Home Seasonal How To Make A Quilted Pouch With Zip Closure

Today, I am going to show you how to make this easy quilted pouch with a zip closure. The pouch would make a lovely evening clutch, or stylish storage for your essentials when travelling.

To make your pouch you will need the following supplies;

Exterior fabric – 1 piece 16″ x 18″ ( I used this fabric)

Lining fabric    – 1 piece 16″ x 18″ ( I used this fabric)

Wadding           – 1 piece 16″ x 18″ ( I used this wadding)

Zip – at least 21.5″/50cms long

Fabric for binding – 2 strips 2″ x 15″ and 2 strips 2.5″ x 9″

Charm for zip pull (optional)

0.25″ fusible web (optional)

To quilt the pouch you will also need a walking/even feed foot or darning/freehand embroidery foot for your sewing machine.

The fabric is quilted first before being made up into a pouch.

Step 1 – Basting the fabric

Layer up your fabrics in the following order
Top          Exterior fabric
Middle    Wadding
Bottom    Lining fabric
Using curved pins, basting spray or basting stitches baste your fabric layers together. If you are pinning the layers together try to have your pins no more than a hand width apart.

Step 2 – Quilting the fabric

Quilt your basted fabric using your walking foot to quilt straight lines or a crosshatch pattern, or with your freehand embroidery foot quilt a free-motion design.

I chose to quilt a meandering leaf design to echo the leaf motif on my two fabrics.

 You can see the pattern in more detail on the lining fabric.

Step 3 – Trimming to size

Trim your quilted fabric piece to size. My fabric was trimmed to a rectangle 17″ x 13.5″ but your dimensions may end up slightly bigger depending upon the loft of the wadding you have used and the density of your quilting. ( A “low-loft” i.e. thinner wadding will yield a larger rectangle) If you trim your quilted fabric to a larger size, don’t forget to adjust the measurements of your binding strips to match your new measurements.

Step 4 – Beginning the binding

Fold the 15″ x 2″ binding strip in half lengthways, right sides out and press.

With raw edges together, pin and stitch, using a 0.25″ seam, one folded binding strip to one short end of the exterior of your quilted fabric piece.


On the lining side of the same piece pin and stitch one edge of your zip to the quilted piece, stitching on or just inside the seam made when the binding strip was attached. Your zip will be too long for the fabric piece, but don’t worry we will trim it later.

Fold over the binding strip to the lining side. I used my 0.25″ fusible bias tape to secure the binding to the zip, before going on to the next step.

Step 5 – Attaching the zip

With the right side of your exterior fabric facing up, stitch in the ditch (between the binding and the exterior fabric) at the binding edge. This will secure the binding on the interior.

This is what your fabric will look like on the front

And this is how it will look on the back. The stitch in the ditch seam along the front edge of the binding has caught the folded edge on the back.

Repeat this step for the other short edge of your quilted fabric piece, making sure that you line up the zip edges at the zip opening edge.

Step 6 – More binding

Fold in and press 0.25″ at each of the short ends of your 2.5″ binding strips. Fold strips wrong sides together in half lengthways and press.

Fold the quilted and zipped fabric piece so that the zip edge is 2″ from the top and 6″ from the bottom folds.

Matching raw edges, pin and stitch, with a 0.25″ seam,  one of the folded 2.5″ binding strips to one side of the quilted pouch front.  Fold over the binding to the back of the pouch and stitch in the ditch as before to attach the edge binding.

Making sure that your zip pull is between the bag edges, trim the excess zip to be flush with the bag edge. Repeat the binding attachment for the second side of the quilted pouch.

Step 7 – Finishing off

Slipstitch the bound edges at the top and bottom of each binding strip to enclose the raw edges of the quilted fabric.

Step 8 – Attaching a zipper pull

Attach a charm or knotted ribbon as a pull for the zip and get ready to carry your essentials in style!

If you like this and would like to see more of my projects you will find me posting on my stitching, travels and life in general at Celtic Thistle Stitches

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