FREE Quick & Easy Zipper Pouch Tutorial - The Jolly Jabber Quilting Blog

FREE Quick & Easy Zipper Pouch Tutorial

Turn your fear of zippers and bags into a thing of the past. I’m here today to give you a cute, FREE tutorial for making a zipper pouch in no time flat! We couldn’t get enough of the new Canvas At Home Collection by Bonnie & Camille for Moda Fabrics. It’s such a great quality fabric that will hold up after use making it the perfect pair for this tutorial. The finished pouch measures approximately 5″ X 9″. Let’s gather our materials and get started!

1/3 yard or two 10″ squares of fabric
We used At Home Canvas Fabric (55200-21CV & 55207-26CV)
Heat ‘n Bond Ultrahold
Chartreuse 24″ Handbag Zipper
Wonder Clips
Ruby Rotary Cutter

Click on the photos below to enlarge them.

We hope you enjoyed this tutorial and we can’t wait to see how your pouch turns out. Be sure to use #FQSDIYPouch and share it on social media.


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    1. I wondered myself. There are tips on each picture if you click on it, but I can’t figure out how to save it and print 🤷🏻‍♀️ Does 3/4 yard seem like a lot of fabric to make a 5×9 zipper bag?

      1. The instructions say you need 10″ square of each outside, lining and heat and bond.

      2. You’re right, Marge. I think my math was off and you don’t need that much fabric. I adjusted the amounts.

    2. Diane, I’m sorry but we don’t have a PDF for this. All the instructions are with the photos, which you can see full size if you click on each photo.

  1. I find it very hard to get the zipper end on, I have had to re trim the edges multiple times and still have not been able to get it put on

    1. I made a few of these without cutting the zipper tab off. If a long 24” zipper is used like instructions suggest, just have the OPEN end of the zipper hang off one edge about 1”, then it’s pretty easy to sew in the zipper and topstitch.

    1. I have made several of these with my Tula Pink layer cakes. Instead of the Heat n Bond, I used pellon fusible fleece on the outside square only. They came out great.

  2. Be aware that there are some steps missing in the pdf ie there are 6 steps in the pdf, and 14 pictures on this tutorial. Top stitching the zipper doesn’t show up. I’m not a zipper person, so it doesn’t come naturally to me 😆 Also, there are diagrams for the zipper pull but no pictures, which is fine cause that’s easy.

  3. For the PDF hit the “Downloadable Printable Pattern” in the green above where it says Materials Needed or copy and paste and click on this link ( and it will take you right there. Hope this helps those wanting a PDF. I’m getting ready to make this now, as I’m currently making other ones for a big tote. Nice to have a variety in sizes. Thank you Fat Quarter Shop!