Once you have the basics mastered in this zipper pouch tutorial you can add bows, flowers and even create patchwork zipper pouches. Have you got lots of scrap fabrics and fat quarters that you want to use? I think we all do! Well, why not learn how to sew a zipper pouch! It really is easy.
Zipper Pouch Tutorial – Supplies
- Fabric – I like working with quilting cotton as it is easy to sew. You can purchase fat quarters cheaply so you can easily mix and match fabrics without buying larger pieces. Search through your scrap baskets and join smaller pieces together to make a patchwork zipper pouch.
- Thread – Matching colors looks best and is the most forgiving for beginner sewers.
- 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)
Zipper Pouch Tutorial – Cutting
Cut 4 rectangular pieces of fabric (2 for the outside and 2 for the lining).
- Width: 1 inch (2.5cm) longer than your zipper
- Height: Your choice
I cut my four rectangles 7″ x 5” (18 x 13cm) to fit a 6” (15cm) zipper. You can cut any size rectangles you like.
Zipper Pouch Tutorial – Video
Watch this video showing you how to sew a zipper pouch, otherwise skip to the instructions and photos below.
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Zipper Pouch Tutorial – Step by Step
Step 1 – Attach the Zipper
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
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 – Attach Zipper to Other Side
Join the zipper to the other side of the pouch.
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.
This is how it looks when you have sewn the zipper.
Step 4 – Topstitching
Press the seam open and topstitch along the zipper.
Step 5 – Pin the Outside
Undo the zipper ¾ of the way across. (very important!!) If you forget to open the zipper you will have a really hard time turning it the right way out and will end up unpicking.
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 the Seam
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 at the ends of the zipper. You might want to hand turn your wheel as it is not worth risking bending or breaking a needle.
Step 7 – Clip and Turn
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. I used my machine as I was in a hurry. If you use a matching color no one will notice except you.
Step 8 – Finish and Press
The final step for our zipper pouch tutorial is to push the lining back inside the outside fabric and give your pouch a good press.
Zipper Pouch Tutorial – Decoration Ideas
Here are some decoration ideas for your zipper pouches. Add bows, flowers embroidery, tassels, sequins – one at a time or all at once.
- How to Sew a Wrist Strap. This tutorial will show you how to make the wrist strap pictured. This can really elevate your zipper pouch and allow you to go hands-free on your next girl’s night out. If your zipper head is small, use a small ring to join the wrist strap through the hole
- DIY fabric bow. I think these are a must. Look how cute my striped bow looks!
- How to Make a Tassel. You can also decorate your zipper pouch with a fun bright colored tassel.
- Yo-Yo Flowers – These classic flowers are made from a circle of fabric and then gathered.
- Fabric flowers can add a fun pretty touch
- Leather tassels look sophisticated. Use real leather or faux leather to suit your tastes and budget.
- Sewing ric-rac is a cheap and cheerful decorative idea.
- Embroidery – This is easy and relaxing to do. I call it a TV job. Turn the TV on and do your embroidery while watching your favorite show.
Zipper Pouch Tutorial – In Conclusion
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