How to Make a Cat Zipper Pouch

How to Make a Cat Zipper Pouch

I had this adorable cat print fabric that I previously used in sun glass case pattern that I really liked.  I thought that I would like to accentuate the cats in the print so I decided to do this tutorial on how to make a cat zipper pouch.  Zipper pouch’s are a super simple sewing project.  This particular pouch is the perfect size for a little bit if cash or other small bits and bobs.  You can attach it to your purse, backpack or keys.  Regardless, it is an adorable little cat project to make and to carry. This project is a beginner sewing project so long as you are comfortable with zippers but even the zipper is easy on this one.

I was inspired to create this project by Bernina and their website and Art Gallery FabricsI made just the basic pouch but if you want something a little more complex with embroidery check out their website.  This fabric was too cute not to use and the embroidery just wouldn’t work.  

I really love this fabric which I purchased as a remnant at Joann’s but you could choose any fabric you like either at JOANN’s or at Hobby Lobby or  There are tons of terrific fabrics on these websites to choose from. 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. As an Amazon associate I earn from qualifying purchases.   

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

How to Make a Cat Zipper Pouch
What you will Need Cat Pouch

Step 1: Cut your fabrics

You have three pieces to this pattern.  There are two front pieces and one back piece.  Cut each of the pieces from the outer fabric, lining fabric and the fleece.  Cut a 2″ x 2 1/2″ rectangle for the tab.  You should have three outer pieces, three lining pieces and three fleece pieces.  

How to make a cat zipper pouch
Cut Pattern Pieces

Step 2: Fuse the fleece

Fuse the fleece to the outer pieces of fabric following the manufacturers instructions. Once the fleece is fused to the fabric the fleece and fabric will act as one piece.   

Step 3: Attach the zipper

You will attach the zipper to the front of the pouch.  The zipper will act as the mouth of the cat.  In order to attach the zipper lay the top of the outer piece right sides up on your work space.  Lay the zipper right sides down on the outer piece.  Sandwich the zipper with the matching lining piece.  Using a zipper foot sew the three pieces together.  Turn them right sides out and press.  Top stitch along the right side of the zipper for a more professional look.  Repeat this process for the bottom of the piece.  You will now have one cat face with a zipper in the center.  

How to make a cat zipper pouch
Add the Zipper
How to make a cat zipper pouch
Half zipper

Step 4: Baste the back pieces together

Take the two back pieces and baste them wrong sides together using a 1/8″ seam allowance.  

How to make a cat zipper pouch
Sew back outer to lining

Step 5: Create the tab

Fold the 2″ x 2 1/2″ square in half and press.  Open the fold and press the raw edges to the fold line.  Fold in half again so that the raw edges are enclosed. Top stitch along both sides of the tab piece for a more professional look. Push the tab piece through the loop in the 1/2″ swivel clip.  Clip the tab to the front of the pouch so that the swivel clip is facing toward the face of the cat. 

How to make a cat zipper pouch
Make Tab
How to make a cat zipper pouch
Add Swivel Clip
How to make a cat zipper pouch
Add tab to front of pouch

Step 6: Finish the pouch

Open the zipper. Lay the back piece on top of the front piece right sides together. Stitch all the way around the piece using a 3/8″ seam allowance.  Turn the pouch right sides out through the open zipper.  You will want to poke out the ears using a poking tool like That Purple Thang.  You have now finished your cat zipper pouch.  

How to make a cat zipper pouch
Add front to back
How to make a cat zipper pouch
Finished Pouch

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If you would like more zipper pouches check out my half moon zippered pouch tutorial or my double zipper box pouch.  


How to Make a Cat Zipper Pouch

How to Make a Cat Zipper Pouch

Yield: 1
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Active Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Difficulty: Easy
Estimated Cost: $5

Step-by-step instructions on how to make a simple cat zipper pouch. This adorable little pouch with a cat theme can be made in just a few minutes using basic sewing skills.


  • Pattern
  • 1/4 yd outer fabric
  • 1/4 yd lining fabric
  • 7" zipper
  • 1/4 yd fusible fleece
  • 1/2" Swivel clip
  • Standard Sewing Supplies


  • Sewing Machine
  • That Purple Thang


  1. Cut your fabrics using the pattern
  2. Fuse the fleece to the outer fabric
  3. Attach the zipper using the zipper sandwich method
  4. Baste the back pieces together
  5. Add the tab and swivel clip just above the zipper
  6. Sew the back to the front and turn through the zipper opening

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  1. Very fun project! I used fabric inside mine with a mouse, so when you open the zipper, there he is looking out at you!

  2. These are so cute! My daughter’s teacher holds class auctions a few times a year (he has a classroom money system set up where the kiddos earn a salary, pay bills, earn bonuses for special activities, etc. – it’s a GREAT learning tool!) I donated a few of these for the year-end auction and the girls loved them. I love that they’re fast and easy and can be made with scraps (great way to add a fun matching accessory to an outfit). I added a little kitty face out of heat transfer vinyl on the non-zipper side.

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