This simple zipper pouch tutorial will get you sewing up something that will be useful on your next trip. With your favorite fabrics, you can create a bag that you would love to show off and carry everywhere. Using the zipper foot for your sewing machine makes this project easier and perfect for a weekend. Be sure to check out the video for even more help creating this bag.
• Sewing machine
• Zipper foot
• 12” zipper
• Two pieces of fabric at least 14” x 15”
• One for the outside of the pouch
• One for the inside of the pouch
• One piece of batting, at least 15” x 16”
• Rotary cutter
• Lapel stick (fabric glue stick)
• Pencil (optional)
Cut both pieces of fabric into 14” x 15” rectangles.
Turn your backing fabric so the patterned side is facing down. Spread the lapel stick glue around the edges of the fabric. Draw an “X” across with glue on the back of the fabric, so the center of your fabric has some
glue, too. Set aside.
Lay out the batting. Take the backing fabric and stick it to the batting, glue side down and patterned side up. Smooth out the fabric. Turn the batting over and repeat the whole process with the top fabric.
Thread your sewing machine. Choose a decorative stitch on your sewing machine for example, the zigzag stitch and lay down your quilt “sandwich,” top fabric-side up. Sew rows all the way across the quilt “sandwich.”
You can sew freehand, or trace out your rows using a pencil.
Once all the stitching is complete, it’s time to trim the batting down to size. Cut the 14” side down to 13”, and the 15” side down to 14” using a rotary cutter.
Zigzag stitch all around the raw edges. Note that the zigzag stitch should hang off the edge of the quilt “sandwich.”
Lay your 12” zipper out along the 13” side of the quilt sandwich. The zipper pull should be face down, and the right side edge of the zipper fabric should match up with the right outside edge of the fabric.
Spread the lapel stick glue on the right side of the zipper tape and the right side of the fabric edge. Stick the
zipper to the outside edge of the quilt “sandwich.” Press it into place.
Install your zipper foot on the left side of the foot. This way, you’ll be sewing the right side of the fabric. Match the outside right edge of the zipper foot with the right edge of the fabric.
Line up your zipper foot with the zipper teeth, so you can stitch very close to the teeth without stitching over them. Use a basic straight stitch, and start sewing.
Stitch down your seam allowance (the flipped up edge of the zipper tape) from the back side. Remember to sew close to the zipper teeth.
It’s time to sew the other edge of your fabric to the opposing side of the zipper tape. Match up the outside edge of the top fabric with the edge of the zipper tape that has the zipper pull facing up (i.e., the “pretty” side of the fabric should be touching the “pretty” side of the zipper tape. The backing fabric should be on the outside.) Watch the lesson to see how this part is done.
Line up the outside edges of your fabric so your zipper pouch will come out even.
Spread your lapel stick glue on the “pretty” side of the zipper and the edge of the “pretty” side of the fabric.
Secure the two together so they will hold when you start stitching. You can also pin the edges in place if you
don’t have a lapel stick.
Reinstall your zipper foot so that it sews on the right side instead of the left and you can stitch down on the opposite side of the zipper teeth. Insert your zipper under the zipper foot with the zipper pull at the bottom. Match the outside left edge of the zipper foot with the left edge of the fabric.
Stitch all the way down the zipper tape. When you get close to the end of the zipper, the zipper pull will get
in your path. Stop at least an inch or 2 behind it, with your needle down into the fabric. Lift up the presser
foot, take the zipper pull, and unzip a few inches to make way for the needle. Sew all the
way to the end.
Unzip your piece. Top stitch your seam allowance into place.
Turn your piece inside out, so the interior lining falls out, and zip up your zipper again. Line up the unsewn edges of your pouch. Your zipper should be lined up down the center. Pin the edges in place. Remember that the lining fabric should be on the outside. It would be helpful to watch the lesson here.
Unzip the zipper pull a few inches so you don’t stitch over it. Use a straight stitch to sew down each edge a ¼” from the edge. Backstitch at the beginnings and ends.
Trim away any excess zipper tape on both sides.
Open the zipper and turn the pouch inside out, popping out all 4 corners. At this point, the zipper pouch will be wide and flat. End the project here if you like.
Step Twenty-Two – Boxed Corners
For the boxed corners, turn the pouch inside out again. Make a triangle with the corners, with the side seam
running down the center. Use a pin to secure the “triangle.” Repeat with the other 3 corners.
Measure 1.5” in from each triangle tip. Mark the 1.5” point with a pen, then draw a straight line across the triangle, which will be the stitching line that creates your box corners. Repeat with the other 3 corners. It’s important to watch the lesson to see how to create box corners.
Sew across the marked line, backstitching at the beginning and end. Trim the excess seam allowance with the rotary cutter, ¼” from the seam. Repeat with all 3 corners.
Zigzag stitch the edge of the corner to prevent fraying. Repeat with all 3 corners. Turn the pouch right side out to finish.