Zipper Pouch Tutorial - With A Free Template

This zipper 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! Scroll down to get your free zipper pouch pattern.

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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 ;)
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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. Read on.)

YOU'LL NEED: 


  • 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
  • thread
  • pins
  • sewing machine
  • the free zipper pouch pattern (available in the subscriber-resource library for all newsletter subscribers - join the free newsletter here!)
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       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 was a simple non-printable image.

      But then in time this tutorial got popular, and many of you have asked me for a real, PDF sewing pattern. Well, it was not fair to keep you waiting any longer, so here it is. It should help you make these cuties even faster.

      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!)


      TUTORIAL:


      1) Use the free 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:

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      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.

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      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! I even didn't switch to my zipper foot, to show you can toptitch using your regular zipper foot, too. Easy-peasy!

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      4) This is how the topstitched part looks like:

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      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. Are they? Good, go on!
      Now sew the stack together, just like you did the first time (sewing through all 3 layers).

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      6) Topstitch along the zipper, just like you did the first time.

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      7) This is how it looks like now:

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       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!)

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      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.

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      10) Insert a pull if you like. Note: The loop should be facing inwards!

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       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), you name it.

      And if you do make a pull, why not adding an easy-to-make wristlet strap? Go to the wristlet strap tutorial HERE (click).  Beginner friendly, easy and quick (with a professional look!)

      how to sew a wristlet strap


      Now, with or without an additional tab, let's go on with the tutorial:

      11) Stitch 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:

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      12) Now, turn the pouch right sides out:

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      13) This is the time to iron any creases or wrinkles if you like.

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      14) Last thing to be done: hand-stitch or machine-stitch the opening closed.

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      15) VoilĂ ! Here it is, your brand new zipper pouch!

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      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 (free pattern here), or a large good looking tote bag!


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      If you like sewing zipper pouches, you'll LOVE this one!

      28 comments:

      1. I've never sewn a zipper in anything they intimidated me! This is such a simple tutorial! Thanks!

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        1. Krista,
          thanks for your comment, I'm so happy my tutorial encouraged you - and this might really be the easiest way to to start working with zippers in sewing projects. Happy sewing! Damjana

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      2. I like this tutorial. It's very clear and simple. A good sewing activity for a beginner like me!

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        1. Thanks! I'm glad you find it useful and hope you'll make many cute zipper pouches - send me a photo if you do, I'll be happy to post it here! Have a great day, Damjana

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      3. As always, a clear and easy to follow tutorial, Damjana and a sweet little zippered pouch. A girl can never have too many!

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        1. Pam,
          thank you so much for your sweet comment :) And yes, I need to make some for myself too (so far, I haven't managed to keep even a single one for me, LOL) I hope you are doing great!

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      4. I like that you used a plain fabric for the inside. Terrific tutorial! Thank you for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things blog hop. Watch for your feature tomorrow. xo

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      5. You make this look easy and I love how you took the time to show this step by step. For me as a visual person this tutorial works for me. Thank you!

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        1. Joyce,

          thanks! I'm a visual person too, and wanted to make it really easy for readers to follow along. I'm happy it works for you! Have a great day,

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      6. I just wanted to thank you for your fabulous tutorial, the detail made it so simple I think I can finish my quota by tomorrow. I altered the idea a little for a wet bag pattern for diapers, I can not thank you enough for sharing.

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      7. I really like your take on the issue. I now have a clear idea on what this matter is all about..

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      8. I love the fabric that you used for these little pouches! Cute, cute, cute. I think I'll make up a bunch so that I can give them to my little granddaughters!

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      9. I love those little pouches!! They are so adorable!! They would be great as stocking-stuffers.

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        1. Rebekah,

          great idea! Now I just need to find some cute red Christmas themed fabric to go with :)

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      10. Neat tutorial !! Maybe I'm more tired tonight, but do you offer the pattern for the sleep mask too ? I couldn't find that :( Thanks for sharing your posts~

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        1. Hi Cheri,
          and thanks for asking! Oh the sleep mask, I love it! I've already made photos but have just not yet managed to complete the entire tutorial with the pattern included. Feel free to drop by again, I should have the pattern published ..soon! (And off course, I'm talking about a free patttern, like others on the site!)

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      11. Hi Damjana,
        This is a great tutorial. I will try to make one. Thank for share !

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      12. I'm always looking for ways to finish off the ends of the zippers. Thank-you for showing that detail.

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      13. I love this pouch & want to make one. But I want to print the pattern & cannot find a print version. Even my browser does not offer a print option. Can u offer a PDF version.

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        1. Becky,

          thanks for reaching out! It looks like many of my readers would want a printable pdf version, so I find it only fair to help out. It's not official yet but I'm telling you the good news (anyway, not many people have time to read comments, do they?): I'm making one. Please let me know your email address, I'll make sure to send you a link when the pdf printable is online! Have a great day,

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      14. This is really great8
        Finally a tutorial that i understand.
        It seems so easy to make.
        I saved it and i'm going to try to make this as soon as i have a little bit more time.
        Nice for all kinds of presents.
        Thnx for sharing!

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        1. Fabi,

          I'm glad you like the tutorial. Here's to many new zipper pouches! I'm planning to make some more for presents, too! And it's high time I make one to keep for myself, too :))
          Have a great day,

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      15. Very clear and detailed tutoral with perfect and nice pictures! Thanks :-)

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