When students take my "Get Started Sewing - Part 1" class, we finish by making a zippered pouch. It's an easy project that introduces the beginning sewer to measuring and cutting fabric, sewing straight seams, pivoting on a corner, and obstacles when sewing a zipper. It's super easy to make, with the finished bag looking like it was made by someone who's been sewing for years. Click on "Read more" to continue.
Materials: I suggest quilters cotton for beginners; a couple of fat quarters will work nicely. If you're purchasing fabric off the bolt, then 1/4 yard each of the outer, and contrasting lining fabrics will be more than enough. A 7" or 9" zipper. Make sure you get a regular all purpose, or dress zipper. Thread, pins, all purpose presser foot, and a zipper foot.
Cut 4 pieces of fabric (2 outer, and 2 lining) – width of the fabric should be equal to the length of the full zipper, length the pouch fabric should be about 2/3the width (example using a 9” zipper, cut your fabric 9” X 6”). Lay 1 lining piece right side up. Lay the zipper, right side up on top of the lining. Lay a piece of the outer fabric on top of the zipper (fabrics pieces should be “right sides together”). Stitch the 2 pieces of fabric & the zipper together (at the top edge)
Turn the stitched pieces to expose the zipper. The two pieces of fabric will now have the wrong sides of the fabric facing one another. Repeat step one with the remaining fabric.
This is what the result should look like. Fabric is now wrong sides facing one another, and the zipper is exposed. Open the zipper at least half-way.
Turn the fabric so that the right sides are facing one another with the 2 pieces of lining on one side, and the 2 pieces of outer fabric on another. The zipper tape , and seam fabric should be on(towards) the lining side. Stitch along the edges, using a 5/8” seam allowance, leaving an opening to turn everything right side out.
After you’ve turned your pouch right side out, turn the edges of the opening in, and stitch along the edge to close it up.
Push the lining into the pouch.