12 Days of Christmas in July Blog Hop

Hi everyone and welcome to the 12 Days of Christmas in July blog hop! Sarah @Confessions of a Fabric Addict has gathered 25 awesome bloggers to share their ideas for Christmas quilts and giftables. It’s my turn today, and I’m presenting a tutorial for an adorable quilt block zippered pouch.

The idea behind this pouch is that you can personalize it using any 9” finished quilt block, such as this wonky Sawtooth Star.

Before I show you how to make the zippered pouch, let me show you how to make the wonky Sawtooth Star block.

Making a 9” Wonky Star block

For the center of the star, I suggest a novelty. You might use a cute Christmas novelty if you’re making the zippered pouch for a Christmas gift. For a pet lover, you could use a novelty with cute cats or dogs—there are plenty of those out there to choose from. In fact, there are novelties for just about any hobby or passion, so choose a novelty that reminds you of the recipient. Here are the fabric requirements for the wonky Sawtooth Star block:

  • (1) 4-1/2” square novelty for the star center
  • (4) 4-1/2” squares for the star points, cut once diagonally

Background fabric, cut

  • (2) 2-1/2” x 3-1/2” rectangles
  • (2) 2-1/2” x 4-1/2” rectangles
  • (2) 3-1/2” x 4-1/2” rectangles
  • (1) 2-1/2” square
  • (1) 3-1/2” square

To make the wonky star points, sew one triangle to each of the two 3-1/2” x 4-1/2” rectangles, like this. Change with the angle of each triangle to create wonkiness. Before sewing, make sure that when the triangle is sewn and flipped back, it’ll extend past the edges of the background square.

Trim the excess background fabric and press. Repeat to sew the first triangle point on the two 2-1/2” x 4-1/2” rectangles.

Repeat this process to create the other star point on each rectangle. When placing the triangles, you can leave a space between the bottoms of the two star points, or overlap them. Both ways create wonkiness in the block. Just be sure that once again, the star point when flipped back covers the area of the original rectangle.

So...position a triangle for the second star point, sew, trim, and press.

Trim the first two rectangles to 3-1/2” x 4-1/2” and the other two to 2-1/2” x 4-1/2”.

Here’s how the block goes together.

Sew together each row first, pressing towards the background squares in Rows 1 and 3, and towards the center square in Row 2. Sew the rows together, pressing towards the center square.

Other options for the 9” block

As I said earlier, you can use any 9” quilt block for this zippered pouch. Want to make a zippered pouch for a teacher’s gift? How about my School Book block pattern? The pattern includes directions for making the block in three sizes: 6”, 9”, and 12”.

For the perfect gift for a bee/hive mate, you might try my Bee Hive pattern, which is available in 6”, 9”, and 12” size. 

As a special gift to all the blog hop participants, I'm offering my block patterns for 50% off in my store from now until the end of the 12 Days of Christmas in July blog hop on July 25th.

Making the zippered pouch

Now that you have your 9” quilt block, it’s time to use it to make a zippered pouch. Here’s what you’ll need to make the quilt block zippered pouch:

  • (1) 9” finished quilt block
  • (1) 2-1/2” x 9-1/2” rectangle for pouch front that coordinates with your quilt block
  • (1) 9-1/2” x 11-1/2” rectangle for the pouch back
  • (2) 9” x 11” rectangles for lining
  • (2) 9” x 11” rectangles batting or fusible fleece
  • (2) 2” x 2” squares for zipper tabs
  • (1) Zipper – 12”

Sew the front of the pouch

Sew your 9” block to the left side of your pouch front fabric and press.

Sew zipper ends

Fold under both ends of one of the zipper tabs just a little, and press. Repeat with the other zipper tab.

Fold the zipper tab over the top end of the zipper. Pin in place and sew across the end of the tab. I back the zipper pull off a little so I can get the zipper to fit into the tab nicely.

A 12” zipper will be slightly too long, but don’t worry you can trim it. Align the zipper along the edge of the pouch front piece and trim the zipper to that same length.

Sew the zipper tab onto the other end of the zipper.

Trim the zipper tabs even with the sides of the zipper. Cut open each zipper tab and trim the zipper to reduce bulk at the seams.

Layer batting/fleece, pouch front, and zipper

If you’re using fusible fleece, than fuse it to the back of the pouch front and lay the pouch front on your table, right side up. If you’re using batting, layer the pouch front on top of the batting, right side up.

Place the zipper along the top edge of the pouch front, right side down.

Sew along the edge of the zipper

Place a lining piece, right side down, on top of the zipper package. With a zipper foot, sew along the top of this “package” to secure the zipper. You may have noticed that I am using Clover Clips instead of pins. They are perfect for this!

Fold back the sides and press

Fold back the pouch front and the lining and press.

Repeat on the other side

If using, fuse the fusible fleece to the pouch back. If you’re using batting, then layer batting and the pouch back, right side up. Layer the other side of the zipper (right side down).

Finally, layer the lining, right side down. Sew to secure the other side of the zipper. Press as before.

Top stitch on either side of the zipper

Stitch close to the zipper on both sides.

Sew the pouch perimeter

Open up the zipper halfway. You need it open to be able to turn the pouch right side out after this step. Open up both sides of the pouch, placing the pouch front and pouch back right sides together, and the pouch linings right sides together.

Pin around the perimeter, matching the side seams. When aligning the seams, push the zipper teeth up towards the lining.

Sew around the perimeter, leaving a 3”- 4” gap along one side of the lining for turning.

Turn right side out and sew opening closed

Clip the corners and turn the pouch right side out. Start by pulling the bag through the gap in the lining, then pull the outside part of the pouch through the zipper opening.

Press under the seam allowance at the opening and sew it cloGive the entire pouch a nice press and stuff the lining back into the bag.

You’re done! Fill your pouch with lovely niceties for the perfect gift. (They are so darn cute I plan on keeping one for myself!)

Thanks for stopping by. Be sure to visit the other participants in the 12 Days of Christmas in July blog hop! The hop continues through July 25th.

July 14th:    Sharon Vrooman @ Vrooman’s Quilts

                    Carole Carter @ From My Caroline Home

July 15th:    Yanicka Hachez @ Finding Myself As An Artist

                   Chris Dodsley @ made by ChrissieD

July 16th:   Marsha Hodgkins @ Quilter in Motion

                   Leanne Parsons@ Devoted Quilter

July 17th:    Tonia Conner @ All Thingz Sewn

                   Selina @ Selina Quilts

July 18th:    Lara Buccella @ Buzzin Bumble

                   Soma Acharya @ Whims and Fancies

July 19th:    Joanne Harris@ Quilts by Joanne

                   Suzy Webster @ Adventurous Applique and Quilting

July 20th:   Vicki in MN @ Vicki’s Crafts and Quilting

                    Jennifer Fulton @ The Inquiring Quilter

July 21st:    Michele Kuhns @ Crayon Box Quilt Studio

                    Jan Ochterbeck @ The Colorful Fabriholic

July 22nd:  Alla Blanca @ Rainbows. Bunnies. Cupcakes.

                    Zenia Rene @ A Quilted Passion

July 23rd:   Joanne Hubbard @ Everyone Deserves a Quilt

                    Paige Alexander @ Quilted Blooms

July 24th:    Carolyn Jones @ …by CJ

                    Tisha Nagel @ Quilty Therapy

July 25th:   Susan Arnold @ Quilt Fabrication

                    Beth Sellers @ Cooking Up Quilts

                    Linda Pearl @ One Quilting Circle

Making these zippered pouches and adding new block patterns were part of my 2016 Finish A Long goals for this quarter so I get to check two off! Yay me!

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Tell me…who will you make a quilt block zippered pouch for? What novelty fabric will you use?