simple zipper pouch using these pieces. Lay your zipper face down in the right side of the envelope front, zipper pull to the left.
One piece of your lining fabric goes on top, right side facng down and all raw edges matching up at the to edge of the zipper. Pin or clip in place. (Love these Wonder Clips!)
Use your zipper foot and sew along that top edge, evenly running the foot along the zipper teeth from one side to the other, to sew the zipper between the two layers of fabric. Then fold those layers back wrong sides together and admire your handiwork so far.
Time to add the fabric to the other side of the zipper tape. Place the envelope back face up, with the top of the envelope at the top and line up the zipper face down, so that the envelope front and back are facing each other. Add your second lining piece on top, face down, same as you did before. Pin all the layers in place and sew along the second side of your zip.
Then open everything out and press the fabric away from the zipper tape on the top and the bottom. We don’t want our lining fabric catching in the zipper when we open and close it later.
Still using your zipper foot, top stitch through all layers on either side of the zipper from one end to the next. Give it a good press.
If you want to add a cute ‘Handmade for you’ label, you can add this to your lining or to the back of the bag now, if you haven’t already. Check back to the earlier article here for the printable labels and how to use them.
Now match your bag right sides together, so the two outer envelope pieces are facing each other, and the two lining pieces are facing each other. Fold the seam allowance at the center towards the lining and fold the zipper so the teeth are facing towards the lining too.
Sew all around the outside of the bag with a 1/2 inch seam allowance. Take care not to hit the metal parts of the zipper stops with your needle as you pass by, and leave a gap open in the bottom of the lining (where shown with pins) so you can turn the bag right side out.
Once sewn, fold back the seam allowances at the bottom of the lining on each side, and press them to create a nice fold. This will help you in closing the bottom of the bag neatly later.
Now turn the bag right sides out through the gap in the lining. Take a look at the ends of your zipper and make sure to get something blunt up in there to give them a good poke and make them sit nicely. I think I should have poked one of my ends a little more (going to do that now…). Then sew the gap in the lining closed by machine or by hand and push that down inside your bag.
Give the bag a good press and try not to actually press creases into it like I did with my lining! Better go back and do that again now…. And then your vintage envelope zipper pouch is completed.
Trivia fact – the post mark on this envelope is Dec 12 1939, just 3 days before the release of Gone with the Wind. 1939 was the most celebrated year in movie history with a number of exceptionally good films released that year. Vivien Leigh of course starred in Gone with the Wind, and it won many Academy Awards but check out this list of other fabulous films that year. How many of these have you seen?
Now get out on the town and show off your interesting bag! What ideas do you have now for printing your own fabric and using it in your sewing projects?