Easy Lined Zipper Pouch

how to sew an easy, lined zipper pouch

Have no fear of the zipper! This lined zipper pouch tutorial will show you just how easy it is to create a zip-bag to store your goodies. When you don’t need to carry everything with you, replace your purse with a simple zipper clutch and store your keys, cards and cash! When you are done, you can use this same method to create a zipper pouch in various sizes based on your needs.

– 2 fat quarters (18”x22”) of cotton quilting fabric
– 9″ zipper
– Sewing machine with zipper foot
– Optional: medium-weight fusible interfacing

Want to print these instructions for later? Download the FREE 10-page PDF pattern with color photos here!

Finished Size
9-1/2″ long x 6-1/2″ tall

All seam allowances are 1/4″ unless otherwise noted.


From outer fabric, cut (2) rectangles 10″ x 7″  and (2) zipper tabs tabs 1-1/2” x 3”.

From lining fabric, cut (2) rectangles 10″ x 7″.


Fold zipper tabs in half widthwise, to make a square shape. On the right side of zipper, position fold of one zipper tab so it just overlaps metal end of zipper. Center and pin in place.

Position other folded zipper tab so fold just overlaps edge of zipper pull. Again, center and pin in place.  Note: Turn the sewing machine slowly with your hand when sewing close to metal parts, so as not to break a needle.

Using zipper foot, stitch zipper tabs in place with horizontal line along folded edge, about 1/8” from fold. Avoid metal parts as you sew. Test zipper to make sure tabs do not interfere with zipping.

sewing zipper tabs

Your zipper should look like this with both of the tabs attached.

Center zipper edge to pouch front, so right sides of pouch and zipper are facing. Pin edge of zipper to raw edge of top flap.

With zipper on top, stitch 1/4” from pinned edge.

Stack clutch back on clutch front, right sides facing, and pin raw edge of clutch back to free edge of zipper and repeat stitching.

This is what your pouch front should look like, when opened.

Now, it’s time to attach the lining!

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Lay out the zipper pouch with the fabric wrong side up. (In the picture above, one outer fabric panel is folded back.) With wrong side of lining facing up, pin right side of lining to exposed zipper edge, as pictured.

When you fold back the lining, this is what you should see: the right side of the lining fabric. Stitch 1/4” from pinned edge to attach the first lining panel.

Now, repeat this process to attach the second lining panel on the exposed zipper edge. Pin the lining right side down against the raw edge of the zipper, and then stitch 1/4″ from edge.

This is what the lining panels will look like when they are sewn. You should see the back of the zipper and the right sides of both lining panels.

Leave zipper unzipped, and pin together right sides of clutch body, making sure to align top strips. Pin together right sides of lining pieces.

Stitch 1/4” around perimeter of both body and lining, leaving 4” open at bottom of lining for turning.

Through the opening you left earlier, carefully turn the bag inside out. Push lining inside of the bag and smooth out the corners. Press pouch and hand-stitch the lining closed.

How to sew a simple zip bag

Enjoy your new lined zipper pouch! Wasn’t that easy? If you make this pattern, we’d love to see it in the Craft Buds Flickr group!

How to sew a zipper bag

Once you are comfortable with this simple zippered pouch, try out the quilted version: e-Reader Sleeves: iPad or Kindle Cover Pattern.

Download the FREE printable PDF pattern with color photos here!

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  30 comments for “Easy Lined Zipper Pouch

  1. Nickol
    November 27, 2012 at 12:57 pm

    I made this in 15 min. with scrap and a bargain bin zipper. Awesome little tote for my little buddy’s yoys.

    • November 27, 2012 at 12:59 pm

      So glad to hear it, Nickol! We’d love to see your pouch if you have a photo… glad you found it so easy and quick to make!

  2. Anita
    November 27, 2012 at 3:50 pm

    What a great pouch and tutorial! Thanks so much for posting :)

  3. December 11, 2012 at 9:42 am

    This is so cute Lindsay! I’m still slightly terrified of zippers, but this tutorial makes me feel more confident. I need to make a few this week!

  4. June 29, 2013 at 1:47 pm

    I love this pouch it was so easy to make thank you for teaching us how to do it

  5. becca
    July 16, 2013 at 9:00 am

    you can do this much faster and easier by attaching the lining and outer face that are on the same side of the zipper, at the same time. rather than sewing first the outside and then the lining, you just sew twice, and do one piece of lining and one piece of outside at the same time. hope that makes some sense…

    • Kristina
      November 17, 2013 at 5:29 pm

      I second that–I was thinking the same thing.

  6. Candy Joyce
    August 10, 2013 at 6:16 am

    Thanks for this great tutorial, I have used it to aid me in creating a couple of printable pencil case patterns on Spoonflower and have mentioned your blog in the description which can be seen here (http://www.spoonflower.com/designs/2301183). I hope this is ok,

    All the best,

  7. Cheri
    September 21, 2013 at 2:47 pm

    Do you have any tips on how to deal with the tabs when you are sewing the sides together? I am having trouble making the top corners with the tabs “look” right. How much space between the side edge and the stitch line should there be? Thanks!

  8. Kristina
    November 17, 2013 at 5:31 pm

    Thanks for the instructions, Lindsay. I just made this in a Marimekko fabric and lined it with flannel. I posted my photos but I’m not sure how to link them to this page.

  9. Mt_Top
    January 30, 2014 at 4:25 pm

    I did it!! I only used some muslin and fleece for the lining, but I made it and it works (zipper that is). Sure doesn’t look like anything fancy but I now understand the technique involved. I’d like to get some nice fabric and try again. Main reason I tried this project is to see how the zipper pouch is made and then see if I can transfer the technique to other bags I plan to make.

    Thank you for a good “beginner” project.

    (60+ y.o. male, learning to sew)

    • January 31, 2014 at 7:01 pm

      That’s awesome! So glad you found the tutorial helpful. Stay warm and you could always consider reusing some clothing as fabric (plaid shirts, for instance, make great bags!).

  10. August 4, 2014 at 4:28 am

    Thanks for the tutorial. I made two of different sizes and rounded bottom edges.

  11. Harriet Walton
    December 28, 2014 at 1:57 am

    Thanks for the great instructions. I have a whole tub of oriental fabrics and want to make slightly smaller pouches to give with the super “Flexi-clips ” I am selling!! Many thanks! Might sell the pouches to others too, if I get good at it :>)

  12. Melissa
    February 18, 2015 at 7:21 pm

    Love this tutorial. Can’t wait to make these as gifts for my daughters and their friends. What is the beautiful fabric you used? Just love the pop of the flowers against the grey background!!

    • March 1, 2015 at 12:05 pm

      Melissa, it’s Anna Maria Horner Loulouthi.

  13. Stacey
    March 13, 2015 at 4:17 pm

    What brand is the butterfly fabric? Adorable pouch and beautiful fabric!!!

    • March 18, 2015 at 9:29 am

      Anna Maria Horner Loulouthi

  14. September 18, 2015 at 5:42 am

    Perfect basic pattern! I would like to topstitch the zipper. Would that be a problem?

    • October 18, 2015 at 11:18 am

      That would work great!

  15. October 23, 2015 at 11:34 pm

    Love it! Just finished one made with strips of fabric that I had left over from a project. I have lots of strips I am going to sew together to make some more. Thank you.

  16. SueRay
    November 8, 2016 at 11:03 am

    Thank you Lindsay for a very helpful tutorial. I’ve been looking for a simple instructions on how to sew lined zipper bag for awhile already.. and I managed to make one pouch tonite from your easy to follow instructions. Thanks again!

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