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Guest Project — Make a Zippered Pouch with coordinating fabric liner!!

Happy Thursday!! 
We are still enjoying Spring Break at The Happiest Place on Earth, but in the meantime, I have a super talented guest who is sharing a beautiful tutorial today!
I’d love to introduce you to Katy from Lil’ Alice.
Katy inherited a sewing machine from her beloved grandma Alice and taught herself how to sew. Now she has a beautiful shop and makes all sorts of awesome creations.
And, today she is sharing her Medium Zippered Pouch Tutorial with us!!

Medium Zippered Pouch Tutorial
~ 7 inch zipper
~ 2 – 2×3 pieces of material
~ 2 – 9×6 canvas/duck cloth weight material (outer layer)
~ 2 – 9×6 cotton material (lining)
~ thread
~ zipper foot

On the duck cloth (outer layer), fold over the top ¼ inch and press.  Do this on both pieces & set aside.   
On the 2×3 pieces of material, fold and press the ends on the 2 inch side.  Then fold in half and press.

Take your 7 inch zipper and pin the 2×3 pieces to the ends of the zipper & sew on.  This tab adds a very nice finished look to the bag.

Next, take one piece of your lining and lay the zipper about ¼ inch from the top & sew.

With the 2nd piece of lining do the same thing and sew.

After you have sewn on the lining, take 1 piece of the duck cloth (outer layer).  Pin it and sew.

Lay your layers of fabric so they are all on one side of the zipper, this will prevent you from sewing all the layers together & having a mess on your hands.

Take the next piece of duck cloth & line it on the other side of the zipper & sew.

Lay the project on ironing board and press around the zipper so they are nice and pressed.

 Unzip your zipper (very important step)!

 Fold matching fabrics together to sew the pouch close.

Fold the tabs up towards the duck cloth & pin. 

Pin the edges together & sew. 

You will sew a “u” starting with one side of the lining. 

Fold the lining and press.

Turn right side out & push the tabs on the zipper out.

Sew the lining closed, tuck into place.

Give a nice press when finished.

Add a flower or embellishment for added fun!

Thanks Katy – your pouches are so cute!! 
And what a cute project to make as a Mother’s Day gift or a birthday gift!!
Katy also has a fun blog, also called Lil’ Alice where she shares giveaways, new products in her shop and other ideas:
And, be sure to check out Lil’ Alice for beautiful items like her zippered pouches, as well as hair pins, diaper wipe wristlets, aprons, and more!!
And if you don’t have the time or skill to sew up a cute Mother’s Day gift this year, head over to Katy’s shop for something handmade and special for your mom or daughter!!
 PS — Come check out my Chevron Etched Glasses and Pitcher over at I Heart Naptime later today. And enter to win the etching cream so you can make YOUR own creations!!! And see the other fun Silhouette projects being shared. I love all of these ideas!!


  1. Your instructions don’t match with your pictures. Very confusing!

  2. I really like your tutorial, I wish the pictures were bigger so I could see the parts about installing the zipper better.

  3. Chris Wooten says:

    your a very talented thanks


  4. Erika Price says:

    Fabulous tutorial! Thank you so much for sharing!

  5. Diana Evans says:

    oh her pieces are adorable!!!! love these!!!!

  6. So super pretty! Love the the flower embellishments! :)

  7. Such an great tutorial!! All the photos and instructions are super. Thanks for sharing!

    Have fun on your vacation, Jen.


  8. PeaceLoveApplesauce says:

    These are fabulous– love them!!

  9. This is wonderful! If I only had time for all the wonderful projects you share! This is one I think I'll make time for.

  10. Kelli @ RTSM says:

    Such cute pouches! Now I just need to quit being lazy and get out my sewing machine!

  11. Amanda @ Serenity Now says:

    Very sweet pouches! I love that she embellishes them. The flowers are too cute. :)

  12. ooh I love these! And they'dake great gifts. Thanks for sharing!

  13. cute bags!! love little bags :) also your glass pitcher and glasses are sooo cool, jen. i'm going to have to go check them out!!

  14. Kimmie @ Sugar and Dots says:

    Lovity love love! Your guest bloggers are awesomesauce!

  15. Patchwork and Play says:

    Great tutorial! I need find time to make one or two of these! Thank you!