As soon as I received my fabrics from my Blooming and Becoming Collection in the mail I was dreaming up projects. For my first DIY sewing project I thought I would pick a quick and straightforward piece. I love the ease and versatility of this easy DIY zipper pouch. Follow along with these easy steps to make your own pouch. I love this pouch for lipsticks, pens and pencils for sketching.
- Sewing Machine
- rotary cutter
- cutting mat
- omnigrid (cutting ruler)
- zipper (the length of your zipper will determine the length of your pouch)
- two coordinating fabrics (one for outer, one for inner)
- Use a rotary cutter, cutting mat and an Omnigrid ruler to line up your fabrics
- Cut your two outer fabric and two inner lining both the same size. Mine measured 8 1/2″ by 5″.
- Take one piece of the lining right side up and place zipper on top. Take an outer fabric and place on top of zipper right side down. Pin at top.
- Sew down the outside of zipper (line up the zipper foot with the edge of the fabric and zipper). Back stitch at both ends. The zipper pull gets in the way so I stop half way through sewing and zip the zipper up past where I just sewed, then I continue sewing.
- Take the other lining fabric piece right side up and place the sewn lining and outer fabric with zipper on top (outer fabric facing up).
6. Take the other outer fabric and place face down on top of other outer fabric with the zipper. Pin at the top.
7. Sew along edge with zipper foot, lining up the zipper foot with the edge of fabric and zipper.
8. Press the top outer edges away from zipper.
9. Top stitch on the outer edge as close to the zipper as possible
10. Repeat on other side of zipper. There is no need to back stitch as this seam will be sewn through.
11. Make sure to open up your zipper prior to the next steps or you will not be able to turn your pouch right side out.
12. Take two inner lining fabric pieces, right sides together and line them up. Make sure the zipper is facing the lining side while you pin everything together. Do the same with the outer fabric pieces, right sides together.
13. Pin around the entire pouch, remembering to leave an section unpinned, large enough to fit your hand through. Start sewing at one of these sides of the opening starting and ending with a back stitch. Sew a 2″ seam allowance around.
14. Clip the corners
15. Put your hand through the opening and grab the opposite outer fabric side and pull through, right side out. Remember to straighten out the corners that you clipped so they are as square as possible.
16. Turn the edge of the unsewn lining inwards and stitch along the opening.
This zipper pouch is great for all your cosmetic goodies or smaller art supplies. I love to throw one in my purse or give them away as gifts. They also wash up well as the fabric is cotton poplin from Spoonflower.
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I hoped you have enjoyed following along with this easy diy zipper pouch tutorial. You can make them in any length and width to suit your needs. I was excited to use my “Beauty Unfolding” fabric from my Blooming & Becoming Collection for this quick and easy project.
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