Lined Zipper Pouch Tutorial – SO easy!
March 1, 2012 by robiedodson
Hey there friends and family and mystery sewers … how in the world are you??? I just realized it’s been about THREE WEEKS since my last
confession post. Gosh. As we say here in Texas, “That ain’t right!”
You’ve probably guessed that my world has been a little rocked by my $35 Strapless Dress Revolution. You are correct! I’ve sold 35 dresses so far – HUGE THANK YOU to all of you! So, I’m a little bit holed up on my sewing wall whenever my
lame-non-sewing kids allow me the time. Hopefully I’ll get caught up soon.
Anyway … I just couldn’t go another minute without passing along another easy project for y’all. I realized today that I have never ever ever posted a tutorial for how to make a zipper pouch. Seriously, y’all – how come no one has been harping??? Too late, you missed your chance because here’s a tutorial for how to make one of these little darlings:
And yes, it's even lined! I know - you're welcome!
How to Make a Lined Zipper Pouch – without a pattern!
This may sound strange, but I prefer to start with the zipper .. meaning, the size of your zipper should determine the size (or atleast WIDTH) of your pouch. You'll want your zipper to be LONGER than the width of your fabric by atleast an inch or two on each side. This makes sewing up the sides so much easier!
I rarely measure, I just make sure that my fabric is narrower than my zipper - just like what you see here. You can make it as long as you want though. Decide on your outer fabric and cut two equal shapes.
Choose your lining fabric, and cut two more shapes the same size.
Now here's where you want to pay attention - we're going to be layering, and the order is very important. Start by placing one piece of your OUTER FABRIC face up. Then, along the upper width, place your zipper wrong size up and centered over the fabric.
See how the zipper pull is on the bottom not the top!
Now take one of your LINING pieces, and lay it on top of the zipper and outer fabric. You will want all three pieces (outer fabric, zipper, lining fabric) to align at the very top. You can pin if you prefer. No sew the two fabric pieces to the zipper.
When you open it up, it should look like this.
Okay, follow closely. Lay the remaining OUTER FABRIC piece face up. Turn your sewn section over so that the zipper pull is now on the opposite side but still facing down. Place the remaining LINING fabrin, on top of the entire set, face down. Look closely at the picture. You are aligning the two remaining fabric pieces at the top of the zipper, while the pieces already sewn are dangling down a little bit in the middle of the fabric sandwich.
Once you sew up the second size to the zipper, you'll have something that looks like this. Both OUTER FABRIC pieces on one side and the LINING pieces on the other, right sides facing each other.
And from another angle, this is what you'll see. Get excited now, because you are almost finished!
Lay out your pouch with the two sides separated. Unzip the zipper about halfway. Overlap the opening ends of the zipper just a bit. Now, sew a continuous seam all the way around the entire project - beginning with the lining and LEAVE AN OPENING for turning. (Apparently, my machine sews a straighter stitch than my fingers can draw one. relief!)
Clip the excess off the zipper at the sides, and then turn the pouch right side out by pulling everything through the opening. Use a pair of scissors to poke out the corners of the outer fabric.
Sew up that opening - and yes, duh, clip your fray thread! Then, tuck that little lining into your pouch....
And you got yourself a pouch that looks like this!
And it's beautiful on the inside too - are you as ecstatic as I am right now?!?!
If you want, you can tuck in the corners (okay, you can SEW them in also, but who has the extra 30 seconds to do that!?) and your pouch can stand on its own. Ta Da!
So there you go fun people – your very own lined zipper pouch in less than 10 minutes. (DISCLAIMER: the first time will take you longer because your eyes get all whomperjawed trying to figure out the order and placement. Don’t worry, it’s gets WAY faster!)
Here’s the breakdown:
Cost: about $3 – depending upon which size zipper you get..cheaper if you thrift them or steal borrow them from your mother’s stash. You can easily use scrap fabric, so there’s no charge there!
Time: seriously and realistically – TEN MINUTES … if you give yourself a little longer for a time or two!
I love these. I really really do. Every time I make one I get a little bit happier in life. I hope you do too!