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!
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.
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.
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.
Supplies Needed for Your Boxy Zippered Pouch
- 1 Yard Woven Fabric for Main Fabric (1/2 Yard for Main and 1/2 Yard for Lining)
- 1/2 Yard Batting
- 12" Zipper
- Sewing Machine
- Scissors or Rotary Cutter & Mat
- Iron & Ironing Board
- Sewing Machine Needle
- Zipper Foot
- Fabric Pen or Chalk
- Safety Pin or Bodkin
- Download Box Zipper Pouch Pattern (Linked Below)
Step 1: Download Boxy Zippered Pouch Pattern
Download this boxy zippered pouch pattern and print it off.
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.
Align stars of each page and tape in place. Then, cut out the 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
Adjust the seam to the middle and iron it in place. Set aside.
Step 6: Sew in Zipper
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.
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.
*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!
*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.
Now, go ahead and zip the zipper to check that it's all aligned correctly.
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.
Make sure to open the zipper before sewing so that you can turn it right side out easily.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Pin the lining in place.
Sew along the two straight edges on either side of the pouch.
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)
Pin in place and sew. Repeat this on all sides.
Step 11: Sewing Lining to Main
Turn main inside out and lining right side out.
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.
Align the lining folded edge to the zipper sewn line and pin it in place.
Pin the handles out of the way.
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.
Trim all threads and pull the right side out.
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