Zippered Box Pouch Sewing Tutorial

Create a Fully Lined Zippered Box Pouch With This Free and Easy-to-Use Sewing Pattern and Tutorial!

There’s nothing I love as much as a cute boxy bag! This boxy zippered pouch comes in two different sizes to fit all of your needs. This tutorial features a fully lined pouch with no exposed seams for a nice and clean finish that won’t come undone.

Fill it with makeup when traveling, load it up with pencils and markers or use it to organize small items in your purse. It also makes for a great gift!

Create Boxy Zippered Pouches With This Free and Easy-to-Use Sewing Pattern and Tutorial! | Zippered Box Pouch by popular US sewing blog, Sweet Red Poppy: image of a floral fabric zippered box pouch next to a rainbow felt ball garland.

Zippered Box Pouch

Now, let’s talk about all of the details for this pattern.

This download includes a professionally drafted Boxy Zippered Pouch Pattern. There are two sizes: Large and Small.

Large measures: 5″ wide x 7″ long x 4″ tall. Small measures: 5″ wide x 5.5″ long x 3″ tall.

Step-by-step detailed photos and detailed written instructions are also included.

Large measures: 5" wide x 7" long x 4" tall. Small measures: 5" wide x 5.5" long x 3" tall. | Zippered Box Pouch by popular US sewing blog, Sweet Red Poppy: image of a floral fabric zippered box pouch and a blue and white polka dot boxed pouch next to make brushes, lipglosses, and blushes, and eyeshadows.

Included in this pattern is a professionally drafted and graded color-coded pattern. Use the 1×1 inch printing guide to ensure accuracy and quickly put this pattern together with its no-trim pieces.

FABRIC REQUIREMENTS
For this pattern, I recommend using 100% cotton. This will give you the best results with this project. If you’re looking to make a more structured bag you can use a home decor fabric but it will be slightly harder to sew.

Zippered Box Pouch by popular US sewing blog, Sweet Red Poppy: image of a floral fabric zippered box pouch and a blue and white polka dot boxed pouch next to pink handle sewing scissors, a white fabric measuring tape, and fabric pins.

Supplies Needed for Your Boxy Zippered Pouch

Supplies Needed for Your Box Zipper Pouch | Zippered Box Pouch by popular US sewing blog, Sweet Red Poppy: image of a rainbow felt ball garland, iron, pink sewing scissors, pink rotary cutter, fabric pins, Cricut cutter, blue scotch tape dispenser, and pink, blue, blue and white polka dot and floral fabric.

Click Here to Download the FREE Boxy Zippered Pouch PDF Pattern.

Zippered Box Pouch by popular US sewing blog, Sweet Red Poppy: image of a floral fabric zippered box pouch free cut file.

Step 1: Download Boxy Zippered Pouch Pattern

Download this boxy zippered pouch pattern and print it off.

Download this boxy zippered pouch pattern and print it off. | Zippered Box Pouch by popular US sewing blog, Sweet Red Poppy: image of a pink rotary cutter, circuit paper cutter, zippered box pouch pattern, blue scotch tape dispenser, and rainbow felt ball garland.

I like to print off my pattern on cardstock so that it will last for multiples uses.

Download the pattern to your computer and print the pattern at 100% with no scaling.

Trim one side and the bottoms edge using a paper cutter or scissors.

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Align stars of each page and tape in place. Then, cut out the pattern.

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Zippered Box Pouch by popular US sewing blog, Sweet Red Poppy: image of blue scotch tape dispenser, rainbow felt ball garland, pink handle scissors, and zippered box pouch pattern.

Step 2: Cut out Fabric

*PRO TIP: Make sure to iron your fabric before cutting it out to ensure the best results.

  • Cut out 2 Boxy Zipper Pouches in woven fabric (1 for main, 1 for lining)
  • Cut 1 Batting
  • Cut 2 handles in woven fabric (optional)

You will have 5 pieces total: 1 main, 1 lining, 1 batting, and 2 handles (handles optional).

Step 2: Cut out Fabric | Zippered Box Pouch by popular US sewing blog, Sweet Red Poppy: image of pink handle fabric scissors, white fabric measuring tape, pink rotary cutter, pink fabric, white batting, and floral fabric.

Step 3: Mark Quilting Lines

Take the Fabric Marker or Chalk, a ruler and the main fabric. Mark the quilting lines with the marker or chalk. I spaced my lines out 1″ from each other.

Zippered Box Pouch by popular US sewing blog, Sweet Red Poppy: image of floral fabric circuit pen, and sewing ruler.
Zippered Box Pouch by popular US sewing blog, Sweet Red Poppy: image of floral fabric, batting, and pink handle sewing scissors.

Step 4: Quilt

Take the main fabric and lay it on top of the batting piece. Make sure the right side of the fabric is facing up and the wrong side of the fabric is touching the batting.

Zippered Box Pouch by popular US sewing blog, Sweet Red Poppy: image of floral fabric in a white sewing machine.

Sew along each marking to create a “quilted” piece of fabric.

Set the fabric aside for now.

Step 5: Sew Handles

Take one handle piece and place it right sides together making sure the short sides are folded together (hot dog style). Sew down the raw edge using a 3/8″ (1cm) seam allowance. Repeat with the other handle.

Zippered Box Pouch by popular US sewing blog, Sweet Red Poppy: image of pink fabric, safety pin, and bodkin.

Take the safety pin or Bodkin and secure one side to the edge of the fabric. Thread it through the inside pulling it right side out. Repeat with the other handle as well.

Zippered Box Pouch by popular US sewing blog, Sweet Red Poppy: image of a bodkin and safety pin in some pink fabric.

Adjust the seam to the middle and iron it in place. Set aside.

Zippered Box Pouch by popular US sewing blog, Sweet Red Poppy: image of a blue Oliso iron on some pink fabric.
Zippered Box Pouch by popular US sewing blog, Sweet Red Poppy: image of pink fabric, bodkin, pink handle fabric scissors, and rainbow felt ball garland.

Step 6: Sew in Zipper

Zippered Box Pouch by popular US sewing blog, Sweet Red Poppy: image of a light pink zipper, floral fabric, pink rotary cutter, rainbow felt ball garland, and fabric pins.

Take the zipper and align it along with one of the straight ends of the main fabric.

Place the zipper right side down, aligning the metal stopper at the edge of the fabric.

Zippered Box Pouch by popular US sewing blog, Sweet Red Poppy: image of a pink zipper pinned to some floral fabric.

Pin the zipper in place.

Switch your presser foot to a zipper foot.

Sew the zipper in place stitching close to but not on top of the zipper coil.

Zippered Box Pouch by popular US sewing blog, Sweet Red Poppy: image of a pink zipper being sewn to some floral fabric on a white sewing machine.

*PRO TIP: Make sure to pull pins out as you sew so you don’t accidentally hit one. This can damage your needle and your machine.

Using the side you just sewed as a guide, place the other side of the zipper along the other edge of the main fabric, right sides together. Make sure the zipper isn’t twisted and that the metal stopper lines up exactly in the same place as the other side. This step is really important!

Zippered Box Pouch by popular US sewing blog, Sweet Red Poppy: image of some floral fabric with a pink zipper resting on some white batting.

*PRO TIP: If you are new to sewing zippers, use a basting stitch to practice this step and make sure that everything aligns before using a more permanent one.

Pin in place and sew down, pulling pins out as you go.

With a hot iron, press along the zipper on both sides to flatten the seam. Taking the extra time to iron in between each step helps you to achieve professional-looking results.

Zippered Box Pouch by popular US sewing blog, Sweet Red Poppy: image of some floral fabric being ironed with a blue Oliso iron.

Now, go ahead and zip the zipper to check that it’s all aligned correctly.

Zippered Box Pouch by popular US sewing blog, Sweet Red Poppy: image of a floral zippered box pouch next to some fabric pins, blue Oils iron and rainbow felt ball garland.

If you find that your zipper isn’t lining up, unpick one of your sides of the zipper, repin it and try sewing it again.

Step 7: Sew Sides

Turn the bag with the zipper inside out and align the edges right sides together.

Zippered Box Pouch by popular US sewing blog, Sweet Red Poppy: image of a inside out floral zippered box pouch next to a rainbow felt ball garland and blue Oliso iron.

Make sure to open the zipper before sewing so that you can turn it right side out easily.

Zippered Box Pouch by popular US sewing blog, Sweet Red Poppy: image of a inside out floral zippered box pouch next to a rainbow felt ball garland and blue Oliso iron.

Sew along the top and bottom edge.

Step 8: Place Handles

Turn the bag right side out.

Place the seam of the handle facing the seam you sewed in the previous step. The handles should be perpendicular to the zipper. The wrong side of the handle (where the seam is) will be against the pouch.

Zippered Box Pouch by popular US sewing blog, Sweet Red Poppy: image of pink fabric handles being pinned in place on a floral zippered box pouch.

Pin in place and sew the handle to the fabric using a basting stitch (you should be sewing through the handle, main fabric and batting only) making sure not to catch the other piece of fabric in the seam.

Zippered Box Pouch by popular US sewing blog, Sweet Red Poppy: image of a floral print zippered box pouch being sewn on a white sewing machine.

Step 9: Sew Box Seams

Turn the bag inside out.

Align the open ends together. Make sure the seams lay down towards the bottom of the pouch.

Zippered Box Pouch by popular US sewing blog, Sweet Red Poppy: image of a inside out floral print zippered box pouch with fabric pins in it.

Pin in place.

Sew along each end, making sure to pull out each pin as you sew. This step will create the boxy look for this pouch.

Zippered Box Pouch by popular US sewing blog, Sweet Red Poppy: image of a inside out floral print zippered box pouch on a white sewing machine.

Step 10: Sewing the lining

Take the lining and fold each end 1/4″ over towards the wrong side. You can use a measuring gauge to make this step easier.

Zippered Box Pouch by popular US sewing blog, Sweet Red Poppy: image of pink lining for a zippered box pouch being ironed out with a blue Oliso iron.

Press well with steam to set the fold.

Fold each edge in towards the middle, with right sides together. Align the outer edges of the lining to the middle of the bag aligning the square cutouts on all four sides.

There will be a small gap in the middle to account for the zipper.

Zippered Box Pouch by popular US sewing blog, Sweet Red Poppy: image of pink lining for zippered box pouch.

Pin the lining in place.

Sew along the two straight edges on either side of the pouch.

Zippered Box Pouch by popular US sewing blog, Sweet Red Poppy: image of pink lining for zippered box pouch being sewn on a white sewing machine.

Now it’s time to work on the box seams. With two hands start on one of the box seams. Pinch your finger and thumb on the innermost part of the square cutout on one side of the lining, do the same thing on the other. Then pull on the fabric to create a straight seam and aligning them so they are flat. (refer to the video for a better explanation of this step)

Zippered Box Pouch by popular US sewing blog, Sweet Red Poppy: image of pinned pink lining for zippered box pouch next tot fabric pins, gold handled scissors, and rainbow felt garland.

Pin in place and sew. Repeat this on all sides.

Zippered Box Pouch by popular US sewing blog, Sweet Red Poppy: image of pinned pink lining for zippered box pouch next tot fabric pins, gold handled scissors, and rainbow felt garland.

Step 11: Sewing lining to main

Turn main inside out and lining right side out.

Zippered Box Pouch by popular US sewing blog, Sweet Red Poppy: image of pink fabric zippered box pouch lining next to floral print zippered box main.

Place the main bag inside of the lining. Wrong sides should be facing each other in this step! Refer to the photo below!

Align the side seams and pin them in place.

Zippered Box Pouch by popular US sewing blog, Sweet Red Poppy: image of pink fabric zippered box pouch lining.

Align the lining folded edge to the zipper sewn line and pin it in place.

Zippered Box Pouch by popular US sewing blog, Sweet Red Poppy: image of pink fabric zippered box pouch lining.

Pin the handles out of the way.

Zippered Box Pouch by popular US sewing blog, Sweet Red Poppy: image of pink fabric zippered box pouch lining being attached to floral print zippered box pouch main.

Sew the lining down using a 1/8″ seam allowance and pivoting at each end. Sewing around the zipper pull is a bit tricky so go slow, and pull it slightly out of the way when needed by putting your needle in the down position, raising the presser foot and pull the zipper out of the way.

Zippered Box Pouch by popular US sewing blog, Sweet Red Poppy: image of pink fabric zippered box pouch lining being sewing on a white sewing machine.
Zippered Box Pouch by popular US sewing blog, Sweet Red Poppy: image of pink fabric zippered box pouch lining.

Trim all threads and pull the right side out.

Zippered Box Pouch by popular US sewing blog, Sweet Red Poppy: image of a floral print zippered box pouch next to a box of fabric pins and rainbow felt garland.

You’re finished!

Zippered Box Pouch by popular US sewing blog, Sweet Red Poppy: image of a floral fabric zippered box pouch and a blue and white polka dot boxed pouch next to pink handle sewing scissors, a white fabric measuring tape, and fabric pins.

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Zippered Box Pouch by popular US sewing blog, Sweet Red Poppy: image of a floral fabric zippered box pouch and a blue and white polka dot boxed pouch next to make brushes, lipglosses, and blushes, and eyeshadows.

Looking for more bag sewing patterns? Check out the links below!

Foldover Zippered Pouch

Laminated Zipper Bags

Makeup Brush Roll Bag

Do you have any questions about this zippered box pouch tutorial? Let me know in a comment below!

1 thought on “Zippered Box Pouch Sewing Tutorial”

  1. Hi Kim, Love your rose tutitorial. Bought my card stock and started to down load or print the template to make it with. Could not find it any where. How can I find it. I want to see how this goes before I get into buying a Cricut machine and taking your class on using it and making flowers. Thanks so much. Barb

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