Make a Zippered Tarot Pouch

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Make a Zippered Tarot Pouch

Zipper Pouch
Patti Wigington

If you're a Pagan who's often on the go, it can be easy to lose track of your magical gear - especially those really small items that always seem to disappear! With this quick craft project, you can sew a zippered, lined pouch that will hold small items like crystals, pendulums and charms, and is large enough to fit your favorite deck of standard-sized Tarot cards.

This project is so easy you can make it from scrap fabric. Here's what you'll need:

  • 2 pieces of your exterior material, cut to 7 x 5 1/2"
  • 2 pieces of your liner material, cut to 7 x 5 1/2"
  • One 4" zipper

You also need a bit of basic sewing knowledge, like how to sew a straight line. That's about all you'll need, along with scissors, pins and a sewing machine. If you don't have a sewing machine, you can do this by hand, it will just take a bit longer.

 

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Start With the Zipper

Use one piece of liner material, one piece of exterior fabric, and your zipper. Image © Patti Wigington 2011

 Attach the Zipper

That's right, you read it correctly - we're going to attach the zipper FIRST. Believe it or not, it makes the rest of the project a LOT easier.

To attach the zipper, take one piece of your liner fabric -- in the photos, it's the bright blue material. Place it right side up. Now, lay your zipper, also right side up, along the left edge of your liner fabric. Your zipper should be closed. Finally, take one piece of your exterior fabric (that's the multicolored material in the photos) and place it right side DOWN on top of your zipper and your liner. Pin through both layers of fabric, and the zipper.

Using a zipper foot on your sewing machine, stitch down the left side of the fabric, sewing all three items together. Now, unfold the whole thing, flip it around, and repeat the process with the other pieces of liner and exterior, catching the other side of the zipper in between them.

If you don't have a zipper foot for your sewing machine, go get one. They're not expensive, and will save you a ton of frustration.

Unfold Your Sides

Remember that weird zipper-attaching trick you did in the last step? You should be able to lay the whole thing out flat so that the zipper is in the center (and the pull on the top side), with the exterior fabric on top of both sides, and the lining fabric attached beneath.

Topstitch

Ever wonder what keeps zippers and other things in place and looking nice and neat? Topstitching. Use your iron to press everything flat, and then run a line of stitching down the top of each side, close to the zipper. This will anchor all three layers together and provide support. It will also keep your zipper from looking floppy when the pouch is done.

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Sew Your Side Seams

Stitch together the long sides, and then STOP. There's something really important you have to do here. Image © Patti Wigington 2011

Now that you've topstitched, here's where it gets really fun. Take your two exterior panels (remember, in the photos, they're the multicolored fabric) and flop them so that they're lying with the right sides together. On the other side of the zipper, do the same thing with the interior lining material (which is blue in the photos).

Pin everything in place, and stitch down the two long edges, as marked by the white lines in the photo. DO NOT stitch either of the short edges together yet.

After you've sewn together the two LONG edges, stick your hand in through the short open end of the exterior fabric... and UNZIP THE ZIPPER. If you don't do this, you'll regret it in a few minutes.

Once you've unzipped the zipper, stitch together the short side of the exterior fabric. Don't do the short side of the liner yet. You'll see why in the next step.

Flip the Fabric

Remember that short seam on the liner you were told NOT to sew up yet? Well, here's why. You have to stuck your hand through that opening, reach THROUGH the zipper (yes, that zipper you were supposed to open from the other side) and pull the liner out through the hole. What you'll end up looking at is the outside of the pouch, the zipper, and then the interior of the lining. But wait! There's a hole in the lining!

That's okay. Use your iron, press down about a 1/2 seam inside the liner, pin it in place, and then sew it shut.

Now, stuff the freshly-closed lining down into the pouch through the zipper.

Congratulations! You made a zippered pouch with a liner! And it's large enough to hold your favorite Tarot deck, or you can use it to keep small magical goodies and tools from getting lost. Fill it with crystals, herbs, oils, pendulums, or anything else you can think of, and have fun making more of them!