Make an Embellished, Denim Fold-Over Bag
Sew a Handy Zippered Pocket
An enclosed, exposed zipper on the bag front opens a convenient pocket you can use even when the bag is folded. You'll sew a facing to the bag surface, cut an opening, then turn the facing and topstitch it as you sew in the zipper.
1) Place the zipper facing on the bag front, right sides together. Position the zipper facing so that the opening is parallel to and 9-1⁄2-inches from the bag front's top edge. Pin and/or clip the facing in place. You can pin through the faux leather within the marked zipper opening.
2) Sew around the opening with standard thread and a 3-mm stitch length. At each corner, pivot the work with the needle down for a clean 90-degree angle. Cut the zipper opening. Use a craft knife or sharp scissors to carefully cut along the opening's lengthwise center. Begin and end the cut 1⁄2-inch from each end. Angle cuts from the center to each corner, cutting up to, but not through, the stitching. Turn the facing through the opening to the bag interior. Clip the facing back.
3) Center the zipper, right side up, in the right-side-up zipper opening. Use masking or painter's tape to hold the zipper in place. Topstitch and sew the zipper in place 1⁄4 inch from the opening's edge. Stitch carefully and pivot with the needle down at the corners. Pull the tape off after stitching faux leather.
4) Place the zipper pocket lining piece (it's already basted to its muslin underlining) right side up beneath the zipper opening. Align the lining with the bag top edge, the bag side edges, and beneath the zipper opening. Clip in place. With topstitching thread still in the sewing machine, topstitch the side and bottom edges of the zipper opening again, over your first topstitching. Switch to regular thread, and baste the bag side and zipper pocket lining together 1⁄4-inch from each side and the top edge. This pocket is "upside down" when the bag is unfolded, but when the bag is folded over, the pocket is usable.