Crafting: Zippered Box Pouch

At a recent blogger conference I attended, the fabric manufacturer Michael Miller Fabrics gave out some of their gorgeous printed cotton for free! They provided instructions to make a zippered box pouch, and I set to work. The result is adorable and I can’t wait to make more in different sizes and in different fabrics. Try it for yourself!

Materials:

  • 1 10” nylon zipper
  • 2 10”x7” panels for the outside of the pouch
  • 2 10”x7” panels for the lining (inside) of the pouch
  • Fusible (iron-on) interfacing for all 4 panels
  • Sewing supplies and a sewing machinebox-bag-materialsbox-bag-cut-shapes

Instructions:

  1. Iron the interfacing to the wrong side of each of the pouch panels.box-bag-ironing-interfacing
  2. With a piece of the lining fabric RIGHT SIDE UP, place the zipper FACE UP along the long edge.draw-dots-on-zipper
  3. Lay a panel of the outer fabric FACE DOWN on the zipper. The zipper will essentially be sandwiched between the 2 layers.box-bag-first-zipperzipper-sandwich-2
  4. Preferably using a zipper foot, sew along the long side of the zipper.sewing-in-zipper
  5. IMPORTANT: start and stop the sewing ½” from each edge (don’t sew all the way to the ends). I marked my zipper with purple ink so I would not forget. This will allow you to sew the short sides of the bag later.
  6. Repeat the same for the other side of the zipper.
  7. Press the outer and lining fabric away from the zipper so it lays neatly, as show in the photo.pressing-open-ipper
  8. Topstitch alongside the zipper for a nice, finished look.top-stitching-zipper
  9. Then, open the sides of the pouch so the right sides of the outer bag, and the right sides of the lining, face each other.fold-out-for-sewing-2
  10. Pin along the bottom of each, leaving a 4” opening along the lining side. If you don’t leave this opening you will not be able to turn the pouch right side out to finish it.fold-out-for-side-sewing
  11. When you’ve sewn along the long edges (leaving the 4” opening on the lining side), press the bag with the seams stacked on top of each other, so the seam allowances are open. See the photo, as this explanation is clearer with some illustration.sew-over-zipper
  12. As shown in the photo, sew along the short side of the fabric catching only one side at a time.  You can sew over the zipper; the needle will just find its way between the teeth. That’s right, you can sew right over a nylon zipper. Don’t be a speed demon, take your time. There will be 4 seams to sew.sewing-OVER-zipper-2sewing-OVER-zipper
  13. Pull each corner of the bag into a little triangle, as show in the photo. Draw a line approximately 2” from the point. This will create your boxed corners.measure-corners
  14. Sew along the line on each corner. There will be 8 corners to sew over, 4 on each side of the pouch.sewing-corners
  15. Trim the corners about ¼” from the seam to reduce bulk.cut-corners
  16. Turn the bag right side out through the 4” opening on the long side of the lining.turning-bag-right-side-out
  17. Sew closed the opening in the lining and tuck the lining back into the bag.sewing-bag-bottom
  18. Voila! You have an awesome new pouch.open-box-bag finished-bag-2 finished-bag

Notes:

  • If you have a directional print or pattern, the grain line should run across the long side of the panels.
  • The interfacing is used to give the box some shape; if you use heavy fabric like canvas you may not need to use it.
  • You can change the dimensions of this bag any way you like. Just make sure the zipper is long enough to cover one side of the pouch. I made another pouch in a square shape and it was absolutely adorable.
  • Enjoy your new bag. I might try one out of leather, although when I was practicing with leather the other day I found I had to make a lot of tension adjustments on my machine. Still trying to figure that one out…
  • If you’d like to try another of my bag tutorials, check out Zippered Lingerie Pouch, or Zippered Waterproof Pouch.

Comments

  1. amazing! so cute – love this.

  2. Great job and great pics. I worked in a fabric store for years and kind of “hoarded” alot of fabric that I later used as cosmetic bags that turned into knitting project bags. I used a pattern but it was pretty close to your instructions.

  3. Ooh, You inspire me! Thanks for sharing the construction techniques, I’m going to try this. I think it will be a lovely addition to Christmas gifts. Hugs, Claire

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