I made my zipper tabs wider so I could get really nice square corners. But then every thing about the dimensions I changed! Now I need to get or make some proper zipper pulls, though a ponytail holder will work in a pinch!
I used the same orange batik lining throughout. For some reason I have a ton to this in about an 18″ width. Must be the leftover from making a quilt backing. I have no idea, but it matched and worked out well.
And yes, you can use directional fabric on a pouch and make it work. You just need to make a bottom seam.
I cut the body an extra inch longer, and when I got to the final step where you flipped it up to attach it to the back side of the zipper, I found where would be the bottom center would be and I cut it then flipped the back side upside down (which is right side up when going up around the back) and sewed the bottom seam. After I completed the bag I seamed across the corners to box them in and give them depth and dimension. That also could help hide where you didn’t predict the center exactly. Next time I will find where I think center will be, then move it toward the back by 3/8 of an inch. It should then fall at the center. This is because you already have the front half of the zipper finished and maybe didn’t think of that!
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