What you will need:
- A quilted background (see this post to find out how to use the designs from the Transformation Quilting Collection to create a quilted background – and this post to find out how to apply Deco Foil to your fabric before quilting).
- A piece of fabric the same size as your quilted background to use for the lining
- 2 strips of fabric 1 1/4″ wide and as long as the finished side of your zippered pocket + 2″ (my finished size is 8″ x 6″ – so my strips are 6″ + 2″ = 8″ long)
- A zipper at least as long as the side of your quilted background
To create a flat zippered pocket
Place your quilted background right side up on the table. Place the zipper right side down so that it is centered on the top edge of the background. Hold in place with a few pins. Center the lining fabric right side down on the quilted background. Hold in place along the zipper with a few pins. Stitch along the top edge using a zipper foot, creating a 1/4″ seam. Open up the lining and the quilted background to reveal the zipper. Finger press.
Bring the quilted background right sides together and align the end with the other side of the zipper. Pin in place. Bring the lining right sides together and align with the back of the zipper. Hold in place with pins. Stitch along the edge using a zipper foot, creating a 1/4″ seam.
Finger press the quilted background and lining away from the zipper. Open the zipper and turn so the quilted background is right side out.
Partially close the zipper – make sure that the zipper tab does not go beyond the edge of the quilted background. Turn inside out. Make a fold about 1″ from the zipper. Fold the unit flat and pin the sides in place
Fold in 1/4″ along the long side of each 1 1/4″ wide strip. Align the raw edge of the strip with the edge of the pocket, leaving 1″ hanging off each end of the pocket. Stitch in place with a 1/4″ seam. Trim the zipper to the edge of the pocket.
Fold the ends of the strip over the end of the pocket. Clip the corner of the strip to reduce bulk. Fold the strip over the edge of the pocket to create a binding. Stitch in place. I used a zig zag stitch – 3mm wide and 1mm long.
Repeat on both sides. The inside of the pocket is nice enough to be the outside!
Turn the pocket rights side out to reveal the quilted background. Isn’t it gorgeous?! Be sure to click on the photo below to see a larger version.
To create a zippered pocket with a gusset
Insert the zipper as for the flat pocket.
With right sides in, fold the pocket at the zipper and bind the side edges.
Cut a 1″ square from the two bottom corners of the pocket.
Open the corner and pin as shown below, with right sides together. Stitch a 1/4″ seam with a straight stitch. Restitch with a small zigzag stitch. Repeat for the other corner.
Turn the pocket right side out. Doesn’t this create a beautiful shape?
Be sure to click on the photos to see a larger version.
Leave a comment below and tell me – which one is your favorite pocket? And who do you know who would love one? I know 2 girls who are going to love these!