I was asked to do a tutorial on how to make a flat bottomed zippered pouch. This is one of the easiest beginner sewing projects there is and you can do it in 6 easy steps. The hardest part is deciding on the size. With this pattern you can make the pouch any size you want. Beginners might be intimidated by inserting the zipper but this tutorial provides step by step instructions on how to do it in a breeze.
As usual I went to my stash of remnants and found some fun fabrics to use but if you don’t have remnants or you want to make the bag larger you can always head to Fabric.com or Hobby Lobby and find some fun fabrics there. This post contains affiliate links that if you click on them and make a purchase I may receive a small commission at no extra charge to you.
This is a beginner sewing project that should take about one hour to complete. I would recommend a woven fabric like quilting cotton or novelty fabric for this project. This zippered pouch can be made in 6 easy steps by anyone with beginning sewing skills.
What you will Need:
- Remnant or larger outer fabric
- Remnant or larger lining fabric
- Pellon 808
- 12″ Zipper or larger depending on size of pouch
- Standard sewing supplies
Step 1: How to Make a Flat Bottomed Zippered Pouch
Create the pattern. You can use the pattern that I have included or use it as a template for a larger or smaller pouch. The pattern includes a 1/4″ seam allowance and results in a finished bag that measures 9″ wide, 5 1/2″ tall, and 3″ deep. From this pattern cut out two of the outer fabric, two of the lining fabric and 2 of the interfacing.
If you are unfamiliar with interfacing it is a product that is used in garments and bags to provide additional structure. It is definitely needed for this project. The interfacing generally comes with instructions on how to apply it and it is a simple process. One side of the interfacing has heat activated glue. Place the glue side onto the wrong side of your fabric and press with a hot iron. The iron will activate the glue and it will fuse to the fabric so that you can work with the two pieces as one.
Step 2: How to Make a Flat Bottomed Zippered Pouch
Fuse the interfacing to the wrong side of the outer fabric.
Step 3: How to Make a Flat Bottomed Zippered Pouch
Lay one piece of the outer fabric right side up on your table. Place the zipper face down and centered on the top edge of the pouch lining up the edges. The zipper will be longer than the fabric. Place the lining fabric on top of that. Pin. Using a zipper foot sew the zipper sandwich near the zipper teeth. Repeat for the other side of the zipper with the remaining outer and lining pieces.
Step 4: How to Make a Flat Bottomed Zippered Pouch
Unzip the zipper about half way. This is an important step or you will not be able to turn the bag. Place the right sides of the outer fabric together and the right sides of the lining fabric together. Using a 1/4″ seam allowance sew up both sides of the bag sewing over the zipper being careful not to break your needle. Sew the bottom of the outer fabric leaving the corners open. Sew the bottom of the lining fabric so that there is an opening at the bottom and the corners.
Step 5: How to Make a Flat Bottomed Zippered Pouch
Box the corners by pinching the bottom to the side matching the bottom seam to the side seam. Pin. Do this for all four corners. Lay flat and sew across each corner using a 1/2″ seam allowance.
Step 6: How to Make a Flat Bottomed Zippered Pouch
Turn the bag through the opening in the lining and the zipper. Sew the opening in the lining bottom closed using ladder stitch. Push the lining into the outer bag and zip. You have now completed your flat bottomed zippered pouch.
This pouch is perfect as a makeup bag or if you make it larger a nice little clutch. I love the shape of this bag and the ease of construction. Making a zipper bag is easy with this step by step tutorial. I hope you enjoy this beginner sewing project.
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