Zippered Pouch Tutorial

    Posted by  ·  September 16, 2011

    I hope you are enjoying all of these wonderful sewn gift tutorials. We have been baking, sewing & crafting up a storm, preparing handmade gifts for this holiday season. Don’t forget to head on over to According to Kelly for 30 fabulous crafty gifts. A Southern Fairytale has 30 edible yummies & holiday-inspired recipes for you to try. You definitely don’t want to miss a day! Check out ALL of our creative projects HERE.

    You might have seen this pleated pouch here before, but I think it is worth posting again because it makes a perfect handmade gift! They sew up quickly so you can make a bunch at one time.  Slip in a gift card to make it extra special!


    Download pattern pieces and print with no scaling selected on your printer. Cut out two of each piece from your favorite fabric. You will also need 1 – 7 inch zipper.

    Pleated Pouch Pattern Download

    How to make a pleated zippered pouch

    Mark fabric from pattern where it should be pleated. Bring one mark over to the next. Pin.

    Place outer top piece face down on pleated piece, line up edges and stitch across 1/4 inch from the edge. Open up and press. Repeat with other two pieces to make the other side.

    Make a zipper sandwich. Place 1 piece of outer fabric face up, then the zipper and then the lining 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).

    Bring lining and outer fabric to the same side.

    Make another zipper sandwich on the other side of the zipper.

    Open up and it will look like this. You can top stitch at the edge of the fabric along the zipper now, if you like (I didn’t).

    Bring both pieces of lining to one side and both pieces of the 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.

    Pinch zipper towards outer fabric, making sure it is laying nicely as you pin.

    Using 1/4 inch seam stitch all the way around the pouch leaving a two inch opening in the bottom of the lining for turning.

    Turn right side out. Hand stitch (or machine stitch) opening in lining closed.

    Push lining inside the pouch and it is finished!

    You might also be interested in making aLined Pouch.

    It is super easy to make a matching tote for your pouch with this simple tote tutorial!

    You might also like these 10 Tote Tutorials.


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    1. Adrienne
      Saturday, June 25th, 2016
      I just wanted to say thank you. This tutorial is well done and easy to follow, and the little pouch is just too cute! I first found this pattern a few years ago, and have made at least a dozen of these little things for gifts. Thank you so much!
    2. Nkosi
      Friday, July 10th, 2015
      Thanks for the tutorial. I'm going to make one using leather. My daughter have one that is similar but is a coach. Mine will probably look like hers but much less expensive.
      Thanks again, Nkosi
    3. Tuesday, February 3rd, 2015
      Thank you for this free pattern and tutorial. I just wanted to share with you the pouches I made from this tutorial.

      https://ireadiwriteilove.wordpress.com/2015/02/04/off-duty-sewing/
    4. Sunday, July 6th, 2014
      hello
      It's a good post.Thanks for sharing.
    5. Tracy
      Sunday, March 2nd, 2014
      Hi there, lovely tutorial :-) I'm struggling though, I'm new to machine sewing and for some reason, no matter how hard I try I cannot get my zip corners right, they end up puckered in. I have poked and poke the corners till I'm blue in the face but they just don't sit right ...... Where am I going wrong, please help
      • Sunday, March 2nd, 2014
        Tracy, this is kinda the way it goes. After a few times you might be able to get them better, but honestly this part is a struggle. I am so sorry. I am working on a new pouch that adds a bit of fabric to make it easier, but this style you often will see those puckers.

        Can anyone offer some tips?
    6. A L Bungar
      Sunday, November 10th, 2013
      Thanks for the wonderful tutorial. Loved the pleats on the this pouch. Made myself a pretty make-up pouch and it turned out beautiful.
    7. Leslie
      Monday, July 1st, 2013
      Hello, love this SUPER QUICK 'n easy project !!!! I just made one and i attached straps to it so i have a cute lil purse :)
    8. Brandy
      Wednesday, June 26th, 2013
      So cute! I just made this and I love it! I did get a little confused towards the middle but after I reread your instructions and really studied the pictures it was super simple. Thanks for the tutorial and pattern!!
    9. Jocelyn
      Wednesday, June 5th, 2013
      I got it!!! I was using print from the top of my web browser instead of within the screen...printing now and ready to sew!
    10. Jocelyn
      Wednesday, June 5th, 2013
      I want to make one of these pouches but when I try and print the pattern, it is just blank. I thought something was wrong with my printer, but I can print other things, just not this pattern. Print preview just shows a blank page. Please help....I want to make this now :-)
    11. Alexis
      Saturday, January 12th, 2013
      I'm new to sewing and this is something I would love to do but get a little confused half way through. Any chance you have made a video tutorial?
    12. Friday, September 30th, 2011
      Hi Cindy, thanks for the tutorial! I recently made 6 of these and they turned out so beautiful! I had lots of fun making them! Here's a photo if you would like to see them: http://ribbonsetc.blogspot.com/2011/09/cute-little-pouches.html
    13. Friday, September 30th, 2011
      Hi Cindy, thanks for the wonderful tutorial! I recently made 6 of these! It was so much fun! The instructions were very clear. Here's a photo of them if you would like to see: http://ribbonsetc.blogspot.com/2011/09/cute-little-pouches.html
    14. lynn
      Friday, September 16th, 2011
      thanks, i'm gonna give it a go! what's that lovely fabric?
    15. Friday, September 16th, 2011
      Love this tutorial. The fabric is just my color! Thanks for sharing.
    16. Friday, September 16th, 2011
      I just tried to do this tutorial last weekend, and ended up completely botching it! (I'm new to sewing.) I even posted about it! I'm planning on giving it another go later today. Check out my post if you get a chance! :) http://www.simplydove.com/2011/09/how-not-to-sew-zippered-pouch.html