I told myself some time ago that I have to get comfortable with using zips in my sewing (just like I need to learn buttonholes). The other week I found my left over scrap of laminated fabric, some storybook cotton material and pulled up this tutorial from see kate sew. And for once I can say I am happy with how the zip came out, actually make that I am happy with how the whole pouch turned out.
This is one way of putting in a zip. More to be conquered.