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How to Sew a Zipper Pouch Tutorial – DIY Any SIZE You Want

Zippered pouches are so versatile and useful, we can never get enough of them. Well, at least I can never get enough of them.

But they are usually ridiculously pricey or hard to find in normal sizes or fancy colors. And the ones you do find within that criteria, aren’t of high quality and tend to not last long. Which is why I stopped buying finished ones and started making them on my own. They are super easy to make actually! Even a sewing beginner could make them in a very short amount of time.

If you want to learn how to sew a zipper pouch, check out this lined zippered pouch tutorial. Follow the steps and you’ll make a  DIY zippered pouch before you know it!

Step by step guide how to sew a zipper pouch

Below you will find my step by step written tutorial with VIDEO instructions for all the visual learners.

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How to Make a Zippered Pouch

Lined Zip Pouch Supplies and tools

zippered pouch supplies

This is a pretty simple project, and as such, it doesn’t require a lot of materials. You don’t even need any zipper pouch patterns. Here’s what you’ll need:

With all that ready, you can proceed onto the next step and start to sew zipper pouch.

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How to Sew a Zipper Pouch

Watch the diy zipper pouch video first and then follow the written step by step instructions below.
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STEP 1: Prepare the fabrics

As always I recommend washing and drying your fabric. Iron it well and cut out the desired dimensions. You can make the pouch any size you want or simply according to your zipper length.

STEP 2: Align the fabrics

Set one piece of lining fabric on your workspace, with its face up. Then put the zipper on it, also face up. Align the top long edge of the zipper with the top long edge of the lining fabric.
Now take one main fabric piece and put it on top of these two, with its face down. Align the edges. Secure the layers together with clips or pins.

aligning lined zippered pouch fabrics

STEP 3: Sew the zipper

Put your zipper presser foot on your sewing machine and start sewing along the edge where the zipper is. Go as close as possible to the zipper and make sure to sew in a straight line to get that professional look on your zip pouch.

As you reach the zipper pull, stop. If you keep sewing, your stitch will become wobbly. So just lift up the presser foot with the needle down, open up the layers, pull the zipper a bit down pass the needle and finish the final section.
Reinforce the stitches with a bit of backstitching.

STEP 4: Align the fabrics one more time

Put your other lining fabric piece on your workspace with its face up.

Grab your fabric sandwich with the zipper and open it up so that the main fabric and the zipper are facing up while the lining is facing down. Place it on top of the second lining piece, aligning the zipper edge with the top edge of the lining.

You will notice that the zipper head is on the right now.

Now put the last fabric piece on top of everything, with its face down. Align the edges and secure everything with pins or clips.

STEP 5: Repeat the sewing process

Sew the zipper one more time just like you did in the second step of this zip pouch tutorial. Don’t forget to stop before you reach the zipper pull then just open everything up, pull the zipper, and go back to finishing the stitch.

Sew slowly and precisely.

STEP 6:Press the seams

Open up the layers so that the zipper is in the middle. Flip the whole thing over so that the main fabric is facing up.
Take your iron and press as close to the zipper as possible. Pull the iron away from the zipper as you press.

STEP 7: Topstitch along the zipper

Make a stitch along the edge of the zipper on both the left and the right side of the zipper. Use a longer stitch setting. You can also use a contrasting thread to add a bit of flair to the pouch.

STEP 8: Prepare the pouch for the final sewing

Pull the zipper about 3/4 of the way down. This is very important or you won’ be able to turn the pouch inside out later!

Now unfold the layers so that the lining pieces are right sides together and the main pieces are right sides together. The zipper stays in the middle.

Fold the zipper teeth toward the lining! Pin or clip the zipper to secure it in that position.

Pin or clip the two lining pieces together. Do the same with the main pieces.

STEP 9: Sew around the zipper pouch

Sew all around the pouch, from the lining over the main fabric and back to the lining. As you reach the corners, just stop, pivot, and then keep stitching. Go slowly over the zipper.

Leave an opening of about 2 inches unstitched in the middle of the lining section. You need it to turn the pouch inside-out.

Don’t use a seam allowance bigger than half-inch.

STEP 10: Trim and turn

Snip the corners and the ends of the zipper. Then turn the whole pouch inside-out through the opening you left. Push the corners out with your fingers, the scissors or chopsticks.

STEP 11: Sew the opening shut

Fold the edges on the opening inwards a bit and sew over them, shutting the opening closed.

Tuck the lining into the pouch. Make sure to put the corners into their place on the inside.

Done! Enjoy and make some to give as gifts!

Did you like this zipper pouch tutorial? Try sewing one and let us know how it turned out in the comment section below. Your feedback is appreciated! Enjoy your new zipper pouch!

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Karins Kottage - August 15, 2020

Great tutorial! I love little zippered pouches. I need to get making some to give as gifts! That you for linking up To Centerpiece Wednesday Linky Party! I will be pinning this!


    Helen - August 15, 2020

    Hi Karin,
    Thanks for dropping by! There make fantastic gifts that everyone loves receiving.
    I’m so glad you liked it

Lisa - August 15, 2020

Love this! You make it look so easy! I think even I might be able to do it. 🙂

    Helen - August 15, 2020

    You can do it! Just try

Jenna - August 17, 2020

Great tutorial – this would be SO helpful for anyone looking to sew reusable Ziploc bags!
Jenna ♥
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Rosie Doal - August 17, 2020

I’m not great at crafts or DIY but you make this look easy. And it’s so cute and handy too x #KCACOLS

Amy - August 18, 2020

This is a great tutorial! I host craft for a cause projects and may use this one!

Melynda Brown - August 18, 2020

Hello, this is one of my favorites for Encouraging Hearts and Home, this week! Stop by and say hello, also this post has been pinned!

Michelle - August 19, 2020

Awesome tutorial! I will be featuring it on this week’s Creative Compulsions.


Katrina | ChatterFox - August 19, 2020

Really well written post. Excellently explained and clear instructions. I love the fabric you’ve chosen.

Katrina x

Laura Walters - August 19, 2020

We are so excited that you participated! Thank you for sharing your creativity! This is so cute!

    Helen - August 20, 2020

    Thanks for dropping by, Laura

Beth Watson - August 19, 2020

Thank you for participating in our linky party!

    Helen - August 20, 2020

    Thank you, Beth

Meg Daves - August 19, 2020

What a great addition to our linky party! We are so happy to have you!

    Helen - August 20, 2020

    Thank you so much, Meg

Ann Butler - August 19, 2020

Thank you so much for sharing! Your project is absolutely darling!

    Helen - August 20, 2020

    Thank you! I appreciate you kind words

Jennifer Dynys - August 25, 2020

These are so fun! I have made them once with my daughter, but ours wasn’t terribly precise! I hope you will join us on Friday at the Embracing Home and Family Link Party!

Tracey Burger - January 4, 2021

Thank you Helen, what a great tutorial! You make it look really easy; now perhaps I can make my boys some pencil bags for school!

    Helen - January 5, 2021

    Thank you, Tracey! I’m so glad you liked it!
    Here’s a quick tip – let them pick the fabrics – they’ll love it even more

Rae Quintana - April 9, 2021

Can I get a PDF file?

    Helen - January 22, 2022

    I don’t have downloadable instructions of this project, sorry. You can copy and paste the text in word and print from there

Kathy Rader - April 30, 2021

Just finished my first zipper pouch. It was an exciting project to do, and I look forward to making many more for both myself — and manly ones for my hubby.

I tried unsuccessfully to copy a photo into my comment to show the only problem I had. I used a rather thick lining, and that made the lower zipper end, really bulky. I could not quite understand the instruction to pin the zipper toward the lining side before seeing all around. Nevertheless, I think it turned out pretty good; and I’ll use thinner linings in the future.

Nici - July 4, 2022

Made a coin purse for my daughter. Nice straightforward instructions. Came out looking very nice. Thanks!


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