My Favorite Zipper Pouch {tutorial}

I am excited to share the pattern for my “Favorite Zipper Pouch”.
I needed a few gifts and whipped up some zipper pouches.  I have made lots and lots of zipper bags.  This is the one I always go back to.  It holds a lot but isn’t huge.  I have probably made over 50 of these!



Are you ready??
Prepare the bag:


Iron the fusible fleece to the wrong side of the outer bag fabric.
Measure a 1 1/2″ square and cut a notch out of the bottom corners of the outer pieces and the lining pieces.  This will create the pleat in the bottom of the bag.
Prepare the zipper:
I like to put little tabs on my zipper so the zipper is not directly sewn into the seam of the bag.  It reduces bulk and helps it lay flat.  I always measure my tabs larger then cut them down.
As you can see, I like to buy larger zippers than I need.  You can always cut them down for smaller projects!
Cut off the metal ends of the zipper.
Sew one of the prepared tabs to the end of the zipper.  Backstitch several times over the zipper teeth.
Now measure over and sew the tab on the opposite end of the zipper.  There should be 1″ of tab on each side.  The excess will be cut off in a minute.
Use your zipper foot and sew along the zipper.



Now you do the same process to the other side of the zipper.  Place the zipper face down on the right side of the outer fabric.  Line up the edges.  Layer the lining on top right side down. (pictured below)
Sew the zipper using the zipper foot.
Finish the bag:
Top stitch about 1/8″ next to both sides of the zipper.  This will hold the fabric in place and it won’t catch in the zipper.




Make sure the bag is unzipped!!!



Turn the bag right side out.



Stuff the lining down in the bag and press the bag as needed.  Done!!!




  1. this couldn’t have come at a more perfect time for me!! I bought a pattern for something like this, but it being my first pattern, I could not make any sense of it. Your directions are a million times better to read!! Thanks for putting this together.

  2. thanks for the tutorial — love that you cut out the corners to help ensure that they are perfect and to aid in centering if you were going to embroider the pouch.

  3. This may be the best tutorial for making a zippered pouch that I have ever come across. I love that you showed how to put the tabs at each end of the zipper. I have always been unhappy with the rounded corners you get when you don’t have the tabs, but never knew how it was done. Thank you!

  4. Thanks so much!

  5. Amanda, I love the birdcage fabric! Thanks for sharing this great tutorial, it will come in very helpful as I’m learning to sew. Have a great day and a happy week!

  6. Great tutorial! I like that you have included very clear instructions for how to align the seams when joining to make sure the zipper tab ends end up nice and neat. One thing though – you might want to add to make sure that the zipper is open before final assembly, otherwise you won’t be able to turn it right side out!

  7. Hello Amanda!
    First time here;D I am your newest fan ;D
    Love the birdcage pouch you made and thank you for the very detailed step-by-step too!

  8. Super cute!! PS – found you through the meet and greet blog hop!

    Have a great week!

  9. I will try the cut corners thing. When I pinch my corners and sew across, it’s hard to make the seam straight. Cutting the corners out ahead of time will make them exactly straight. I’ll try it.

  10. Great tutorial! I will try it!

    Zina (new follower from Meet & Greet,

  11. This is FANTASTIC! Thankyou! I’m just getting back into sewing again after 17 years…and my mom bought me a Bernina (I saw you have one in the one pic!)

  12. Adorable! The fabrics are so gorgeous!Thanks so much for sharing the great tutorial! Would love to have you visit me sometime.
    Have a fabulous weekend!
    Hugs from Portugal,

    Ana Love Craft

  13. That is really nice! Fun fabrics too 🙂 Would you consider linking this up with me? Thanks!

  14. I made one of these tonight! I think I messed up a little around the zipper, because it doesn’t look as good as yours. But I’m going to try again! Thank you for sharing the pattern!

    Within the next week or two I will be sharing how I made this on my blog, and I will be sure to give all credit for the pattern to you!

  15. I love the zipper prep and the way you do boxed corners. This is my new go-to for zipper pouches. Thanks for the awesome tutorial! I just finished my pouch and the process, thanks to you, was completely stress free! 🙂

  16. first time here 🙂 in my craft room now to give this a try….now following


  17. I’m new to bag making. I think this is a nice pattern. I have a couple questions. How far in the tabs do you lay the zipper to sew the tabs on? Do you lay the zipper directly in the middle of the tab with equal amounts left on each side? And, when you cut off excess on the ends of the tabs once the zipper is sewed on – is this the folded side?

    • It doesn’t really matter how far in the zipper is in the tabs because you will cut it down to about 1/4″. The tabs are there to act as an extension of the zipper so you don’t have to fuss with the zipper in the seam of the bag. Just roughly center the zipper in the tab as you will cut off the excess. Once you sew the zipper in, cut up the fold and trim out the zipper leaving 1/4″. I hope that helps. Send me your email address if you want further instructions with photos 🙂 Thanks!

    • Thank you so much, and thank you for the quick reply too. I finished the bag and it turned out nice. 🙂

  18. If I had one of these beautifully crafted bags, I would use it to stash “new baby” items in my purse for my new granddaughter who will be arriving any day now!!!!

  19. I would load this up with my sewing supplies so when I go to Bible Study each month and we work on lap robes I can just put this in my bag for bible study and leave it there. Love the cat fabric.

  20. I love the tab to reduce bulk! Will give it a try! Pinning too!

  21. Just stitched one up.. Love your method for boxing the corners and my zipper looks as good as I’ve ever done. Tabs are awesome!

  22. I have never made one. I will try this. The last time I put a zipper in a bag it was backwards. I will try again. Thank you.

  23. Great tutorial! Thanks to your perfectly detailed tutorial, I can finally make zipper tabs : )

  24. Thanks again for the one you sent my way. I finally got around to showing it off on my blog today.

  25. Thanks for the tutorial – especially that tricky zipper bit!

  26. You make this look easy…there’s hope for me yet!

  27. Instructions are great and it took me no time at all to do one. Now I have 7 more cut out and waiting to be finished for christmas.

  28. Thanks for the great tutorial! I’m a beginner sewer, so I appreciate all your detail! How tricky would it be to adjust the size on these, to do a bit more of a coin purse size?

  29. This is perfect! I’d like to use this to make a purse for my daughter’s 6th bday. Do you have any info on adding a strap? Thank you! I’m so excited, she’s going to be thrilled.

    • Thanks so much! I hope it turns out cute! I don’t have a pattern for adding a strap. I’ve tucked a little loop in the seam to add a wristlet strap though 🙂

  30. how did you fold the cut out corns to sew them? Thanks!


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