Easy quilted zipped pouch: free pattern

This quick and easy padded pouch is the perfect size for keeping your essentials organized. Learn how to make your own simple zipper pouch with this free pattern and step-by-step tutorial, filled with lots of tips for beginners. This adorable zippered pouch also makes a wonderful gift for any occasion, and it's sturdy thanks to the layer of fleece in the middle.

You can easily customize the size by cutting smaller or larger pieces of fabric.

Simple Quilted Zipper Pouch Tutorial

Honestly, I had never attempted to make a quilted zippered pouch before because of some preconceived ideas. I used to think that sewing so many layers of fabric together was too difficult.

In fact, when you have finished the raw edges of the pocket with the binding, you will sew 8 layers of cotton fabric plus 2 of fleece. However, with the right needle, it's surprisingly simple – no need to think too hard! Also, the layers of fabric aren't as thick as I thought they would be.

Besides that, I am not an expert at quilting. My only previous quilting project was making these easy oven mitts. I have to admit, though, that I love the fabric that quilting creates – it feels so good to the touch!

Here I opted for zippers by the meter, which allows a little extra margin for error by cutting the zippers a little larger than the required size. Attaching the zipper pulls was a breeze; if you are new to this, there is a fantastic tutorial on YouTube to guide you through the process.

I think this simple quilted zipper pouch is definitely worth a try! You might have a hard time stopping at just one!

It's a fun project, and what's more, it makes a great gift. You won't need a lot of fabric for this zippered pouch. You can even use fabric scraps! One of the pockets is made with scraps of fabric from this pretty peasant top with flutter sleeves.

Plus, there is no need to replace your sewing machine foot with a zipper foot – the standard foot straight stitch foot works very well.

Free Easy Zipper Quilted Pouch Pattern – Sewing Supplies

Finished size: Your final pouch will measure approximately 6.5 x 4.5 inches, the perfect size for storing your essentials!

Step 1: Prepare your fabric pieces

First, you need to create a fabric sandwich that will form the base of your quilted pouch. Start by cutting your main fabric, batting, and lining pieces slightly larger, at 10 x 8 inches. This extra space allows for any shifting that may occur during the quilting process – better safe than sorry, right?

Advice: You can also cut your zipper a little longer to make sewing easier without having to fumble with the zipper pull. You actually need a 7″ long zipper, but I wanted to make things easier on myself.

Step 2: Layering and Quilting

Now it's time to layer your fabric pieces. Start with the lining fabric, placing it right sides together. Next, add the cotton batting and finally, place the main fabric on top, right side up. Secure the layers with a few pins to prevent shifting while quilting.

Using a quilting ruler and fabric marking pencil, draw parallel lines in your favorite pattern. In my case, I chose lines 5/8 inches apart.

It's time to put your sewing machine to work! Set your stitch length to 3.0mm and quilt along the marked lines.

Step 3: Add Diagonal Lines

Now mark and sew diagonal lines onto your piece of quilting fabric. I think this step really makes your cover stand out! Also use the iron liberally!

Step 4: Cut the Fabric Piece

Cut off any excess batting and cut the piece of quilting fabric to the desired dimensions. My final piece measures 7 inches by 9 inches.

Check out how pretty this project looks! Even if your straight lines aren't perfectly straight, remember that handmade is about accepting imperfections. Your pouch will still be just as cute!

Step 5: Add the Accent Strips

Take your two strips of accent fabric and fold them lengthwise. Press them with an iron to keep them crisp and crisp.

Now comes the fun part: giving your quilted zipper pouch a touch of personality! Take the accent fabric pieces you prepared earlier and prepare to attach them to the short edges of your quilting fabric.

My accent fabric pieces were a little longer than the length of this raw edge for no particular reason – sorry!

Line up the raw edge of your folded piece of accent fabric with the wrong side of the quilted sandwich. Sew along the edge using a small 1/4″ seam allowance.

Next, you will need to fold the strips over and completely cover the raw edge. Pin them in place and sew a line near the folded edge of the accent strips.

Pro tip:

This is a crucial time for the cleanliness of your zippered pouch! Take yours mesureing tapea sewing gauge, ruler or other handy measuring tool and make sure your piece of quilting fabric forms a perfect rectangle.

At this point, no side should be longer or wider than the others. Trust me, this attention to detail will make all the difference when your pouch is finished!

Step 6: The Magic of the Zipper

Place the shorter edge of your piece of fabric along the zipper, making sure to move the zipper pull out of the way. For the perfect pouch, use sewing pins or clips to hold the fabric in place while you sew along the zipper.

You can use either the zipper foot or the regular foot – both work great.

Ideally, your stitching line should be parallel to the previous stitching line. Remember to backstitch at the start and end of your seams for added durability.

If you notice wobbly quilted rows like me (it happens to the best of us!), don't hesitate to use a seam ripper and sew more carefully. Believe me, it's worth it!

Before pinning and sewing the other side of the zipper, make sure the sides of the pouch are aligned correctly (see image below).

PS – notice how I fixed the wonky quilt line at the bottom of the pouch! Much better now.

Step 7: Sew the Side Seams

You can choose to place the zipper either in the center of the pouch or closer to the top (like I did). Just make sure the zipper is placed equidistant from both edges.

To keep your project looking neat, use your iron to press the zipper pouch into place.

Remember, you can't overuse iron in this project: it's your secret weapon for achieving a polished, professional finish. So keep it warm and handy right next to your sewing machine!

It's time to give your quilted zippered pouch its final shape. Now turn your zippered pouch inside out. Using a small 1/4″ seam allowance, sew the side seam.

Pay attention to this step: it is crucial that the seams are parallel. Measure the distance between the side seams. You don't want any surprises when you turn your pouch right side out! A simple check of the measurements can help you avoid any mishaps.

Step 8: Attach the Binding Strips

You're almost there! To make your little zippered pouch a true masterpiece, let's cover those raw edges. Grab these small 5.5″ x 2.5″ pieces of fabric (this is where you can have some fun and use a different fabric for a pop of color or pattern).

Fold them lengthwise so they measure 5.5″ by 1 1/4″. Line up these folded pieces with the raw edges of your pouch. Using a small 1/4″ seam allowance, sew them in place.

Folding the ends of these pieces of fabric creates a nice wrap, giving your pouch a neat look.

Simply fold the binding over to cover the raw edge and secure it by stitching along the folded edge.

Now release the corners and press your pouch firmly to flatten it. It’s these little details that will make your DIY project shine!

And There you go! You have successfully completed your own quilted zipper pouch. What is your next sewing adventure?

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