WEEK 2: #popcornpouchsal

It's Week 2 of the Popcorn Pouch Sew-A-Long and this is when things really start to get fun! I hope you've all gathered your fabrics and supplies and are ready to jump into the pattern!

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Week Two

It's time to cut and prep all of your fabrics for the pouches. We'll talk about interfacing, making your own binding, and more! If you have questions at any point feel free to leave a comment here!

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Cutting

Cut your fabrics as directed in the pattern. Keep in mind that the *shortest* side of each cut will attach to the zipper tape, so if you're using directional fabric you'll want to keep that in mind.

Pellon SF101 woven interfacing by the 10 yd. bolt

Interfacing

I personally prefer to use Pellon SF101 woven interfacing on my cotton pouches, and I buy it by the bolt. It gives them great durability and makes them "pop up" even more! Make sure you read the manufacturer instructions for fusing your specific interfacing to your pouches carefully and follow them!

Alternately, you can use fusible fleece and/or batting to quilt it and give it nice puffy texture!

Using vinyl? No interfacing or lining needed. Just one cut of vinyl in the measurement listed for your preferred pouch size in the pattern is all you need.


Rainbow zipper assortment from ZipIt
A seam roller is a great alternative to pressing your zipper seams!

Choosing Zippers

I always choose zippers that bring out a pop of color from my fabrics. You don't have to be matchy-matchy. Sometimes mixing it up works great too! My favorite shop for zippers is ZipIt on Etsy.


  • ZipIt and I have teamed up to bring you a special listing for the Popcorn Pouch Zipper Set, so you can get all the zippers you need in your choice of 60 colors PLUS a key ring for the mini pouch! Just click the link above to shop!


You likely noticed that the pattern requires you to have a zipper at least 2" longer than the *shortest* sides of your fabric (the sides that attach to the zipper). This will allow you to top stitch the fabrics MUCH easier.


Premade bias binding from SoBiased



Making Binding

Not experienced in making double fold binding? No problem! I've got a little written / photo tutorial for you below on how to make your own straight grain binding for these pouches.

  1. Fold your binding fabric in half length wise with wrong sides together and press.
  2. Bring the raw edges of the *long sides* of your binding inward toward the fold. Press.
  3. Fold the entire length of binding in half (at the original pressed fold) and press again. You should now only have raw edges showing on the short ends.


*Image from Popcorn Pouch pattern.

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