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.

Want to make your bag more personal? Try these easy applique monograms with free printable letters.

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  1. 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!

  2. 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!

  3. 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.

  4. Loved the tutorial! thanks so much! I made myself a makeup bag, and also made a bag for my stepmom…and she loves it. 🙂

  5. Copying down what I need for this Cindy!
    Thanks for encouraging me as a SEAMSTRESS in the making!
    Hugs from Bainbridge!

  6. 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!

  7. Thanks for this wonderful tutorial.
    I made already a pouch for my daughter and one for me and they look so cute!!!

  8. Great tutorial – I always get nervous when I see a zipper but this is so easy – thank you.

  9. 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

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