The Jungle Jalopy Zippered Pouch tutorial was originally shared at Skip to My Lou during last November’s Bake, Craft & Sew-along. I’m re-sharing it at home now, and I’ve added a downloadable easy-to-print PDF version that you can grab over on Craftsy,too!
I’m so excited to share this fun little zippered bag with you! I’ve been sharing some ideas recently for ways that you can combine a quick handmade project with a small store-bought item to put together a thoughtful gift that will be appreciated by the receiver. This little bag goes right along with that theme. Stitch up a Jungle Jalopy Zippered Bag, add a package of toy animals, and you’ll make any little one happy!
2 fat quarters (one each for inner and outer top)
Scraps for the outer bottom and windows
1/4 yard lightweight fusible interfacing
Steam a Seam or another fusible web
One 9″ or longer all-purpose zipper
Print the pattern pieces found here: The Jungle Jalopy Zippered Bag. (Be sure to print “actual size” and check the measurement of the 2 1/2″ square.) Cut out two of each pattern piece. Be sure to cut one, then cut the second reversed. You’ll also need a 9″ or longer all-purpose zipper. The included seam allowance is 1/4″.
Trim the seam allowance to 1/4″. Fold the fabric out at that end of the zipper and lay it out flat with the top facing you. Trim the tab to 1 1/2″ in length. Measure 8” from the seam and trim zipper at that point.
Place the outer piece that faces to the right (the one shown in the photo) in front of you with the right side facing up. Place the zipper right side down along the top edge of the outer piece with the zipper stop facing the front of the jalopy. Line up the raw edge of the zipper 1/2″ from the center of the curve.
Using your machine’s zipper foot, sew the zipper in using a 1/4” seam allowance. Be careful not to get too close to the zipper. (For the easiest installation, position the zipper pull about halfway down the top edge. Sew to just before the pull, backstitch, remove the fabric from the machine, then pull the zipper pull past where you’ve already sewn. Backstitch across where you stopped stitching and stitch all the way to the end.)
Topstitch 1/8″ from the edge of the zipper. (It’s tempting here to wait until the other side of the zipper is attached so that you don’t have to switch out the foot so many times, but topstitching this side is much easier before the other side is attached.) It’s a little tricky topstitching around the curve. Go slowly.
Place the remaining outer piece in front of you with the right side facing up. Flip the zipper and first two pieces over, and place the free side of the zipper right side down on the second outer piece. Line the zipper up at the same point that you did for the first side.
Place the remaining inner piece right side down on top of the zipper and outer piece, sandwiching the zipper between. Pin in place following the same steps you used for the other side of the zipper. Sew in the second side of the zipper.
Trim the corners, clip the curves and turn through the opening, then through the zipper. Push the curves and corners out neatly. Press, but be careful to keep the iron away from the plastic teeth of the zipper.