Today we are making these cool little zipper pouches! With a liner! Out of DROP CLOTH! Here’s the thing though, once you know how to make these puppies – you can use whatever material you like. Go crazy with bright patterns. Get some cool zippers. Add some neat embellishments. I would only suggest that you use a heavier fabric for the exterior, like canvas or faux leather. It gives the pouch some heft and makes it more sturdy. I used just plain ol’ regular cotton ticking stripe fabric for the inside liner.
Drop Cloth fabric totally works on the outside because it’s a heavier canvas material. You can machine wash it. You can dye it. You can paint on it. It has so many uses. And it’s super cheap! And I have tons of fabric leftover for pillows and other projects.
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- Sewing Machine, thread and a zipper foot. I should also note that I used a denim needle. You might not have to use a heavier needle but that’s just what I already had on my machine. The type of needle will depend on your specific machine and the weight and thickness of your fabric.
- Zipper – I used a 7″ jean zipper.
- Two pieces of Drop Cloth cut to the same size of your zipper and as long as you want. I used this fabulous drop cloth! Love it!
- Two pieces of Lining fabric cut to the same size as your drop cloth fabric (see above). I used ticking stripe cotton that I already had. But there are tons of options to get patterned fabric, like Amazon, Fabric.com, Minted, Spoonflower etc.
- Scissors or Rotary Cutter
- Optional – tassels or pom poms to attach to zipper at end. You can make your own too. I just used these cute tassels.
Tutorial for Making the Zipper Pouch
- Start with one of your lining pieces and set this right side up. Lay your zipper on top, lining up the raw edges.
- Lay your drop cloth piece on top of your zipper – making a zipper sandwich!
- Pin the lining, zipper and drop cloth together. Sew along this line (shown in pink dots). Be careful not to sew over the teeth or zipper part or you will break your needle! Not fun! 🙁 Here’s a little hint – start sewing a bit below the bulky zipper part. Then unzip the zipper to move the bulky part out of the way. Now, go back and sew that part. I hope that made sense…moving on…
- Here’s what you will have when you are done sewing.
- Now we need to sew the other part of the pouch. Lay your other piece of lining down like before. Lay your zipper on top, lining up the raw edges again. Your zipper will now be attached to your other lining piece (and drop cloth). The liners should be facing each other.
- Now get your last piece of drop cloth and lay that on top of the zipper. You made another zipper sandwich! Pin and sew this side of the zipper. Careful of your needle around the zipper again!
7. After sewing that seam, this is what you should have. Two lining pieces and two drop cloth pieces attached to the zipper. You should iron your pieces now, especially around the zipper. You want to iron that fabric flat and away from the zipper part so it doesn’t ever get tangled there. Plus – ironing just gives your pouch a more professional look.
8. After ironing, top stitch (sew) on either side of the zipper on the drop cloth side (shown in pink dots). This creates a finished look.
9. Now grab your liners and put them together and grab your drop cloth pieces and put them together. This is so important – UNZIP your POUCH. If you don’t, you won’t be able to flip your pouch right side out at the end. You are going to pin and sew around the entire perimeter (pink dots). EXCEPT – leave an opening about the size of your hand in the liner side where shown. You will reach in here, through your open zipper to turn the pouch right side out. SO please – UNZIP zipper. LEAVE SEAM open on liner. Also, if you find your pieces are a little off, this is a great time to take your scissors or rotary cutter and even everything out a bit. You will be sewing over the bulky ends of the zipper too so you want to make sure it’s all lined up.
10. Ok yay! Before flipping right side out, snip each corner and poke them out. You can also snip off some bulk from each end of the zipper (don’t cut your sewed seams though) so it lays nicer. You just want it to be as flat as possible around the zipper part. Now, you can reach in through the opening in your liner, through your unzipped zipper, and carefully pull out your drop cloth. You should be left with something like this in picture 10. Now just sew up your liner opening (pink dots) and stuff it back inside.
Congrats, you just made the cutest pouch ever!
Oh yeah, now you can attach a cute little pom-pom or tassel to the zipper pull!
These pouches make great gifts too. You can fill it with goodies and give it to a friend or family member.
I actually gave one to my daughter and she decorated it and put her name on it. (Tip : If you are going to paint it, make sure to put cardboard in between, the paint will soak through to the other side). She uses hers to hold art stuff. And random stickers.
I love these and now I want to put everything in pouches.
Throw one in your purse to hold coupons, makeup or hand sanitizer. Even diapers and wipes if you make one big enough. I love the little surprise liner on the inside too. It gives it a finished look.
I hope you guys enjoyed this tutorial! If you have any questions, feel free to ask away in the comments section. Thanks so much reading!