Quilted Zipper Pouch Tutorial

Make one, and you just can’t stop! This quilted zipper pouch featuring quilted panels has no separate lining and no raw seams! It comes together with a snap and is the perfect project if you’re new with zippers (or maybe a little rusty and want a refresher!).

I wrote this quilted zipper pouch tutorial to use up a free motion quilting practice sandwich. My hope is that if you want to learn free motion quilting, you’ll jump right in! This is also a good use of leftover quilted material from making a quilt coat! If you’ve got scraps from your quilt coat, this is a perfect way to use them up!

This quilted zipper pouch works well for directional and non-directional fabrics alike and finishes at 9″ W x 7″ H.

What you need:

  • (2) quilted pieces measuring 10.25″ W x 8.25″ H
    • If you’ve made some FMQ practice sandwiches or have quilted scraps, go ahead and chop one up into the cuts stated above.
    • If you haven’t, cut out (2) exterior fabrics, (2) lining fabrics, and (2) batting pieces all 11″ x 9″. Baste and quilt as desired, then trim down to 10.25″ x 8.25″
  • (1) 9″ zipper

The How-To:

1. Zig-zag stitch the top edge of both quilted pieces and set aside.

2. Fold back the top zipper tape at an angle and sew a few basting stitches to keep it in place. Repeat for the bottom of the zipper tape

3. Find the center of the zipper and align with the top center of one quilted piece. Position the zipper so that it extends about 1/8″ further than the fabric and pin in place.

4. Sew the zipper and fabric together with 1/4″ seam allowance. Press the fabric away from the zipper and top stitch on the edge of the zipper tape, enclosing the fabric completely.

5. Repeat with the remaining quilted panel and the other side of the zipper.

6. With zipper tape closed and the exterior of the panel outwards (WRONG sides together), pin both panels together. We’re going to sew french seams all the way around our pouch.

7. Sew all the way around the three sides with 1/8″ seam allowance, backstitching at the beginning and end of the seam.

8. Open and flip the zipper pouch wrong side out, press well. Sew together the three sides once more, this time with 1/4″ seam allowance, enclosing the raw edges completely.

9. Turn pouch right side out!

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