Easy Zipper Pouch

Free Makeup Bag Pattern


Zipper pouches and bags are so much fun to make and so very versatile. It seems no matter where I go or what I am up to I can always use another bag.

Today I am sharing a quick zipper pouch, that goes together in no time at all. I went into my stash to pull a couple of pieces and found this vintage looking floral and paired with it with a fat quarter from my quilting stash. Too many stashes in this house! But what fun I can have going through it all!

This is a great scrap project.

You will need:

2 main body pieces and 2 lining pieces each cut 9 1/2 inches x 4 inches.

You will also need 2 zip tab pieces each 1 1/2 x 1 3/8 inches.

Easy Zipper Pouch Tutorial

First trim your zipper with the tabs, folding under a small amount on the short end and attaching the tab to the zipper by sewing on the fold.

Match up the raw edge of the zipper with the raw edge of the tab. Sorry I had the tabs sewn and the zipper on one side before I realized I had no pictures. Some times I get so excited for the finished product I forget to take pictures! You can see the short tabs attached in the picture below.

Makeup bag tutorial

Next attach one side of the zipper. I made my case with alternating fabrics so my lining and outside each have one panel of my two fabrics.

You are going to make a sandwich. Outside print right side up, zipper right side up, and then your lining piece wrong side up on the top.

easy bag pattern

Sew through all layers.

Flip so that our zipper and exterior of you case are up and top stitch along the folded edge.

DIY bag

Repeat with the other side. I simply reversed the order so that my pouch showed both of my fabrics on the outside and the inside.

The outside of my bag now looks like this-

Makeup bag directions

Put it All Together

Next you will sew your pouch together.

Open the zipper and match all your edges right sides together. Sew all around leaving an opening on the lower edge for turning.

free pattern

Trim your corners, turn through the opening.

Sew the opening closed.

I simply top stitched the opening because it is in the lining and no one will see it.

Push out your corners, smooth out the lumps in the lining and zip shut!

This makes a perfect pouch for carrying make up brushes or anything else you may want to slip in your purse and not lose on the bottom in no man ‘s land. And the fun part- make them to match the season or add a strap and use it as a small purse. So versatile!

6 pouch

Happy Sewing,


{ 18 comments… add one }
  • Cindy February 19, 2013, 9:58 am

    These makeup pouches look like they are the perfect size!

  • Jill Flory February 19, 2013, 11:32 am

    Finally a good tutorial on how to do this! I’m too lazy to figure this out on my own and always figure out a way to make stuff without a zipper! This is great. I have a ‘wash bag’ I made a couple years ago and it would really be better with a zipper. Maybe I’ll redesign it and bring it back!

    • onceuponasewingmachine February 19, 2013, 11:58 am

      It is one of those things- you know it can’t be the hard you just need to find time to play with it a little!

  • Heather Feather February 20, 2013, 11:06 am

    Great tutorial! It’s very easy to understand, and I definitely need a couple of these to organize odds and ends I have.
    Thanks for linking up!

  • Bonny @ thedomesticatedprincess.com February 21, 2013, 10:27 pm

    I’ve been sewing for almost a year now, self taught, but I’ve yet to attempt anything with zippers. This seems like a good one to start with, so I’m pinning it. Thanks!

    • onceuponasewingmachine February 21, 2013, 10:34 pm

      This would be a great place to start with zippers! Let us know how it goes!

  • Pam February 24, 2013, 6:16 am

    You can’t have too many zippered pouches. As always, your tutorial is easy to follow.

  • Ana Lopes February 25, 2013, 4:23 am

    Super cute! Love the colors and fabrics! Thanks so much for sharing the great tutorial! Would love to have you visit me sometime.
    Have a fabulous week!
    Hugs from Portugal,

    Ana Love Craft

  • Shannon February 25, 2013, 9:02 pm

    Great tutorial – pinning now 🙂 Thanks for linking up to The Weekly Creative.

    Shannon @ Sewing Barefoot

  • becky February 25, 2013, 11:30 pm

    great tutorial! love zipper pouches and the ends of the zipper being covered like that make it look more finished and professional. Great job!

  • Heather February 26, 2013, 6:37 am

    Super cute and simple bag! Thanks for sharing.

  • Meghan @makesomethingdaily February 26, 2013, 10:58 pm

    I pinned this to try soon – thanks for the clear tutorial!

    • onceuponasewingmachine February 27, 2013, 11:12 am

      Great! Let us know how it goes.

  • Accidentally Wonderful February 27, 2013, 9:07 am

    Smple tutorial! Maybe even a beginner like me could sew this!

    • onceuponasewingmachine February 27, 2013, 11:13 am


  • Sandra M March 4, 2014, 10:20 pm

    Just made it. Turned out great, its my first sewing project that I’m actually proud of lol. It looks just like yours. Thanks! Wish I could post a picture to show you. 🙂

  • Pauline Gudas September 1, 2014, 2:43 pm

    What size zipper do you recommend?

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