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Zipper Pouch Embellishment, Made Easy

Tips to help you love the process of learning to embellish a zipper top canvas pouch with embroidery.

When starting with a blank pouch, there is no designated "front" or "back" side, so you could choose either as your focal point for your artwork. However, you might realize later on, that your pouch feels a little awkward to use, and you won't be sure why.

Typically, if you are right-handed, a zipper touch pouch will feel most comfortable to use, if the zipper handle is on the left side when it is closed.

And conversely, if you are left-handed, then you might find it convenient to have the zipper handle be on the left side when it is closed.

Next, you'll want to place your Stick & Stitch pattern onto your pouch before you place the hoop over the material. This will ensure that your pattern is laid out exactly where you want the stitching to be and at the desired angle.

Once you are happy with the placement of your design, open the zipper and place the inner hoop inside the pouch, then lay the outer hoop over the top of the Stick & Stitch patch, on the outside of the pouch then sandwich both sides together, tightening the screw to secure both pieces of the hoop in place.

At this point, your Stick & Stitch patch might have shifted slightly and won't be laying perfectly flat anymore. Take a moment to lift the edges and smooth it out as needed.

An optional step at this point is to pass a running stitch all along the outer edge of your Stick & Stitch patch. This will help ensure that your pattern will not budge at all while embroidering. Once ready to dissolve your patch, simply remove the running stitch as well. You can use any regular sewing thread that you might have on hand or 1 strand of embroidery floss.

Once you are ready to embroider, you might find it awkward to reach your hand into the pouch, over and over again as you are stitching. This can be made easier by simply turning the remaining fabric inside out, and up around the hoop.

Secure hoop to pouch.

Turn the fabric inside out.

Bring fabric up to the edge of the pouch but do not turn inside out fully.

Turn your work over so that the working

side is facing you and stitch your pattern.

Once you have completed your embroidery, remove the hoop, and the securing running stitch if you used one, then wash the Stick & Stitch patch away. Lay your work flat to dry then enjoy your finished project!

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