I love adding a faux leather overlay to me zippers, especially in the lining ...it makes me feel soooo special.
( Interior of Eve Handbag)
(Interior of Fine & Dandy Pouch)
Since I want you to feel special too, I am showing you how I do mine.
( these instructions are from my Eve pattern, please adjust the measurement to your needs).
Interior Zipper Pocket with Overlay
- Press the bottom of one long edge 1/2” towards WS ( Wrong Side) of Zipper pocket. Repeat on the other Zipper Pocket piece.
- On the WS (Wrong Side) of one of the Zipper pocket pieces, draw a rectangle, centered, 3/8“W x 8”L, 1” down from the top side ( 12” side). Then draw a second line through the middle of the rectangle stopping 1/2” away from each end drawing a line to the corner creating a triangle.
- Lay this piece on top of one Lining piece RST (Right Sides Together), centered & 1 1/4” down from top edge. Pin in place. Stitch on the outer drawn line.
- Cut on the center line, taking care in the corners. Carefully clip to the corners without clipping your threads.
- Pull Pocket Lining piece through the opening to the other side. Press it nice & flat.
- Place a small bead of FabriTac or double-stick tape on the RS (Right Side) of the outer edge of your zipper.
- With your lining piece RSU (Right Side Up), center the zipper from the back side of the opening.
- Stitch approx. 1/4” around zipper opening edge. You don't have to be perfect since it will be covered. Trim the zipper length to approx. 1/2“ past the stitching.
- Using one of the pattern pieces ( Link found below) or measurements, cut your Overlay out of faux leather. You can change the shape of the ends, make them straight or curved....you decide!
- Apply a little FabriTac glue ( or double-stick tape) to the WS ( Wrong Side) of the Overlay. Place it over your zipper area.** TIP: I like to mark my stitching line with chalk on the outer point edges, this helps me see where to stop at the corner and pivot.
- Increase your stitch length to 4.0 - 4.5. Using a zipper foot, stitch along both the outer and inner edges of the Overlay.
- Pull your thread tails to the back & tie them off. Voilà !! Isn't that pretty!
- Continue following the rest of the pattern instructions. You can find the pattern Eve "here*.