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