I came across this project on YouTube by Andrea Marie Chapman and wanted to share it with you. It is a super simple three pocket zipper pouch that anyone with basic sewing skills can make in no time. This sewing project does require a continuous zipper but you can order those online through Etsy or Amazon. I keep them on hand because I use them all the time. You can choose fun zipper pulls to go with the continuous zippers. I hope you enjoy this project as much as I did and I you would like more bag making projects check out these.
I used quilting cotton and Pellon 808 that I purchased at JOANN Fabric & Craft Stores online and picked up in store. But, you could head to Amazon Fabrics or onlinefabricstore.net to get what you need for your project. This post contains affiliate links that if you click on the 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.
What you will Need: How to Make a Three Pocket Zipper Pouch
- 1/4 yd outer and inner fabric
- 1/4 yd Pellon 808 interfacing
- 14″ continuous zipper or zipper by the yard
- 1 Zipper Pull
- 2 Zipper Caps
Step 1: Cut your Fabrics
Cut two outer, inner and interfacing pieces that measure 10″ wide by 9″ long.
Step 2: Fuse the Interfacing
Fuse the interfacing to one piece of outer fabric and one piece of inner fabric using a hot iron and following the manufacturer’s instructions.
Step 3: Stitch the Fabrics Together
Place the matching outer pieces right sides together and the inner pieces right sides together. Stitch each of them together using a 1/4″ seam allowance all the way around leaving an opening on one long 10″ end in the center of about 2″. Trim the corners. Turn each piece right sides out and press. Topstitch along the side with the opening to give it a finished look and to close up the opening.
Step 4: Add the Zipper
Fold each piece in half on the end opposite of the topstitched end to find the center and make a mark either with an erasable pen, chalk or a pin. Find the center of the zipper in the same way. Place the fabric pieces on either side of the zipper abutting them against the pier teeth but making sure the zipper still opens easily. Match the center makings. Stitch the fabric pieces to the zipper using a zipper foot.
Note: Continuous Zippers come in a variety of sizes. #5 and #3 are most common. #5 are a little larger than #3. You can use either for this project.
Step 5: Create the Center Pocket
Unzip the zipper so that the fabrics are divided into two pieces. Place them right sides together making sure that the centers are aligned. Go to the end with the topstitching and measure in 1 1/2″ from the side and down 2 1/2″ and make marks at each location. Do this on both sides. Connect the lines so that you have created the pocket. Stitch down the lines and across through all layers leaving little flaps on each side.
Step 6: Create the Outer Pockets
With the middle pocket at the top and the zipper at the bottom fold in one side of the pouch to the center and up from the bottom to get it out of the way. Fold over the other pouch piece so that the bottom rests just under the zipper. Clip. Stitch the sides using a 1/4 seam allowance. Turn right sides out. Repeat for the other side.
Step 7: Add the Zipper Pull
Make sure that the ends of the zipper are aligned and the narrow part of the zipper pull is facing down and place the pull onto the zipper.
Step 8: Add the Zipper Caps
Fold in the sides of the zipper at the ends and insert the zipper into the cap and screw in the screw to secure it. Do this for both ends. If you do not want to use zipper caps you a simply add zipper tabs on each end of he zipper. Once you have completed the zipper caps or tabs you have finished your three pocket zipper pouch.