|More and more people are making handbags now everyone loves pockets and zippered pockets are even more practical especially if the bag itself doesnt have a zipper closure. Here's my take on a super quick zippered pocket with exposed zipper. It's sort of like sewing a zipper in a "window". I'll explain in a second. But first, I have to say that I did take all photos of each and every step, but deleted some of them before uploading to my computer. I will try to explain and hope this makes sense. The step numbers are clickable to photos if there are any.
Step 1: Depending on your bag size, figure out how big you want your pocket size to be. Cut one pocket piece of that size plus the seam allowances.
Step 2: Now cut a facing piece from the same fabric with the same width as the piece you cut out in step 1 and about 1.5 - 2 inches long. Now, on the wrong side of that piece, draw a rectangle which is 1/2" wide and slightly smaller than the facing width. Draw a horizontal line in the center of the rectangle. This will be your cutting line.
Step 3: Place the Facing piece right side down, on your lining where your want the zipper to be. Mine is about 2 inches from the raw edge. The piece should be centered horizontally. Now topstitch around the rectangle you marked in step 2. With a sharp scissors, cut on the horizontal line you marked leaving 1/4" on both sides of the box. At the end, make small diagonal snips to the four inside corners of the box. Now you have a cutting line which looks like this
Step 4: Through the cut now, fold the facing piece to the inside so you have an open window if you look from the right side of the lining. Give it a good press. You can click on the step number to see a photo.
Now comes the easy part - INSTALLING The Zipper :)
Step 5: Place your zipper under the window so the teeth are centered in the window. Pin and topstitch with the zipper foot, making sure that the zipper pull is within the window and not outside (you wont be able to zip it open otherwise!).
Step 6: Now all you have to do is pin the pocket piece you cut out in step 1 on the backside of the lining/zipper assembly and topstitch it.
Here's what it looks like
Hope this helps. I found this method very easy even though from the tip, it seems there are a lot of steps. If you are going to add pockets, spend the extra few minutes and make it a zippered pocket instead!
I used this in the bag I recently made for my mom.