The first thing you need to do is determine the width of the pocket you want. (We will talk about the length down a little further!) That will determine the length zipper you will need. Cut your fabric so that it is 1 in. wider on each side of your zipper opening. ** if your zipper is 7in., your pocket width would be 9in.** Measure 1 1/2 in. down from the top of your pocket fabric and 1 in. in from each side of your pocket fabric. Draw your sewing lines 1/4 in. apart. **see above picture** Sew around all 4 sides with right sides together. On the tote itself, I measured down 3 in. from the top of the tote and centered the opening.
Use either your seam ripper or a sharp scissor to cut down the middle, Making a Y at each end of the opening. Make sure you don't clip any of the stitches!
Turn right sides out and press.
This is the inside of the pocket showing here. I interface both the body of the project and the back side of the pocket. I like the stability that interfacing gives.
At this point, you have a choice, put in the zipper, OR, just leave a slit opening!
I tried something new, fabric glue ... I didn't care for it. Now, position the zipper in the center of the opening. Either baste it, glue it, or pin it. Oh the choices! You will use your zipper foot to get nice and close to the plastic zipper teeth.
And just like that, your zipper is in!
Turn your project over. My zipper was longer then my opening, so I needed to trim it.
I left a tail of about 1/4 in at the end.
For the pocket itself, I cut my fabric 15 in. long which will give me a pocket depth of 6 in. Figure out how deep you want your finished pocket to be, and add 3 in.. You will take up these extra 3 in. at the top of the pocket. Remember, your zipper is down from the top by 1 1/2 in.. Pin, and sew up all 3 sides.
Make sure to move the body of your project out of the way. Press well.
And there you have it! A nice pocket, without it being in your face!
If you want to see a different example, click HERE! Blind pockets with and without zippers!