How to Make a Basic Zipper Pouch

How to Make a Basic Zipper Pouch

I love zippered pouches.  They are fun to make and useful.  I have a stash full of zippers that were either given to me or that I have purchased over the years.  So I thought I would take this opportunity to show you how to make a basic zipper pouch.  This pouch is lined with all the raw edges concealed.  This pouch only takes about 10 minutes to make so you can make a lot of them.  Give them as gifts.  Use your stash.  Even quilt them if you like. Anyone with a sewing machine and zipper foot can make this little pouch.  So give this beginner sewing project a try. 

I used fabrics from my stash that either came from JOANN Fabric & Craft Stores Fabric.com or Hobby Lobby to create these pouches.  They are fairly small so you can delve into your own stashes to create your pouches or head to anyone of those sites and purchases exactly what you need.  This post contains affiliate links that if you click on them and make a purchase I may receive a small commission at no extra cost to you.  

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What you will Need: How to Make a Basic Zipper Pouch

  • 1/4 yd outer fabric
  • 1/4 yd lining fabric
  • 8″ zipper
  • Standard sewing supplies
What you Will Need Zipper Pouch

Step 1: Cut Your fabrics

Cut two outer and two lining fabrics that measure 9″ x 8″

Step 2: Add Half of the Zipper

Place the outer fabric right side up on your work surface.  Lay your zipper right side down on the fabric lining up the edges.  Place the lining fabric right sides down on the zipper making a zipper sandwich. Clip or pin the three layers together.  

Lay the zipper right sides down


Placce lining right side down
Sandwiched zipper

Step 3: Stitch the Zipper

Install your zipper foot onto your machine.  I like to move my needle over a little to the left to get closer to the teeth but you don’t have to.  Stitch down the zipper through all three layers.  Turn the fabrics right sides out and press.  Top stitch along the zipper. 

Finished Half zipper

Step 4: Add the other Half of the Zipper

Place the other outer piece right sides up on your work surface.  Place the other half of the zipper right sides down on the outer fabric and the lining fabric right sides down on the zipper.  

Lay zipper right sides down on outer fabric
Place lining right side down
Sandwiched zipper

Step 5: Stitch the Other Side of the Zipper

Stitch the other side of the zipper the same way that you stitched the first side.  Press and topstitch as well.  

Finished zipper

Step 6: Sew the Bag

Unzip the zipper.  Place the lining pieces right sides together and the outer pieces right sides together.  Stitch along one side, the bottom and partially up the next side.  Leave an opening then finish sewing the rest of the side.  You will need the opening to turn the zipper right sides out.  Clip the bottom corners.

Step 7: Turn the Bag

Reach into the opening and pull the fabric through the opening and through the zipper opening to turn the bag right sides out.  Press the bag.  Close the opening using ladder stitch.  If you are unfamiliar with Ladder stitch check out the below video.  

Turn RIght sides out
Finished zipper pouch

How to Make a Basic Zipper Pouch

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