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Boxy Zipper Pouch, 2nd Blogger Competition #1

Guess what today is??? Yep, you guessed it! Today is the first day in our 2nd Blogger Competition! Wahoo! I am so excited for this competition’s lineup of crazy talented ladies! Our first competitor is the fabulous Lisa from Mabey She Made It with her Boxy Zipper Pouch created from the gorgeous and very fun supplies we sent to her and the other competitors…that if you’ll remember, they don’t know anything about until they get their package in the mail. Fun right?!? So, with out further ado help me welcome Lisa to the competition and don’t forget to come back every Monday to see the other competitor’s projects so you can come back and vote for your favorite on Monday, June 1st! Enjoy!

Boxy Zipper Pouch, 2nd Blogger Competition #1 - The Ribbon Retreat Blog
Hi! I’m Lisa Mabey from Mabey She Made It, and I’m so excited today to be part of this round of the blogger challenge. I have some amazing competitors, and I’m so excited to see what they did with these same supplies. And I’m super excited to share this boxy zipper pouch tutorial with you because it turned out so fun.

The other day I received a little zipper pouch with the coolest folds on the ends. It opens really wide, holds a ton, and is overall a pretty impressive little pouch. And being the curious girl I am, I had to figure out how they created it. So in a flash I had it emptied out, turned inside out, and I realized how simple it was to put together. So today I’m showing you how to make one of your own.

Boxy Zipper Pouch, 2nd Blogger Competition #1 - The Ribbon Retreat Blog

Boxy Zipper Pouch Supplies

  • 19″ x 12″ rectangles of 2 coordinating fabrics (one for the outside and one for the lining)
  • 12″ or 14″ zipper
  • 4 coordinating ribbons in varying widths
  • Fabric flower
  • Burlap ribbon
  • Hot glue gun
  • Sewing machine with Zipper foot

Mint Lotus Shocking Pink Lotus Yellow Lotus
Sizzlin Yellow Color Wave Shocking Pink Dazzle Natural Burlap
Blogger Competition Supplies

Instructions

Stack 3 coordinating ribbons and sew them to your outer fabric rectangle starting in the center of a 12″ side and running the whole length (19″) of your rectangle.

Boxy Zipper Pouch, 2nd Blogger Competition #1 - The Ribbon Retreat Blog
Lay your outer and lining fabrics together with right sides together, and sandwich your zipper along the 12″ side as shown.

Boxy Zipper Pouch, 2nd Blogger Competition #1 - The Ribbon Retreat Blog
Sew along the outer edge of the fabric (including the zipper).
To sew the other side of the zipper, separate your outer and lining fabrics so the free side of your zipper is sticking up a little. Then bring the free outer fabric to the free side of the zipper as shown. Repeat for the lining so your zipper is sandwiched between the two free ends of the lining and outer fabric, then sew and press.

Boxy Zipper Pouch, 2nd Blogger Competition #1 - The Ribbon Retreat Blog
Turn your fabric so you have one tube of fabric with the lining fabric out. Place your tube on a table with the zipper centered on the top. Open your zipper a little.
Create a pleat on either side of the zipper by tucking fabric in toward the fabric until they meet at the zipper. Pin in place.

Boxy Zipper Pouch, 2nd Blogger Competition #1 - The Ribbon Retreat Blog
Sew along both edges, making sure to catch all the layers.

Boxy Zipper Pouch, 2nd Blogger Competition #1 - The Ribbon Retreat Blog
Cut a length of your widest ribbon 4-1/2″ long and heat seal the edges by holding them close to a flame. Then sew the ribbon around your sewn edges to create a binding.

Boxy Zipper Pouch, 2nd Blogger Competition #1 - The Ribbon Retreat Blog
Flip your pouch to the right side and you can see the cool boxy shape.

Boxy Zipper Pouch, 2nd Blogger Competition #1 - The Ribbon Retreat Blog
Cut 2 leaves from your burlap, and attach the leaves and a fabric flower to the side of your pouch with a hot glue gun.

Boxy Zipper Pouch, 2nd Blogger Competition #1 - The Ribbon Retreat Blog
Cut a length of thin ribbon, and thread it through your zipper pull. Tie a knot, and heat seal the ribbon edges to prevent fraying.

Boxy Zipper Pouch, 2nd Blogger Competition #1 - The Ribbon Retreat Blog
Now fill it with lots of fun things–beauty products, art supplies, your latest handwork, or a fun Mother’s Day gift.


Thank you Lisa! What a gorgeous little pouch! I am in love with those burlap leaves and those fresh flowers. Your layered ribbon looks so fun and summery and adds the final touch to this adorable little bag perfect for carrying so many things! This great project is also a perfect way to kick off our 2nd Blogger Competition! I love how you utilized your supplies and introduced a couple of your own! Good Luck Lisa and thank you again for sharing your talent with us today!
For more amazing and creative projects by this sweet lady, make sure to visit her at Mabey She Made It!

Are you as excited as I am for another fun competition? I love all of the talented ladies that will be participating this month and can’t wait to share their projects with you all month long! Just like this adorable Boxy Zipper Pouch, by Lisa, you are going to absolutely LOVE the other projects coming your way too!

Although it was a few months ago, let’s take a look back in time at the very first Blogger Competition projects that our first competitiors shared with us! The first project being the big winner!

Valentine Art, Blogger Competition no. 2 - The Ribbon Retreat Blog

Valentine's Day Photo Backdrop - The Ribbon Retreat Blog

Valentine's Day Luncheon Decor, Blogger Competition no. 3 - The Ribbon Retreat Blog
You too can get all of the supplies used in all of these fabulous projects! The Ribbon Retreat is full of ribbon galore, gorgeous gems, fantastic flowers, and so so much more! Check out our online crafty shop right HERE!

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8 Comments

  1. Posted May 10, 2015 at 4:49 pm | Permalink

    Your boxy zipper pouch is so cute! I would love for you to link up at the Stitch It, Blog It, Share It Link Party going on now at behindtheseamssewing.com.
    ~Bonnie

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      Posted May 20, 2015 at 10:45 am | Permalink

      Hi Bonnie! Thank you so much. I am so glad you like this fun pouch! Thank you also for the invite to your Link Party! Have a great day and thank you again! Michelle 🙂

  2. Pat C.
    Posted May 11, 2015 at 12:06 pm | Permalink

    Where have I been?! I feel like Rip Van Winkle, just waking up to discover that we’re now into the second weekog the latest Blogger Competition!!

    Anyway, Lisa, your pouch is gorgeous! I don’t own a sewing machine, nor would I ever learn how to use it if I did, but I could certainly (well, maybe not “certainly”!) take a premade pouch and embellish it with the supplies that you did, using hot glue and/or fabric glue to affix the ribbon!

    I so admire truly creative people like you who would use the mint green flower instead of the shocking pink or yellow one. I am so OCD matchy-poo that it never would have occurred to me to use the mint, but it is just gorgeous! And I love the burlap ribbon leaves; they add the perfect amount of textural interest.

    Thank you for sharing your gorgeous project!

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      Posted May 20, 2015 at 10:38 am | Permalink

      Hi Pat! Hehehe…I always love your comments. They make me smile always! Have a great day and thanks for always supplying such fun tips and different suggestions to put a little different spin on our projects. Michelle 🙂

  3. Posted May 11, 2015 at 8:51 pm | Permalink

    Oh, goodness! Thank you Michelle for your super sweet words. I really had fun with this challenge. And Pat, you made my day! And yes, you could definitely adorn a pouch in the same way. xoxo

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      Posted May 20, 2015 at 10:35 am | Permalink

      Hi Lisa! You are so very welcome. Thank you for participating and for being so amazing! Have a great day! Michelle 🙂

  4. Posted May 12, 2015 at 5:30 am | Permalink

    Saw this over at the “Do Tell Tuesday” link party features… 🙂 Love this pouch!

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      Posted May 20, 2015 at 10:34 am | Permalink

      Hi Marni! Thank you so very much! I am so glad that you love this fun pouch! Isn’t it so cute? Have a great day and thank you again! Michelle 🙂

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