How to Sew a Zipper Pouch+ Free Pencil & Coin Pouch Pattern

Sewing with zippers is usually my students biggest fear.  They seem so scary and daunting.  Perhaps it is the fact that they have little "teeth" or because they can open and close.  I'm not entirely sure why people are so scared of them, but today we will conquer your fear of sewing a zipper by making a simple zipper pouch.
How to sew a zipper pouch for pencils, crayons, make-up and more.
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The best place to start when sewing a zipper is to make a simple pouch.  You can make a pencil or make-up pouch or make a little coin pouch.  I use my pouch for storing my essential oils.  Either is a great option when wanting to sew a zipper.  Plus, they can be very useful around the house, at work or at school.


How to sew a zipper pouch for pencils, crayons, make-up and more.


What You’ll Need:


How to sew a zipper pouch for pencils, crayons, make-up and more.


Step 1:  Place the lining fabric on a table with the right side facing up, place the zipper facing up and then the main fabric with wrong side up.  Pin in place.  Stitch the layers together along the zipper using your zipper foot.  (Just attach your zipper foot and sew close to the zipper teeth.) Press both layers out away from the zipper.

How to sew a zipper pouch for pencils, crayons, make-up and more.


Step 2:  Repeat with opposite side of the zipper and pencil pouch pieces.  Again pressing them away from the zipper.


How to sew a zipper pouch for pencils, crayons, make-up and more.
Step 3:  Open the zipper about 3 inches.  Flip the pouch so that the right sides are all together.  Pin in place.  


How to sew a zipper pouch for pencils, crayons, make-up and more.

Step 4:  Make a small opening on the bottom of the lining about 3" wide.  Stitch the lining and main fabric together, starting at one end of your 3" opening and ending at the other end.  Clip the corners of your pouch

How to sew a zipper pouch for pencils, crayons, make-up and more.
Step 5:  Through the opening in the lining, pull the pouch right side out. 


How to sew a zipper pouch for pencils, crayons, make-up and more.

Step 6:  Pull the main pouch and the lining pouch apart.  Stitch close the opening in the lining.

How to sew a zipper pouch for pencils, crayons, make-up and more.

Step 7:  Push the lining into the main pouch.  Optional:  Topstitch the lining and main fabric together around the zipper. 

TADA!!  You are finished!!  See....zippers are not so bad!