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Free Zippered Pouch Tutorial

Updated on July 23, 2013

Free Zippered Pouch Tutorial

If you are looking for an easy-to-follow Free Zippered Pouch Tutorial with photos, you are at the right place. Is it hard to make your own zippered pouch? It may seem a little difficult to sew a zipper in, if you have little or no experience in working with zippers. But with a little practice and the right zipper pouch sewing instructions, you can make zippered pouches in 30 minutes or less. Zippered pouches come very handy as make-up organizers and pencil cases, they can also be used for storing baby items in a diaper bag. Zippered pouches are fun and easy to sew - give it a try :) Free zippered pouch tutorial

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Zippered Pouch Tutorial

Supplies Needed for the Project

Supplies you will need for this project:

2 matching fabrics and thread

scissors

zipper

sewing machine

sewing pins

tape measure or ruler

Zippered Pouch Tutorial

Step 1.

Decide on the size of your pouch and draw your zippered pouch pattern on a sheet of paper. If you would like your pouch to be 6 inches by 4 inches, make up a paper pattern that measures 7 by 5 inches - you need to add 1/2 inch on each side for seam allowance. Pin the paper pattern to fabric and cut out 2 rectangles for lining and 2 outer fabric rectangles. You will need a zipper that is as long as (or slightly longer then) the zippered pouch opening - for a 6 by 4 inch pouch with a 6 inch opening, I recommend using a 6 inch zipper.

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Zippered Pouch Tutorial

Step 2.

Pin 1 exterior fabric rectangle, the zipper, and 1 lining rectangle together, using sewing pins. The zipper teeth and pull need to be facing the outer fabric, and the front sides of the exterior fabric and the lining need to be facing each other. When pinning the fabrics and zipper together, try to pin as close to the zipper coil, as possible.

Zip Pouch Tutorial
Zip Pouch Tutorial

Zippered Pouch Tutorial

Step 3.

Sew the lining, zipper, and outer fabric together, using your sewing machine. Zipper foot is preferrable, but if you don't have a zipper foot, make sure to keep the zipper pull away from the zipper foot at all times - you may need to stop the sewing machine, pull the zipper foot up, and slide the zipper pull out of the way. Remove the sewing pins as you go.

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This is what your project will look like at this point, when you pull the fabric back. Although it looks like the fabric is very close to the zipper coil in the photo, it's not the way it actually turned out (sorry, my fault, for not pulling the fabric back all the way for the photo). It is important to pin close to the zipper coil when using sewing pins, but when stitching using a sewing machine, I suggest sewing about 1/4 inch away from the zipper - to prevent fabric from getting caught in the zipper.

Zippered pouch tutorial
Zippered pouch tutorial

Step 4.

Repeat steps 2 and 3 for the other side of the zipper. The face side of outer fabric will need to be facing the front side of the zipper, with the front side of the lining facing the back of the zipper (zipper will be in between the face sides of outer fabric and lining).

Installed zipper

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Step 5.

Open the zipper halfway. Pin the face sides of the linings together and the face sides of the exterior fabric together and sew all around the perimeter, leaving the bottom of the linings unsewn.

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lined zipper pouch

Step 6.

Turn the zippered pouch right side out.

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Step 7.

Pin the bottom of the pouch as shown in the photo:

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Step 8.

Finish the zippered pouch by stitching the bottom of the lining (as close to the bottom as possible). I used decorative stitch for my pouch.

Finished lined zipper pouch photos.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Looks easy and beautiful!

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      darciefrench lm 5 years ago

      I love your newest creation, have been stalking your page waiting for more lenses ;)

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      Tamara Kajari 5 years ago from Zagreb, Croatia, Europe

      I love how you make things easy to follow (learn). My teenage daughter would love doing this on her own and I know I could use couple of pouches this minute :) Very nice lens Katie!

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      MasterPsycho 5 years ago from Earth

      i so love the handmade stuff...what ever they are....and i have great respect for people who bother to make something and not just go and buy it.....well done Colette..

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      Fabio Sanna 5 years ago

      I wll try! :)

      Fabio

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      katiecolette 5 years ago

      @Fabio Sanna: :)

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      diyconservatoriesdream 5 years ago

      sooo cool! this lens is awesome.

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      Eighteen18 5 years ago

      love it!

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      katiecolette 5 years ago

      @Eighteen18: Thank you!

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      Lisa Auch 5 years ago from Scotland

      My daughter loves sewing and this is ideal! especially with your pictures, bookmarked for return!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      A perfectly done tutorial on making zippered pouches and made the tough part easier, its always that zipper that gives us trouble but no more! Well done Katie!

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      katiecolette 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Thank you, Tipi :)

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      Anthony Godinho 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Nicely done step-by-step tutorial on making a zippered pouch!

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      goo2eyes lm 5 years ago

      easy to make-thanks for sharing the tips and the secrets

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      A great tutorial Katey, you have me itching to stitch a pouch now :)

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      bhthanks 5 years ago

      I like the pictures, explaining each step

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      Lindrus 5 years ago

      Great tutorial and easy instructions! Thanks!

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      KimGiancaterino 5 years ago

      I used to sew a lot and always enjoyed making accessories with leftover scraps. Great tutorial ... you make it look easy and fun!

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      Pam Irie 5 years ago from Land of Aloha

      Great tutorial. Pics are so helpful and directions are clear.

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      mouse1996 lm 4 years ago

      Great tutorial! Zippers always make me nervous but I have got to try this. I'd love to start selling zippered pouches and use some of my fabric up. Right now I make drawstring pouches but I would love to add zippered ones to it.

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      techgadgeteer 3 years ago

      thanks for an easy to follow instructions. will try this one.

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      Merry Citarella 3 years ago from Oregon's Southern Coast

      Well done lens! Cute finished product too. Sounds fun to make!

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