Simple Zipper Pouch Tutorial

Simple Zipper Pouch Tutorial

This tutorial is just the basics for making a bag with no bottom seam. It would have worked much better with another pattern because now my cupcakes are upside-down on the reverse side. But the pouch is just to hold my markers so I don't mind.

I do have another tutorial coming that will show you how to do a 2-sided pouch.


Outer fabric
Lining fabric -just some remnants I had at home
Ziploc -quart size
8 inch zipper
Rotary cutter -optional
and not pictured:
Pinking Shears- optional
Mat with measurements or a pen for marking
Sewing could easily do this by hand!
Zipper foot

First off I knew what my pouch was for, my markers are always all over the place in the bottom of my bag, making it hard to find anything. So I put them all in a quart sized Ziploc and decided to use that as my template.

I measured my Ziploc and took a few inches off the top.

I wasn't picky about the size. The bag will be 6 inches tall with 1/4 inch seams on each end X 8 inches wide with 1/4 inch seams on each side. Cut out 2 pieces measuring:

12 1/2 in x 8 1/2 lining fabric
12 1/2 ix x 8 1/2 outer fabric

I prefer to use these tools for cutting because I am OCD when it comes to straight lines.

Lay your lining fabric down (right-side up if it matters) and then your zipper, like so. This placement is important. Your zipper pull will face up and be on your right. Pin. Next lay your outer fabric right-side down onto the zipper...

and pin. With your zipper foot sew across the top of this pinned stack close to the zipper teeth. 

After sewing you will pull the fabric back to look like this and press. One side done.

Now fold up the outer fabric to meet with zipper and pin. It should now look like this, right-side down.

Flip it all over and do the same with the lining fabric and pin. Lining side should look like this, right-side down.

After pinning it should look like you have two folds of fabric with the zipper at the top.

Again with your zipper foot sew across the top of this pinned stack close to the zipper feet. Now flip the whole thing right-side out so that the outer fabric is on the outside. Do this by opening up that outer fabric "fold" and pushing everything through it.

Simple Zipper Pouch Tutorial

This is what you get after flipping right-side out.

Again press the fabric at the zipper.

Now unzip and flip inside-out.

Pin down both sides. Make sure before you sew that you have unzipped a good portion of the zipper or you will not be able to turn your purse right-side out!

Sew with a 1/4 inch seam, down both of sides.

If your fabric likes to fray hit it with your pinking shears before taking the next step. Mine is just some cheapo cotton remnant so it needed it.

Simple Zipper Pouch Tutorial

Now flip your pouch right-side out and fill it with all markers. =D

I looove the cupcake fabric, too cute! I am happy everytime I open my bag and see that little handmade pouch that I know is filled with colorful markers. L.O.V.E.
♥ ♥ Check out my new tutorial on a 2-sided pouch!

Simple Zipper Pouch Tutorial

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1 comment:

  1. What a cool tutorial! I've never attempted a zipper, but this doesn't make it seem too complicated at all :) thanks!