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Pleated Pouch Tutorial

Posted by  ·  April 27, 2010  ·  Last Updated: October 31, 2016

This pleated pouch tutorial shows you how to make the perfect home made gift.  Slip in a gift card and it would make and extra special! Once you know how to put in a zipper think of all the things you can make!

How to make a zippered Pouch

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

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 this Zippered Pouch tutorial.

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

You might also like these 10 Tote Tutorials.


  1. Becca
    Thursday, August 11th, 2016
    I love this pattern. If I were to try n make it and it actually turns out ( as I am not the best ) lol, would you give permission for it to be sold IF credit was given to you as the pattern maker??? ty for your time
    • Cindy
      Monday, October 31st, 2016
      Hi Becca, Yes! Thank you for asking. As long as you give credit, you may make the pouches to sell!
  2. Thursday, June 11th, 2015
    Hi, I'm making this at the moment It's a great tutorial. Thank you.
  3. Thursday, February 6th, 2014
    Hi Cindy!

    Thank you very much for sharing this pattern and tutorial!
    I made my version, and I've linked my blog entry to your site so people can see the tutorial.
    What if I want to see you leave the address entry:

  4. Sunday, December 22nd, 2013
    Hi there! I know this is kind of off topic but I was wondering if you knew
    where I could find a captcha plugin for my comment form?

    I'm using the same blog platform as yours and I'm having trouble finding one?
    Thanks a lot!
  5. Saturday, December 21st, 2013
    Do you have a spam problem on this website; I also am a blogger, and I was wanting to know your situation; many of us have developed some nice practices and we are looking
    to exchange methods with others, why not shoot me an e-mail if interested.
  6. Sunday, November 3rd, 2013
    Cold and emotionless
  7. Wednesday, July 31st, 2013
    Hi there! Do you know if they make any plugins to safeguard against hackers?

    I'm kinda paranoid about losing everything I've worked hard on.
    Any suggestions?
  8. Wednesday, June 19th, 2013
    So nice! I tried it myself, you can see the result here: http://tattewatteke.blogspot.be/2013/06/stof-pleated-pouch-oftewel-ritstasje.html

    Thanx a lot!
  9. Tia
    Tuesday, June 11th, 2013
    I know this is an older tutorial, but I keep coming back to it all the time for zipper help, and for this pouch. Thank you for writing something so clear and simple, and for using pictures!!!!
  10. Diana
    Tuesday, March 5th, 2013
    This is the best and clearest zipper instruction ever, and believe me, I've been hunting. Thanks! Your bag and your site are so cute!
  11. Friday, February 15th, 2013
    Thanks for this nice tutorial. I sewed this pouch several times. You can see my newest one on my blog :-) Have a nice day!!!
  12. ann
    Sunday, December 9th, 2012
    what is the pattern she is using ? how can you find the measurements?
    I've looked every where but can't find one that looks like hers!
  13. Heather
    Thursday, December 6th, 2012
    I did it!!!!!!!!! The only part that I found confusing was when you say to do the zipper sandwich again. It seems like the lining piece is opposite of the first time...? I'm a newbie so I was so excited to have made something!!!!!!!!!!! Yay! Next time I will definitely line it with something to make it thicker tho. Thanks a million!!!!!!!!!!
  14. Kath
    Thursday, August 30th, 2012
    Hi Cindy;
    You're Pleated pouch looks divine! I'm really impressed with how beautifully your zipper sits at the top of the pouch. Did you use any specific technique to make it look so neat & even? I'm a little OC when it comes to little details like that ;) and I'm not happy with the outcome of my recent effort (hence why I'm online trying to figure out how to rectify it! ) I Would appreciate any tips you could offer. Thanks :)
  15. Ciera
    Monday, June 4th, 2012
    The sewing projects are so cute!!! To be honest I am a YOUNG sewer. The first time i saw these projects I knew it would be easy, fun, and simple.
  16. blablabla
    Thursday, March 22nd, 2012
  17. Michelle
    Monday, March 19th, 2012
    great sewing project was easy enough for me to do and i did add a wristlet band....super cuteness...thank you for your great instructions and patterns!!!!
  18. Thursday, March 1st, 2012
    would it be possable to enlarge this pattern to make a clutch big enough to fit a few diapers and a travel wipes case?
  19. Jenna Schering
    Monday, February 20th, 2012
    I've been trying to learn how to work a zipper and found your tutorial very simple and easy to understand, while others I've tried have not been so easy. Thank you! Turned out super cute.
  20. Monday, January 30th, 2012
    I do it!!! So Lovely!!! Tank you. http://trapospolibel.blogspot.com/2012/01/um-trabalhinho-de-fim-de-semana.html
  21. Kelley
    Saturday, January 7th, 2012
    Couldn't wait to try this! I just purchased several valentines fabrics and made some of these pouches to fill with goodies on Valentine's Day. I added some lightweight fusible fleece to the band and lining pieces and it turned out great! Thanks for all the great tuts!
  22. Toni
    Saturday, December 31st, 2011
    Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!!!!! I am positively in LOVE with this pattern! Not only are the instructions Super easy to follow, but the final product is adorable!!! I added some iron-on fusible web to give it some extra body, and use mine as a cute change purse/wallet. Keep your wonderful patterns coming!!!! Thanks You!
  23. Elise
    Wednesday, December 21st, 2011
    You just completely saved my butt! I needed some fast last minute gifts for some cousins that I wasn't planning on having gifts for! Beautiful tutorial and great pouch! Thank you so much for posting!
  24. Liz
    Tuesday, December 13th, 2011
    I just finished making one of these for my sons teacher for Christmas. I'll put something inside. I hope she likes it. Thanks for the tut.
  25. Saturday, December 3rd, 2011
    I love this idea. I have a ton of fabric and just can't wait to make this!
  26. Sunday, September 18th, 2011
    Hi! I just followed this tute and LOVED it! I linked to you in my post about it - hope you don't mind! Thanks for such a well-done tutorial!
  27. Sunday, September 18th, 2011
    Thanks so much for a great tute! You may have helped me get over my fear of zippers. :)
    Your directions and photos were great; very easy to follow.
    I'm linking to this post in my post today; hope you don't mind!
  28. Sunday, September 18th, 2011
    I finally followed your tute (have been meaning to for a long time) and REALLY enjoyed it! Thanks so much - you may have gotten me through my fear of zippers. LOL.
    I linked to your tute on my post; hope you don't mind!
    • Tuesday, September 27th, 2011
      Thanks for the link. Glad you liked it :)
    • Lauraall
      Thursday, September 29th, 2011
      So glad to hear this. Thank you for linking us :)
  29. Ann Marie
    Thursday, August 25th, 2011
    Thank you for the great tutorial. My project turned out great. My first zipper ever. It turned out great. (I won't talk about sewing it in upside down twice!! LOL). I love this small bag. I will be making several for presents this year. Love them.
  30. Thursday, July 21st, 2011
    Loved the tutorial! thanks so much! I made myself a makeup bag, and also made a bag for my stepmom...and she loves it. :)
  31. Saturday, July 16th, 2011
    Copying down what I need for this Cindy!
    Thanks for encouraging me as a SEAMSTRESS in the making!
    Hugs from Bainbridge!
  32. Thursday, June 30th, 2011
    Thank you for this fantastic tutorial! I love it! If you'd like to see pictures of what I did, I posted them to my blog, here:


    I will most definitely be making more of these. :)
  33. Monday, June 27th, 2011
    i loove the tutorial! It's my first zipper project. I made mine with piping, and I'm so happy with how it turned out. Thanks so much for sharing.
  34. Sunday, May 29th, 2011
    Thanks so much for the pattern and tutorial. Love your color selections. Can't wait to make the pouch and tote. Planning ahead for Christmas, but of course will probably end up waiting til November to really begin!
  35. Friday, May 27th, 2011
    Thanks for this wonderful tutorial.
    I made already a pouch for my daughter and one for me and they look so cute!!!
  36. Thursday, May 26th, 2011
    Great tutorial - I always get nervous when I see a zipper but this is so easy - thank you.
  37. Stephanie
    Wednesday, May 18th, 2011
    This looks great. I have been making mine today, fantastic way to use up some extra quilting fabric I have.
    I have been sewing for many years, but I'm afraid I didn't understand the way you put the lining in?
    I did it another way, but I'm sure your way would be easier. I just don't quite understand when the lining is being added. Any help would be much appreciated! Thanks
  38. Kathryn
    Monday, May 16th, 2011
    Thanks for the pattern! It is gorgeous. I made one you can see it here: http://misspixieworks.blogspot.com/2011/04/bags-bags-bags.html
  39. Thursday, May 12th, 2011
    thanks for the great tutorial! I just made 2 this afternoon!
  40. Liz Barlow
    Sunday, May 8th, 2011
    I printed your pattern so that both pages print on one page and made an adorable coin purse - which also fits credit cards if you just want to go out with a minimal purse!
  41. dorothy carbone
    Friday, April 22nd, 2011
    Thanks for sharing.
    so many great patterns.
    MY GD's will like this as well as myself.
  42. Tuesday, March 29th, 2011
    I did it! I have been holding on to this pattern for months now and I finally got it done. Thanks so much for sharing!
  43. Beth
    Sunday, March 27th, 2011
    I've always shyed away from zippers but this project was perfect for beginners, I made 3 in one night! Easy directions to follow and a great little gift to give!!
  44. Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011
    Many thanks for this excellent tutorial. I needed a purse to take on holiday and adapted your pattern (-1" all round). It turned out really well and I'll be putting my euros and bank card in for our trip to France and Spain tomorrow.
  45. Sunday, March 20th, 2011
    I agree, great tutorial! I made three right away and I intend to make more. I'll share the three I've already made on my blog. Thanks for sharing. Louise
  46. Friday, March 11th, 2011
    I love this tutorial! just cut out all the fabric and will start sewing tomorrow. i am really excited! thank you so much!!!
  47. Suzette
    Friday, February 4th, 2011
    I tried to save your pattern (Pleated Pouch Pattern Download), but I'm unable to - it looks like an Adobe Acrobat file, but when I download it, it says it's a PDF - I can print it, but not save it.
  48. Monday, January 17th, 2011
    uuuuuuuuuuuuh...what a beauty!
    oooh thanks sooo much your angel...here in germany they have just the same bags but not for free :-( thanks thanks thanks
    tomorrow i will have a new little bag :-)
    much love
  49. Monday, January 3rd, 2011
    I've been wanting to tackle this pleated pouch for a while now! I've never sewn a zipper before and felt this would be a great beginners project! Although I had a few mishaps along the way (I'm horrible at reading directions--lol)! My first one came out great! I wanted to make these for Christmas gifts but never had any free time! I'll definitely be making a few for birthday gifts this year! I'll be blogging about this! Thanks for such an awesome pattern and tutorial!
  50. Sunday, January 2nd, 2011
    Great tutorial! I made several for Christmas presents and blogged about it!

  51. Its Me Again!
    Saturday, January 1st, 2011
    I was just wondering...where can I buy this fabric from? It looks great and seems easy to sew with. By the way ... these tutorials are fantastic!
  52. Fayza Din
    Saturday, January 1st, 2011
    Thank-you so much! This is great :) x
  53. Amy
    Tuesday, December 28th, 2010
    Great tutorial, thanks!

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/5301331425/
  54. Gina
    Saturday, December 18th, 2010
    How do you get the zipper to come out so clean at the corners? I always struggle with this!! It comes out kind of wonky just at the corners and I end up unpicking and painstainkingly hand stitching that part back in. I MUST be doing something wrong, any tips?? ^^;;
  55. Violeta Petrova
    Thursday, December 16th, 2010
    A BIG THANKS for this tutorial and pattern!!!!!! I made some great Christmas gifts using it :)))))
  56. Tuesday, November 2nd, 2010
    Thank you so much for this project -- it turned out to be my very first sewing project! I just received my very first sewing machine yesterday -- and I finished this project in one evening. It was straightforward and easy to follow -- but the finished piece looks so complex. Looking forward to trying some of your other projects.
  57. Saturday, October 23rd, 2010
    nice one..i like the color :)
  58. Dortha Clayton
    Thursday, September 16th, 2010
    Thanks for the tute, I definately want to try this one !
  59. Amy
    Tuesday, September 14th, 2010
    Thanks so much for all the great ideas on your website. I just found it a few weeks ago, and can't get enough!
  60. Kirsten
    Thursday, September 2nd, 2010
    I can't wait to try this one! Thanks. I hope to make several.
  61. Wednesday, September 1st, 2010
    Thanks for such a sweet project - I made my first one today (and posted it to my blog) - it's totally adorable!! I already have more planned :D
  62. Wednesday, August 25th, 2010
    Great tutorial! I will make some more! Thank you!
  63. Kris
    Wednesday, August 18th, 2010
    I love this little bag. I received an Amy Butler pattern as a gift. The bad has no inside pockets. This is the perfect answer!!! Thank you so much for sharing!
  64. Friday, July 23rd, 2010
    thank you for this tutorial. I have done it and its on my blog....http://artycrafty.wordpress.com/2010/07/24/things-to-do16-17/

    awesome fast project... will be making more for pressies.
  65. Angie
    Tuesday, July 20th, 2010
    Thank you!! I can't wait to make one (or twenty!)!
  66. Sunday, July 11th, 2010
    Lovely! I've just made one! You can see it on my blog: http://doraquevedo.blogspot.com/2010/07/bolsinha-vapt-vupt.html
  67. Sunday, June 27th, 2010
    I turned the pleated pouch tutorial into a little girl's purse by adding handles -- perfect for a second birthday gift!

  68. Monday, June 21st, 2010
    I used your tutorial to make a clutch for my sister! Here's the link to what it came out looking like! (I referred everyone to you three times because I was so excited!) Thanks so much!

  69. Sunday, June 20th, 2010
    Love it! I was looking for a cute simple purse to make one of my sisters, and I think this is going to be it! Great tutorial!!
  70. Wednesday, June 16th, 2010
    I just finished this bag to go with my floppy summer tote that I am currently using as my purse. This will be a great makeup/accessories bag! It worked beautifully. I found that I may make more and to save money on ink I traced the pattern onto waxed freezer paper and cut it out and ironed and pinned each piece to my fabric stacks. I have added the pattern to my growing stack of patterns I will use with frequency.
  71. Friday, June 11th, 2010
    I saw the pattern yesterday & fell in love with it!!!!!!
    I made the pouch in arnd 30 min:)
    Have blogged about it & ofcourse have linked back to you
    Thank you so much:)
  72. Tuesday, June 1st, 2010
    Ha! I made 6 of these. Awesome directions, especially for the zipper/lining. A couple of them are going to be teachers gifts with a gift card to a book store inside. They are kind of addicting to make. ~ lol
  73. Tuesday, May 25th, 2010
    My first big-sized pouch using your pattern! Thank you sooo much!
  74. Tuesday, May 18th, 2010
    thank u so very much for such a detailed and amazing tutorial.
    i've always wanted to make a zippered pouch, but a bit daunted by the lining part.
    but with ur tutorial, i finally gathered enuf courage..and made my 1st (and 2nd) zippered pouches... :D

    my 1st pouch using japanese cotton:

    2nd pouch using upholstery fabric by Ikea:

    Lots of thanks from Malaysia :)
  75. Sunday, May 16th, 2010
    hey hey

    thank your for the great tutorial! i try it (look link! of course I linked your blog! :) )


    I'm very proud to sew that beautiful pouch with your help!##thx


    greetz form berlin, germany
  76. Friday, May 14th, 2010
    I am a beginner and made this pouch. I ran from the computer to the sewing machine a few times. It was very enjoyable and turned out pretty good considering I've never really sewn much less installed a zipper. Thank you so very much!
  77. Wednesday, May 12th, 2010
    I just used this tutorial over the weekend to make some Mother's Day pouches and it was great. Thank you so much!
  78. Marissa
    Tuesday, May 11th, 2010
    This is great, thanks! I just made one to go with the nursing cover for my sister-in-law, great for tucking little nursing necessities in a purse...
  79. Pauline
    Monday, May 10th, 2010
    Thank you for sharing your pattern ... I made 10 pouches for Mother's Day using my stash of material and zippers!!! Your instructions were very clear and this was SO doable.
  80. Chris
    Sunday, May 9th, 2010
    Thanks so much for the tutorial! Can't wait to try it out.
  81. Saturday, May 8th, 2010
    Simply fantastic! Cute and easy! Thanks a bunch!!!
  82. Joan
    Friday, May 7th, 2010
    Thank you for sharing! It was quick and easy. I made 5 of them as gifts for my now ex-colleagues.
  83. cathy g
    Friday, May 7th, 2010
    great pattern! thanks for sharing
  84. Thursday, May 6th, 2010
    Thank You SO MUCH for sharing the pattern. I made 3 yesterday unti I ran out of zippers. My kids teachers are going to LOVE them.
  85. Wednesday, May 5th, 2010
    I made one of these just yesterday and posted it on my blog...Very cute and fast. Thanks
  86. Jody
    Wednesday, May 5th, 2010
    Thank you for this beautifull poutch ...

    Claire tu as le patron de la trousse que tu dois imprimer cela te donne les dimensions !!! Prévois les ourlets en plus.

  87. Tuesday, May 4th, 2010
    Thank you for this tutorial!!!
    I think I should try to sew it!!
    Greetings from Italy!
  88. Amy
    Monday, May 3rd, 2010
    Thanks for the cute pattern and tutorial. I made one for my daughter's teacher and it turned out great!
  89. Monday, May 3rd, 2010
    A very interesting tutorial. Thanks for sharing!
  90. Sunday, May 2nd, 2010
    Thanks for this awesome tutorial!!
    I´ve linked it on my blog. :)

    Eleonora, an Italian gilr in Sweden
  91. Sunday, May 2nd, 2010
    lovely tutorial..will surely try it..:) Thanks for sharing it..you have a lovely and inspiring blog
  92. Saturday, May 1st, 2010
    I just made one and I love it. Its going to be my regular purse for this year. I added two pockets on the inside so that I could separate my cards from the coins, and it works a treat.
  93. Friday, April 30th, 2010
    J 'essaie de traduire votre tuto et je suis étonnée de n'avoir aucune dimension. Comment faire ?
    J'aimerais beaucoup réaliser cette pochette car je la trouve fort jolie.
  94. Friday, April 30th, 2010
    Love this - thank you for the pattern and tutorial. I'm going to start making these as birthday gifts for girls in my son's class ... with a small gift card in them.
  95. Friday, April 30th, 2010
    WOW... I gotta try this. As a beginner seamstress...i really need to work on zippers so this is great practice! Plus I need me a new make-up bag lol. I wonder how it would look with some oilcloth...hmmmm
  96. Friday, April 30th, 2010
    Merci pour ces explications ! Voulez-vous me donner le schéma car le PDF s'arrête ?
    Amicales pensées de l'Abeille du Jardinoux !
  97. Barbara
    Friday, April 30th, 2010
    Thank you so much for the downloadable pdf - that is so very useful on my computer and very thoughtful on your part - much appreciated !
  98. Thursday, April 29th, 2010
    Your little bag is so cute! Thank you for tutorial!!!
  99. Thursday, April 29th, 2010
    great pouch tutorial! thanks jo
  100. Thursday, April 29th, 2010
    Thanks for a lovely tutorial...I have put a link to you on my freebies blog....hugs Khris
  101. Alice
    Thursday, April 29th, 2010
    This tutorial is really great! I was looking for something like this to make pouches out of my scrap cloth! Thanks! =D
  102. Thursday, April 29th, 2010
    Thank you for the clear instructions, and such a cute pouch! You can see the one up stitched up for my daughter on my blog. Thanks for sharing!
  103. jillshum
    Thursday, April 29th, 2010
    I clicked on the link and it says the pattern is corupt and can't be repaired. I would love to have it. I bought everything so it will match my checkbook and notebook cover for my purse.
  104. Wednesday, April 28th, 2010
    Made this for my mom- I love it! Thanks for all of your wonderful ideas!!
  105. Elizabeth Marques
    Wednesday, April 28th, 2010
    Many thanks! This is really a gorgeous gift to say thank you to a friend!
    i wil try one right now!
  106. Tuesday, April 27th, 2010
    Such an adorable little project!
  107. Tuesday, April 27th, 2010
    This is super duper sweet and simple. I would love to get one of these....in fact I think I will make one tomorrow :) tfs!!
  108. Tuesday, April 27th, 2010
    That is a really cool pouch! Thank you for putting the pattern online. I like your fabric choices. This is definitely a project I need to do. I can see that it would be a great gift, and the fabric used could reflect the personality of the recipient!
  109. Tuesday, April 27th, 2010
    Sweet! This is a cute pouch I've got to make one day. Thanks for the tutorial.
  110. Tuesday, April 27th, 2010
    thanks for sharing! Looks like an easy one to do and not too complicated. :)
  111. Alice
    Tuesday, April 27th, 2010
    I have struggled with putting in zippers for so long that I finally gave up sewing anything that needed one. This is a Godsend for me and I think I can also adapt it to other projects needing a zipper like dresses for my grandaughters. Thank you so much.
  112. Tuesday, April 27th, 2010
    Thanks for the wonderful tutorial. I've been starring at a pile of zippers left over from upcycling skirts into aprons. I didn't want to throw away the zippers, but didn't know what to do with such small ones. Now I know! Thanks again.
  113. Tuesday, April 27th, 2010
    I LOVE IT! I just bought some fabric for 50% off today and it would be perfect! I have been wanting to make a little pouch!!!!!
  114. Tuesday, April 27th, 2010
    I want this fabric:) Cute Bag too!
  115. Tuesday, April 27th, 2010
    Very cute!
  116. Lisa
    Tuesday, April 27th, 2010
    Wow have you ever mastered the pattern tutorials! As much as I enjoy the "made by you mondays". I have to say I enjoy learning, and you sharing your family ideas from you the most so there!
  117. Tuesday, April 27th, 2010
    Super cute tutorial! I am always scared of zippers, but this makes me want to try some of these for Mother's Day~ Thanks!
  118. Tuesday, April 27th, 2010
    This is so cute! I can't sew but it looks simple enough that I think even I could do it!
  119. Tuesday, April 27th, 2010
    Oh I can't wait to try this!
  120. Tuesday, April 27th, 2010
    great diy project. its so cute. and i love your fabric choice.
  121. Tuesday, April 27th, 2010
    Love it! (And the fabric your fabric choices were too perfect!) Thanks for sharing.
  122. Tuesday, April 27th, 2010
    This is just what I needed a simple zipper pouch tutorial!
  123. Tuesday, April 27th, 2010
    oh, i love it!!
    I will keep this in mind for mother's day!
  124. Tuesday, April 27th, 2010
    So cute! I love the color choices too :)
  125. Tuesday, April 27th, 2010
    This is a GREAT tutorial! Thank you for sharing!! I just sewed my first zipper the other day, so I think I need to try this out!
  126. Tuesday, April 27th, 2010
    This is really cute! I've been looking for a pattern for a coin purse so this is just perfect. thanks!
  127. Francisca
    Tuesday, April 27th, 2010
    Just love it, thanks for the pattern and tutorial.