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How to Sew a Boxy Quilted Zipper Pouch

Have you ever sewn a quilted zipper pouch? They are not as tricky as you might think! This quilted pouch tutorial will teach you how to make a very basic, unlined zipper bag with boxed corners. If you prefer, you can leave the corners flat for a totally different look.

Boxy Quilted Pouch Tutorial

Download a printable PDF of the boxy pouch instructions here.

Materials:

  • Main fabric: 15 1/2″ x 15″
  • Lining fabric: 15 1/2″ x 15″
  • Batting: 15 1/2″ x 15″
  • 14″ all-purpose zipper

Instructions:

Make a quilt sandwich

1. Layer the batting between the main fabric and lining fabric to make a quilt sandwich. Baste as desired (spray basting is quick and easy). Quilt the layers together in any design you’d like. I chose a whimsical clamshell free-motion quilting pattern. Trim the quilted panel to 14 1/2″ x 14″. Since there won’t be a separate lining, you can choose to serge or zigzag stitch the edges for a cleaner, finished look inside.

Place the zipper right side down

2. Place the zipper right side down on one 14 1/2″ side of the main fabric (floral). The lining fabric (pink) will be face down.

Stitch the zipper to the quilted fabric panel

3. Stitch the zipper to the quilted fabric panel along the left side. (Example is shown with white contrasting thread, but you’ll want to use a matching thread.) Fold the fabric in half so the unstitched edge of the zipper is face down on the right edge of the main fabric. Stitch the zipper in place along the right edge to make the fabric panel into a tube.

tube after zipper is sewn

4. This is what the tube will look like after you’ve sewn the zipper.

Topstitch zipper

5. Now turn the tube right side out and topstitch along both sides of the zipper.

Stitch 1/2 from each side

6. Turn the tube wrong side out again and unzip the zipper halfway. Position the zipper in the center of the flattened tube. Close the tube by stitching 1/2″ from each open end, right across the zipper ends.

flattened tube

7. Stop and check your work. If you turn the pouch right side out, it’s a flat quilted pouch with the zipper in the center of one side. This pretty case could make a nice pencil pouch or large quilted glasses case.

Flatten corners

8. To make the boxed corners, once again turn the pouch wrong side out. Flatten and pinch each corner as shown, with the seam pressed open. Use a sewing pin to hold each corner in place.

draw a line 2 1/2" long across this corner where your pin is

9. Imagine or draw a line 2 1/2″ long across this corner where your pin is. This is the line you will stitch across each corner.

Trim off the corners

10. Trim off the corners with pinking shears, or use regular scissors and finish with a zigzag stitch. Also, trim off any excess zipper ends inside the pouch.

Boxy Quilted Pouch Tutorial

11. Turn the quilted pouch right side out and it’s finished! You can alter the dimensions to make different sizes of boxy quilted pouches. Just make sure that one side of the quilted fabric panel is 1/2″ longer than your zipper.

Boxy Quilted Pouch Tutorial

This quilted pouch is the perfect size to stash rotary cutters, scissors or other sewing notions. It could also be used a makeup bag or for a variety of other creative uses!

Download a printable PDF of the boxy pouch instructions here.

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14 Comments

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zippered bag

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Gene

Great tutorial. I do wish it had a “finished size” listed as well as optional sizes OR how to determine fabric size for a finished product – for those of us that need a different size.

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kathy

it should be about 12″ x 5″ and 2″ deep. If trimmed to 14 1/2 x 14 and you have 1/2′ seams, they flat would be 14″ x 7″. By boxing it, this example basically pulls 2 ‘ for depth – therefore 12″ x 5″ x 2″ finished size.
Want bigger? increase all measurements, but you want the zipper about 1″ longer or plan to work over and around the metal parts.

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kathy

it should be about 12″ x 5″ and 2″ deep. If trimmed to 14 1/2 x 14 and you have 1/2′ seams, they flat would be 14″ x 7″. By boxing it, this example basically pulls 2 ‘ for depth – therefore 12″ x 5″ x 2″ finished size.
Want bigger? increase all measurements, but you want the zipper about 1″ longer or plan to work over and around the metal parts.

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kim sparks

Very nice, good job! Kimberly

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Jenny Cade

Thank you for this. It looks relatively easy to do so I might have to give it a try. I have plenty of materials.

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Gail

This is a great project. But I don’t understand how to topstitch the zipper on a tube? There is the rest of the fabric underneath. What am I missing?

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Paula

Just open the zipper

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Ernestine

I saw this and gave it a try…nice tutorial, however I did make it a smidge bigger. I liked it so much I made about 5 for family and they all loved it. Will be making a few more.

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Roxette

Could it be made with lining so that the raw edges won’t show? Thanks.

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Christina

Heres a link to a tutorial where the finished product is a bit different, but a lot of the steps are the same as this one. She sews the lining together as a separate piece so that all the seam allowances are hidden. http://www.madetosew.com/how-to-quilted-wash-bag/

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Kristi

What a great tutorial. Excellent instructions and photos. Simple and quick to make (besides the quilting). I’ve made three now for Christmas gifts and now I’m hooked! Added a loop handle. Thank you so much!

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Lindsay Conner

Thanks Kristi! So glad you’ve enjoyed making these for gifts!

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Annette Dowling

I make these regularly in all different sizes . Quick, easy and with a million uses

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