I hope this tutorial will help you to make a simple yet nice and practical zipper pouch.
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You will need
- two pieces of exterior fabric (decide on the size of your finished pouch and add approx. 1 cm
(3/8") for seam allowance on all four edges)
- two pieces of lining fabric (size: see above)
- two small pieces of fabric for the zipper tab, approx. 4 x 4 cm (1.5 x 1.5")
- one zipper, approx. 6 cm (2.5") shorter than the width of your fabric pieces
What I like to do first is add a sort of tab at both ends of the zipper. This is helpful later, when you sew the fabric pieces together because the zipper teeth won’t get in your way and your seams and edges of the pocket/pouch will look really neat!
On the two small pieces of fabric, fold down one of the edges toward the wrong side and put the tabs with those clean edges onto either end of the zipper. Pin you tabs down and topstitch along the clean edge.
If your zipper is too long, cut from the top part, just watch out you won’t lose your zipper head; I recommend handstitching the open ends together like this, so there’s a stop to the zipper head.
Place one of the exterior fabric pieces right side up and put your zipper onto it, wrong side up and the edges matching. Pin down and stitch along the edge with your zipper foot of your sewing machine.
Put one of your lining fabric pieces wrong side up on top of the exterior fabric piece right and the zipper. The right sides of both exterior and lining fabric should now be touching. Make sure the edges match and pin in place. You will now be sewing along the previous stitching.
Fold the two fabric pieces over, so that you can see the zipper and press. One part of the zipper is now sandwiched in between the two fabric pieces. The two wrong sides of the exterior and lining fabric should now be touching.
The part you have just made should be right side up (you should be able to see the right side of the zipper with the zipper head and the exterior fabric piece)
Put your other exterior fabric piece wrong side up on top of the second edge of the zipper. Again the edges should be aligned, sew along the edge with the zipper foot of your sewing machine.
Now flip the whole piece over, so that the wrong side of the zipper is up. You should now see the lining fabric of the already finished part from step 2. The exterior fabric which you have just sewn onto the zipper should be hidden under all those layers.
Put the remaining lining fabric piece wrong side up on top of the zipper. Like in step 2, stitch along the zipper edge once again, directly on top of the previous stitching. Fold the fabric over again and press.
Now you will have to sew both the exterior fabric pieces and the lining fabric pieces together to create the actual pouch.
Open the zipper and put both exterior fabric pieces on top of each other and both lining fabric pieces on top of each other with their right sides together.
Pin in place and stitch all around the three edges of the exterior fabric pieces.
Do the same with the lining fabric pieces but leave an opening of approx. 10 cm (4”).
Your zipper pouch is now complete!