How to make a Zippered Box Pouch | a Shabby Fabrics Sewing Tutorial

hi I'm Jennifer from shabby fabrics I have a fun project for you today it's so quick and so easy and so practical look at this adorable bag made out of just two fat quarters now I can think of a thousand things to use this for when I'm at the beach and I want to have my keys and my phone immediately accessible and not the bottom of my bag this is perfect or maybe when I'm traveling to quote market or wherever I can put things that I just you know makeup bag whatever so lots and lots of uses for it now I want to introduce you to these cute bags that we have designed here at shabby fabrics is called the trendy triangle tote that's hard to say that fast trendy triangle tote comes in three colors purple we have aqua and orange is so popular right now those are available as kits now we made our bags coordinate with the larger bag so when we go with the beach like I said you know your sunblock and your water isn't potentially you know leaking and damaging your cell phone or whatnot so let's get started it is so simple and so easy and it takes almost no fabric to fat quarters and even if you don't have fat quarters if you have a quarter yard even of two fabrics that would be more than enough fabric to do actually probably two bags so let's look at this here we have the main fabric which will be on your outside you'll need two pieces that are 8 by 10 your lining will also be 8 by 10 we chose a heavyweight fusible interfacing for the just to make it that's what gives it that firmness so it's not all limp and it has a little bit more body so it's just the plus it looks great it travels better if it's got that interfacing in it so just a heavier weight interfacing you'll also need a zipper a 14-inch or longer zipper and for the little tabs on the end you'll want to 2 by 3 inch tabs so let's get started we went ahead in the beginning and we cut out that interfacing that I mentioned and we just I earned it to the back of the main fabric we did that for both pieces so let's go ahead and grab a lining piece and we'll grab our outer piece and we'll grab our zipper now how you lay this down of course is key so start with your lining fabric right side up you'll start with your zipper now you've got the right side of the zipper with the actual pull and the wrong side we want this right side up and you're going to be running the zipper right along that top line fact if I line that up with the lines on my ruler or on my mat it just kind of helps me keep it all straight so we're going to put that zipper right along there and notice how my zipper is definitely longer than my pieces and that's important because we'll be cutting that off later and then the top will be right side down and of course you want to line this up one right on top of another and you'll just pin now when you put your PIN in you want to go right through the top and you're going to rock past where that zipper is of course and you'll continue to pin now we've done this with both a zipper foot and a regular presser foot and we were successful both ways so if you have a zipper foot I do recommend that but if you don't have a zipper foot again we use regular presser foot and we didn't have any problem at all so don't feel like you have to run out and buy a new presser foot if you don't have the zipper I'll be using the zipper foot today first thing we'll do once we get this pin is we're going to take this to the sewing machine and I'm going to sew right along of course just along that zipper and I like a little bit more of the pink showing on my bag let me show you that here rather than sewing right exactly along the zipper kind of track we went a little bit of a distance away why I like doing that is a the zippers cute I like that pink showing through and it keeps my fabric away from my zipper I don't know if you've ever had a piece of clothing where the fabric is like right up next to the zipper and when you go to unzip it jams if you keep a little bit more of a distance away from the zipper that helps eliminate the possibility that happening so we're going to sew a little bit of a distance away rather than write bumped up exactly against because I don't want to catch that fabric and jam because I'm going to be in and out of this bad a lot so we'll take this over to the sewing machine and let's just get that started and you're going to have a bag put together in absolutely no time and this is great for gift-giving – what woman doesn't like to have a few extra bags for a variety of reasons so with the zipper foot it just seems like I think with most zipper feet they're about they give you a little bit more than a quarter inch seam allowance and that seemed to be rather than as trying to bump up against the zipper I just had my zipper foot ride right along the edge of that um interfacing okay so let me show you now what this looks like we'll put that aside for now and put that over there so when you open this up you can see how this is now in case and I'm seeing that pink and that's what I was hoping for I wanted to see the pink it keeps the fabric away from the zipper to reduce the chance of jamming so what we'll do now is when you flip this over you're going to want to line up the lining with the outer portion again and go ahead and take this now – you're pressing matte and we want to press that there we go so that's just kind of because you can see how the fabric it wants to be here you have to very deliberately kind of pull it away and give it a good press so I'm going to go ahead and continue pressing when I come back we're going to go ahead and put the fabric on the other side of the zipper now that I have that turned and pressed now let's sew the other half of the bag to the zipper so just like before we'll start with the lining right side up make sure when you put the bag over top of that the other the first part of the bag that is lined up stacked one right on top of the of itself there and you don't see this fabric sticking out left or right nut that makes sense that it just needs to be stacked one on top of the other and then we'll put the outer portion of the bag right side together pin just like we previously did with the zipper foot you'll sew along turn and press when I come back I'll take it to the next step now that I have the second half of the bag assembled to the zipper I'm going to show you the next step now I've done one ahead of time so it might be easier to actually see them side by side right along the the fabric that parallels the zipper we did a top stitch now you'll definitely want to change your presser foot at this time to a standard presser foot that can also do a zigzag so start off with a straight stitch and we just sewed right along the zipper track and that just gives it such a tailored look so that's kind of more for style points than anything else doesn't really have a lot of function other than I guess it does for certain degree in that it kind of just holds everything there because the fabric right now isn't really together you've got this half on this half but they're not a unit yet so it does kind of begin to establish that kind of sandwich that there's all of that is kind of tucked in the next step however is not optional now looking at if you've not used it before you need to come across the this portion of the zipper and you can even do it over here as well that you actually do a zigzag here so that the zipper doesn't just go off the bag you it needs to have an ending so how we went about doing this is the first thing I want to do is actually open the zipper to a certain amount that's because the bag will actually be pulled through this opening so this is an important step to do now when you take this to the sewing machine I found that the lining and the end the outside tended to shift so I do recommend going ahead and putting in some pins just so that this doesn't get a little chaotic AAPIs with you when you're sewing this down so you'd pin all the way around you just keep pinning I'm going to try to make this so that you see it from the exact same angle that I am so it's easier for you to understand this let's actually turn it this direction okay notice the zipper is moving to the right zippers moving to the right you can start here with a zigzag coming all the way around all the way around here all the way around here go across the zipper region so when you get to this portion what I did was I just kind of held it closed by hand and I zip zigzag right across that region all the way back and you can cross this there's nothing wrong with doing that it's not necessary this on this side is necessary you must do that but here is not necessarily important to do that the reason we did this exact is the inside of the bag I want to show it to you you see that right there that steam is in there if you do the zigzag it just helps reduce fraying because you will be in and out of that bag so that's that the only reason we actually did the zigzag around this portion so because we have the example here let's just keep moving along so you understand again just to recap decorative stitch yes that's kind of bonus points zigzag especially across this portion not an option make sure you open your zipper a good amount zigzag here zigzag here kind of close that opening keep going zig zag and stop let's go to the next step now that you've gone ahead and you've secured that zipper closed and this will be secured a little bit later on we going to go ahead and we're going to trim that off now I don't want to use my rotary cutter for that because you know that's a good way to Knick your blade in no time so I'm just going to get in there with a regular pair of scissors I don't recommend your favorite sewing scissors again this thing going across zippers and whatnot is doesn't do a thing for the keeping your your you know blades sharp there we go so alright next stage tabs these the cute little pull things on the other side on other side of the zipper you'll take your tab both of them you'll fold along side in a quarter of an inch and press and you'll repeat that for the other side and then you'll fold that in half and just like we did here I like doing that eighth inch stitch just inside here and just inside here it just seems to kind of hold it all together is it absolutely necessary at least on the one side yes because you want that closed on the other side no but still just for symmetry I like doing that and that's kind of a preference thing I've done those ahead of time just to save us a little bit of time now you'll fold those in half and you're going to go ahead and you'll but that right up against that edge and I'm just bracketing where that's sitting there in between see how it's just it's just kind of centered over the zipper I'll do the same on this side I'm going to take this to the sewing machine I'm going to sew here and I'm going to sew here when I come back we'll go the next step now that the tabs are sewn on you'll bring the right the outside of the bag together and we're just going to sew a quarter of an inch I'll just put in a couple pins and let's do this together it's a quick step and then we'll just keep going the bag is very close getting much closer to being done now so let's go ahead and I'm just doing a standard straight stitch quarter of an inch if you previously zigzagged make sure you're not on the zigzag anymore I forget that sometimes let's take that to that sewing orthia pressing mat and let's press that open it's a pretty bulky seam so that's why I like to press open anytime there's a lot of bulk you should definitely consider pressing seam open and in that case you might want to shorten your stitch length just a little bit because like with cool thing seams get pressed to one side of the other it's just kind of a walking thing it works great especially when one row is pressed to one side and the next rows press the other because then you get what's called interlocking seams but whenever I do press seams open I like to shorten that stitch line just a little board more meat more stitches it per inch so there's just a little bit more integrity in the bag especially if it's something that will be used a lot now that process seemed that seam is pressed open now down below I can see my zipper what I'm trying to do right now is I just want to want you to see that so there's our zipper pull which is centered over the zipper so I want to Center that over basically that zipper pull and we're going to go ahead and pin that and we'll repeat the same for the other side of course you know when I first started off crafting and quilting I really was not a Pinner I just want I didn't want to waste the time I didn't couldn't be bothered and I just went for it well you know what I ended up doing end up spending a lot of time seam ripping just get over it just it pin it is so worth it because seam ripping is a complete drag nobody enjoys doing that same thing on the side I want to Center this over top of my zipper region now this is a lot of bulk coming in here because you're going over many layers Plus that interfacing pusher zipper so make sure you you're just ready and sometimes when it's a lot of fabric you almost have to have it can't crank it over those areas could because your machine can kind of get bogged down I recommend getting a certain amount of speed going with your machine I actually want to show you that let's let's do this together so you know what I'm talking about I know we've we've seen when there's so much it gets bogged down but let's go this together I'll come over here so you can see this better and I'm going to keep a fairly good pace going so that it hopefully doesn't get blogged down at that center portion but if it does I'll just hand crank it so let's do this together there's that so far but notice how I kind of just kept going so it seems to kind of help it not get bogged down now I'll repeat that for the other side let's just do that together so we can just keep things going here you can see that again up so that one got a little bit bogged down so I'm just kind of baby it through that area I don't want to break my needle or my thread there we go good I got to show you example a bow so when it kind of does get bogged down or what happened there was that flap started to turn over I'm just like well you have to stop so that's drafting and quilting that's just how it works okay so now and we're so close to having this background I'm excited okay now that our bag is like this we will go ahead and prepare the corners which creates this nice little box section so what we'll do now with our corners actually I remember this now this is important because let me show you why I want to what's called box my corners now if you don't clip your corners you see how I can't really press that seam open watch this though if I use my rotary cutter for that if be careful you don't cut through what you just sewed I'm just I don't know an eighth of an inch you may be even closer than that by doing that now when I try to box my corner do you see how the seam will lie open so that's why that's an important step and I'm even going to press that a little bit just so that I can get a better visual so what am i meeting by box the corner well just like I did I made a clip now I want you to see this I'm going to go ahead and try to get this out of the way so you can see what I'm doing this is where one of those little um Omni grip rulers is absolutely essential just get one in your sewing room if you don't have one get one you need it what you're looking for is actually two measurements I'm looking for an inch and a half which is about right there in this distance and then left to right I'm looking for three inches when you find that intersection you are at the right place but like out like that yes and you're going to go ahead and going to draw a line now you're going to do the same step for all corners you can either draw one and try to do them all and then take it to the sewing machine or one at a time personally I think it's easier do one at a time come back do the other corner draw a line so so I want to do this with you we'll do the one side together and then you do the other three on your own so I put a pin there because I just don't want it to move I'm gonna do a straight stitch here on the sewing machine and then I'll show you what we do with that corner make sure when you come to that seam allowance it's pressed open and I'm just using my fingers here to hold that open and when my presser foot comes up it doesn't move that flap over like it wants to now what I'll do is I'll come to my mat and you can even just cut a visual quarter or if you're like I'm not comfortable with that you can go ahead and put your ruler here it's a little bit awkward because there is a lot of bulk but if you want something to cut you know pushed up against by all means use the ruler so that's how that creates that's what's creating this corner you're going to repeat that for this corner and this one in this one when I come back then literally all you have to do then is turn the back right side out so I've boxed all four corners and wanted you to see what that would look like prior to turning and then my absolute favorite part probably your favorite part too is just turning it right side out and seeing what your finished project looks like and of you know what when I made the first one I was like I cannot wait to make this again for every person I know they're going to be getting these for Christmas this year so isn't this so cute so practical and just turn it right-side out okay with your fingers you can kind of press out where those little box corners are zip it closed and you're ready to go I hope you enjoyed this fun practical DIY video from shabby fabrics you


  1. debbie mclaughlin

    a great tutorial that is easy to follow and looks great. Love how it has a finished look to it. inside and out. You are a very good teacher.

  2. Margaret Barnes

    Hello ladies, i really enjoyed making this bag and was so easy to follow your tutorial. I have made two of them and they turned out great. Thank you, maggie

  3. Martha Humphrey

    So cute! Great idea for Christmas gifts. I went to your site but could not find the download. Can you direct me to it? Thank you.

  4. Louisa Russell

    Love making these. I have made them for friends and family and also filled them for back to school bags with personal hygiene items for my granddaughters. I made some to raise funds for my oldest granddaughter Emma's swimming club. Thank you so much for the excellent video. Just made another two today as thank you gifts. Best wishes, Louisa

  5. Karen H

    This was super easy, it took all of maybe 20 mins to make one…it's cute and perfect for my contact stuff to carry w/ me…thank you once again for a great tutorial…you always do a great job…

  6. Ruth Duke

    Thank you so much. Granddaughter and I have made tissue pouches without zippers as a first project for her to learn and I'm so pleased to be able to take her to the next level. This is perfect.

  7. Monica Veintemillas

    Just loved this project! Is there any way, that those bottom seams not show, like putting bias tape or other, I don’t like how the inside looks. Please advice, Mónica from La Paz, Bolivia 🇧🇴

  8. 2kidsinutah

    Above you show a link "free cutting diagram" yet when I click on it I have to scroll through which after 20 minutes I'm still not finding the diagram


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