I've been all about finding small, simple garter stitch projects lately, since it's something you can easily take with you and work on anywhere without the hassle of trying to count stitches and follow a pattern, which is why I've been featuring a few on the blog lately.
I absolutely love cute little bags and pouches, and also staying organized. I was so tired of transporting makeup from bag to bag that I just decided to knit up a simple zippered pouch to easily keep everything in.
Since I happened to have a bunch of extra zippers lying around our craft room, I decided to use a 7" zipper for the pouch. I used two strands of our worsted weight yarn in Kiwi with 35 stitches. You knit one continuous piece and then fold it half later to make the pouch. Because of this the length is really up to you since that will determine the length of the pouch.
Once you have finished your knit rectangle to the desired length, you want to fold the pouch in half with the right sides facing out. With one strand of the yarn and a tapestry needle, mattress stitch the side seams together.
Then using a sewing needle and thread in a matching color, stitch the zipper securely in place on top, allowing the teeth to show. I decided to add a fabric lining to the inside of my pouch, but if you don't plan to do this, you can simply flip the pouch inside out and sew on the rest of the zipper.
For the lining:
Cut your desired fabric slightly wider and 2-3" longer than the length of the knit rectangle. Fold the fabric in half with the right sides facing in. Fold the top edge over an inch. Using a sewing needle and thread of a matching color, stitch side seams and stitch down the top edges, making sure the fabric lining with fit nicely in the pouch.
When stitching is finished, slide the lining in place. Using sewing thread the color of the yarn, carefully secure the top edge of the lining in place away from the zipper teeth. Tack the bottom corners of the lining to the bottom corners of the pouch to ensure a snug fit.
I ended up making a second one because it was so quick and useful (and let's be honest, because I had more episodes of Nurse Jackie on Netflix to finish). The second one I made followed the same steps but with a 5" zipper to make a much smaller pouch to hold chapsticks and other things that usually fall to the bottom of my purse.