Zippered Pouch Pattern

zipper pouch 17 This small zippered pouch pattern is a quick and easy sewing project you can make in no time. You can use the pouch to store makeup, carry toiletries while traveling, keep your purse organized, or even as a casual clutch. The possibilities are endless with this cute and easy-to-sew design.

Related Video: How to Sew a Zippered Pouch

Here are the materials and supplies you’ll need to complete this project:

• Fat quarter for exterior

• Fat quarter for interior

• 1/4 yard fusible interfacing

• 9” zipper

Note: All seam allowances are 1⁄4″ throughout the pattern, except where noted.

Step 1: Cut your fabric to the following dimensions:

• From the exterior fabric: cut (2) 6” x 11” pieces for exterior

• From the interior fabric: cut (2) 6” x 11” pieces for lining

• From the interior fabric: cut (2) 2” x 1” pieces for zipper tabs (iron in half)

• From interfacing: cut (2) 6” x 11” pieces for exterior

zipper pouch 1 Step 2: To sew the tabs to the zipper, place the folded tabs at the edge of each zipper and topstitch along the folded tab to stitch into place. Now your zipper is extended an inch on each size, and is now 11 inches instead of 9 – the same size as your exterior panel!

zipper pouch 2 Step 3: Fuse a 4” x 11” piece of interfacing to the two exterior fabric pieces.

zipper pouch 3 Step 4: Now place the zipper right side down on top of the exterior piece and pin into place. Then add the lining piece face down (so the right side is facing the exterior as well). Pinch the layers near the pin, remove it, and put it back in catching the exterior, the lining, AND the zipper so all three are pinned together.

zipper pouch 3 Step 5: To sew the panels to the zipper, use a zipper foot and sew an approximate ¼” seam to get all 3 layers stitched together.

TIP 1: Stitch with the fleece side up! This prevents the lining from bunching.

TIP 2: Reach under the layers and move the zipper head out of your way as you sew so you don’t have to swerve around it!

zipper pouch 5 Step 6: Now you’re going to topstitch the panels. First press both the lining and the exterior away from the zipper, then topstitch down the edge of the fold near the zipper.

zipper pouch 6 Step 7: Repeat steps 5 and 6 with the other exterior and lining panels and sew them to the other edge of the zipper. (Now you it’s like you have a zipper with wings!)

zipper pouch 7 Step 8: Now you’re going to start sewing the pieces together. First, fold the panels over so the front right sides are together, and the lining right sides are also together. (Hint: Open the zipper halfway to get the zipper head out of the way!)

When matching the front sides together, make sure the topstitching on each side of the zipper matches perfectly. This will leave the extra zipper tape on the inside folded toward the lining side.

zipper pouch 8 Step 9: Using your iron-off pen, mark a space at the bottom of your lining that will remain unsewn so you can turn the bag inside out when done sewing. Using the image as a guide, start at A and sew a ¼” seam along the edge, and stop at C. Then, start again down at B, sew a ¼” seam along that edge, again stopping at C.

TIP: When you follow the above instructions, you sew the same direction across the zipper. This makes your zipper tab lay much nicer on both sides.

zipper pouch 9 Step 10: Now, pinch each corner of your lining and exterior together so the side seam and bottom seams are touching. This will form a little triangle.

zipper pouch 10 Step 11: Verify that the seams are matching by sticking a pin through the stitching on one side, and see where it comes out on the back. Then pin into place so the seams stay matching.

zipper pouch 11 Step 12: Now measure down the seam 1 ½” and draw a line across the little triangle. This will make a 3” gusset on the outside of your bag. (Hint: Measure down 1” to make a 2” gusset. It’s in half!) Do this for all four corners: two on the fleece and two on the lining fabric.

zipper pouch 12 Step 13: Now sew right down all four lines that you drew on each pinched corner.

zipper pouch 13Step 14: This is what your bag should look like now – with little ears on each corner.

zipper pouch 14 Step 15: Next, you will trim off those little ears, leaving about a ½” seam allowance on each.

zipper pouch 15Step 16: Turn the bag inside out, and use a chop stick or the eraser side of a pencil to poke the corners out. Then pull the lining out of the bag, match the hole you used for turning nicely, and pin it into place.

zipper pouch 16 Step 17: Then use your zipper foot, and topstitch the hole closed.

zipper pouch 17 There you have it – your cute little zippered pouch is complete! You can easily adapt the size of the finished project by simply changing the exterior and lining dimensions, as well as the gusset size. Time to make a whole fleet of bags!

Happy sewing!

Related Video: How to Sew a Zippered Pouch

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79 Responses to “Zippered Pouch Pattern”

  1. Linda Claycomb

    I enjoy small projects and hopefully I will go on to medium size and then larger projects.

  2. Starr

    Thank You for the pouch Pattern The instructions are great well got to go make me a zipper pouch (my first zipper bag to make

    • ALINA

      You could make the tabs 1/2″ bigger in step 2. Cut 2 pieces 3″ x 1″ instead of 2×1.

    • Rita

      Just a beginner in sewing. I will try this zippered pouch and see how I do. Thank you for the pattern.

  3. Elizabeth Farrar

    This is a generous idea. I am trying to gather practical items for the women’s sewing group that are learning to sew in the women’s prison in Tasmania. If you listen to the ABC podcast interview it explains it all. It is a great idea so that the women are learning skills that are and will help them.

  4. Gillian Amies

    I used to make these as a class project, but used a sorter zipper and squared off the tops like the bottom corners. The students loved it.

  5. Sue Boucher

    Is there a printable version of this pattern? My granddaughter wants to make a bag and I think this would be a great place to start!

    • Customer Service

      Hi Sue. I am sorry there is not a printable pattern for this. But the tutorial does give good step by step instructions.
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    Great tutorial, I have made this before but now I would like to add handles. Would you have a tutorial on that. I can probably figure it out but a tutorial would help!

    • CC Farmer

      I like the handle idea. I will be trying that. They will have to be put in when you are attaching the fabric and the zipper.

  7. Tanweer khan

    Beautiful instructions very well done now I am inspired todo more sewing,I love these mini get me pushed.thank you .

  8. LAURA

    I welcome these instructions because if there is one thing I have difficulty do it’s making small bags with a gussets…thanks so much…

  9. juder7

    Your video is terrific. I am new to sewing and found it very helpful and encouraging. Your teaching style is super. I am so glad I joined the circle. Can’t wait to do my first pouch. Thank you!

  10. Alicia

    Fantastic ! Have always wondered how to do this ! I made mine smaller ( because I only had a 4″ zipper !) and out of vinyl- came out great !

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  11. praizeraizer

    Love this pouch. This make a great cosmetic bag and wonderful personalized gifts

  12. Edith

    I can only see part of the video, why is this? How can I see the whole thing????

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  13. Barbara Hewitt

    I appreciate this simple zippered pouch. I am taking the instructions to my 10 yr. old granddaughter so she can make them for her Christmas gifts.

  14. Cat

    Error with pictures loading and the video won’t play, Like most videos, it keeps stopping (premium member)

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      • Cindy Ness

        I am having the same problem. I emailed before and a tech replied with a link but he didn’t read my saying which sent me link to quilt challenge instead of the oh sew fun.

    • National Sewing Circle

      This pouch is 10″ at the top and 9″ at the bottom (because of the corner gussets) and stands up approximately 3 1/2″ depending on how flat you press the sides, the more loft to the pouch sides the shorter it is.

  15. Davida

    thanks so much Aurora..your directions were just great..Easy to understand and making putting in a zipper not so daunting:)
    .I used a 7 inch zipper and my little pouch came out so cute…. I will be making many more in different sizes…..
    Thanks again

  16. SewUnique1

    Love this tutorial! This is the best description, step-by-step, I’ve seen. Now I understand why the zipper tabs on the end are a great idea. Now, I’d love to see this technique while adding a flap and shoulder straps for a neat, small cross body pouch. How about it National Ladies? Thanks for teaching us how to do it all.

  17. Linda

    I’ve seen one other tutorial on making a zipper pouch which I have done, but this one looks like it would be much easier. Can’t wait to try today!!!

  18. Sandie

    Love your tutorial. Is there a way to make one of these using a see – through vinyl of some sort.?? I have been trying to figure out how to make one.

    • National Sewing Circle

      Hi, Sandie! If you go to your local sewing and crafts store. We found some at JoAnn Fabrics.

  19. Alma Montenegro

    Thank you so much for this tutorial, it is easy to follow. Thank you for sharing.

  20. Jan

    Fleece isn’t mentioned in the materials list but the directions, on Step 5, Tip 1 says to place the fleece side up to stitch to keep the lining from bunching. Where does the come in?

    • National Sewing Circle

      Hi, Jan! It is referencing the fusible interfacing. You would need to put the fleece side of the fusible interfacing, the fleece side up. Happy sewing!

    • Marie Foisy

      Thanks so much-anxious to make a zipper pouch. Looks so good 😊 and easy for me.

  21. Gail

    This is the first video I’ave had the pleasure of viewing – – -I have to say “WOW” – this is clear and well produced. I feel very confident that I can make this zippered pouch. Well done!