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Zipper Pouch Pattern - Finishing

To finish the bottom, turn the bag right side out again and align the fabric edges, wrong sides together. Sew your seam at 1/4 inch and trim as described above. If it is not already, unzip the bag at least halfway and turn the pouch wrong side out. Press fabric open and over the first seam allowance. Sew along the bottom a second time using a 3/8 inch seam allowance.
sew bottom of zippered pouch

Turn the pouch right side out. You can leave the pouch flat like it is shown here or you can do the optional step of making a box bottom to give the pouch more shape. With a flat bottom, it will also stand up.
sew bottom of zippered pouch

To make square corners on the bottom, turn the pouch wrong side out and fold the corner so that the bottom seam lies on top of the side seam, making a point. Make sure the fabric is pulled out and flat; pin to hold the fold in place. Use a ruler to measure back along the visible seam one inch from where it starts near the point (don't measure from the fabric point itself). Mark a line perpendicular to the seam as shown here. Repeat on the other corner. Sew over the marked lines, backstitching at the beginning and end of the seams to secure them.
sew corners of zippered pouch

When you turn the pouch right side out, this is what the corners will now look like.
sew corners of zippered pouch

Using this method, you can make these pouches any size and shape using different sized pieces of fabric and different lengths of zippers. If you can't find a specific size of zipper that you want, it is easy to shorten zippers.

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