This zippered pouch tutorial will make a wonderful beginner sewing project, especially if you are new to sewing zippers. It's easy and quick to make. And just think of all the color combinations you can choose! Woo-hoo!And I'm adding a free Zipper Pouch PDF Sewing Pattern. (Yep, totally free, for everybody.) Get it now!
You can't have enough zippered pouches. They are my favorite items to sew, and they make perfect holiday gifts. Follow this easy, step-by-step tutorial and sew one of these beauties yourself!
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What I love about zippered pouches is that they are so versatile. They are great for storing anything, from crafting bits and pieces to keys and documents. They can hold trinkets. As pencil pouches, they can house pencils or crayons for kids. They can easily turn into cosmetic bags to hold makeup. You can even store sewing accessories in them. Buttons! Ribbons! Or even stuff them with treats! (Can you imagine a generous 'emergency' supply of Hershey's miniature chocolate bars? Yummy ;)
The little lined bag I sew last time is easy to make, so I thought you'd like to try one too: here's your chance to tailor one totally to your likes - grab your favorite fabrics and make one! You can choose the size, the color, anything! (But just in case you don't want to second-guess your dimension choices, I'm also giving you a free template to use: a fixed-size PDF pattern. Scroll further down to get it.)
- a zipper (no shorter than the length of the fabric pieces - CreateForLess has good ones, and they are not expensive!)
- 4 pieces of cute fabric (2 for lining and 2 for outer)
- optional: a small (1" wide, 2" long) piece of fabrics folded into a pull to add to the side of the pouch
- sewing machine
- the free zipper pouch pattern/template - see below
THE FREE PATTERN
Here's your free pattern to make a cute mid-sized zippered pouch. I drew the template after sewing several pouches like the one in the photo, in one go. I used what I believe to be the most versatile size. Initially, it looked like this:
But then in time, many of you have asked me for a real, PDF sewing pattern. Well, it was not fair to keep you waiting any longer - here it is, your free zipper pouch template. It should help you make these cuties even faster.
Yep, totally free - this is your zipper pouch PDF pattern. Download it for free from Craftsy HERE:
Yey to handmade!
Need a larger pouch for extra long pencils? No problem:
Just measure the longest colored pencils against the template and you'll see if you need to add an inch to the template. Feel free to adjust the pattern as you see fit. Just make sure the zipper is approximately the same length as the fabric pieces.
This is a lined pouch, so another splash of color will be waiting for you inside the pouch. You can opt for a complimentary or contrasting color. Solids or patterned fabrics. Your call!
And if you are looking for some adorable new fabric, you can check out these cute fabrics by peek-a-boo. (They've also got gorgeous animal prints!)
1) Use the free pattern - template to cut out 4 pieces of fabric: 2 for the outside, 2 for lining. Lay down the lining piece (face-up), then the zipper (face-up) and finally the outer fabric piece (face-down!) as seen in the photo below:
2) Sew through all three layers. (Use the zipper foot if you like, I didn't.)
BONUS HINT, if you are using regular foot: when sewing, you'll get to the zipper pull sooner or later. When you do, stop sewing and lift up the foot, keeping the needle down. Slide the zipper pull to an already sewn area. Return foot down into the sewing position and finish the seam.
3) Press the fabric away from the zipper. Topstitch the fabric along the zipper to prevent getting it caught by zipper teeth. Some say this is optional, but I ALWAYS do that. It makes the pouch soo much prettier!
4) This is how the topstitched part looks like:
5) Repeat on the other side of the zipper: sandwich the zipper between the 2nd outer piece and the 2nd lining piece.
Carefully: the top the zipper should face the right side of the outer fabric. Double check to see if also the two outer pieces are facing right sides together. Do they? Good, go on!
Now sew the stack together, just like you did the first time (sewing through all 3 layers).
6) Topstitch along the zipper, just like you did the first time.
7) This is how it looks like now:
8) Now unzip the zipper at least half of the way and pull the outer fabric pieces together, right sides facing. Pull the lining pieces together, right sides facing, too. Pin in place. (And see the next photo for a tiny but significant detail!)
9) BONUS HINT #2: zipper teeth must face AWAY from the outer fabrics!
This tiny detail will make your zipper pouch look professional! When pinning, carefully pin the zipper so that zipper teeth will face AWAY from the outer fabric (i.e. they wil be tucked into the lining pieces) - see the photo. When pinning this area and taking this photo, I closed the zipper for a moment as it was easier to match the fabrics exactly. If you do the same, make sure you UNZIP it again before proceeding.
10) Insert a pull if you like. Note: The loop should be facing inwards!
BONUS HINT #3: I make these pulls in bulk from scrap fabrics, whenever I feel like. They are handy for many projects, and having them on hand will make the sewing process faster. They can be used on towels (adding them for easy hanging, you can even make color-coded towel loops!), loops on home made baby toys (like in this free PDF baby ball pattern on Craftsy), you name it.
11) Sew around, starting at the lining bottom. Go around and stop at the lining bottom again, leaving a few inches open for turning. (see the double pin markings on photos above!) Trim the corners to avoid bulky finish - take care not to snip into any stitches:
12) Now, turn the pouch right sides out:
13) This is the time to iron any creases or wrinkles if you like.
14) Last thing to be done: handstitch or machine-stitch the opening closed.
15) Voilà! Here it is, your brand new zipper pouch!
Now when you've finished your first cute zipper pouch, you can sew a few more at any time! They will make a great gift, that's for sure (telling you this as haven't managed to keep a single one for myself yet!) They will be a perfect match to a home made sleep mask, or a large good looking tote bag!
RUNNING OUT OF TIME?No time to learn how to sew a lined pouch as you need a ready-made one in no time? I totally understand. One of these cute pouches I found on Amazon might save the day (But don't forget to save the link to the above tutorial for next time!)
Want More Free Patterns?
Feel free to check out some of my FREE PDF patterns on Craftsy. They are all linked to my free tutorials on the blog, so it will be super easy for you to use them to sew something cute for yourself:
Or sign up to get email updates to stay in the loop. If you sign up HERE, you also get a freebie - AppleGreen Cottage subscribers get the 3 smallest sizes of my Perfect Earwarmer Headband Pattern (size baby to one year) as a free PDF. Check it out here:
Or check out my newest (and cutest) addition to Craftsy patterns: