Zakka Style project #11 – The Zakka Pouch

The book Zakka Syle has a pouch pattern called the Orchard Path Tweed Pouch by Amanda Jennings.  I can’t call mine a tweed pouch because I opted to sew it using linen and ultra suede.

Zakka pouch

I’m really happy with how it turned out except that I was hoping it would fit my Kindle and it does not.

Kindle doesn’t quite fit.

If I had done the zipper differently, it probably would have fit.  I followed the suggestions of this week’s Zakka Sew Along host(ess) Elizabeth from Don’t call me Betsy.  She suggested following this zippered pouch tutorial from Kelbysews.  I love the way that it went together and the finished look of the zipper.

Zipper detail

Zipper detail

This neat technique made the zippered opening a bit smaller.  I also cut my zipper smaller than I should have which caused me to sew the pouch with a 1/2 inch seam allowance instead of a 1/4 inch.  These two things  made just enough difference that my Kindle would not fit in there.  I may try again because this made up pretty quickly and would be even quicker after having already done one.  Using ultra suede on the bottom corners and the hexies (?hexes) meant that I didn’t have to do any turning under.

Pattern pieces – note the difference?

The book has you enlarge the pouch pattern 200%.  The corner pattern and the hexagons are printed real size.  I found that the corner pattern did not exactly match my enlarged pouch corners.  They were just a slightly different shape and size.  I opted to cut off a corner of my pouch pattern and use that to cut the ultra suede.  This way they were perfect!

Zakka pouch

Good luck to everyone who is sewing this project this week as part of the Zakka Style Sew Along. It’s a great one!


Filed under Gifts, Zakka Style sew along

5 responses to “Zakka Style project #11 – The Zakka Pouch

  1. I love your pouch. It looks fantastic. Pity it doesn’t fit your Kindle xxx

  2. Glad it wasn’t just me who found that problem with the corners! Lovely idea to use suede and not need to ‘hem’ it!

  3. eamylove

    The look of your pouch is fabulous, with the ultrasuede! Very understated and appealing. It would have made a nice Kindle case, but it’s still very useful, I’m sure!

  4. I love your version! I made my own version of the bag and size, so I am lucky I didn’t get accross the problem.

  5. Ria

    Ooh, I really like the look of that pouch! I have the book, and that’s one project I’ve had my eye on, but those hexagons are a bit daunting for me at the moment, sadly, so I’ve left it alone for the moment. Nice idea to use ultra-suede!

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