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How to make a lined zippered pouch tutorial

Posted by  ·  January 14, 2009  ·  Last Updated: 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. Saturday, April 27th, 2019
    Great tutorial. Thanks
  2. penelope
    Thursday, March 21st, 2019
    wow i love it thanks man im sure to put my onion slices in this bag for my cat

    kind regards
  3. Sue
    Thursday, January 31st, 2019
    Thanks for your simple tutorial - easy to follow and clear pictures. Made a cute bag for my daughter at college - zipper pouch are always handy.
  4. George
    Monday, January 21st, 2019
    Your post makes this so easy to make! Thanks!!
  5. Bradley Hopper
    Sunday, January 20th, 2019
    I can't believe how simple this process is. The pouch seems so upscale. Thank you very much for the tutorial, I can't wait to make mine!
  6. Andrea
    Saturday, December 22nd, 2018
    Using this tutorial to make gift bags for Chrismas! so easy and pretty!
  7. Thursday, December 20th, 2018
    So easy and so beautiful. We are doing DIY presents this year and I know two little girls who would love this.
  8. Rebecca
    Friday, December 14th, 2018
    What a surprise to find my confirmation verse on your zipper pouch tutorial! Please let the young lady know that I will be praying for her whenever I think of this verse. Thank you for the quick and simple pouch tutorial!
  9. Linda
    Monday, October 15th, 2018
    Thanks so much! My daughter wanted on of these for wet diapers and you made me feel as though I could actually do it!
  10. Jo-Anne
    Thursday, October 4th, 2018
    Do you have a PDF version of this pouch so that I may print it out and learn as I go please?
  11. Rachelle
    Wednesday, October 3rd, 2018
    Great tutorial, but I have a question. I have made about 5 of these so far with the same outcome. The fabric at the ends of the zipper on both ends always dips down diagonally and doesn't have clean corners that pop out into a straight line like yours does along the top of the pouch. How do you ensure the corners of a zipper pouch turn out neatly? I've even tried cutting the excess fabric on the ends of the zipper off but they still pull in and then it leaves me with a hole between the zipper and the fabric. Any help would be great! Thanks so much!! :)
  12. Gena
    Thursday, September 27th, 2018
    Just the exact thing I needed to make a baby shower gift. A pouch to hold wipes and a few diapers. Your tutorial was really helpful. Thanks
    • Cindy
      Saturday, September 29th, 2018
      Gena, so happy you liked it!
  13. nancy
    Saturday, September 15th, 2018
    I made your lined pencil pouches two years ago....maybe 25 of them. i'm back now to make more. excellent tutorial......too bad i didn't see a print link.

    awesome work.

  14. Jana
    Sunday, September 9th, 2018
    Thank you for these great instructions! I had never ever sewed in a zipper, but I made a lined, zipped cosmetic bag!
  15. Marla
    Sunday, August 26th, 2018
    I took my son's best friends daughter school shopping for uniforms and school supplies, (her dad is not a shopper!). She picked out a pencil bag, it was cute but wasn't going to last very long so made her a sturdier one using your tutorial (so easy and quick!) with her name embroidered on it and Swarovski hot crystals in the middle of some of the flowers. Have not given it to her yet, but know she will love it. Thanks for the brilliant idea!
  16. Barbara
    Monday, July 2nd, 2018
    I found your instructions for making the zippered lined purse very easy and informative. My only oops was my lining became the outside. I need practice and will try to get it right next time. Thank you! Happy summer! Barbara
  17. Jane
    Wednesday, April 18th, 2018
    Best tutorial ever for how to put a zipper in a line bag
  18. stella
    Thursday, March 15th, 2018
    Thank you for the tutorial.do you do tutorials for sewing travelling bags?
  19. shirley
    Tuesday, February 27th, 2018
    I love the verse added to the bag. I must try that for Christmas.
  20. Sandra Harter
    Tuesday, February 27th, 2018
    Absolutely speedy, I think I can churn out several and have them ready at a whim for a gift - Thank you
  21. James Rider
    Saturday, February 10th, 2018
    Thanks for sharing great instructions and clear pictures. Keep it continue!
  22. Jean
    Tuesday, February 6th, 2018
    This was just great, so explicit . Will surely try this one! Thank you
  23. Saturday, December 23rd, 2017
    Thank you so much for this easy to follow tutorial. Great instructions and clear pictures. Just made a cute little zipper pouch with some emoji fabric I found, for a last minute Christmas gift.
  24. Sharon Maguire
    Sunday, November 26th, 2017
    super simple - love it
  25. Sunday, October 29th, 2017
    Thanks for the helpful info. I used it for a one piece bag with lining but it still worked well. The instructions the original design came with were mighty odd so yours were great. Very straightforward.
  26. Helen
    Saturday, October 28th, 2017
    Thank you so much for the pattern for a lined zippered pouch. I had made a tote bag as a present and wanted to attach a matching purse. Your instructions made it so easy!
  27. Amy
    Monday, October 16th, 2017
    Thanks so much for making this, I found it really easy to follow. Do you have any tips for completing this tutorial without a zipper foot? I've managed okay so far but the result are a bit wonky. Thanks.
    • Cindy
      Monday, October 16th, 2017
      Amy, it is a bit hard to do it without that because the regular foot keeps you from getting close to the zipper. You probably could find a zipper foot for your machine.
  28. Beth
    Wednesday, October 11th, 2017
    Hi! Thanks for the tutorial. When making the zipper sandwich should my zipper be right side up or down?
  29. Thursday, September 14th, 2017
    This DIY Zippered pouch instructions is very clearly written & straight forward. Thank you, Sue
  30. Heather Cavaliere
    Wednesday, September 6th, 2017
    This is awesome! So easy to follow and so proud of my work! My first zipper was an uber success! Thank you.
  31. Janet Burson
    Tuesday, August 29th, 2017
    Thanks for tutorial
  32. maureen
    Friday, August 4th, 2017
    I always skipped a sewing assignment if there was a zipper included. Thought if would be too complicated...Thank you so much. you have unlocked a new area for me.
    • Cindy
      Friday, August 11th, 2017
      Ahhh Maureen that makes my day!
  33. Wednesday, July 26th, 2017
    You make the best tutorials! Thank you so much!!
    • Cindy
      Friday, August 11th, 2017
      Ahhh thanks Elissa, you made my day!
  34. Carol
    Tuesday, June 20th, 2017
    I made one and it was my first attempt at a zipper. I've since made two more for my sister-in-law. I'm no longer afraid of zippers! Thank you for posting.
  35. Rick
    Tuesday, April 25th, 2017
    so cute! how long did you take to make it
    • Cindy
      Wednesday, April 26th, 2017
      After you make the first one and get it down, you can easily make them from start to finish in less than 30 mins.
  36. Rosha
    Tuesday, April 4th, 2017
    thank you so much... i just learned to do Zippers and you made this so simple that i made my bag within 2 hours... thats a record for me and im sure i will get faster but your break down made me understand much better. thank you thank you
    • Cindy
      Tuesday, April 4th, 2017
      So happy it worked for you Rosha!
  37. Friday, March 31st, 2017
    Wow, it's like a pillow or a bag, I can use your way to make a pillow for my newborn baby. Thank you very much!
    • Cindy
      Tuesday, April 4th, 2017
      Great Idea Andrea!
  38. Cindy
    Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017
    That was great! Thank you! Cindy
    • Cindy
      Wednesday, March 29th, 2017
      Thanks Cindy, so glad you liked it!
  39. Tuesday, March 21st, 2017
    I've been looking for a tutorial on how to make a lined zipper pouch, glad I stumbled upon your blog!
  40. Pamela
    Monday, March 20th, 2017
    Thank you so much. My first successful zip!
  41. ChrisAnne Shultz
    Wednesday, March 15th, 2017
    Great, clear, tutorial! Thank you for including the pictures that clarify.
  42. Judy
    Saturday, March 11th, 2017
    Very well done, young lady, thank you!
  43. Friday, February 3rd, 2017
    I love handmade gifts.. This is very cute.
    A great reminder of Gods love, and moms :)
  44. patricia aguero
    Sunday, January 1st, 2017
    This a lot of help,was having trouble with the zipper.
  45. Tuesday, October 25th, 2016
    Esta buena la explicación porque se entiende. si me gustaría saber como cortar los bolso de hacer mercado. también la explicación para cortar pijamas para damas.
  46. Monday, October 17th, 2016
    Thanks for posting this tutorial! I've come back to it over the years - made cupcake/pink satin ones for my bridemaids when I got married and last night I made an adorable monster pouch with my 2-year-old.
  47. Jennifer
    Sunday, July 31st, 2016
    Thank you for these great instructions. This is a really fun project! I'm hooked!
  48. Veronica
    Friday, July 15th, 2016
    I'm going to give some to my daughter made out of canvas w markers so that she can paint her own inages on it.
  49. Veronica
    Friday, July 15th, 2016
    Thank you for taking the time to show us this project. I plan to make many of these.
  50. Georgia Harris
    Thursday, July 14th, 2016
    Realy great photos on your tutorials make them so easy to follow! Love this one and the tote bag! :-D
  51. Kathy
    Saturday, July 9th, 2016
    Love your zipper pouches! But, I have made 4 and they all turn out with the lining on the outside and the fun fabric on the inside. What am I doing wrong? Thanks for any help.
    • Pauline
      Friday, February 3rd, 2017
      You're placing your zip the wrong way round when placing down on to the lining fabric (when making the sandwich) Because I just did it too! It's because it says put the zipper and the outer fabric face down. It's not meaning the zipper as it should be facing up.
  52. Siew
    Saturday, July 9th, 2016
    I am reading about this in Okinawa right now. I can't wait to go home to try this project next week. I've never done a zipper bag, and I think your tutorial appears to be quite easy. Thank you.
  53. Sunday, June 26th, 2016
    This is a great tutorial Cindy,
    I am learning sewing, so I will try to make this zipper pouch for my own.
    Thank so much !
  54. Rochelle
    Tuesday, June 14th, 2016
    Thank you Cindy!
    This is am awesome zip tutorial, but more than that, it is a reminder of a command from the living God that I consider quite important.
    "Be not afraid" is more than just words of comfort, it is a warning within the command. Rollercoasters, scary movies, things that cause a fright can cause permanent medical illnesses.
    God is good ! He does provide us with written instructions , we just need to pay attention.
    God bless you!
  55. Ruth
    Saturday, June 11th, 2016
    Excellent video. These will make great Christmas gifts for make up or crafts. Thanks
  56. Danielle F.
    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!
  57. 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-✂️
  58. 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.
    • Sunday, January 31st, 2016
      Please Rachel, I would love to see your pouch!
  59. Wednesday, December 30th, 2015
    I’ve been looking online on how to make a zippered pouch all day! You win! Your Instructions are the best! Thank you sew much!
  60. 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.
  61. JHardas
    Tuesday, October 13th, 2015
    Wonderful, easy to follow tutorial. Is quick, direct, gets to the point. Thanks so much.
  62. Adriana Pino Ramos
    Sunday, September 13th, 2015
    Gracias por su ayuda.
  63. 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
  64. Wednesday, March 11th, 2015
    I love your tutorial! It is an excellent description and very easy to follow! Thank you very much!
    I already used it twice and I linked you up to my post. I hope you agree.

    Gros bisou
    The post with the link to your blog is going online tomorrow (GMT)!
  65. Johanna
    Wednesday, January 14th, 2015
    Very clear and concise.
  66. Sandra
    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.

  67. Overview
    Saturday, September 13th, 2014
    Nice work!
  68. TOLU
    Friday, August 29th, 2014
    You are officially a genius!!
    I had started making a laptop sleeve using another pattern but got stuck...was looking for something simpler and came across your tutorial.
    Did I mention you are a genius?

    Finished making the sleeve and its beautiful.

    Thank you, thank you, thank you!
  69. lam
    Monday, June 16th, 2014
    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
  70. Nancy Drew
    Sunday, May 25th, 2014
    Thanks so much!This tutorial was SO much help.
    I love my zippered pouch.I am going o use it for a First-Aid Kit!!!
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  75. Emma
    Friday, January 24th, 2014
    great tutorial, thank you. This is the first time I've ever sewn a zip! next time I'll top stitch alongside the zip once I've turned it right sides out to stop the lining from catching
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    Gracias por compartir una manera muy fácil de hacer bolsas con ziper y forro.
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  80. Vicki
    Wednesday, November 20th, 2013
    Thanks so much for this clear tutorial on a zippered pouch.
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    Friday, November 15th, 2013
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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!
  84. 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?
  85. lisa armstrong
    Wednesday, October 9th, 2013
    so perfect. thank you!
  86. debbielala
    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
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    Sunday, August 4th, 2013
    I've been looking online on how to make a zippered pouch all day! You win! Your Instructions are the best! Thank you sew much!
  89. 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!
  90. 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.
  91. 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.
  92. 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.
  93. Brenda
    Saturday, May 4th, 2013
    I just bought a sewing machine and this was my first project. I love it, thank you!
  94. Julie
    Friday, March 22nd, 2013
    Thank you for a very clear and concise tutorial with great pics. Very simple to do--I like that!
  95. Tuesday, March 19th, 2013
    Thanks. Pinned this in Pinterest so that I can go through the tutorial again when I make this.
  96. Stacy
    Sunday, March 17th, 2013
    Thanks for this tutorial! The pouch was so easy to make, and came out so cute! I wrote about it on my blog http://aztoid.blogspot.com/2013/03/tote-cell-phone-holder-and-zippered.html
    Thanks again!
  97. CIndy Lou
    Wednesday, March 6th, 2013
    I am new to sewing and never thought I could sew a zipper... thank you for the details they were so very helpful! I think your blog is super*duper too!
  98. Sunday, February 10th, 2013
    I have used this tutorial many times and my make-up bag just broke so I decided to come back here and make one for myself! Thank you for a clear and easy tutorial!
  99. Monday, December 17th, 2012
    Thank you for this tutorial. I started following another tutorial for a bag similar to this one, and went through 3 tutorials before I found out what to do with that zipper while sewing around the liner and outside fabrics!!! Thanks for adding that step in there! I made my first zip bag today- and sewed my first zipper EVER! So proud! Thank you!
  100. patti keil
    Friday, November 9th, 2012
    Love this...especially the idea of adding vinyl to the inside. Definitely going to give this a whirl! Thank you for the easy to understand tutorial. :-)
  101. Veridiana Ruzzante
    Saturday, October 27th, 2012
    Thanks so much! Just made my first pouch!
  102. kirsten
    Saturday, October 20th, 2012
    I'm so glad I finally found this! I thought I could figure it out myself but after 3 bags with mismatched sides, seams showing and zippers locked inside, I had given up. this is so simple now. Why didn't I figure it out! Thanks for the help.
  103. Athena
    Wednesday, October 3rd, 2012
    This tutorial helped me a lot! :) Think I will show it to my mom so she can put zippers in more easily. She isn't a big fan of putting them in but I think this tutorial will help. ^_^
  104. Tuesday, October 2nd, 2012
    Great tutorial, Cindy! Thanks for sharing!
  105. Andrea
    Sunday, September 16th, 2012
    You said it would be fast and it really was! I was actually surprised HOW fast. I've newer sewed with a zipper before since I'm a beginner. And this was the first of many to come. Thank you so much for a great tutorial!
  106. Nat
    Friday, August 17th, 2012
    Thank you so much for this wonderful tutorial. Ive been staring at my zips n fabric for an hour trying to work out how to get it all together before finding this. You have made it so easy.
  107. Andrea
    Wednesday, August 15th, 2012
    I made a little bag for my pens and stuff :) This tutorial was very helpful with the pictures and all and my pouch turned out great! Thanks so much :D
  108. Saturday, August 11th, 2012
    Thanks for this awesome tutorial. I just finished making my first one as a gift for a customer who bought one of my bags..I used the scrap pieces from the bag so I was able to keep the color scheme of the bag. The matching set is dynamic...thanks thanks thanks a bundle...karen
  109. Suzanne
    Friday, August 10th, 2012
    This is seriously the cutest thing ever! I just made one for a gift and I want to keep it for myself :) I guess I will have to make another one or ten. Thanks for the great tutorial!!
  110. Cathy Spradlin
    Wednesday, July 25th, 2012
    Thank you so much! It is so easy to follow your directions, and my clutch purse is very nice.
  111. Sunday, July 22nd, 2012
    thank you for sharing this in a very clear and concise manner.i especially like that you added some tips - like opening the zipper before sewing or avoiding its metal teeth. I've made a similar pouch before from a different tutorial but my zippers bunched up at the corners. Now i know why. Thanks =)
  112. Thursday, July 19th, 2012
    Zips were a daunting prospect before I came across your post. Thanks heaps!
  113. Lakshmi
    Tuesday, July 3rd, 2012
    Hi, there! I did it! In an afternoon and it was simply wonderful to have this tutorial to guide me. I felt as though I am delivering a baby as I pulled it inside out and watched my "baby" [of sorts!] come out! I am a doctor by the way and it has been a looooooooooooong time since I came back to this hobby of mine-sewing, and it was scary, exciting, nerve-wracking, absorbing, thrilling [when it was done!] and absolutely satisfying! Thanks so much for the tute. I began with a bag in mind, found this tute to make a matching pouch and ended up making this pouch first, I was so excited! Ohhh! It was fun! And I did experience some post-partum tremors! Hahahaha, just like I did after delivering babies as a doc...I'd love to post the picture of my cute pouch but not sure how to do that?
  114. Laurie
    Saturday, June 30th, 2012
    Great tutorial!! These look so difficult. But after making a couple I don't even look at the tute anymore. I am making bunches of these from scraps. Don't know what I'll do will all of these. Maybe I can find a charity that can use them. Thanks for such an easy to follow tutorial.
  115. Christine
    Sunday, June 10th, 2012
    I put this together with your reversible tote as a birthday gift for my sister. Once again I added fusible facing, but only put on the outside fabric. Super easy. Thanks for the instructions.
  116. Kathy
    Sunday, June 10th, 2012
    Thank you so much for the great tutorial! I have always wondered how this was done, and now I just finished my first zippy bag to match my purse! What a great idea that you had for your bible group too...I love that verse.
  117. Wednesday, June 6th, 2012
    Your instructions and pictures are so clear and easy to follow. I love these little purses! Thank you
  118. Roxie
    Monday, June 4th, 2012
    I thank you from the bottom of my heart. I have been sewing for myself and for others for 45 years and never had learned a good technique for this. Simple and awesome!
  119. cathy k.
    Friday, April 27th, 2012
    how do you add a shoulder strap?
  120. Sunday, January 29th, 2012
    PERFECT! Exactly what I was looking for to make a little change purse to match a new purse I've sewn. Thanks for an easy to follow tutorial!
  121. Saturday, January 21st, 2012
    Wow! If I'd known it was this easy I would have made a gazillion by now! I've been lazy and just done them envelope style with a little velcro button. Thanks for the tute.
  122. Monday, November 28th, 2011
    Hi, thank you for your tutorial, it's really helpful.
    But i was wondering if you have an instruction on how to make a clutch bag that doesn't show the zipper?

    Thank you so much!
  123. rachana
    Saturday, November 12th, 2011
    thankyou so much it reallu helped me a lot easy way and simple way of sewing it
  124. kerrie
    Wednesday, November 2nd, 2011
    brilliant article, having done a sewing course last month and made a make up bag at it I had fancied making some more for the loxcal pre school group, imagine my horror on discovering that I'd forgotten how to do the zip part! easy to follow instructions have restored my faith and my memory!! thanks..x
  125. Rachael
    Wednesday, October 5th, 2011
    I am a brand new at sewing, and after reading this article I bought some cute fabric and made my first little bag! It turned out great, even though I'm so inexperienced. I can't wait to make more. The next one, which I'm starting now, is going to be a little pouch for my e-reader. Thank you so much for this great article!
  126. Anne
    Wednesday, September 28th, 2011
    Well, Jen, I'm having exactly the same problem as you. And my lining fabric ended up on the outside. Gotta head on back to the thrift store for some 10cent zippers and will practice on some cheap fabric til I get it right. If I figure out what we're doing wrong I'll post another comment! Maybe someone with more zipper experience can help us out!
  127. Jen
    Monday, September 19th, 2011
    I made 2 of these now and I'm having the same problem both times. The top corners where the zipper is, the corners won't push out and sit on a diagonal AND my lining doesnt lat flat.. At the upper corners, it seems "puckered".... Any suggestions? I bought lots of fabric to make these as gifts but I'm a little discouraged... :(
  128. Selena
    Friday, August 5th, 2011
    Thanks for a wonderfully simple to follow tutorial! I made a handbag for my best friends birthday, and had 2 scraps of fabric left over (each a little larger than a credit card), spare lining, and the desire to make a little zippered pouch to match the handbag...and no idea how to get started - zips are daunting to the inexperienced!!

    30 minutes after finding your site I had a wonderful little pouch which completely matches the bag, and is large enough to fit a credit card and some cash. I also added a little wrist strap sewn between the outer and lining, so she can carry it more easily.

    It took me longer to work out how to put the zip foot on the sewing machine than to make the pouch!
  129. Donna
    Wednesday, August 3rd, 2011
    I've made seven so far and given away six. I'm am addicted to making these because it's fun using scrap material. Next I'm sewing a few for my daughter-in- law's baby shower. Thanks for the tutorial for this newbie to sewing!
  130. Saturday, July 30th, 2011
    Thank so much for creating this tutorial! I just made a lined wetbag using your instructions and it turned out pretty darn good for a beginner sewer! I'm very pleased with the results. Next up, cloth napkins! Thanks again!
  131. Monday, July 25th, 2011
    Just made THE POUCH!
    Thanks for letting me spend the morning with YOU! ;o)
    Featuring it on Blooming on Bainbridge tomorrow!
    Linking up with Kim of course!
    Cause I GOT MY CRAFT ON!
    Thanks Cindy!
    I LOVE your blog!
  132. Saturday, July 23rd, 2011
    Your tutorial is wonderful. Jusy what I have been looking for, I will be trying out your technique. Thanks for sharing your talents.
  133. Saturday, July 16th, 2011
    Going to make this pouch too~
    WHY do I not have your blog button on Blooming on Bainbridge!
    I do now!
  134. Toni
    Thursday, June 16th, 2011
    This is the clearest, easiest to follow tutorial I've found on the web yet! Thank you so much and I can't wait to try it out! :)
  135. Darci
    Saturday, June 11th, 2011
    Hi, this is great! Thanks bunches for posting it :+)
  136. Anita
    Thursday, June 9th, 2011
    I just made a cover for a new kindle that is so much lighter than the ones they sell. I put a hard liner between the lining and the fabric to protect it. Thanks for your clear, helpful directions.
  137. Wednesday, June 8th, 2011
    This is a great tutorial! The pictures are so helpful. And the pouch is adorable!
  138. Mo B
    Tuesday, June 7th, 2011
    I have this tutorial in my favorites and I've made 4 zippered pouches so far. Thanks for making it easy to follow :)
  139. Saturday, June 4th, 2011
    Thanks for your clear instructions! I wanted a little project to demonstrate putting in zippers...I put a link to them here: http://hannasmeasuretwice.blogspot.com/2011/06/sewing-notions-scavenger-hunt.html
  140. Friday, June 3rd, 2011
    Love love love these! I actually managed to make one myself. Some how, some way, it came out good!!
  141. Cindy
    Tuesday, May 31st, 2011
    LOVE these bags, this was my second EVER sewing project, having the visuals to look over really made it easy to follow. Of course the first one I made took over two hours... since then I am down to about 45 minutes a bag... can't thank you enough!!! WELL DONE!!!!
  142. Friday, May 20th, 2011
    LINDA! Whoooppeeee! Thanks so much for this awesome tutorial.... I see some little cosmetic bags in my future.

  143. Friday, May 20th, 2011
    thanks for the inspiration...linked you to my site as I followed your instructions.
  144. Lisa
    Wednesday, May 18th, 2011
    Again, you've outdone yourself with an incredible tutorial! I love it! I have made two in the last two weeks! Thanks so much for sharing your time and talents!
  145. Jill
    Friday, April 22nd, 2011
    I knew i could find a tutorial somewhere for a lined zipper pouch. You make this look so easy! I'm going to give it a go this weekend.
  146. abby
    Saturday, April 9th, 2011
    very clear instrux. thanks so much. made a pouch earlier today and knew there had to be a simpler way. i see there is. i'm going to use your instrux later today! YAY! thanks.
  147. Rhoda Bailey
    Wednesday, March 30th, 2011
    Thank you so much. This really helped me I was trying to do a purse from Quilts and more, but they didn't explain as simple as you did. This really helped me.
  148. Tuesday, March 29th, 2011
    Great tutorial! Just wanted to let you know I finished up a couple and posted about it, linking back to you of course!

  149. Marilyn
    Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011
    It turned out great.....except the zipper is upside down. oooppppssss
  150. Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011
    I LOVED this tutorial. SUPER easy~THANKS for sharing!
  151. Lala
    Wednesday, March 16th, 2011
    Thanks for the tutorial :)
    I posted my results on my blog... http://habittuallycraftymomma.blogspot.com/2011/03/diaper-clutch.html
  152. Holly
    Saturday, February 26th, 2011
    this is amazing. i made five already! and each has come out perfect!
    easy to follow and pictures for help

    perfect, thanks!
  153. Hannah
    Saturday, February 26th, 2011
    Would it be okay and look okay if I used a 12" zipper?
  154. Hannah
    Saturday, February 26th, 2011
    Would it be okay and look okay if I used a 12" zipper?
  155. Thursday, February 17th, 2011
    I googled and found your wonderful blog because I was looking for different ways to insert a zipper. BUT this post was a gift. I used the verse to send to a loved one who truly needed to hear that. Thank you!
  156. Friday, February 11th, 2011
    Thank you for this! It was easy and I just crafted my own for the first time out of fabric scraps! : )
  157. Friday, January 7th, 2011
    This was so easy to make. I posted it on my blog today. Your tutorials are great.
  158. Felicia Condry
    Tuesday, December 28th, 2010
    I love, love, love this pattern. Your zippered pouch is adorable, and easy to follow instructions made this easy to make. I added a front ID pocket to the front with a vinyl window and a key rey ring. Perfect! I have given a few away and didnt take a picture. I will send you a picture soon. Thank you.
  159. tiffany
    Thursday, December 2nd, 2010
    thank you so much! i was terrified of zippers, but you made it so simple! now i'm a zipper-pouch-making-machine... just in time for christmas gifts.
  160. Friday, November 5th, 2010
    Interesting post. This is a very creative pouch tutorial. The patterns you used are great. Thank you for this tutorial.
  161. Thursday, October 28th, 2010
    Thank you for a great tutorial - I am a fairly newbie sewer, and found the instructions clear - managed to get through the whole thing without a single hiccup! The only instruction i found confusing was "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." - after having made it i still don't quite understand this bit! By zipper teeth do you mean the fabric-y part of the zipper?
  162. Roberta
    Wednesday, September 8th, 2010
    I followed your tut to the letter and ended up with the lining being the outside of the zipper pocket. Can't figure out why or how it ended up this way, Maybe I pinned the teeth facing the wrong way when I zipped around the whole thing? I guess I will try again...
  163. Sunday, September 5th, 2010
    This is adorable and a great tutorial!
  164. Wednesday, September 1st, 2010
    Whoever designed your website did a fantastic job. It's ADORABLE! I love the little girl clicking her heels!!!
  165. Monday, August 30th, 2010
    Hi! Your tutorial is great and looks easy to follow. I'd want it to make my version of pouch based on you tutorial and share it on my blog in http://crochetandcraft.blogspot.com with credit to you.

    Thank you for sharing :)
  166. Wednesday, August 25th, 2010
    I hosted a crafting afternoon at the weekend and we used your tutorial to make our own make up bags. It was very easy to follow, thanks very much! Pictures etc on my blog: http://tillyandthebuttons.blogspot.com/2010/08/crumpets-and-crafting.html.
    Happy sewing
  167. Monday, August 2nd, 2010
    Thanks sooo much for this tutorial!! you're awesome.. one can take this idea and apply to any pouch they want to sew a zipper onto!! I did exactly that and made zippered shoe bags for my in-laws when they were travelling for the first time to UK as a part of some travel accessories I made for them!!

  168. Thursday, July 29th, 2010
    I agree with Christie, I also just made a wet bag with PUL lining, and I couldn't figure out how to do the zipper until I read your tutorial. Thank you so much! :)
  169. Christie
    Monday, July 19th, 2010
    I just made two wet bags, using PUL lining, using your tutorial and another. Yours is much better! Thank you!
  170. snow
    Tuesday, June 29th, 2010
    Awesome...thank you. I have made bags, but my daughter would like a zipper bag for her ballet stuff , and I have so much fabric ...this is going to be fun. again thank you !
  171. Monday, May 24th, 2010
    We have another winner for me. And let me just say, the Bible verse idea was what did it for me. Not to mention the cutest coloring, once again. I have never done zippers yet, but this tutorial has convinced me to try. Thanks for posting.
  172. Friday, May 21st, 2010
    Oh Cindy I love every thing you write in your blog.. I made this purse for a friend's wife he was so happy see it.. Oh! and all the compliments that I got from my yahoo group that I posted a photo of the purse I made.. Cindy you're just too good for writing out the instructions so clear and concise!! and for investing this method that is SOOO simple.. I am a member of sew-what's new and when I posted the photo in there it was actually featured on the site!!!

    Thanks soooo much Cindy! Hugs!!
  173. Wednesday, May 19th, 2010
    Thanks for this tutorial! I usually can't or won't follow instructions, but your method really does work!
  174. Thursday, May 13th, 2010
    Thanks so much for this great tutorial ! My first one came out great, and used up some scrap fabric I had on the cutting table, along with a zipper recycled from some khakis our son wrecked. What a frugal and fun way to use those up !

    I almost messed up though, because I thought the zipper went in face-down (wrong side up) in the first step. Trust a communications major to misunderstand your very clear directions ! Your great photos corrected my error before I made it, so thanks for those, too.

    Well, I'm off to try this with the embroidery sewing machine and some clear vinyl on one side. Wish me luck !
  175. Wednesday, May 12th, 2010
    I cannot thank you enough for this. I love this blog and everything you put on it! Because of this tutorial I am the proud owner of a zippered pouch which I sewed myself. I've only been sewing for two weeks and you made it easy! Thank you again!
  176. Sew Kute
    Thursday, May 6th, 2010
    Easy easy, just made my first cosmetics bag. Thank you for the tutorial.
  177. Friday, April 30th, 2010
    Awesome tutorial...now i'm off to my sewing room ;-)
  178. Monday, April 5th, 2010
    I just used your tutorial to make a zipper pouch for a friend. I adhered fusible interfacing to each piece of fabric. It was a quick project that turned out perfect. Thank you for the directions and photos!
  179. Tuesday, February 16th, 2010
    That is just the cutest thing ever! I've always been afraid of zippers but you made putting one it look so easy! I'm going home to try this one tonight. My daughter is desperately in need of a new pencil bag! Thanks! Jenn
  180. Saturday, January 9th, 2010
    Thank you VERY much for this tutorial. I am adding a zippered lining to a handbag and it's not in the pattern...this saved me so much time!
  181. carole davidson
    Wednesday, December 23rd, 2009
    What a great little pouch...I just made two tonight. Thanks so much.
  182. Monday, December 14th, 2009
    I made one! I blogged about it here: http://mamabeefromthehive.blogspot.com/2009/12/zippers.html

    thanks for the great tutorial!
  183. Thursday, November 19th, 2009
    What a great idea! I have been looking for a cute idea for my nieces for Christmas and this looks perfect. I haven't used the printable material before, but with some riff-raff around the edges it should be perfect.
  184. Thursday, October 15th, 2009
    Great tutorial! Looking for YKK zippers for your pouch? Check our website www.kandcsupplies.etsy.com.
  185. Thursday, September 24th, 2009
    Thanks for the tute! I had to bring my w-i-p to the pc and compare what I was doing with your fab photos twice. I managed to make the pouch just in time for a birthday party gift. I personalized the bag using t-shirt transfers (ink jet iron on's). I first printed the photo and lettering. Then I ironed it to an old t-shirt and cut it out. Then, I appliqued it to the outer fabric and constructed the bag. I decorated the front with matching buttons and made a matching zipper pull. It was a hit! I think I'll make more of them real soon. Thanks a bunch!
  186. Christine
    Wednesday, September 16th, 2009
    I just wanted to comment on the instructions. So easy to read and understand along with the pictures, they are close enough so you can see what your sewing and where you need to be..Thanks for the super easy instuctions...Easy Christmas gifts this year..
  187. Thursday, September 3rd, 2009
    Awesome! Thanks! This was super fun and easy!
  188. JulieKP
    Friday, August 21st, 2009
    I wanted to thank you for your tutorial. I just made both of my girls their school supply pouches for school with your instructions. It was quick and easy and they turned out great.
  189. Thursday, August 20th, 2009
    Hi there. I have been sewing for years (uh, have a successful handbag and design business), and never braved a zipper. It's sad, but true. Just used your tutorial, and can't believe I hadn't done it before. Thanks so much!
  190. Wednesday, August 19th, 2009
    This is adorable and exactly what I was looking for. Thank you for this easy to read tutorial. I'll be trying it out soon, aiming to duplicate a cute coin bag I got at a thrift store. I just couldn't visualize how to do the turning right side out, but you helped me out. Also, saying to line up the fabric edges with the zipper ends is very useful.

    Lovely site you have here. Thank you!
  191. Tuesday, August 18th, 2009
    I have two purses half done, but I keep putting them on the back burner simply because I haven't been satisfied with how my zippers come out. I'm heading to my sewing room right now to see if I can finally finish these bags. I really need a new purse!
  192. Susie Bare
    Sunday, August 16th, 2009
    I love your website! It was such a blessing to see your Bible Verse inside the zippered pouch...Plus the how-to make a zippered pouch! You made it look easy and I can't wait to try it! Thank you sew much for sharing and God Bless!!
  193. Vivian Cabeen
    Saturday, August 15th, 2009
    This is a great idea. However, I've been collecting all the zippered pouch tutorials I can find. I still have trouble with the zipper ends on the finished pouch. I make them out of denim with a cotton/polyester lining. The end with the zipper pull doesn't come out flat. Could it be because the denim is too bulky, or do I not position the zipper tape right? I never know whether to make the material longer, shorter, or the same length as the zipper, including the tape ends. Please help me. It would be very helpful to have a closeup illustration of this zipper placement. In fact, I'd consider it a miracle if I ever got this straightened out, because I've been fooling with this for a longer time than I can tell you. Thanks for this chance at help. Vivian
  194. Sunday, August 9th, 2009
    Now, that's a dandy tutorial....AND a great idea.

    Thanks so much for sharing.

  195. Thursday, July 30th, 2009
    this was the best tutorial ever! very clear, simple step by step directions with large easy to see pictures. thank you so much!
  196. Betty
    Friday, July 10th, 2009
    Your scripture was very touching and your little bags are super!! I have been sewing for many years, yet always feared the dreaded "zipper"! Thanks for lightening my load some and I am going to try one of your pouches tomorrow for my Granddaughter ~ God Bless ~
  197. Monday, May 11th, 2009
    I just used your tutorial and linked you on my post, right here:
  198. iluvdandelions
    Monday, May 4th, 2009
    Thank you for the great tutorial... it worked! I can't believe that I actually made one!! I've been so fearful of even attempting zippers but you made it look so easy and guided me through it step-by-step. My grandaughter is thrilled with her new little bag! :)
  199. Heather
    Monday, April 27th, 2009
    Thank-you for the excellent tutorial...
  200. Friday, April 17th, 2009
    Thanks for the easy to sew purse. The tutorial helped me sew in my first zipper. Posted a pic on my blog. I am thrilled with how it turned out -thanks xx
  201. Aida
    Friday, February 27th, 2009
    Oh my goodness! These are adorable and look so simple to make. I am also intimidated by zippers, but I can't wait to try this one. The iron-on vinyl is a great idea. Thanks for the inspiration.
  202. Linda
    Tuesday, February 24th, 2009
    is the zipper foot absolutely necessary, or can I wing it without it? I've tried making pouches but they never came out perfect. thanks for sharing on how to do it the right way! zippers are scary! ;)
  203. Megan
    Thursday, February 12th, 2009
    Thank goodness for you! I was trying to make a pouch something like this for my friend and I just couldn't figure out how to get the zipper on the right way. Thank you for the wonderful step-by-step directions, they were super helpful!
  204. Shelly
    Saturday, February 7th, 2009
    Thanks for the tute! You are very good at the whole step by step explanation. But I had one question. I've been wanting to make my daughters a little purse to hold little items in, and I think this would be perfect, except with a strap. I think I have an idea of how to do that, but I don't necessarily know if it will work. Do you think maybe you could explain how I might do this?

    P.S. What a thoughtful gift, and what a lucky girl!
  205. Sunday, February 1st, 2009
    Thank you! This has been on my list once I unpacked my machine. Well, the sewing room is ready, but I haven't gotten busy. I'm making this during naps tomorrow. Thanks!
  206. Friday, January 23rd, 2009
    Great tutorial! Made my first zippered pouch last night and it turned out perfect! Thank you! You have taken away my hatred of zippers!!!
  207. Tina
    Wednesday, January 21st, 2009
    I love the idea of putting a little quote or verse inside! Maybe this little tutorial will help me conquer my fear of the zipper.
  208. Wednesday, January 21st, 2009
    what a great idea!!
  209. Sunday, January 18th, 2009
    Just how essential is the zipperfoot? I think I lost the one for my machine because I was too afraid to attempt zippers. ;(
  210. Saturday, January 17th, 2009
    I love it! I will have to it a try.
  211. Thursday, January 15th, 2009
    This is really great. I have been making them by the Angry Chicken method, and then a short cut to do the lining and outside at once, but it left raw edges inside my lining. This has me ALL inspired to make some again. Thanks.
  212. Thursday, January 15th, 2009
    Love this zippered pouch!! This is an excellent idea on using up some scrap material! Thank you for the tutorial. I will get around to making this, one day...
  213. Thursday, January 15th, 2009
    Great tutorial, I will definitely try that.
  214. Agnes D.
    Thursday, January 15th, 2009
    What a fun twist putting a scripture inside! Love it :)
  215. Thursday, January 15th, 2009
    Darn! I messed up my blog name! Should be fixed now! Sorry!
  216. Thursday, January 15th, 2009
    Oh that's too cute! I've never sewed a zipper into anything.... Will definately have to try this one out!
  217. Thursday, January 15th, 2009
    I love that scripture reading. It somehow applies to crafting a little purse with a zip, which can be a daunting excercise. Funnily enough I have just made a little zippered lined purse. (Doesnt look as good as yours, but with a little practice, who knows!!! thanks
  218. Thursday, January 15th, 2009
    I need to get some iron on vinyl!!
    Cute fabric choices :)
  219. Thursday, January 15th, 2009
    What a wonderful tutorial! Thanks so much for posting this :)
  220. Kristal
    Thursday, January 15th, 2009
    Thank you for this tutorial!! I'm kind of a beginner and linings had always puzzled me, but no more!! I love your step by step with the pictures. So helpful. BTW- I love the crayon roll tut. I made one for my crochet hooks and it is perfect. Thanks again!
  221. Thursday, January 15th, 2009
    I am going to link to this. I want to remember this. I love it!
  222. Wednesday, January 14th, 2009
    Wow this looks so easy that even I could do it.. and I am dead scared of zippers!! Thanks so much!
  223. Wednesday, January 14th, 2009
    Fabulous! thank you! Now to just remember it is here.
  224. Wednesday, January 14th, 2009
    Oh how fun! And I just bought the cutest fabric-perfect timing! I'll be linking.
  225. Wednesday, January 14th, 2009
    That is so dang cute, I'll have to try that one! I just love polka dots.
  226. Melinda
    Wednesday, January 14th, 2009
    This is getting added to my "Christmas/Birthday" Gift list. I love to make tons of different things and have them ready for any occasion! This will be perfect! Thank you for all of your ideas, they are fantastic!!
  227. Wednesday, January 14th, 2009
    You have taken away my zipper fear. I think I must attempt it now!
  228. Wednesday, January 14th, 2009
    I have about a zillion zippers here that I got from my husband's grandmother and am too intimidated to try to use them, but I think this might help me try!
  229. Wednesday, January 14th, 2009
    What a fantastic gift! I wish I'd done something similar for my youth group members.
  230. Wednesday, January 14th, 2009
    What a sweet and thoughtful gift. You're my mentor also - I'm so excited to try this!
  231. Wednesday, January 14th, 2009
    Thanks so much for this. It seems like I should have been able to come up with it myself, but sometimes it takes another person to spur my creativity. Thanks!
  232. Wednesday, January 14th, 2009
    I really love your tutorials! Thanks so much. I'm not great at sewing, but you make it so easy to understand. Please keep them coming!
  233. Crys
    Wednesday, January 14th, 2009
    I had bought fabric to make little zippered waterproof bags for swim ware and my daughters diaper bag, but I have never sewn in a zipper so the fabric has been just sitting there. Now I know how! Thanks! Love your fabrics.
  234. Wednesday, January 14th, 2009
    so cute, & super easy. to think zipper always intimidate me. i think now i might actually have the confidence to try something like this! i've done basic zippers before, but never something with a "lining"!
  235. Lisa
    Wednesday, January 14th, 2009
    thank you for that, I look forward to making a few - and you know I am not religious but was so very touched at the little details that you put into that. What a beautiful gesture to sew inside and the extra touch of making it into a gift bag - that girl is going to feel extra special, and you will have certainly left a wonderful life impression on her.
  236. Wednesday, January 14th, 2009
    oooh.. I can't wait to make one of these! Mind if I post a picture and link to my site?
  237. Wednesday, January 14th, 2009
    What a beautiful and meaningful gift!! Thanks for the great tutorial - Must add it to my 'to-do list!'
  238. Wednesday, January 14th, 2009
    Cute and super duper easy! I love this idea and it can have so many applicaitons. Using iron on vinyl is brilliant too. I don't remember seeing that so I'll have to look for some.

    Thanks for the great tute!