Open wide zippered pouch tutorial

By Hatun Comak Thursday, September 5, 2019

I made this zippered pouch the other day and prepared a tutorial. I have made some other zipper pouches before but this one is with open wide which will make it easier to find inside what you are looking for. So it is quite practical to use.

Here we go!

You will need 1/4 yard fabric, zipper at last 10" long or longer, thread, interfacing of your choice.


  • If you prefer to use interfacing, fuse on or baste on interfacing of your main exterior pieces.
  • Lay one exterior piece (12"x 9") right side up, lay zipper on top. Align zipper tape edge to the raw edges of the top of exterior piece. Layer lining fabric on top, right side down on top of zipper.

  • Pin and using 1/4" seam allowance, sew over. At around 1" before the end of the fabric stop sewing, pull the zipper away from the seam and continue stitching along the fabric until the edge.
  • Flip so the wrong sides of fabric are facing. Press.

  • Lay the other exterior piece right side up, lay zipper attached fabric on top. Then lay lining piece right side down on top. Pin them together. Using the zipper foot with 1/4" seam allowance sew over. Continue stitching along the fabric until the edge. 
  • Flip so the wrong sides of fabric are facing and press. This is how it looks now:
  • Flip as shown below. (Zipper is hidden in the middle) Open the zipper in half way. Sew around all edges leaving around 4" opening at the bottom of the lining.
  • Box the corners by pinning each corner. By using a ruler and marker, mark a line of 3.5" long. Sew along the line and trim the excess piece. Do the same for all four corners.

  • Pull pouch right side through the opening you left in the lining. Sew in lining by machine with very little seam allowance. Press around all opening and the zipper.
  • Topstitch around the opening of the pouch.
  • Trim the excess zipper tall. Make a zipper pull tab (of 2x3" fabric) fold in half and sew around all four  edges of the tab.
That's it!
Enjoy your pouch!

Hatun Çomak

I'm Hatun from Turkiye. I love quilting and patchwork and this is my patchworld. I share my projects, process, patterns and tutorials here in my blog. .