I have so many tiny little things that my mom is always telling me to “find a home” for. Today I decided to make some little zippered bags to put some of those things in. I was so lucky recently to get a gift from a friend of my parents. She gave me a bunch of her grandmothers sewing supplies. In the box she gave me there was tons of fabric, ribbon, lace and lots of buttons and other things. It was an amazing gift so today I decided to use some of the supplies and see what I could make.
To make a zippered pouch you need to have some fabric and a zipper and if you want to decorate the bag you can use ribbon, lace, ric rac, or just leave it plain.
ribbon to decorate
For this bag we decided to make it 9 inches by 5 inches. We cut two pieces of fabric 9.5 by 5.5 inches that will give you enough fabric for your seam allowance (1/4 inch)
Once you have your pieces cut you can decorate. I picked some pretty ribbon and sewed it on.
If you want both sides of your bag to be the same make sure you measure how far down you sew your ribbon and do it exactly the same on both pieces so that it will line up when you’re done.
Once you have the pieces decorated, you are ready to sew on the zipper.
Our machine has a zipper foot but we didn’t use it for this project. We just sewed slowly and our regular foot was fine.
Place the right side of one piece of your bag up against the right side (zipper facing up) of the zipper and sew down the line. (we opened up the zipper so the zipper didn’t get in the way)
zipper lined up with edge of bag, zipper unzipped.
sewing first side of zipper on
Now do the same thing on the other side and make sure you line up your zipper so that it’s not all wonky. Again we kept the zipper open to make it easier.
Don’t worry if your zipper is longer than the bag, you will cut off the excess in a minute.
Once you have the zipper sewn on, zip it up most of the way and then line up the two sides (right sides) of the bag and stitch around. Make sure the zipper is on the inside of the bag!
Trim off the zipper excess and flip your bag right side out!
flipping it out
You’d did it. Now fill it full of your stuff. I made one for when we go camping. I’m going to put my toothbrush in it. We made another one to hold sewing supplies and a third one to put my sisters little matchbox cars in.
Make a bunch. They’re super handy.