So where are we up to? .....ahhh the zip pouch, that's right (you will find the first part of this story here) Let's make this into something special.
You will need:
One 7 in x 8½ in rectangle (back)
One 2 in x 11 in strip (handle)
Lay the 2 in x 11 in fabric strip on a flat surface and fold in half length way with right sides facing together and pin. Using your quarter inch foot sew along the raw edge making a tube shape.
Turn the tube right side out - I use a product called a Turn-it-All (previously known as the Bow Whip) it is one item in my studio I use all the time.
Once the tube has been turned press with the seam to one side and top stitch both edges. To get nice and close to the edge I use my blindstitch foot #5 (Bernina) and adjust the needle postion on the machine.
Lay the 7 in x 8½ in rectangle (backing) on a flat surface with right side facing up, take the zipper panel made in Part one and place together with right sides facing - pin all sides together making certain the zip is in the open postition!
Fold the handle in half forming a loop and insert this between the front and back layers, position just above the zip with raw edges together. (yes, you can see by the photo I forgot to insert the handle first time round!...the seam ripper is another tool I can't live without)
Machine sew around all sides of the pouch using a half inch seam allowance. Trim all corners, turn right side out and press.
(ok..this is the moment when you wish you had left that zipper open...)
And your zip pouch is complete.
I hope you have a little more knowledge in sewing zips and that they are not nearly as bad as you thought they were - just take your time and remember to breathe!
Till then, enjoy