How to make a lined zippered pouch tutorial

    Posted by  ·  January 14, 2009

    Here is a quick little tutorial for making a zippered pouch with a lining.  It isn’t that hard and I always feel like I have really accomplished something when I am finished —and they make great gifts!

    I was a mentor for one of the youth at our church.  At Confirmation they are each given a different bible verse, special to them, to mark the occasion.

    I wanted to give my Confirmand (the sweetest girl) a gift with her bible verse so I decided to make a little zippered pouch with the bible verse sewn inside. I  printed the verse onto printable fabric (purchased on a roll from Joann’s) and sewed onto the lining before stitching the pouch together. I also covered the lining pieces and the piece with the scripture with iron on vinyl before I sewed.  I wanted her to be able to use it for make-up etc.

    Another bonus was that it doubled as the “gift bag” for this beautiful handmade cross .

    Zippered Bag Tutorial

    To make a pouch begin with 4 pieces of fabric (two of outer fabric, two of lining fabric) all cut the same length as the full length of your zipper and any width you choose.

    Make a zipper sandwich. Place 1 piece of lining fabric face up, then the zipper and then the outer fabric right side facing down. Line up the three edges.

    With a zipper foot sew across the top between the edge of your zipper sandwich and the zipper teeth (closer to the zipper feet).

    When finished and you pull fabric back it will look like this. Repeat this for the other side(edge) of the zipper. Oops the fabric should go all the way to the end of the zipper.

    When both sides are completed it will look like this.  Hopefully you will have pinned before sewing and all of your edges will match up beautifully (unlike mine). You can top stitch along the zipper now, if you like.

    Bring both pieces of lining to one side and both pieces of your outer fabric to the other side. Un-zip zipper at least halfway so you can turn it once it is stitched. If you forget to un-zip the zipper you won’t be able to turn your pouch right side out.

    The zipper teeth should be pinned toward the lining side.  I lay the zipper ends on top of each other with teeth facing the lining side and pin.

    Sew all the way around 1/4 inch from the edge. Make sure you sew on the outside of the metal parts on each end of the zipper, this will be easy to do if you cut your fabric the total length of the zipper. Leave a two inch opening at the bottom of the lining side. Clip corners.

    Turn right side out. Stitch opening closed by machine or slip stitch by hand.

    Push lining inside and you are finished!

    These would make cute Valentine’s Day gifts with a little love note printed inside!

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    1. Sunday, May 5th, 2013
      Excellent tutorial. I really like your method it is much simpler than mine and nicely finished. If you make them big enough you could at grommets to put in a school binder for a pencil bag. I've made some for my kids in the past but I must say the next time I am going to use your method. Thanks so much for sharing.
    2. Kay
      Wednesday, May 29th, 2013
      This is the simplest tutorial I have seen so far for a zipped pouch. Thank you for sharing it. It looks easy enough for me to have a go, some tutorials still look scary and difficult for beginners.
    3. Ellen
      Sunday, June 9th, 2013
      I'm going to try this, your instructions make it look so easy. I view lots of crafts on line and usually the instructions are not clear enough for me to try. I'm going to try and make this this the size of a pocketbook so I can easily transfer items out of one bag and into another. I'll try and add some inside pockets for phone etc. If it actually works, I'll try to pin it (I'll have to find a tutorial on pinning first!!!!!!)
      Thanks for the great idea.
    4. Judy
      Saturday, July 13th, 2013
      Thank you so much for this tutorial! I tried 2 others and this one is by far the best. The finish is lovely and neat, and as I'm making these for underprivileged girls, I feel, like us, they deserve to receive a really good quality, well-finished article. Thank you again!
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      Sunday, August 4th, 2013
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      Sunday, October 6th, 2013
      Love it. hey don't worry bout metal zipper use all purpose plastic and you can use a longer zip and just sew across back n forth a few times without damaging zipperfoot also it will allow for size errors . Thanks for tutorial x
    8. lisa armstrong
      Wednesday, October 9th, 2013
      so perfect. thank you!
    9. Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013
      Hi, this is a wonderful tutorial!! I was just wondering, what fabrics would you recommend to make this? Lining and the actual wallet?
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      Wednesday, October 30th, 2013
      Thanks for this tutorial - I am a beginner (I have only really hemmed stuff) & this was so easy to follow! The salesperson at the sewing shop said she never does zips as they are too hard, not with these instructions!
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      I just made a slouchy bag thing with these IMPECCABLE instructions. So clear & easy! My difficulty came toward the end, I chose a zip that seemed to be the correct length but then because of the sewing (?) it seems too long and some of it got looped under. It's a plastic zip so I went over the excess easily but at the open end it's catching on the lining. I top-stitched the outside but not the inside. I suspect if I had done the inside I wouldn't have had this issue. Next time! Cheers
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      Friday, August 29th, 2014
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      Saturday, September 13th, 2014
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      Sunday, November 9th, 2014
      Thank you for posting this. I have always wanted to make one of these. It looks terribly difficult but I will try anyway.

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      Wednesday, January 14th, 2015
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    30. Friday, April 3rd, 2015
      I use this method too...but I wanted to tell you that that was the verse I was given at my baptism, seeing it prompted me to read the signatures in the back of my bible and remember days gone by. Thank you x
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      Sunday, September 13th, 2015
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      Tuesday, October 13th, 2015
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    33. Thursday, October 22nd, 2015
      Thank you so much. I loved this zipper bag so much that I decided to incorporate it into a knitting needle case that I made! Now all my small knitting essentials are contained in the case and readily available.
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    35. Rachel
      Thursday, January 28th, 2016
      I made my first pouch tonight. It turned out great. I added an inside pocket. Thank you for the well written tutorial. I'd loved to send you pictures.
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        Please Rachel, I would love to see your pouch!
    36. Lulu
      Friday, February 5th, 2016
      I can't wait to make this little bag but I've never sewn on a zipper and don't know what a zipper foot is-I'll ask my mother-she knows everything about sewing and what all the sewing machine accessories are and how you use them-thanks so much for your idea,instructions and photos-once I get the hang of it,I can't wait to make a whole bunch of them for gifts-✂️
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      Friday, March 11th, 2016
      I just made my very first bag from this tutorial...made it a diaper bag and added straps. It was also my very first time sewing a zipper on to a bag as well..I must say this is an awesome tutorial! My first creation was a braided towel rug for my bathroom and it turned out awesome and so did my first diaper bag! Thank u!
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      Saturday, June 11th, 2016
      Excellent video. These will make great Christmas gifts for make up or crafts. Thanks
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