Zipper pouches exist in all sizes and shapes. Do you have a favorite one? I do! Mi favorite one is soft, has a flat bottom and it can be used it for lots of different things. .
Since I made one and posted a photo somewhere, several people asked me where I got the pattern from, so here it is. I made it in five different sizes and in a printable PDF format. Nothing worse than having to start drawing the pattern yourself when you want to start sewing. So go ahead and CLICK HERE TO PICK UP YOUR COPY OF THE PATTERN. Print without resizing.
*Exterior fabric: about 12″x14″ for the small bag and 18″ x 22″ for the largest one
*Interior/lining fabric: same as exterior fabric
*Fusible or non fusible fleece: same as exterior fabric
Cut out your pattern pieces. Remember to fold your fabric and put the pattern piece on the fold as indicated.
pattern cut out off the exterior fabric: 2x
pattern cut out off the interior /lining fabric 2x
pattern cut out off the fleece: 2x
I use non fusible fleece. I put the fleece between the exterior fabric and the interior fabric and sew all layers together. You can also use fusible fleece of course. If you use fusible fleece, iron it to the wrong side of the exterior fabric.
Take a piece of exterior fabric and place it right side up. If you’re using non fusible fleece, put a layer of fleece underneath the exterior fabric. If you’re using fusible fleece, it should already be on the wrong side of your fabric.
Place your zipper on the fabric, zipper teeth down. Level up the edge of the zipper with the edge of the fabric.
Take a lining piece and place it onto your exterior fabric, right sides together. The zipper is now sandwiched between both layers of fabric. Pin fabric and zipper in place.
Take your zipper foot and stitch right along the zipper.
When you’re close to the slider, stop sewing and leave the needle in the fabric. Lift your sewing foot and pull the slider to the other side of your sewing foot. Then put the foot down and continue sewing.
This is what you end up with when you turn the right sides out.
You will now attach the remaining fabric to the other side of your zipper. Take your second piece of exterior fabric and place it right side up. If you’re using non fusible fleece, place it underneath the fabric.
Line up your zipper with the top edge of the exterior fabric, zipper teeth down. The uncovered side of the zipper and the top edge should match.
Take your second lining piece and put it on top of the zipper right side down.
Pin fabric and zipper together as you did in the previous step and sew right along the zipper with your zipper foot.
Turn your fabric right sides out. If all went well, you end up with something like this:
Topstitch along both sides of the zipper (red line). This will prevent your fabric from getting stuck between the zipper teeth.
You can use your zipper foot again, but I usually use my normal sewing foot to get a bit more grip and I put the needle as far on the left as possible. Find out what works best with your machine.
Don’t sew the corners yet
Now you’ll box the corners of your bag. Align bottom and side seams of one of the corners. The bottom of the bag is pointing towards you with the side seam underneath. Stitch along the horizontal edge. and cut of excess fabric.
Repeat for the other three corners.
You’re almost done! Turn your bag right side out through the opening in the bottom of the lining fabric. You’re allowed to curse if you forgot to open your zipper. You’ll have a hard time trying to get it to open, but you’ll remember next time you make one of these zipper pouches 🙂
Looking good already! You just need to close the opening in the lining and then you’re done.
Well done! You just made my favorite zipper pouch? Maybe it will become your favorite too.
Feel free to share a photo of the bag you made with this pattern. We all like to admire your work!
PS: I really don’t mind if you sell bags that were made with this pattern. Just don’t sell the pattern itself, but share a link to this page if you want to share it.