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Monday, February 4, 2013

How to Make an Inside Zippered Pocket for your Purse

 I have always been stumped as to making an inside zippered pocket in my bags...then I had one of those Ah huh I want to share it with you. Sew here it goes.....

9 x 14 inch rectangle of fabric
7 inch zipper (if you have a longer zipper, it can easily be cut down)
Water soluble marker or tailors chalk
Fusible tape or glue stick
Zipper Foot

  First cut all your purse pieces and interface as desire

 Find the center (side to side) of your lining piece and your pocket piece.

  Place the pocket fabric wrong side up on the lining. Position it so that it is centered side to side and the top to bottom center of the pocket is about 1.5 inches from the top raw edge of the lining.

  Use a couple of pins to hold in place. With the water soluble pen or chalk, draw a rectangle that is ½ inch tall x 7 inches long beginning 2- 2.5 inches down from the top raw edge of the lining going out 3.5 inches from the center on either side or half your desired zipper length.

 Machine stitch along the marked lines.
Cut a slit in the center of the rectangle stopping about 1/4 inch from either end then angled out to the corners. Don’t cut through your stitching

Push the pocket though the window to the back side of lining pressing the seam away from the center.

 This is how it looks from the front side
You can hold the zipper in place with pins, fabric glue or double sided tape...I'm a rebel and just go for it!  I like to do 2 rows of stitching to secure it.

On the backside bring the pocket sides together. Cut any excess off the closed end of the zipper. Stitch around the sides and bottom of the pocket.
 Here is the finished pocket...I like to add a touch of ribbon on the pull.
Love to add a fun inside fabric to surprise you when you open.

Coming soon to my Etsy shop...Bird on a Branch


  1. I always like reading about getting how my friends get unstumped. Its inspiring to see creativity like yours Sue. You did a great job with this writeup and I really liked the Rebel Yell part! I like the Bird artwork! Just a perfect gift

  2. Thanks so much Brian...I love when I have one of those AH usually happens during the night...I'll wake up and I have a solution

  3. You are just so talented. Beautiful work. Amazing how the answers will just sometimes just pop into your head! I also shared this to my website with a link to your site for awesome instructions.

  4. Wow, I would have never figured that out. I have enough trouble getting a zipper in the back of a dress lol. Great thinking! It turned out beautifully!

  5. As a 'non-but wanna-be sewer' I am utterly impressed!

  6. so fantastic that you could show us ..I will remember to refer back here if I need to do this..thanks Sue

  7. Wow, I have a hard enough time just opening zippers inside my bags, let alone doing this. You ROCK!

  8. I gave you a Liebster Award! check out the details here:

  9. love all of your is my favorite color and I love your new orange line

  10. This is awesome Sue, i am so scared to try a zipper but I am going to follow this and see how I do, you're the best