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Ruffle Zipper Tutorial

March 13, 2016

The other week I got an idea for making a ruffle zipper to use on pouches to be kind of the focal point. Though I’m sure I am not the inventor of this idea, I couldn’t seem to find any tutorials or even pictures of this. So here we go, bear with me as I am new to instructions.


Here is what you will need to start:

-Two strips of fabric 18 x 2 1/4 inches

-8 inch zipper

-Clover clips

-Fabric glue


Start out by ironing your long strips in half length wise. Next, leaving a little “tail” at the end make a small fold (pictured top left). Your ruffle will vary depending on how big of a fold you make and how close together you place the folds. Also keep in mind this is a hand made ruffle, it doesn’t need to be exact or perfect to look great. Clip the first ruffle fold to hold in place. In the bottom left picture you can see how I pinch the fabric to make the fold. Continue making ruffle folds and clipping in this method until you reach the end leaving a bit of a tail.


Next, use a little fabric glue and align the ruffles raw edge with the zippers edge. I used the clips to hold it in place while the glue sets. After the glue has set, use a very scant 1/4 inch seam to sew it down. As you can see, I still have yet to use an actual zipper foot. Instead I just hold on tight and take it slow. Now you can see the one side is done and ready to be top stitched onto your project. Repeat for the next side.


-Use Clover clips to hold the first ruffle back as you sew the next side on to keep it out of the way.

-Before you sew the second ruffle side down check to make sure your ruffle folds are going in the same direction.


Now you have a ruffle zipper ready to make any project extra special! There are lots of tutorials for sewing with lace zippers which should help with any questions (I am no pro when it comes to sewing with zippers but if I can figure it out then so can you!). I will quickly show you how I added this one to my little boxy pouch.


Place your outer fabric right side up on top of the edge of the zipper with the ruffle part standing up (top left picture), use a glue stick to hold it in place. Turn it over and place the lining fabric face down aligned to the edge of the zipper (top right picture). Hold carefully in place and sew along the edge using a 1/4 inch seam. The bottom left picture shows how it will look after both sides are attached. The next step is top stitching the ruffle down. Once again I am using my normal sewing foot here so I just take it slow. I went with about a 1/8 inch seam for the top stitch and tried to keep the ruffle close to the zipper teeth instead of a more exposed zipper look.


Here is my finished ruffle zipper pouch!


I just love how the ruffle zipper is the focal point of this bag.


Find the tutorial I used for the bag part here. And of course I couldn’t stop with just one, here are the others I started out with.


Denim and Liberty ruffle zipper pouch with ruffle wristlet.


This one placed along the top of my bag was applique stitched down so the ruffle didn’t stick out. Looks cute but I prefer the zipper to lay flat on the bag.


And my favorite one so far!

I hope this was helpful for you, please let me know if you have any questions. I would love to see your own ruffle zippers!





Little Notebook Cover Tutorial 

June 10, 2015

 Here is a quick step by step tutorial for a easy notebook cover. These are just very basic instructions and can be tweaked to meet your needs and desires. I must apologize in advance, I am a visual learner and am not very detailed in my instructions. If you have any questions I am happy to answer and explain more as best I can. That being said, this is very easy and I don’t think it can be messed up too bad😉 

*You will need:

 two fat quarters of fabric or less depending on how big your notebook is, a piece of batting and basic sewing knowledge.

Start with a notebook of your choice, I used a simple white Moleskin about 4×6 inches. Place about an inch of extra fabric going around and fold fabric over to line up. Use a ruler to cut fabric (for best results remove book before you cut😉).


For the inside left pocket:

Take two cuts of fabric, wrong sides facing and double fold the top of the back edge over the front fabric then fold the side edge as shown. Clip in place. 

To make the notebook pocket fold the edge of your fabric to make a nice edge and line up, trim to size.

Sew the top of the pocket and the side of the notebook sleve .

  Next up, fold in half and finger press so you can see where the center of your book is. Layer batting, then your inside fabric and pockets, placing them where you want them to go. Pin a piece of ribbon in half just off of the center so when you sew the center seam it will catch and you will have a loop for your pen to go in. Last place your outside fabric on top facing in. Pin or clip around so it’s ready to sew. Using a 1/4 seam allowance stitch around leaving an opening to turn right side out.

I like to use a knitting needle to get my corners nice. Before stitching closed, I added snaps to the inside so they wouldn’t show on the front. (Other options would be a cute botton with elastic loop or ribbon for tying closed. Both of those options would need to be added and sewn in the steps before this one.) The snap on the right is attached inside the pocket and the one on the left is attached on the inside by the batting. 

Fold your opening in nice and clip around. Top stitch with a 1/8 inch stitch all the way around. 


Using your center fold line as a guide stitch the center, backstitching at both ends and making sure to catch the edges of your ribbon pen holder.

  Now that the inside is all done you can have fun filling it up with things you will use or make it a cute gift for someone else. I’m thinking that pocket would make a good gift card holder too😉 My original idea with this was for a grocery list and coupon holder but the options are endless depending on your needs.

I decided to appliqué hexigons to the front of mine but a sweet patch or hand embroidered “journal” note would also be sweet. 


And one last little touch of sweetness on the back.  

I hope you have fun making your own!