If you’re new to my 52 zippers project, you can read the backstory, see all the zipper pouches, and download basic zipper pouch instructions here.

For this week’s zipper pouch, I decided I wanted to try some peek-a-boo pleats again. I wasn’t super pleased with last week’s attempt so I tried again today! I think I need maybe another iteration before I’m satisfied, but this week’s is better than last, so at least I’m moving in the right direction.

This week the outer fabric is Essex yarn-dyed linen in Flax and some old Anna Maria Horner voile. The size of the scrap determined the height of the pouch.

I made panels for both the front and the back, and for one I cut it down a bit and added a strip of linen between the panel and the zipper. I sewed the other panel directly to the zipper. I think I much prefer having that narrow strip at the top to give it some breathing room from the zipper.

I didn’t use any interfacing as I didn’t want the pleats to be strangely stiff. For lining I used this lovely blue floral.

Zipper pouch specs:

  • Outer pieces: Front and back panels pieced together: 4 center linen background pieces were  4″ high and 1.25″ wide at the top and 0.875″ wide at the bottom. Outer linen pieces were 4″ high, 2″ wide at the top and 1.75″ wide at the bottom. The voile floral strips (5) were 4″ high by 1″ wide.
  • Lining pieces: Layered front panel on top of lining and cut to match
  • Zipper tabs: none
  • Zipper: about 5.5″ cut, measured against final outer panel width.

See you back here next week with another zip pouch!