DIY Mini Zipper Pouch: A Cute Little Pouch to Hold All the Essentials

12 Materials
4 Hours

Do you hate lagging a big bag around for no reason? I have the perfect answer for you. Make your very own DIY mini zipper pouch! In this tutorial, I’ll show you how to make a zipper pouch the easy way.

You can then fit essential items such as your credit card, house key, and some lip balm with ease. Like this, you can pop out to run errands without taking too much with you. Let’s start!

Tools and materials:

  • Interfacing
  • Lining
  • Fabric
  • Scissors
  • Measuring tape
  • Pins
  • Sewing machine
  • Thread
  • Marker
  • Ruler
  • Ring
  • Iron
DIY mini zipper pouch pattern pieces

1. Make the pattern

Ok, let’s make the DIY zipper pouch pattern. You’ll need;

  • 2 Rectangular fabric pieces measuring 10.24” x 4.72”
  • 2 Interfacing pieces measuring 9.45” x 3.94”
  • Zipper measuring 3.94” in length
  • 2 Smaller fabric pieces measuring 4.72” x 1.57”
Ironing the interfacing onto the fabric

2. Iron on the interfacing

Let’s start with the interfacing. Center the interfacing on the large fabric piece, on the wrong side. Then, iron the right side of the fabric piece, so it sticks on. 

Placing the zipper on the fabric

3. Attach the zipper

Attach the edge of the zipper to the fabric piece, right sides facing. 

Pinning the fabric pieces to the zipper

Then, pin the other fabric piece to the edge, as well. Re-pin all three layers so that the zipper is sandwiched inside. Stitch to secure 0.39” from the edge. 

Adding a topstitch to the edges

Flip it over and topstitch the edge of the zipper from over the fabric at 0.08” from the edge. 

Folding and pinning the edges

4. Fold and pin

Fold the fabric piece (the one without the interfacing) so that the edge meets the other edge of the zipper. 

How to make a zipper pouch

Then, the fabric with the interfacing should be folded backward, on the other side, as shown—pin to secure all layers. 

Easy DIY zipper pouch

Stitch the layers with a 0.39” seam allowance. You should have two flaps. 

Adding the lining to the DIY zipper pouch

5. Attach the lining fabric

Open the zipper and place the lining on the fabric with the interfacing by pushing it down. 

Adding another topstitch to the pouch

Topstitch the other side of the zipper with a 0.08” seam allowance. 

Marking the fold at the bottom

6. Sew the bottom closed

Smooth out the DIY small zipper pouch and mark the fold at the bottom with a marker. 

Turning the pouch inside out

Turn the pouch inside out and align the markings to the center of the zipper. 

Making a DIY small zipper pouch

On the other side, do the same with the lining. Be sure to smooth the fabric while you do this. See how I do this from 4:21 seconds on my video. 

Pinning the bottom of the zipper pouch

Pin the bottom and stitch across with a 0.39” seam allowance. 

DIY zipper pouch in progress

This is what it should look like.

Marking the corners of the zipper pouch

7. Sew the corners

Mark the corners at a width of 0.39” and a height of 0.79”. 

Cutting the corners

Cut off these squares through both layers. 

Flattening the corners

Flatten the layers by the opening and secure with a pin. Repeat on the other side. Stitch across with a 0.39” seam allowance. 

Marking the top of the pouch

8. Sew the top

Turn the pouch right sides out and mark 0.79” from each side at the top.

Folding the corner to make a pleat

Pinching the fabric to make a pleat

Put a pin on each corner and the center inward to make a pleat. The pin should align with the 0.79” mark. 

Pin the fold and stitch all the way around the front of the pouch with a 0.2” seam allowance. 

Marking a strap for the pouch

9. Make the strap

Fold the long edges of the small rectangular fabric piece toward the center, and then fold the whole piece in half. Topstitch 0.08” from the raw edge on both sides. 

Attaching the strap to the pouch

Fold the stitch in half to create a loop and pin the short ends to the backside of the pouch. 

Adding bias tape to the raw edge at the top

10. Add the bias tape

The second rectangle will serve as the bias tape. This will hide the raw edges on top of the DIY zipper pouch. Pin it right sides facing the pouch and stitch 0.39” from the edge. 

Folding the corners

Turn the piece upright and fold the corners. 

Adding the bias tape

Then, double fold the fabric and flip it over to the other side. 

How to sew a DIY zipper pouch

Pin and stitch across to secure. Make sure to stitch 0.31” from the edge. 

Attaching the ring to the tab

Flip the loop upright and sew in place. Then, feed the ring through the loop. 

Easy-sew DIY mini zipper pouch

DIY small zipper pouch from scratch

DIY mini zipper pouch tutorial

DIY mini zipper pouch tutorial

That’s how to make a zipper pouch! What do you think? It’s a super fun DIY project, and this DIY mini zipper pouch will sure come in handy for those days where you need nothing more than three items.

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and good luck! 

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