Make a Zipper Pouch with Jenny Doan of Missouri Star! (Video Tutorial)

Make a Zipper Pouch with Jenny Doan of Missouri Star! (Video Tutorial)


Hi, it’s Jenny from the MSQC. Tons of you
have been asking me how to put a zipper in a pouch. So today what we’re going to do
is we’re going to make a little pouch. And I’m going to show you how to put a zipper
in. And it’s so much easier than you think. So to make this project, what you’re going
to need is a zipper. And your zipper needs to be a little bit longer than the pouch you’re
making. And then you’re going to need scraps, and you’re going to need a piece of fusible
fleece. And fusible fleece is soft on one side and bumpy on the other because it irons
to your fabric. And you’re going to need one solid piece that is the, the size you
want, twice the size you want your pouch to be. So I’ve cut this one, this is about
9 by 20. I just cut a half of a width of fabric, just a little strip. And then for the top,
we’re just going to use scraps. And we’re going to make these darling pouches. You can
see, I’ve got several here. And they’re all different sizes. You make it for the size
you need. And I mean they’re just so fun and quick. I think you’re going to get really
addicted to these once you get going. So what I’ve done here is I’ve taken my
fleece and I’ve laid it on top of the wrong side so I’m fusing my fusible fleece, with
the bumps, to the wrong side of my fabric. And we’re going to go over to the iron to
do that. And this really just takes a minute. You just run your iron across it nice and
slow. You want to make sure probably that your fabric is a little bit bigger than your
fleece because you don’t want to stick it to your ironing board. So you just watch your
edges and make sure that it’s, it’s not hanging over or you’ll be stuck to something
you don’t want to be stuck to. So we’re just going to slowly go. And then I like to
kind of turn this over and do it from the other side as well. You just want it to stick
on there really good. These pouches are so much fun. I actually, when I started making
them to show you this tutorial on how to put the zipper in, I actually got kind of addicted
to making pouches. And I made several. And it’s just really fun and quick, I think
you’re going to love it. Alright so now we have to make the top of
our pouch. And what I’ve done here is I’m going to take this little scrap right here.
We might as well iron the wrinkles out of that. And I’m going to lay it right down
the middle of my, my piece of fabric. And then I have this 2 ½ inch strip that I’m
going to put on, right on the sides. And we’re going to sew this down like this. On either
side, we’re going to sew a strip. And so we’re going to head over to the sewing machine
and do that right now. So I’m going to lay this right sides together on here. Now what’s
going to be cool about doing this is that this will be completely quilted all the way
through as we, as we finish it. I’ll sew right along here but I’m sewing through
all three layers so it’s going to be quilted as we go. So let’s come over here and see
if we can get this going. Alright. Now I’m just using my regular quarter
inch foot. And you just make sure they’re lined up. And you, you saw, I really didn’t
even measure it when I put them on. It, it just doesn’t really matter. These are such
quick fun projects. So now I’ve sewn this side on, I’m going to go ahead and sew this
side on. And really what I’m doing is I’m just making a little decorative top for my
pouch. The pouch can actually be one solid piece of fabric. Alright now we’re coming
up to the end of this second strip and I’m just going to sew right off the edge. Alright
now let’s go press these back right over here. So I just lay them on the top right
here and I just roll them back, press them back. So you can see now really the top really
is pretty much done as it is. You can see that the quilting has shown right through
here. But I like the look of topstitching so I’m going to go back and I’m going
to topstitch right along these edges. So let’s do that. Now when I topstitch, what I’m
going to do is I’m going to put the edge of my foot right along the fold here. And
that will be my guide for topstitching all the way down. I think the topstitching just
kind of dresses up a little pouch. One of the things that’s fun about these pouches
is that I’m not organized by nature, I’m just not. And so pouches help me organize
things. I have one that put all my cell phone cords in when I travel. You know, I mean,
I use them for everything. So now we have this little finished topstitched
piece and we, we get to decide how big we want our pouch. So what I’m going to do
is I’m going to trim off my, my selvedge edges and my uneven edges. I’m going to
trim this side. We’re going to trim it to match the top of our piece here. So now see
how this fabric sticks out on this side. We’re going to go ahead and trim that even with
our, our edges. And what I do because sometimes my strips aren’t, you know, I mean, this
one I can see it’s curved in here. So it’s, it’s not exactly 2 ½, so I’m going to
measure from this line here out so to make sure it’s even all the way down. And we’re
just going to cut it right there at that point. This is just so much fun because you can,
I mean, you can any size, any fabric. You can personalize them for anybody, you know,
you know who might want one that’s a, like this one has bicycles on it. I mean it’s
just really fun. Alright. So now I have this long piece and
I can decide if I want short pouches like this or if I want one big long pouch. I think
what we’re going to do today is I’m going to make a couple of six inch pouches here.
And, let’s see, I think what I’ll do is use my mat to make sure I’ve got the right,
the right lengths here. And I actually think I’m going to do a nine inch. I’ve got
enough here, I’m pretty sure. Always fold over to check to make sure. You don’t want
to cut and have one bigger. So there’s a nine inch piece and I’m going to cut another
nine inch piece right here. We’re going to lay this on here, trim this off. Now I
could have gone ahead and made it a little bigger and used that whole piece. It’s really
whatever you want to do. This is your pouch. So now we have our top finished and it’s
already lined which is really cool. You can see how fast that went. And it’s time to
prepare our zipper. So what you want to do with your zipper, we have these 14 inch zippers.
And they come in all kinds of colors and you know, they’re just amazing. They’re nylon.
And so the cool thing about this is that you can, you can cut these any length. You don’t,
You’re not stuck by head and the little staple down here. You can cut them any length.
And you want to cut your zipper one inch shorter than your pouch. So the first thing we have
to do is prepare our zipper. Now to do that, I’ve cut a 1 ½ inch piece of fabric, just
a little piece right here, I think this is four or five inches long right here. So 1
½ you know by about five. And we’re going to come over here and we’re going to iron
this together. So what I’m going to do. Let me show you real quick here. Is I’m
going to fold this in half right here. And then I’m going to fold these pieces into
the center like this, and iron, iron the whole thing down like this. This is going to be
the beginning and ending piece of our, on our zipper. So this is kind of important.
So let’s go ahead and iron this down. And iron this down. This is like a tab. We’re
making a tab I guess. Make sure it stays nice and flat. A little shot of steam. I’m going
to fold that over. And then you get a piece that looks like this. So it’s just kind
of, it’s ironed together and together again. And this is going to be our ending piece on
our zipper. So here comes where you have to be a little bit brave. We’re going to take
this first zipper part here and where this staple is right here, we’re going to go
ahead and cut that off like this. And you want to make sure that your zipper head is
the other side of that. Then we’re going to put this little piece of our little folded
tab right here over the end like this. And we are going to topstitch right along this
edge right here. Just a tiny little topstitch and sew that down. So that now makes our end.
So I’m going to come over here and sew this little piece down, right here. And I like
to sew across and I like to sew back. And I try to hit it right on that same line. There
we go. And then, we’re just going to trim this off. Uh, oh, see here, look it, both
of my sides didn’t catch. You must make sure both of your sides catch. So let’s
go back and make sure those catch. That could have been dangerous. So let’s make sure
these catch. I’m always really glad actually when something like that happens because you
guys need to know that, not, I mean not everything we do works, just like that. I mean we, we
work at making sure these things work but you know, every once in a while something
like that happens. And it happens to all of us. So now we’ve got this tab end of our zipper
finished. And we’re going to lay our zipper along the edge of our bag. And we want to
cut our zipper one inch shorter than the bag. So I’m going to put my bag right along this
line. And I’m going to match up my zipper to the end. And then I’m going to come here
and I’m going to move in one inch. Now this is critical, really, really important. This
zipper head right here needs to be on this side. If you cut it off, you need to get a
new zipper. So we’re going to move this zipper head way down here so it’s safe.
We’re going to line these up. And then we’re going to cut one inch in. So here we go, one
inch in, we’re cutting across. And we’re going to do the same thing. So we’re going
to lay this, put this our little tab over the, over the ends of the zipper. And hopefully
we’ll catch both sides this time. This would be a great place to use a zig zag or a, you
know, a decorative stitch. So just make sure that they’re lined up like this. And you’re
just going to lay them in this fabric and sew them down. So let’s go over here and
do that. It’s a little easier when your two little tails are apart. It’s a little
easier to lay them together when you’re sitting at the sewing machine. Less chance
for movement. And then we’re going to just come along. Here we go. And over and back.
Alright. Check the other side–ha! Success! That one went very nicely. Then I’m, what
I’m going to do now is I’m just trimming these edges even with my zipper like that.
So now we have this little zipper that’s all prepared and ready to go. I like to zip
it and make sure that it works. And now comes the installing the zipper part. You’re going
to love this. It is so, so easy. So what we’re going to do is we’re going
to take our zipper and we’re going to put it face down on our fabric just like this.
We’re going to move it so that it’s like a half an inch in on either end. And I’m
going to start this way. It doesn’t matter which way you start. It just, my left-handed
brain sees things differently. So what I’m going to do now is I’m going to come in
and I’m going to stitch right along the side of this zipper. So your zipper is once
again, face down on the right side of your fabric and we’re just going to stitch a
little seam across here. Get, you know, you can, I mean I would stay a little bit away.
See how you can see these zippers a little bit. The zipper actually adds to the design
of the bag. So I don’t, I don’t sew all the way in but just kind of in between the
zipper and the edge. You want to make sure it catches good. And, and so you do that. So come with me over here and we’re going
to sew this zipper down. So the zipper is a half an inch in on either end. And easy
way to do this really is to, if you have where you can move your needle, you can leave your
quarter inch foot on and just scoot your needle over a little bit which is what I’ve done.
So now I’m just sewing straight down. And when you get to the part where the head is
you’re going to slide that head beyond the needle. So I’m going to lift up my, my foot
and just zip past that. And keep sewing it on. And just sew right off the end. Alright.
So we’ve actually installed one side of our zipper. Let me get these threads out of
the way. And so now what I like to do is I like to go back and I’m going to fold this
down like this. And now I’m going to topstitch it. Because again, I like the look of the
topstitch. And so we just lay this back and let me zip this closed. Lay this back and
we’re going to topstitch this right along this edge and that’s going to hold this
down. It sounds like a little more work going through
there. Alright, I’m to the head, I need to slide that under. The zipper head, go,
go, go. And I don’t know if you know this but on, when you lift your foot up, if you
push that lever a little further the foot goes even higher. So you can lift that foot
a little bit higher and slide that foot back. Alright. So now we have one half of our zipper
in. And it’s topstitched and it’s ready to go. Now we need to add it to the other
side. And we’re going to do the same thing. So we’re going to lay our zipper on, let
me see which side I have here, on the top side of our fabric, just like this starting
a half an inch in. And we’re going to sew all the way along this edge. And I’m going
to go ahead and pull this zipper down to give me a little bit of room to start with. So
again, just to make sure we’re clear. We’ve got the zipper facing down on the top side
of our fabric. And we’re going to sew right along that edge. So again, we place it a half
an inch along the top of our bag, a half an inch in. And we’re just going to sew along
here. Now I’ve come to the zipper so I’m going to lift my foot up, slide the zipper
head past my foot. Oh, there we go. Sometimes that’s a little bit of work. Oop, foot down.
Alright. And then we’re going to come back and topstitch this side. Alright. So now you have actually installed a zipper
in the top of your zipper bag. And it looks great. Now this is important, too. Make sure
your zipper is open because now we’re going to close our bag which means we’re just
going to put the right sides together, sew all the way around it like this, and that
will close our bag up. But if you leave your zipper closed, you have no way to turn your
bag. And so this, the zipper leaves us a hole to open our bag. So leave your zipper open
and we’re going to sew all the way around our little pouch. So we’re going to line
up our pieces up here. We’re going to come in, on that, just on the outside of that half
inch mark. And we are going to sew all the way around it. Now I like to go, because this is a raw edge,
one of the things I like to do is I like to go back and I like to zig zag around the side
of my bag just to make sure that things are, things are all, all in and good. Let me get
my zig zag ready here. Alrighty. Now we have a nice, flat, finished pouch.
Now if any of you have watched any of the bag tutorials, you know that if you want to
square up the bottom of your bag, what you’re going to do is you’re going to go in here
and you’re just going to pull these apart right here like this. And sew straight across.
And that will give us a flat bottom on our bag. And I think we should go ahead and do
that on this one. We’re going to, we’re just going to pull this out. We make sure
these seams line up here, top and bottom seam. And we’re just going to sew straight across.
Remember however wide, however far you come in from the point, if you come in one inch
then your. Oops, got to change my stitch back. Then your, if you come in one inch from the
point, then it’s going to be one inch out from each side. Alright, so now I’m going
to do this side. Pull it apart. I like to stick my hand in there. Line my seams up.
And then we’re going to stitch it across the bottom. You can leave it flat. I did several
that were flat. They’re darling. But this is a bigger pouch so I think it needs to be
able to, to stand up. So now I have these two little bunny ears which I can choose to
clip or to leave. I think I will just leave them. And now we get to turn our bag. This
is when the, the magic happens. This is when the fun part for me. So I’m just going to
push my bottom corners out. And we have a little pouch here. We’re going to push out
up here the ends of our zipper. And I just like the way, you know when you put a little
tab on a zipper it just makes it, it’s just a prettier closure. It just makes it nicer.
So here’s our little bag with our little zipper. Look at that. And you can see how
clean these ends look. I mean, I just, I really like the little tabs on the zippers. You can
actually sew the zipper right into the seam but I just like the look of these, these little
tabs. You know there’s lots of ways to do things. Now we have this darling little zipper
pouch. And now you know how to put a zipper in a bag or a pouch or anything else you need.
And we hope you enjoyed this tutorial from the MSQC.

100 thoughts on “Make a Zipper Pouch with Jenny Doan of Missouri Star! (Video Tutorial)

  1. Love this tutorial, easy, concise and very informative. Great finish details on the zipper. You are a wonderful inspiration!

  2. I have watched this tutorial a few times, now I have to get cracking and start making these pouches already. Thanks, Jenny, for such a clear and easy to understand video. I ♥️ you 😊

  3. Love your tutorials. I always wanted to be able to put a zipper in for pouches. I use Velcro but a zipper is so much better. Thanks

  4. What kind of zigzag stitch are you using to finish the raw edges of the seams? It looks more like a blanket stitch which I think is genius.

  5. Just finished my zipper pouch… turned out cute. It was easy following Jenny’s directions. She is right… they are addictive; I’m ready to make more!

  6. So you avoid sewing the tabs into the side seams? I see several have asked this in comments with no answer and its not clear in the video. Is there a little gap?

  7. I declare I love all things Jenny! Besides being an excellent tutorial, it is so much fun to watch and laugh along with JENNY!!

  8. Hi and thanks a lot for another great tutorial! I will make my next pouch bag this way, I like the zipper tabs, the lining and top made all at once. Have a great day! 😎🌸

  9. Hi Jenny. Can you tell me why we have to buy a zipper that is longer than the bag we want to make when we cut lots off?

  10. Wondering if I am doing something wrong as I have unfinished edges near the zipper.  Can this be avoided? There are a few loose strings that are getting caught in the zipper.  Other than that, this is a beautiful bag and easy to make.

  11. This is an awesome tutorial! Jenny, I was so excited to meet you in Houston last month!! It was the highlight of my birthday trip! I'm going to make this pouch for my daughters and daughter in law. Your lessons make it so easy….of course, you are with me every step of the way! Thank you!!

  12. Another wonderful tutorial. You always make sewing look so much fun and I can hardly wait to get started after I've watched one of your videos. You're so pleasant to watch!

  13. I just watched how to put a zipper in a pouch. I am going to try this now. I have made bags in past but I like this way better

  14. Love your videos and your casual mistakes that you just take in stride. lol. How does someone give this a thumbs down? Maybe they thought they'd get a tutorial on how to change a tire.

  15. Jenny,  My friends and I will be celebrating our 60th birthday with a girls weekend away in October.  I want to bring each girl a gift and this pouch is the winner.!!!!

  16. Excellent tutorial, Thankyou for sharing, have always been intimidated by zippers. You make it look so easy cant wait to try..ps i love the look of the tabs as well..nice clean finish

  17. My nine year old granddaughter is learning to sew and I use your tutorials to teach her. Her next project is learning to make these. Thank you for great lessons.

  18. Got to meet your daughter in law in GA today. They said going to Daytona, Fl for a quilt show. I follow you every day. Made my day

  19. It looks like you are using the J foot. Which stitch settings do you use to get an accurate 1/4 inch seam?

  20. Thank you so much for sharing this tutorial for showing an easy way to add a zipper to a bag! It has revolutionized my making of bags! And they look so professional when I get them finished. It has made me want to go crazy with creating all sizes of zipper bags!

  21. I’m confused. Do u really need to cut the zipper? Couldn’t u just let any extra just hang in the bag, as long as the extra was just an inch or two? That is how I’ve seen bags made in the past.

  22. So, why can we not make large totes the same way…sewing the lining to the outside piece before assembling the actual tote? Would that work? After all, a tote is just a giant pouch right and the "dropping lining into tote " method does not work for my brain!

  23. I use a glue stick on the tabs then insert the zipper. Finger press closed. Stays in place to stitch closed.😉

  24. As if fabric, yarn, thread, and quilting wasn't addiction enough!! LOL!! I am already making my coworkers some gifts, busting through my scrapy stash and looking forward to acquiring more fabrics!!! LOL!! 💖💖

  25. Is there a pattern for this pouch? I have searched everywhere!! I like to see patterns and watch videos when making items.
    Thank you so much!

  26. Jenny your nails are looking pretty. I love pouches especially bigger ones for crochet or knitting projects.

  27. Can’t wait to start this project. I have the materials and ready to go. LOL- every time I watch one of your tutorials I have new projects. Love your personality and fun way you teach us new ideas and techniques. Thank you so much for what you have done for me.

  28. What is that iron? Besides being such a pretty pink, it lifts up off the board?? What? I’ve never seen one like That!

  29. Hello Jenny! I have been meaning to write a message for quite some time but I just haven’t taken the time!! In March, my youngest daughter had a baby and since she is a FACS teacher, she needed a competent substitute until the end of the year to take her classes. As I sew and cook, and I’m a retired teacher, I volunteered for the assignment as a nine week full time assignment wasn’t real appealing to very many! At any rate, the students were working on a gym bag with a zipper and as I reviewed the pattern instructions, I was disappointed that the directions were anything but clear! So, I taught the classes to put a zipper in via the “Jenny method”!! The students were so much more successful with their zippers that their gym bags came out looking great using your simple instructions.
    !! 😊. My daughter has asked me to come back this semester to teach her classes the “Jenny zipper method”! Love ❤️ your weekly tutorials! My sister and I look forward to a return visit to Hamilton to shop again soon! Thanks so much!

  30. I want to learn how to put the zipper together ,I have the yard of it but how to put the closer in ,I cannot get it please help me .

  31. Love this tutorial I have always avoided zippers. would this be the correct size to fit some disposable baby diapers or a package of wipes?

  32. I have made many of these in the last few years. I just have made 3 picnic quilts for wedding gifts (another of Jenny's tuts) and decided to make one of these pouches to match each quilt. The newly weds can leave the pouch with quilt in the car always ready for a quick picnic. Thanks Jenny, your tutorials are wonderful!

  33. I have a problem. I made the pouch and it came out great. When I open and close the zipper it gets caught. Will not even open. Because of the raw edges next to the zipper. Any ideas?

  34. This was not Joe Lumpkin commenting this is Melinda. I love the pouch. Such a great video. I am not sure what to do about the opening of the zipper.

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