Bite Sized Sewing: Easy Zipper Pouch

Hello there! I’m Melissa Q. from a happy stitch and I’m so excited to be here, chatting with you on Sara’s amazing blog. I’m sharing how to make a zipper pouch for all your crafty essentials. Don’t be scared by that word, zipper. It’s going to be easy, I promise. My zipper technique is clever, smooth and very not scary.

Easy Zipper Pouch Tutorial

Materials:

- One 7 to 9 inch all-purpose zipper

- Two pieces of fabric cut to 7″ X 9″

- One spool of matching thread

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Steps:

- Place both pieces of fabric right sides together with the 9″ (long side) of the fabric horizontally on your mat.

- Using a marking tool, draw a notch 1″ in on both the left and right sides of your fabric, on the wrong side.

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- Sew along this seam with a 4/8″ seam allowance but with two different seams allowances. Begin with a regular stitch length up to the mark you made in the previous step (this will mean you sew regular stitch length for 1″), then switch to a basting stitch length until you reach the next mark, for the final 1″ of the seam return to the regular stitch length. Press open your seam.

- Place your zipper face down on the seam with the zipper running directly over the seam. The zipper should lay 1″ from the beginning and end of the seam such that the beginning and end of the actual zipper (not the zipper twill tape but the actual working zipper parts) are laying over the portion of the seam sewn with a basting stitch. Use scotch tape to hold the zipper it in place. You will be sewing right over the tape.

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- To put in the zipper, switch to a zipper foot on your machine and sew, with a regular stitch length, along both sides of the zipper’s twill tape. Be sure to leave enough distance from the zipper teeth that you can sew a straight stitch taking into account the bulk of the zipper head.

- Once you have sewn in the zipper, remove the tape.

- Flip over your fabric and using a seam ripper, unpick the basting stitches to reveal the zipper! Yay you! If you want to, you can add a little zigzag stitch to each end of the zipper for a little extra security.

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- Open up the zipper about 2/3rds of the way.

- We will be using a french seam method to finish up the zipper pouch. Begin by placing the two pieces of fabric wrong sides together, pin the three remaining sides in place and sew with a 2/8″ seam allowance

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- Trim the seam allowance to around 1/8″ but be careful not to trim any stitches!

- Turn the zipper pouch inside out and iron down the sides. You are going to make one final stitch along the three side you have just sewn. It will enclose all the raw edges inside the stitch. That is why you want your sides to be flat and without bulk.

- To make your final stitch and enclose the raw edges tidy and neat inside the stitch, begin sewing an inch or two down from the top.

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- Once you have sewn the rest of the three sides, you can return and sew the remaining bit. This will make it easier because the sewing machine can stitch over bulky parts (such as the twill tape of the zipper, in our case) when it can come at it from the other direction and doesn’t have to start a stitch where there is lots of bulk.

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- Turn the whole thing right side out and you have yourself a nifty little pouch for all your crafty essentials.

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Washi tape is an essential, right? Of course it is!

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12 Comments
  1. Hey – saw you on CraftGawker. LOVE this. You make it look super easy.

  2. Thanks Marni! I’m so happy to be here on Craft Snob and even happier to hear such kind words.

  3. Neat way to do the zipper – I’ve never seen it like that before. Will have to give it a try!

  4. This is such a clever way to make a pouch! I love it! I featured the tutorial on my frugal sewing site Sewistry.com. It will be up next week– here’s the link: http://sewistry.com/2013/10/easy-hidden-zipper-pouch-sewing-tutorial/ Thanks and let me know of any concerns!

  5. This looks great – could you add a lining rather than doing french seams? Love the way the zip is concealed! Great project!

  6. I think I did this when I learned sewing at school many moons ago. It is pretty awesome…
    Thank you so much.. :)

  7. Hello, thanks for sharing!

    I always do zippers this way, so thought I’d share a tip too – if using upholstery scraps or other thick fabric with nylon zippers, always press the basted seam well before installing the zipper. This ensures that your super neat zipper is neatly covered by a flat “hem” rather than flaring out. Nylon zippers don’t like too much heat, so pressing is imperative before installation.

    Xxxx

  8. I have been looking for a great zipper tutorial. I should have come straight to the source in the first place!! Thanks:)

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