How to Sew a Zipper Pouch? – (Step by Step)

Last Updated on August 28, 2023

How to Sew a Zipper Pouch: Welcome to TheSewingStuffs! Today, we’re excited to guide you through a fun and beginner-friendly sewing project: creating your own zipper pouch. If you’re new to sewing zippers, don’t worry – we’ve covered you with detailed instructions and helpful tips.

How to Sew a Zipper Pouch?

In short, to sew a zipper pouch, Shorten and attach the zipper, align fabrics, sew, clip corners, turn, and close the lining hole for a stylish, functional pouch. Check out the detailed instructions on the blog for customization options below.

Materials You’ll Need

Before we dive into the step-by-step instructions, make sure you have the following materials ready:

  • Zipper (any length; you’ll learn how to shorten it if needed)
  • Outer fabric (2 pieces)
  • Inner fabric (2 pieces)
  • Washable marker
  • Scotch tape
  • Sewing machine with regular and zipper feet
  • Basic sewing supplies: scissors, pins, thread, etc.

Step By Step Guide

Here is the step-by-step guide so that, by the end of this tutorial, you’ll have a stylish and functional zipper pouch that you can proudly show off.

1. Shortening the Zipper

Shortening the Zipper - How to Sew a Zipper Pouch
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  • Mark the Zipper: Hold the zipper against the edge of the outer fabric and mark about 1/2 inch in from the edge where the zipper meets the fabric using a washable marker.
  • Stitch a New Zipper Stop: Use your sewing machine with a regular foot. Center the zipper and select the widest zigzag stitch with a narrow stitch length. Stitch over the mark you made to create a new zipper stop. Trim the excess zipper length (carefully if it’s metal) to match the new stop.

2. Attaching the Zipper

Attaching the Zipper
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  • Tape and Sew the First Side: Place the zipper’s right sides together with the outer fabric. Use transparent tape to secure the zipper along the fabric’s edge. Attach the zipper foot to your sewing machine. Stitch close to the zipper coil using a straight stitch, ensuring to sew past the pull.
  • Repeat for the Other Side: Zip the zipper and align the other edge with the other outer fabric. Use tape to secure it in place. Switch the zipper foot to the other side and sew along the edge as before.

3. Assembling the Pouch

How to Sew a Zipper Pouch
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  • Stitching the Lining: Place the outer and lining fabrics on the right sides together, ensuring the zipper teeth face the lining fabric. Pin around the edges, leaving the zipper open. Sew around the edges, leaving a hole in the lining for turning.
  • Clip Corners and Turn: Clip the corners and turn the pouch right side out through the hole in the lining. Push the lining into the pouch.
  • Closing the Lining Hole: Fold the raw edges of the hole inside and topstitch across the edge to close it neatly.

How do you make a zippered pouch with tabs? 🎥

To make a zippered pouch with tabs, follow these steps:

  • Zipper Preparation: Trim an 8-inch zipper to 6.5 inches. Attach zipper tabs to both ends of the zipper by folding and stitching fabric strips around the zipper tape.
  • Prepare Outer and Lining Fabric: Cut two pieces of outer and lining fabric, each measuring 6 by 7.5 inches. Place fusible fleece on the backside of the lining fabric and press to adhere.
  • Add Embellishments: If desired, add labels or decorations to the outer fabric.
  • Zipper Attachment: Lay the outer fabric face up, place the zipper face down on top, and align the edges. Lay the lining fabric face down on top of the zipper. Stitch through all layers, ensuring to avoid sewing over the zipper tabs. Repeat for the other side.
  • Top Stitching: Open the fabric layers and top stitch close to the seam on both sides of the zipper.
  • Creating Sandwich: Fold the fabric so that the lining pieces align, and the outer pieces align. Match up the edges and corners, and clip in place. Make sure the zipper is partially open.
  • Sewing the Sandwich: Start sewing from one marked line on the lining, go all around the pouch, and stop at the second marked line. Backstitch at the beginning and end. Leave an opening in the lining for turning.
  • Trim and Turn: Clip the corners, avoiding the stitched lines. Turn the pouch right side out through the opening. Use a point turner to push out the corners.
  • Closing Opening: Press the pouch flat and fold the opening edges in. Top stitch around the entire pouch to close the opening and create a finished edge.
  • Final Touches: Press the pouch once more to make it neat and ready to use.


Congratulations, you’ve just sewn your very own zipper pouch! This project is a fantastic introduction to sewing zippers and can be customized to fit your style and needs. Feel free to explore more variations and decorations on my blog, and remember, practice makes perfect. Happy sewing!

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