Have you got lots of scrap fabrics and fat quarters that you want to use? Well, why not learn how to sew a zipper pouch! Once you have the basics mastered in this zipper pouch tutorial you can add bows, flowers and even create patchwork zipper pouches. It really is easy.
Supplies for Making a Zipper Pouch
- Fabric – I like working with quilting cotton as it is easy to sew.
- Thread – Matching looks best.
- Zipper – Zippers are measured along their teeth and not the tape. If your zipper is a little longer than you need, don’t waste time and run off to the store, shorten it! (Read How to shorten a zipper.) I used metal zippers in my tutorial but if you are a beginner, then plastic zippers are much easier to sew as the heads are generally much smaller.
- Zipper Foot and Regular Foot (Read 10 best sewing machine feet to buy)
Fabric Cutting Instructions
Cut 4 rectangular pieces of fabric (2 for the outside and 2 for the lining).
- Width: 1” (2.5cm) longer than your zipper
- Height: your choice
I cut my four rectangles 7″ x 5” (18x13cm) to fit a 6” (15cm) zipper. You can cut any size rectangles you like.
How to Sew a Zipper Pouch Video
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ZIPPER POUCH TUTORIAL – STEP BY STEP
STEP 1: Put the zipper right sides together on one of the OUTSIDE pieces.
The head should be down and to the left. Now put a lining piece on top, right sides together.
Stitch along the top with a zipper foot, getting as close as you can to the zipper..
If you have a bulky zipper that is hard to sew past on one go, you can do this in 2 parts.
- Start with the zipper closed and start sewing 2 inches(5cm) past the zipper head.
- Now go back and open the zipper and sew the top part.
STEP 2: Press the fabric away from the zipper. Be careful not to put your iron on plastic zippers.
Topstitch across the seam through both layer of fabric (lining and outside).
STEP 3: Join the other side.
Put the lining underneath with right side up. Then place your already sewn piece with the zipper right side up. Add the other outside piece last. This will be right sides together.
This means you’ve sandwiched the zipper between the lining and main outside piece!
Stitch with a zipper foot using the same method as the other side.
STEP 4: Press the seam open and topstitch along the zipper.
STEP 5: Undo the zipper ¾ of the way across. (very important!!)
Put the outside
At the zipper joins, put the zipper towards the lining and the seam towards the main outside fabric.
Remember – zipper towards lining and seam towards the outside fabric.
STEP 6: Stitch around with a 3/8” (1cm) seam leaving a 2” (5cm) gap in the bottom of the lining.
Be careful when sewing over the thicker joins. You might want to hand turn your wheel.
STEP 7: Clip the corners and the thick zipper ends. Turn the zipper pouch the right way out.
Stitch the gap closed. You can hand-stitch with a ladder stitch for an invisible finish or just use your machine.
STEP 8: Push the lining back inside the outside fabric and give your pouch a good press.
- How to sew a wrist strap (If your zipper head is small, use a ring to join the wrist strap.)
- DIY fabric bow
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