Simple Zipper Bag Sew-Along

Zipper Pouch Sew Along

Who loves a great stash-busting project?  Well, Kimberly Jolly of Fat Quarter Shop, along with Sherri McConnell of A Quilting Life, have a great new tutorial of a super simple patchwork zipper pouch.  This project is also mini-charm friendly which makes it even easier.  Check out their easy to follow video below.

I went the mini-charm route and used Bright Sun, also by Sherri, for Moda Fabrics.  With the unofficial start of summer this week, I thought these fun and cheery fabrics were perfect for the pouch.


This charm pack had 42 prints which is more than enough for two large pouches.  (I have plans to make a second one as a future gift!)  After a little playtime, I settled on this arrangement and had the Dusk on Bisque print already in my stash.  So I used that for my backing, linings, and zipper top.


For this pouch, I thought I would have a little fun and add a metal brass zipper for some flare.  I used a 10″ metal one.  This length is a little short for the pouch, so I needed to add tabs on both ends to account for it.   I cut a mini-charm square in half to make each tab.

Zipper Tabs

With each half charm, I folded down both short-ends of the tabs by 3/8″ and then in half to sandwich around the zipper.

Zipper End

I sewed on the tabs with a zipper foot, making sure to get both the top and bottom of the tab sandwich.

Zipper Tabs Complete

For the quilting, I used trusty Aurifil 2021 to sew straight diagonal lines on the front patchwork and on the backing.  The simple straight lines keep with the fun modern fabrics.  With such a small piece of quilting, I used some basting spray to keep all the layers from shifting.  It makes for faster work than pinning ;)

Back Profile

As I machine bound the pouch with Alison Glass‘s Corsage fabric, I added one of my labels in the front which can double as a key ring fob for more versatility.

Label Close Up

On the zipper, I omitted the fabric pull and instead, used some faux suede cording I had on-hand.  I thought the additional punch of yellow worked with the pouch better than more of the same background and interior fabric.


I love the structure and feel of the quilted Soft and Stable which make for a nice durable pouch.  It is perfect for personal electronics and/or for books you want to carefully protect.

Front Profile

The simplicity of this project and use of scraps makes it a MUST sew for any traveler this summer!  Do you have any fun vacation destination(s) coming up?

Don’t forget to visit all of the Simple Zipper Pouch Sew-Along bloggers below for more ideas:

Tina from Emily Ann’s Kloset
Jessee from An Art School Dropout’s Life
Erin from Why Not Sew?
Kitty from Night Quilter
Leanne from She Can Quilt
Vanessa from Lella Boutique
Amanda from Jedi Craft Girl
Sherri from A Quilting Life
Cristy from Love You Sew (you are here)
Leslie from Seasoned Homemaker
Tiffany from Tiny Seamstress



Happy Sew Along,



This post was sponsored by Fat Quarter Shop and I was compensated for time and materials.