Wednesday, July 5, 2023

Seashell Satchel Zipper Pocket Tutorial

The Seashell Satchel is a really simple pattern, but there are so many ways to take it up a notch!

The Seashell Satchel is also a great spot for our iron on digital designs! It would also work well for panels!

Seasehell Satchel with Iron On designs

Audrey added a ruffle to the top of hers.

Seashell Satchel with added ruffle

The pocket can be divided into whatever dimensions you prefer- add pen slots or size one to fit your phone.

Seashell Satchel Pockets

Today we are going to look at another option- adding a zipper pocket.

Seashell Satchel Zipper Pocket Tutorial

The zipper pocket can be placed on the inside or outside, depending on your preference. It is a great way to keep small items more secure.

Seashell Satchel Zipper Pocket Tutorial

This is designed to work with the pieced version of the medium Seashell Satchel. You will cut all of the pattern pieces for the Seashell Satchel with two changes.

1. Replace the front top piece with:

1 3/8" X 12" main and lining
4 1/2" X 12" main and lining
12" or longer zipper

2. Cut the top band pieces 2" X 12" 

To prepare the front zipper panel:

Sandwich the top of the zipper between the top main and lining pieces.
Sew with a 3/8" seam allowance using a zipper foot.
Press the pieces away from the zipper and topstitch 1/8" from the seam.
Repeat for the bottom pieces.

To assemble the bag:

Sandwich the main body of the bag between the zipper panel and lining.
Sew using a 3/8" seam allowance.
Press the top pieces upward and topstitch with a 1/2" seam allowance to enclose all of the raw edges.

Repeat for the back of the bag, topstitching as desired (you will only see one side at a time anyway.)

Sew the top bands in the same manner as the pattern instructions. They will just be more narrow so as not to add more layers over the zipper.

Baste the sides and be mindful of the zipper stop. Trim the ends of the zipper to align the edges with the rest of the bag.

Follow the rest of the directions as per the pattern. 

Seashell Satchel with Zipper Pocket

Here is a video tutorial to make this a little easier for you!

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Seashell Satchel Zipper Pocket Tutorial

Get the Seashell Satchel pattern HERE!

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