Zipper Pouch Tutorial

I love zipper pouches. They are super easy to make and have so many good uses. My kids use them for their markers and crayons, I use them for cosmetics bags, and they make great handmade gifts as well. These are really quick to make, and with this simple step by step zipper pouch tutorial, you’ll have your zipper pouch made in no time. Let’s get started!


  • 1/4 yard main fabric….check out Peekaboo Fabric Shop for your fabric needs.
  • 1/4 yard lining fabric
  • Batting
  • 12 inch nylon zipper
  • Basic sewing notions: pins, scissors, thread, etc.


  • Start by cutting your fabric. You will cut 2 pieces of your main fabric, lining fabric, and batting. Each piece needs to be 8 x 10 inches.

  • Next, we’re going to layer our fabric and attach the zipper. First, lay down one piece of batting. Second, lay one piece of main fabric right side up on top of the batting. Third, lay the zipper right side down along the top edge. (Your zipper will be longer than the fabric. We’ll cut off the excess later.) Fourth, lay one piece of lining fabric right side down making sure to line up the edge with the edge of the zipper. Pin the zipper in place.

  • Next, using your zipper foot, sew along that top edge to attach your zipper. Once you’ve stitched the zipper on, you can flip the lining to the back. From the front side, it should look something like the picture below.

  • Now we’re going to layer the remaining pieces of fabric in the same manner to attach the other side of the zipper. First, batting. Second, main fabric right side up. Third, zipper right side down. Fourth, lining right side down. Pin and stitch along the top edge to attach the zipper.

  • When you open it up, both sides of the zipper should be attached as shown below. Topstitch along the zipper. Not only will it look nicer, but it will prevent the lining fabric from getting caught in the zipper.

  • Then, cut out a 2 inch sqaure from each of the four corners. This will help us create the flat bottom. You can also cut those squares smaller or larger depending on how big you want the bottom to be.

  • Next, bring the lining pieces together, right sides touching. Also bring the main fabric pieces right sides together along with the batting. Pin along the edges. Very Important: make sure to unzip your zipper about half way. If you forget this step, you will not be able to turn your bag right side out and you will be sad!

  • Using a 3/8 seam allowance, sew along the top and bottom edges as well as both sides. Do not sew the squares. Also Very Important: Make sure to leave a 3 inch opening along the bottom of your lining. If you do not leave an opening, you will not be able to turn your bag right side out and you will be sad. Once you have sewn the sides, you can go ahead and trim the excess zipper down to be even with the sides.

  • Next we need to sew the corners. This part is a little tricky to describe and photograph, but trust me, it’s not tricky to sew. Start in one square, and pinch the corners together, matching the side seam to the bottom seam. You can pin these together if desired, and then sew them together using a 1/4 inch seam allowance. Do this for all four corners.

  • Now the moment of truth. Did you leave an opening in the lining? Did you leave the zipper halfway unzipped? Then reach in the hole in your lining, and turn the whole bag right side out!

  • Lastly, you just need to close the opening in the lining. If you’re fancy and patient, you can hand sew an invisible stitch to close it. If you’re like me and don’t mind a little seam on the inside of your bag, just close the opening using your sewing machine.

Feel free to fill your zipper pouch with whatever your heart desires. And now that you know how easy they are, go make a few more!

If you enjoyed this tutorial, make sure to check out the following:

Ultimate Baby Bib:

Lined Zipper Pouch Tutorial:

22 Responses

  1. I just made one and the directions are perfect! I will be making several!
    Thank you so much for sharing😊

  2. Thanks so much for the photos and detailed written instructions! My bag actually turned out nicely ….plus the zipper worked!!

  3. Nice little bag. Just a bit too little. Otherwise nice. Will have to adjust the size to make it a little bit larger.

  4. Thank you for sharing this! If I wanted to make a smaller size using an 8″ zipper instead, does it follow that I should reduce all the rest of the fabric measurements by 1/3 as well?

  5. What a great tutorial. I made mine a little bigger, added cross body straps and used a slashing technique on the front panel. I used only materials I had on hand. Very happy with my pretty little bag

  6. Having just watched your easy to follow instruction tutorial, I am inspired to make several for Christmas presents. I can think of something different to put in each one. Thank you.

  7. Thank you so much for this tutorial!! What great gift ideas for my daughters and granddaughters for birthdays! Using a variety of my leftover fabrics! Great tor giving to missions services too!

    1. What a great idea. To send these on mission trips with feminine hygiene products would be awesome! Love this idea. May I use it?

  8. This is very clear and concise! Best instructions I have seen….will be making (and embroidering!) this afternoon! Thank you so much!!

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