I used this GORGEOUS Coloring Book Fabric to create this Zippered Pouch tutorial for you. These the perfect for beginner sewing tutorial!
I love working with fabric, and while it doesn’t usually involve sewing…I had to make an exception for this Coloring Book Fabric I designed. I got it printed at Spoonflower, bought some Cute Zippers, then had my friend Laura come over to help me put this Zippered Pouch Tutorial together!
I’ve included a video below, as well as step-by-step instructions to make these pouches to help you recreate this!
What you’ll need for this Zippered Pouch Tutorial
- 1 Fat Quarter Coloring Book Floral Fabric
- Liner fabric
- Printable Pattern (download at the bottom of this post)
- Fabric Markers
- Cute Zippers– the pattern/sizing is specifically for these zippers
- Sewing Scissors
- Ruler or measuring tape
- Sewing Machine…I’m going to assume you have needles and bobbins, and such
- Thread (I used white, but colored thread will work great)
- Sewing Pins
- First, print and cut out the pattern. One is for a smaller bag and the other is for a larger bag.
- Make sure your fabric is washed and ironed, then fold it in half and place the pattern on the fabric. Tip: You will be cutting out two pieces of the fabric, so place it where you will have the least amount of wasted fabric.
- Cut out the fabric using the pattern. Repeat for the liner fabric. You should have two SEPARATE pieces of each fabric.
- You can either color the coloring book fabric now, or wait until it’s sewn.
- Lay down one piece of the Coloring Book Floral Fabric, face up.
- Next, place the Zipper at the top of the fabric, also face up.
- Place your liner fabric on top and pin all three pieces together.
- Line up the foot of your sewing machine next to the metal portion of the zipper. Sew forward about 1/4″ inch, then backstitch and sew forward again in a straight line until you reach the end of the fabric.
- Now, pull the fabric down away from the zipper.
- Lay the other piece of Coloring Book Floral Fabric, face up.
- Place the zipper portion, face up, on top of the floral fabric. Line it up to the top of the coloring book fabric, and keep the sewn on pieces down, away from the zipper.
- Place the liner fabric on top of the zipper and pin the pieces together, then repeat step 7.
- Next, sew the Coloring Book Fabric and liner fabric together, along the side of the zipper (the video shows this better). It will be about 1/4″ away from the zipper. Do this for each side. Tip: Make sure you have the Coloring Book Fabric on top when you sew.
- This part gets a little tricky. Unzip your zipper about midway, then fold the zipper in half so it’s going TOWARD the liner fabric.
- Align the liner sides of the fabric together, and the coloring book sides together, making sure the zipper is still folded in half on the liner side.
- Sew a 1/4″ seam along the outside of the fabric, leaving a 2 1/2″ opening on the liner side of the fabric. Tip: The opening HAS to be there so you can do the next step. Don’t sew it shut!!
- Pull the fabric through the opening you left in the liner fabric. Now, sew the opening closed by folding a little bit of the fabric inward and sewing along the opening.
- Push the liner into the purse and straighten out the corners so they’re crisp. You can use a pin to do this.
- Iron the pouch, and if you haven’t done so…start coloring with some Fabric Markers! Tip: Place a piece of card stock in the zippered pouch so the marker doesn’t bleed through.
This project did take me a long time to finish…but I blame that on my total lack of knowledge of sewing. But it was actually really fun to make and I’m completely in love with the way they turned out! I can fit my sharpies and Tulip Markers in the small pouch and my Tombow Dual Brush Pens in the larger pouch! I also think these would be perfect for makeup or travelling with kids.
By the way, if you need ideas for what markers and pens to buy to fit in these pouches, you need to check out my post about the BEST Brush Lettering Pens for beginners.
Download the FREE Printable Zippered Pouch Sewing Pattern