I think sweet little Deer projects go hand in hand with Spring, don’t you? I also think you can never have enough zipper pouches. At least I can’t. I definitely need more organization and tidiness in my life. So I thought – let’s combine the too! A cute deer embroidery, and a cute zipper pouch – all in one!
I’m going to use mine for the floss for a big cross stitch project I’m starting – it will keep me all organized and I won’t get these mixed up with my other colors. The pouch is big enough that I can keep a few other supplies in there too – little scissors, a marking pen, that sort of thing. I love it!
I am sharing a free pattern for this darling little deer too – she would be so cute on lots of different projects!
Zipper Pouches are so fun to sew up and they go together really quickly too – so let’s get started!
Here’s what you’ll need:
- 3 fat quarters
- 1/4 yd fusible fleece
- fusible webbing
- disappearing ink marker
- 1 – 14″ zipper
- embroidery floss
- Deer Embroidery Pattern
(This was originally a guest post for The Ribbon Retreat)
Out of your fabric, cut a piece of fabric 5″ x 13″ for the left panel on the front, 9″ x 13″ for the right panel on the front, and a piece 8″ x 13″ for the back.
You will also need two 8″ x 13″ pieces for the lining and 2 pieces of fusible fleece that are also 8″ x 13″.
You’ll also need to cut out one more section of fabric out for your deer embroidery. You want it to fit in an embroidery hoop. Trace the little deer design with the disappearing marker.
Stitch around the deer with a back stitch. If you need help with the stitches, I have embroidery stitching tutorials on my blog. Trace the oval line on the pattern around the deer and cut out the piece. Iron a piece of fusible webbing to the back of the embroidery piece, then iron the oval in place on your right front fabric panel. Stitch around the oval with a small zigzag stitch.
Sew the right front panel to the left front panel. Iron a piece of fusible fleece to the wrong side of the fabrics. Trace on your frame for the deer, then embroider in the frame with a back stitch. Add a running stitch on either side of the seam as well, for something a little “extra”.
Iron the remaining fusible fleece to the wrong side of the back piece.
Make a little sandwich by laying the zipper face down along the top edge of the front panel. Lay the lining fabric over this, face down. Line up the top edges. Using a zipper foot sew along the top edge, sewing the front, zipper and lining together.
Repeat for the other side of the zipper.
Fold the two front pieces together and the two lining pieces together. Sew around all the lining and outside pieces, leaving an opening for turning at the bottom of the lining fabrics. Make sure you zipper is open before you sew everything up – otherwise you will have some fun turning everything right side out. Clip the corners.
Turn the zipper pouch right side out. Tuck the lining into the pouch. Sew the opening closed. Press everything so it looks nice.
That’s all there is to it! You now have a super cute little zipper pouch for supplies, makeup, or even a gift!
I’d love to see a photo if you make one up!