Quick 20 Minute Zipper Pouch

6 zipper pouches

Easy DIY Zipper Pouches

I hope your summer is being well spent enjoying nature & the sunshine!

My flowers are all blooming, veggies are growing, and the wildlife population where I live has grown quite a bit. I get lots of my inspiration from all of these things & I love every bit of it!

Anyway, it’s time for another tutorial, but this time I’m going to get into a fun & easy sewing project rather than an embroidery related one.

I think it’s about time as it’s been awhile, so we’re going to dive into sewing a cute zipper pouch which you can make for yourself, gift to a friend, or sell.

What I love about this diy zipper pouch is that it’s pretty easy to make & it’s quick. At first, it will take you a bit longer, maybe an hour or so, to get organized & get the steps down, but once you’ve done it a few times you’ll be able to zip right through them in around 15 – 20 minutes per pouch! Pun intended!

Materials

  • 2 pieces of fabric for the outside (7 x 5 in or 17.78 x 12.7cm)
  • 2 pieces of fabric for inner lining (same size as above)
  • 1 zipper (7in or 17.78cm)
  • scissors (or rotary cutter & cutting mat)
  • pins & / or clips
  • sewing machine
  • thread
  • standard pressure foot for sewing machine
  • zipper foot for sewing machine

This pouch will be about 6×4 inches (or 15.24 x 10.16cm) when finished, but you can make them whatever size you’d like.

The 2 pieces of fabric for the outside of your zipper pouch can be any type of fabric, and in my case I’m using my luna moth design on lightweight cotton twill from my Spoonflower shop. The fabric for the inside is 100% cotton.

Zipper Pouch Step 1

Lay one piece of your outer fabric on your table with the design facing up.

piece of cut fabric with moth design

Lay your zipper face down & line it up to the top of your fabric.

zipper sewn to top of cut fabric

Lay one inner piece of fabric on top of that & clip them together. All three pieces should be lined up at the top.

two pieces of fabric with design facing together, clipped at the top

Zipper Pouch Step 2

To sew on the zipper, switch your standard pressure foot on your sewing machine to the zipper foot if you haven’t already. The zipper foot will allow you to get a nice stitch closer to your zipper than a standard foot will.

zipper foot

With the zipper foot attached, sew a straight stitch along your zipper and remove the clips as you go.

white fabric lifted up to expose zipper

You’ll notice that when you reach the zipper pull it will be a bit too bulky to pass. The zipper will need to be opened partially to finish the rest of your stitch.

To do that, make sure your needle is in your fabric so it doesn’t move, lift your foot, turn your fabric sideways, & carefully unzip.

Once you’ve gotten the pull past your needle you can straighten your fabric back out, drop your foot, and continue on. You’ll have to do this again when you sew on the other side.

Pull up the inner fabric so you’re looking at the outer fabric.

Next, fold it over to the back so you can see the front side of your zipper. Set it aside.

design facing out with zipper at the top

Zipper Pouch Step 3

Next, sew on the other side of the zipper. The steps are pretty similar to what we just did.

  • Grab your 2nd piece of outer fabric and lay it on your table face up.
  • Next, grab the piece with the zipper, turn it over, and lay it on top of that with the zipper lined up to the top.
  • The design of your outer fabrics should be facing each other.
  • Make sure that the top of your designs are along the zipper. You don’t want to sew it together and realize later that they are upside-down!
inner fabric facing up with zipper at the top

Next, lay your other inner fabric on top of that lined up to the top, then sew across the top next to the zipper just like you did before.

another inner fabric set on top
inner fabric sewn along zipper

Zipper Pouch Step 4

To keep your zipper from catching the inner fabric when it zips so you’ll want to this optional but recommended step.

Open up the fabric so the designs you want showing are facing you with the zipper exposed in the center, then sew a simple straight stitch along both edges of your zipper.

Iron your fabric down first if you need to.

straight stitch sewn along the zipper with designs facing up

Zipper Pouch Step 5

Next, it’s time to sew the edges together so open your zipper about 3/4 of the way. Then bring your outer fabric together so the corners meet and clip them to each other. The designs should be facing each other.

Do the same thing with the inner fabric.

outer fabrics placed together and inner fabrics placed together

When it comes to the edges where you zipper are, fold the sides of the zipper down & clip them to the inner fabric.

fabric by zipper all facing the same direction and clipped down

Next, sew a straight stitch around the edge of your zipper pouch but leave an opening big enough for your hand to fit through.

Go slow when you reach the zipper. You may need to help it along if your feed dogs have a little trouble pushing your fabric through as it can be a bit bulky.

red guide line to sew along the edges

Next, clip off the corners of your pouch to remove a bit of bulk. If the zipper area is a bit bulky you can also snip a bit of it off.

Zipper Pouch Step 6

To sew the inner fabric closed, pull your zipper pouch through the hole so it’s right side out & poke the corners out. You can use the tip of a small paint brush.

moth zipper pouch turned outside out and corners poked out

Then pull your inner fabric out & tuck the edges in at the opening.

inside fabric pulled out and opening tucked in.

Add a straight stitch to close it up. You can sew across just the opening but I like to do this all the way across from corner to corner.

edge of inner pouch sewn with a straight stitch

Now all you have to do is tuck your inner fabric back in! That’s it!

I’ve made myself one & I’ve given the rest to friends, and chances are I’ll make more for the holidays, which will be here before you know it! It’s almost the end of June, but seriously… Halloween is just 4 months away and I have a few Halloween related fabrics in my Spoonflower shop which would be perfect for the occasion.

single zipper pouch
6 zipper pouches

Before I go, I wanted to mention that if you’ve never made zipper pouches before you may want to use a zipper that is already the size you need instead of a roll where you snip to size.

I’ve used both, and the ones that come in a roll are a little more difficult to work with in my opinion. Plus, there is a little bit of extra work to do before using it to make sure the zipper pull doesn’t fall off as you are creating your masterpiece, lol. Perhaps I will do a little tutorial on how to use them in another post.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this little zipper pouch tutorial!

🖤 Thanks!

ps… take a peek at some of my other easy sewing projects if you’re feeling creative!

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diy zipper pouch in less than 20 minutes with luna moth fabric zipper pouch

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