How to Sew a Flat-Bottomed Zipper Pouch | Learn to Sew Lesson #7

This tutorial for a zip pouch with a flat bottom is the seventh lesson in my ” Learn to Sew Series”. These projects are aimed at helping you learn how to sew or improve your sewing skills!  These zippered pouches are my “go-to” handmade gift, and were one of the very first bags I learned how to sew. They stitch up quickly and are a great way to use up fabric scraps!

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I’ve made A LOT of zippered bags over the years. I love that the pattern is simple and can easily be modified or customized depending on what you want to use the bag for! You can stitch it out of laminate fabrics to make a cosmetic bag, make it small enough to hold chapstick, or large enough to hold a hairbrush! It’s up to you.

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You could make this big enough to hold a small outfit for carry-on purposes, an ipad, or toys! Go wild!

A few Sewing Tips Before you Begin

You can make this bag ANY size that you want. Just make sure that your zipper is longer than the width of your fabric. Customize and resize away! This bag is about 8″ x 10″ x 1 ½″

The Video Tutorial!

-You need to use a 10″ zipper for this project

-You can use a zipper that is longer than what you need, you will just cut it to size during the construction process.

-Take the time to make sure your interfacing is the same size as your fabric pieces, extra bits of interfacing hanging over the edge of the fabric may throw you off as you’re sewing.

-All seam allowances are ½″, except the zipper seam allowance, it’s ¼″

Zip Pouch with Flat Bottom Sewing Tutorial – Supplies Required

1 Fat Quarter of Fabric for Bag Outside

1 Fat Quarter of Fabric for Bag Lining

½ yard Fusible Fleece Interfacing

10″ or longer polyester zipper

Basic Sewing Supplies

Cutting Directions

For Pouch Outside Fabric Cut:

2 pieces each 8″ x 10″

2 pieces of 8″ x 10″ Fusible Interfacing

For Pouch Lining Fabric Cut:

2 pieces each 8″ x 10″

2 pieces of 8″ x 10″ Fusible Interfacing

Construction Steps

fusible interfacing

Use your iron to iron the fusible interfacing to the wrong side of both the lining and outer fabrics.

snip 1x1 corners

On the bottom of all 4 pieces snip out a 1″ x 1″ square. This will help us make the bottom of the pouch nice and boxy.

Pin the right side of the -outer fabric to the right side of the zipper, the right side of the zipper will be facing the right side of the zipper. Pin the right side of one of the lining pieces to the wrong side of the zipper. Using a zipper foot, stitch.

Repeat for the other side of the zipper.

sew right sides together

Press the fabric away from the zipper and topstitch along both sides of the zipper.

topstitch zipper

Next, unzip the zipper ¾ of the way.

sew right sides together

Pin the two zip pouch outside pieces right sides together and the two lining pieces right sides together. Fold the seam allowance of the zipper towards the lining pieces.

Stitch with ½″ seam allowance, skipping the corners. Leave a 2″ opening in the center of the lining pieces so that you can turn the pouch right side out.

leave a 2" opening to turn

Next, pinch the corners (where the squares are cut out) so that the raw edges are even and the seams are lined up on top of each other. Stitch in place with ½″ seam allowance. Repeat for all 4 corners.

pinch the corners

sew corners

Snip any extra fabric on the corners and turn inside out through that 2″ opening. Carefully pushing out all of the corners with a chopstick or something of the like.

chop stick pushing corners out


Using your iron and lots of steam, press the zip pouch well, don’t skip this step, it will be one of the things that give you a nice smooth finish on your bag.

Stitch (by hand or machine it’s up to you) the opening in the lining closed.

sew lining closed

That’s it! Fill it with something special and give it to someone. OR keep that baby for all your favorite things!

zippered pouch

pouch with a zipper



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Emily T.

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  1. Jenn says:

    So helpful! I am terrible with zippers! I tried to make a pouch like this once and it came out all wonky! I think I need to try again!

  2. Katherine Hobson says:

    Just what I wanted. Thank you.

  3. Helen Moore says:

    Oh my goodness I have just made this pouch with a zipper and I cannot thank you enough for your excellent tutorial and video! I have never made any bag that looks quite so professional!! It’s for a girlfriend’s birthday and I know she will just love it! X


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