Beginner Project: Zipper Pouch

In this class, you will learn how to sew a simple lined pouch which can be modified to include a wrist strap (which could double as a key fob!) or a purse strap to turn your pouch into a great cross-body bag.   In this class you will learn how to insert a zipper, how to top stitch, how to finish seams with a simple zigzag stitch and you’ll learn about how to embellish with ribbon.  You’ll learn options for interfacing bags and you’ll gain an understanding of some of the hardware options for bags!   

LEVEL:  Beginner

  • Prerequisite skills:  Must know how to operate your machine, wind a bobbin, load a bobbin into the machine and sew a straight seam.


  • ¾ yard fabric for outer pouch (quilting cotton or lightweight canvas).  NOTE:  Obvious directional fabrics are NOT recommended for this project.
  • ½ yard fabric for lining (quilting cotton or voile)
  • 14” zipper or LONGER.  Select a regular, nylon coil zipper (NOT invisible or metal)
  • ½ yard lightweight fusible interfacing
  • Sewing machine
  • Regular and zipper foot for your machine
  • Scissors
  • Thread to match
  • Seam Ripper
  • Clear gridded ruler at least 14” x 2”
  • 13 inches of ribbon or rick-rack (optional)
  • Pins (also Wonder Clips are very useful for this project but not required)

Skill Level: Beginner
Instructor: Martha West

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This class cannot be purchased online. Please contact the store for more information.