Well I was wrong, the next project turned out to be super-quick.
My favorite pencil case (which travels everywhere with me) finally broke earlier this year. It’s been sitting very sadly on my desk waiting for a replacement. If I’d known how easy it would be to do I would have gotten around to it much sooner.
I started by measuring the case: 5.5″ around and 8.5″ long. I cut a piece of leather slightly wider (it broke because I was trying to stuff too much in it) and longer: 6″ by 9″. I folded the leather as it would sit in the final pouch and used a glue stick to attach the leather to the zipper at the correct place. Note that zipper is quite a bit longer than the pouch.
Next I opened up the zipper and topstitched through the leather and zipper. I got a little bit of practice sewing with this leather in the last project, and found that it works best if I stitch on the slowest setting and use a slightly longer stitch length. I did a bit of practice on a scrap to see where to align the foot.
Now I opened up the zipper all the way.
And turned the pouch inside out.
I used a bit more glue to keep the open ends of the zip aligned properly and stitched across the top and bottom. I also added a little leather loop to the top like in the original pouch— also placed and stabilized with glue.
I think what made this so easy was the gluestick. Seriously, why hadn’t I tried this before? The number one thing I find myself fighting with on the sewing machine is fabric slipping out of place as it goes through the machine. Can I use the gluestick on ordinary fabrics and zips?
I am so pleased with this pouch I might try making a leather bag next. Also requires no fitting. And I love being able to make a bag that exactly fits the things I carry.
Thanks to everyone for your very nice comments on my free-form tunic! I was really happy to have something finished to share.