How to make a panda-patterned fabric zipper pouch (with lining)

Today’s handcraft work is a panda-patterned fabric zipper pouch. It is a type of zipper pouch called a “flat pouch" or “petanko pouch". It is one of the easiest pouches to make. It is the pouch without gusset, so it doesn’t get bulky in your bag.

zippered pouch with pandas

It might be a little bit difficult to put on a zipper, but you can finish it if you make it carefully by following the instructions step by step.

The finished size is about 10cm x 14cm. You can put makeup tools or hygiene products inside and organize small items. It is just the right size for everyday use.

Materials

Outer fabrics are 2 pieces of 12cm x 17cm sized fabric. (Seam allowances are included. Attach fusible interlining on the back.)

outer fabrics
attach interfacing

Fusible interfacing gives fabric firmness, and keeps the shape of the pouch.

Inner fabrics are 2 pieces of 12cm x 17cm sized fabric. (Seam allowances are included)

inner fabrics

14cm zipper is 1 piece.

zipper

Fold both ends of the zip tape, and stitch together.

fold the zip tape and sew

Fold the end of zipper so that it doesn’t cover the seam allowances of pouch. It the edge overlap seam allowances, the thickness will increase and be difficult to sew. It will affect the appearance when finished.

Install the zipper

1. Sew the outer fabric and zipper with right sides facing each other. Pin the zipper with gusset needles no to slip the zipper when you sew.

sew the outer fabric and zipper

2. Sew the outer and inner with right sides facing each other and sew together.

sew the outer and inner

Sew the zipper that affects the appearance of pouch. If you don’t know how to sew or aren’t good at sewing a zipper, please read this article which explains the procedure concretely.

3. Fold the outer fabric, and iron. Then stitch the edge.

iron
stitch

4. Sew the other side of zipper and do the same way.

sew the other side of zipper

Make the pouch

1. Place the outer and inner fabric with right sides facing each other and sew around the edge. (Leaving 5cm gap for turning. Keep the zipper half open.)

lay the fabric
sew around

The part with the zipper became thick, so be careful when you sew.

2. Cut off extra corner cloths, and press seam allowances open.

cut off extra cloths
press seam allowances open

3. Turn inside out from the gap, and sew the edge. The panda-patterned fabric zipper pouch is done.

turn inside out
sew the edge
panda pouch

Following is the video for how-to.

How to make a panda-patterned fabric zipper pouch (with lining) – YouTube