This zipper pouch tutorial will make a wonderful beginner sewing project, especially if you are new to sewing zippers. This free sewing project comes with a pdf zipper pouch pattern. 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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ZIPPER POUCH TUTORIAL
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!
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. Read on.)
- a zipper (no shorter than the length of the fabric pieces – CreateForLesshas 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 (available in the subscriber-resource library for all newsletter subscribers – join the free newsletter here!)
PDF Zipper Pouch Pattern
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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:
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!)
2) Sew through all three layers. (Use the zipper foot if you like, I didn’t.)
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. Are 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:
10) Insert a pull if you like. Note: The loop should be facing inwards!
12) Now, turn the pouch right sides out:
15) Voilà! Here it is, your brand new zipper pouch!
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