Zippered Pouch Tutorial: Free Pattern

Hi all! This month at my Make It Sew meetup at TechShop in Round Rock, TX we will be making zippered pouches. Here is the step-by-step guide to completing to project.

Materials Needed:

  • Cotton or Laminated fabric for outside and lining.
  • 10″ Zipper
  • Fusible Fleece
  • Sewing Machine and basic sewing supplies
Zippered Pouch Supplies
Zippered Pouch Supplies

Step 1 – Cutting your fabric

  • Using your rotary cutter and ruler
    • Cut 2 of each outside and lining fabric to 8″ x 6.5″
    • Cut 2 of fusible fleece to 7.5″ x 6″ (Notice it is 1/2″ smaller than fabric so that your seams will still be flat and clean)
  • Fuse your fleece to the wrong side of the outside fabric.

 

Pieces cut and fusible fleece fused
Pieces cut and fusible fleece fused

Step 2 – Stitching in the Zipper

I love this method of making a zippered pouch because installing the zipper is so easy! I use a zipper that is 1-2″ longer than is required in order to make stitching easier and to make sure I don’t have to worry about running over the metal stopper on the end of the zipper. Now we will make a zipper sandwich:

  1. Lay your lining fabric right side up
  2. Lay your zipper with the pull right side up
  3. Lay your outside fabric right side down
  4. Pin generously. Because the zipper fabric has no stretch and the cotton does, pinning will help you keep things in line.
Pinning the zipper
Pinning the zipper

If you have a zipper foot for your sewing machine, attach it now. It will make this step much easier.

Sew in the zipper as displayed here:

Sewing in the zipper
Sewing in the zipper

Press open flat as shown here:

Zipper half installed and pressed open
Zipper half installed and pressed open

Now we will repeat the same process to the other side of the zipper. Press the second side over and top stitch along the edge of the zipper as shown.

Zipper Installed
Zipper Installed

Step 3 – Stitching the Pouch

I have made a lot of zippered pouches and this is the best process I’ve found for cleaning stitching the zipper sides.

Wrangling the zipper into submission
Wrangling the zipper into submission

Fold the pouch with lining on the inside and outside fabric on the outside. Open the zipper halfway (IMPORTANT: If you don’t open it, you will not be able to pull the bag thru in later steps). Fold the zipper in half with the teeth towards the top. Using 2 pins, pin the two halves of the zipper together as shown in the photograph. Once both sides and pinned, pull the outside fabric up so that the right sides are together for the lining and outside fabrics.

Stitching the pouch
Stitching the pouch

Pin around the outside. You will stitch around the perimeter leaving a 2″ opening on the side of the lining for pulling the pouch right side out. Make sure your opening is at least 1.75″ from the bottom of the pouch. Stitch right over the zipper as you finish the perimeter.

Now you can snip off the excess zipper.

Trim zipper ends
Trim zipper ends

Step 4 – Adding boxed corners (Optional)

If you’d prefer to have a flat zipper pouch similar to a zip top plastic bag, you can skip this step. However, if you’d like your bag to stand upright, you’ll want to complete this step.

Marking corners to box the bottom
Marking corners to box the bottom
  1. Draw a 1.5″ square in all four corners on both sides for a total of 8 squares.
  2. Open the seam to create a point using the lines from the squares to line it up straight
  3. Pin and stitch across the line.
  4. Trim to 1/4″ seam.
  5. Repeat for all 4 corners.
Corner boxed
Corner boxed

Step 5 – Finishing Your Zipper Pouch

Using the opening you left in the side of the opening, pull the pouch right sides out.

Pull right side out
Pull right side out

Close the opening by machine or stitch by hand.

Completed Zippered Pouch
Completed Zippered Pouch

There are so many things you can do to make this pouch your own. Below you’ll see one a bit bigger with an attached wrist fob to use it as a wristlet and a second the same size as the tutorial but with some piecing to mix it up a bit. Have fun and I’d love to see what you come up with!

Variations on the standard zippered pouch
Variations on the standard zippered pouch

 

 

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