I always have issues with the zipper ends not looking nice when I make pouches like this. I've found I prefer to make the zipper just shorter than the opening & make nice ends rather than sew the zipper into the side seams.
There were a few comments in the Flickr group about some of you having difficulties making your gussets after sewing around the edges. I decided to sew the exterior pieces together & went ahead and made my gussets in that side before I sewed the lining pieces together. That way I had the full zipper opening to reach through to do the gussets, which I think was much easier than it would have been to reach through the opening in the lining. The lining side wasn't quite as difficult to reach through & do just because it was closer to the opening (and no need to reach all the way through the zipper) & because it wasn't interfaced. I did think it was odd that the instructions say to clip the seam allowance in the corners before doing the gussets. What's the point when you're just going to cut off the entire corner after sewing the gusset?!
Like many others, I didn't use home dec fabric & it turned out just fine. I did use a very light-weight muslin for my lining, so I used a light-weight interfacing to beef it up just a bit. It's not too bulky, and I think the muslin on it's own would have been too flimsy for the lining.
I really thought this would come together more quickly than it did. I'm sure the next two will be quicker, but it won't ever be a super quick go-to pattern for last minute gifts.
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