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How to Sew a Zipper Pouch

Learn how to sew a zipper pouch with a free sewing pattern. This easy sewing project is great for beginners and makes a great handmade gift!

I love have little bags to organize my purse and tote bags. I also love having zipper pouches to grab when I’m on the go or even when I travel. They are also great to make for my kids to use as wallets or to organize their backpacks.

Zipper pouches are just so handy and useful. I love using them, my kids love using them, and I love give them as gifts! It’s easy to make a zipper pouch with scraps of fabric, and it helps you practice sewing zippers.

how to sew a zipper pouch

I found this pretty floral fabric in the remnant section and fell in love. Then I noticed the gold metallic details and fell even more in love. Since it’s a remnant it works really well for a zipper pouch!

I had a gold metallic zipper in my stash which coordinated with the gold metallic detail so it was the perfect match. You can just use a regular plastic zipper instead or whatever you have in your stash.

how to sew a zipper pouch

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how to sew a zipper pouch

what is a zipper

A zipper is two strips of fabric tape with interlocking metal or plastic teeth that are closed or open with a metal or plastic pull or slide. It’s used to fasten clothing and bags.

In this tutorial I use the words “teeth” meaning the interlocking projecting metal or plastic teeth, “zipper tape” meaning the two strips of fabric along each side, and “pull” meaning the slide that connects or disconnects the teeth.

how to sew a zipper pouch

supplies

  • Scraps for the outer fabric (at least 12 inch by 12 inch)
  • Coordinating scraps for the lining fabric (at least 12 inch by 12 inch)
  • 9 inch zipper
  • Optional: interfacing – I did not add interfacing so my pouch is really soft, but you can add interfacing to the outer fabric before sewing
  • Sewing tools
  • Sewing machine

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Zipper pouch sewing pattern

how to sew a zipper pouch

Cut two rectangles 11 inch wide by 7 inch tall from the outer fabric.

cut out outer fabric

Cut two rectangles 11 inch wide by 7 inch tall from the lining fabric.

cut out lining fabric

Measure the width of your zipper. Cut two small rectangles from the lining fabric that are 2.5 inch tall by the width of the zipper.

cut out zipper tabs

Instructions

Measure the zipper tape that goes past the top of the zipper and the bottom of the zipper. Trim it so it only goes 1/2 inch past.

trim ends of zipper

Pin the short end of the small rectangles to the top of the zipper and the bottom of the zipper. To make it easier to sew you’ll need to put the zipper pull in the center of the zipper, but you’ll need to keep the two sides of the zipper together by pinning the fabric in place.

pin tabs to ends of zipper

Using a zipper foot sew the fabric rectangles to the zipper with a 1/2 inch seam allowance or right next to the bottom or top of the zipper and only sewing on the zipper tape.

sew tabs to zipper

Fold the short end of the small rectangles in to meet the edge of the zipper tape. Fold it again so that it covers the stitching on the zipper tape.

fold tabs over and pin in place

Use a zipper foot to sew the tab in place. Sew right along the fold without sewing onto the bottom or top of the zipper.

sew tabs in place

Pin the right side of the zipper to the right side of the outer fabric. You will be lining up the zipper with one of the long sides of the rectangle. Make sure there is a 1/2 inch gap on each side of the zipper.

pin out fabric to right side of zipper

Pin the right side of the lining fabric to the wrong side of the zipper. Make sure there is a 1/2 inch gap on each side of the zipper.

Sew the three layers together with a zipper foot at 1/2 inch seam allowance. Keep the zipper pull in the center when you start sewing.

While you are sewing and you get close to the pull, stop with the needle in the fabric and lift the sewing machine foot. Move the zipper pull to the side you’ve already sewn. Lower the sewing machine foot and finish sewing the rest of the seam.

pin lining to wrong side and sew

Fold the fabric so that only the right sides are showing. Press the fabric away from the zipper.

press fabric away from zipper

Do the same to the other side of the fabric by pinning the right side of the outer fabric to the right side of the zipper. (Make sure there’s a 1/2 inch gap on each side of the zipper.)

pin outer fabric to right side of zipper

Pin the right side of the lining to the wrong side of the zipper with the 1/2 inch gaps.

Sew the three layers with a 1/2 inch seam allowance next to the zipper teeth.

pin lining to wrong side of zipper

Open up the fabric. Press all the fabrics away from the zipper.

press fabric away from zipper

With the zipper foot still in the sewing machine, topstitch the fabric in place away from the zipper teeth. This keeps the fabric away from getting stuck in the zipper.

topstitch fabric on each side of zipper

Open the fabric and match the right side of the outer fabric to the right side of the outer fabric. Match the right side of the lining to the right side of the lining. Pin along the sides and at the corners.

match the outer fabric to the outer fabric and hte lining fabric to the lining fabric

To make the zipper part look nice fold the zipper and tab towards the outer fabric. When you sew make sure you DO NOT sew over the tab.

fold teh zipper and tab towards the outer fabric

Start on the lining and sew all the way around at 1/2 inch seam allowance. Leave a hole in the lining for turning.

sew around the rectangle and leave a hole

Trim the corners to reduce the bulk.

trim the edges

Turn the bag right side out and poke out all the corners. Poke out the corners of the tabs and make sure you didn’t sew through them.

turn bag right side out

Pin the hole closed and topstitch in closed.

pinch hole closed and sew

Push the lining down inside and you finished!

how to sew a zipper pouch

If you make something using this pattern, I’d love to see! Please share it on social media with the hashtag #heatherhandmade and tag me!

how to sew a zipper pouch

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I want to do this, but printing 25 pages to carry to my sewing machine is environmentally unconscionable. Can we perhaps get the directions w/out photos in a condensed list, please?

Hi! Love your zipper pouch! Going to make one! One question-Is it necessary to add the two tabs next to the zipper? Or can you make the pouch just as long as the zipper?

I wish that the instructions were more organized (?). There are too many pages to print.