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open wide zippered pouch: DIY tutorial

Doesn’t it ever get annoying digging through a zippered pouch?  I love being able to see what’s inside and what I’m searching for.  I spotted this little pouch the other day and had to make something similar.

I also made a bunch of sizes, but today I’ll show you the small size, next time, I’ll share the medium and large sizes (not pictured) so you can make all three!


  • fabric, 1/4 yard would be plenty
  • zipper, at least 10″ long or longer
  • thread
  • interfacing of your choice, I used Pellon 101SF, or skip it all together
  • scrap for zipper end pull
** Update: three sizes chart post here

(1/2″ seam allowance, unless otherwise noted)

(Optional) Fuse on or baste on interfacing of your choice to main exterior pieces.

Lay one exterior piece right side up, lay zipper (teeth side down) on top with the zipper pull at the left – aligning zipper tape edge to the raw edges of the top of the exterior piece.  Tuck in pull side zipper end, just bend it 90 degrees.  You may choose to sew it down, or just pin it in place like I did.  Make sure the metal bit of the zipper is just about 3/4″ away from the left edge.  Layer lining piece on top, right side down on top of zipper.  Pin and baste, you can skip this part, but basting really does help things from slipping around too much.

Use your zipper foot and a 1/4″ seam allowance.  Sew over basting stitches, but not all the way to the end.

At about 1″ before the edge of the fabric, stop, backstitch, and then pull the zipper away from the seam, bending it down out of the way, in towards the fabrics.  The whole point is to pull it out of the way so it doesn’t get caught in the seam.  Continue stitching along the fabrics until the edge.

Flip so that the fabrics are wrong sides facing and press.

Lay the remaining exterior piece right side up, lay zipper (with fabrics attached) on top – teeth side down with the zipper pull at the right. Tuck in pull side zipper end, just bend it 90 degrees, just like before, making sure the metal bit of the zipper is just over 3/4″ away from the right edge this time. Lay lining piece right side down on top.  Pin and baste.  Using the zipper foot and a 1/4″ seam allowance sew over basting stitches, but not all the way to the end just like before. 

Again, about 1″ before the edge of the fabric, stop, backstitch, and then pull the zipper away from the seam, bending it down, in towards the fabrics.  Continue stitching along the fabrics until the edge.  Flip so that the fabrics are wrong sides facing and press. Do NOT topstitch along either side of the zipper at this point, we’ll be doing that in another step towards the end. This is what you’ve got so far:

Next. flip so that the exterior fabrics are right sides together and the lining pieces are right sides together (with the zipper hidden in the middle). 

Open the zipper at least half way at this point!  

Pin and sew around all edges leaving approximately a 4″ opening in the bottom (or side) of the lining.  You’ll be using a 1/2″ seam allowance.  Be sure to get close to the metal zipper ends on one side, and bending the zipper end down into the pouch on the other side making sure it doesn’t get caught in the seam.  


Box the corners by pinching each corner together and aligning each corresponding side/bottom seam, one corner at a time.  Use a ruler and water soluble marker to mark a line perpendicular to the side seam 3.5″ long.

Sew along that line, trim the seam allowance.  Do this for all four corners (two exterior, two lining).

Pull pouch right side out through the opening you left in the lining.  Tuck in raw edges of opening. Sew opening in lining closed using a small seam allowance by machine (sewing close to the fold as in the above picture) or hand stitch the opening closed.  Push lining into exterior.  Press around entire opening and carefully along the zipper.

Topstitch using a slightly longer stitch length (and taking your time) around the entire opening of the pouch.

Trim the zipper tail so that you have about 1″ of space past the pouch’s side (be careful not to accidentally slide the zipper pull off the zipper!).

For making the zipper pull tab, take a 2″x3″ piece of fabric.

Press all edges in by 1/2″, slip over zipper end.

Fold in half, sew around all four edges of the tab.

That’s it!  Enjoy your super functional pouch and have fun being able to find the things you need easily!!!


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315 Responses to open wide zippered pouch: DIY tutorial

  1. Jessica at Me Sew Crazy 06.25.2012 at 9:52 am #

    As always Anna – these are lovely. The tutorial is fantastic, and I look forward to putting it to good use in the future. Thank you!

  2. erica 06.25.2012 at 9:56 am #

    Your tutorials are always so clear and concise! Thanks for sharing :)

  3. kendascrafts 06.25.2012 at 10:03 am #

    sweet! thanks for the tutorial!

  4. Sasha 06.25.2012 at 10:08 am #

    Super cute!!!!! I love how big the opening at the top is!!!

  5. Vanessa 06.25.2012 at 10:08 am #

    These are so cute! Love the bright fabrics you used. Aren’t zippers fun?

    • Vanessa Liming 12.23.2013 at 12:27 am #

      Zippers are AWESOME, they are my favorite thing right now!

  6. Krista 06.25.2012 at 10:11 am #

    very smart idea! And you make it look easy.

  7. Carolien 06.25.2012 at 10:27 am #

    Thanks so much for this tutorial!

  8. gail 06.25.2012 at 10:38 am #

    so great! and that hello kitty fabric…adorable! thanks for this!!

  9. {Leila}Where the Orchids Grow 06.25.2012 at 10:38 am #

    Sweet! Great tute Anna, they are on my to do list!!

  10. Tansy Dolls 06.25.2012 at 10:54 am #

    This is a great tutorial. I love the little tab of fabric you use to finish off the zipper. I will have to try this the next time I make a zippered pouch. It looks so neat and well…finished, if that makes sense.

  11. Julie 06.25.2012 at 11:09 am #

    These are goig on my ever increasing “to do” list for the week.
    where did you get such cute fabrics???
    thanks for sharing such a great tute.
    have a fabulous week.

  12. Delia 06.25.2012 at 11:10 am #

    I love this Anna! I will definitely give this a go! I like how the interfacing helps it stand up well too.

  13. Sandra :) 06.25.2012 at 11:50 am #

    Oh my, I love finding fun new zipper bag ideas, and this one is COOL (so are your fabrics – YUMM!) :) Thanks for the tute – I want to try this! I especially like that there are no raw edges – not every designer makes the extra effort to ensure the inside of their bags is finished properly 😀

  14. Amy Friend 06.25.2012 at 11:51 am #

    Great idea!

  15. Jeannie 06.25.2012 at 11:52 am #

    Love, love, love!!! will be making one asap!

  16. Sandra :) 06.25.2012 at 11:55 am #

    OOPS ensure the inside of their bags *ARE finished properly, lol.

  17. Sew Much Ado 06.25.2012 at 12:33 pm #

    These are super cute Anna! I love how they look like little whales when you’re looking from the top like in the last pic :).

  18. Annie 06.25.2012 at 1:08 pm #

    Love your tutorials, Anna, they’re always so clear. These are so cute!

  19. Lindsey R. :: LRstitched 06.25.2012 at 1:26 pm #

    ooh, love this! I just got a bunch of zippers, I see some pouches in my future. That dotted HK is adorable!

  20. Anonymous 06.25.2012 at 1:33 pm #

    awesome! I’m loving the HK dots too. Where did you find it?

  21. i.ikeda 06.25.2012 at 1:34 pm #

    I just found your blog through pinterest, and I’m so excited! Love your tutorials and your adorable pouches and bags.

  22. Patrice 06.25.2012 at 1:39 pm #

    Yep! Super Awesome!! :)

  23. Patrice 06.25.2012 at 1:41 pm #

    Yep! Super Awesome!! :)

  24. Karenkay 06.25.2012 at 1:53 pm #

    thank you for taking the time to put a tutorial together for this adorable pouch! I have really cute fabric for this, just need to go get some zippers!

  25. Mel 06.25.2012 at 2:34 pm #

    Quick THANK YOU! Now I need to go collect my supplies so I can go make this!! Adorable and brilliant <3

  26. Kendall Hoover 06.25.2012 at 2:48 pm #

    Thank you thank you thank you! Used this to put in the diaper bag to keep all the little toy cars and things in one easily accessible place instead of all over the bag. Keep writing!
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  27. LEPÄÄVÄ ESTEETIKKO 06.25.2012 at 3:05 pm #

    I really like that you left the zipper end out of the lining, it is roomier and faster to use like this. Good idea and so nicely made!

  28. beth lehman 06.25.2012 at 3:12 pm #

    great idea~! can’t wait to try it out!

  29. Anonymous 06.25.2012 at 3:13 pm #

    Anna you amaze me every single time I stop by! Thanks for sharing this cool pouch. Can’t wait to have a minute to myself to make one (or five!)

  30. Jo @ a life in lists 06.25.2012 at 3:35 pm #

    Great tutorial, thank you so much for taking the time to put it together! Can’t wait to make a few of these when I get a chance.

  31. Miss Creatuurtje 06.25.2012 at 4:23 pm #

    Great! I’m gonna try this, thank you!

  32. Angela {fussycut} 06.25.2012 at 4:41 pm #

    You smart girl you! Can’t wait to make a ton of these.

  33. Alexis 06.25.2012 at 4:49 pm #

    Just the tutorial I needed :) Thanks for sharing.
    I’m going to make one tomorrow.

    Do you happen to know where I can find that Hello Kitty fabric online. I’m in love it.


  34. Katy Cameron 06.25.2012 at 5:20 pm #

    Very cool, thanks for the tute!

  35. Emily 06.25.2012 at 5:55 pm #

    Super cute!! I have got to make time to learn to sew a zipper.

  36. Allison C 06.25.2012 at 7:21 pm #

    Love this. Where did you get your HK fabric?

  37. Pam 06.25.2012 at 8:26 pm #

    Such a cute little pouch. Thanks for sharing!!! I’m pinning this one…

  38. Jacqui 06.25.2012 at 9:27 pm #

    This would be such a great way of making book bags for school, so you can open up the bag wide to get big books in – and how cute are they when they’re small! No wonder you made a bunch :)

  39. chris 06.25.2012 at 10:56 pm #

    These are adorable, Anna! Hooray for more zippers, and the Hello Kitty fabric is darling.

  40. Anonymous 06.25.2012 at 10:59 pm #

    thanks! I love the wide opening!

  41. Stefanie in St. Louis 06.25.2012 at 11:23 pm #

    I just discovered your blog and it’s amazing. You should write a book!

    thanks for sharing your talent with us!


  42. CÖ SER 06.25.2012 at 11:54 pm #

    gracias ¡¡¡¡

  43. Lesley at Fabulously Flawed 06.26.2012 at 12:31 am #

    Oh gosh…. so pretty! Thank you, girl!

  44. thingsforboys 06.26.2012 at 1:52 am #

    Awesome! This makes all my junk so much easier to get to!

  45. sewkatiedid 06.26.2012 at 2:09 am #

    so cute! you never really outgrow hello kitty.

  46. Cindy 06.26.2012 at 8:12 am #

    These are adorable, Anna! Thanks for sharing your tutorial! I’ll be making a few of these!:)

  47. Jessica 06.26.2012 at 8:31 am #

    What a super cute pouch! I need to make one of these!

  48. tini-uk 06.26.2012 at 9:58 am #

    Thank you so much, 4 out of 6 teacher presents sorted!

  49. Elizabeth 06.26.2012 at 2:19 pm #

    Ah, this is perfect! I’ve been wanting to make a nice travel zip bag for small toiletries, and this could be perfect. (Also love your nail polish!)

  50. Veronica Scott 06.26.2012 at 3:38 pm #

    Gotta try this. Love that fabric and love your tutorials!!

  51. susan Ann Sands Wedeward 06.26.2012 at 5:23 pm #

    Anna, I love the new Hello Kitty Pouch. It’s super cute as always you out did yourself again…………………

  52. Tammy 06.26.2012 at 10:16 pm #

    And my sewing to-do list just got a little longer :) Thanks for a great tutorial!

  53. aneela 06.27.2012 at 5:26 am #

    Thank you! On my need to make list :))

  54. Kimberly 06.27.2012 at 10:26 am #


  55. Solange Revendedora 06.27.2012 at 1:44 pm #

    Amei, trabalho lindo e ótima dica!
    Beijo no coração.

    Solange Nunes

  56. My Creative Mommy 06.27.2012 at 7:47 pm #

    Sewing scares me, but I think my babygirl would love this pouch! Where did you get that fabric?

  57. Marcia 06.27.2012 at 8:48 pm #

    Great! I think these will be my Christmas gifts to sisters and co-workers. Thanks so much for sharing!

  58. kristin 06.27.2012 at 9:39 pm #

    So awesome! Can’t wait to make one! Great tutorial, Anna. :)

  59. Tracie 06.28.2012 at 9:01 am #

    Fabulous!!! never thought about putting a zipper on this way!!!

  60. kluckingbear 06.28.2012 at 1:28 pm #

    GREAT tutorial and I really like the zipper positioning! Thanks for sharing.

  61. Betty 06.28.2012 at 1:38 pm #

    Thanks Anna for sharing this wonderful pattern!

  62. Marilyn 06.30.2012 at 10:56 am #

    Perfect timing—this is just what I need!!! Thanks so much for sharing your fabulous tutorial!

  63. jmj 07.01.2012 at 12:09 pm #

    Hi your tutorial came just in time for my sister’s 60th, too too much fun!!!!! Love the way the zip goes in!!!!

  64. Anonymous 07.03.2012 at 9:19 am #

    Anna this is awesome! You just seriously made my day. I have been sewing since I was a little girl and still am so clueless, but your tutorials are so easy to follow and helpful! I am going to be making some for sure.

  65. Katie 07.03.2012 at 7:51 pm #

    super cute pouch!!!

  66. elnorac 07.05.2012 at 11:44 pm #

    Thanks for another awesome tutorial, Anna! You’ve done soooooo much for sewists all over the world… How awesome is that? I hope the ones that follow your free tutes also buy your wonderful patterns. I carry your 241 tote every single day (in various “incarnations” as my purse, and I love that pattern!!!!! Thanks for being so wonderful!

  67. Ann 07.06.2012 at 2:12 pm #

    Super! I have made several pouches but had not thought of leaving the zipper tail long with the tab. Really like this style.

  68. ~mo sews with re*purpose 07.07.2012 at 10:37 am #

    Makes me want to dig for my zipper stash! 😀 These are lovely… and so practical too!

  69. Lori 07.09.2012 at 11:33 am #

    These are so cute. Thanks for the awesome tutorial. Ohhhh I could put handles on either side and it could be a small purse for a little girl. Ohhh I like that idea. I have a birthday coming up for my great neice. Thanks again.
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  70. sparklesness 07.10.2012 at 3:38 am #

    oooh this looks like something i could actually sew!

  71. Sandra :) 07.13.2012 at 11:39 pm #

    I DID IT I did it I did it!! And it’s fantastic! Thank you for a most excellent tutorial – I made a bag tonight and it is darn near perfect! I was nervous about the zipper (even though I’ve made dozens of zipper bags) but it was no more difficult than a regular installation :) I can’t wait to try the other sizes :) I blogged about it today if you want to take a peek – I linked to both of your tutorials 😀 THANK YOU!!

  72. Anonymous 07.17.2012 at 12:25 am #

    THIs sucks it didnt even work the instructions were not helpful :(

    • Anna 07.17.2012 at 10:43 am #

      Well, you could always email me with questions!

  73. Julia 07.19.2012 at 12:19 pm #

    I made two of the pouches today, it took me about 40 min each. Super tutorial, very helpful and easy to follow – thanks a lot!

  74. Cris 07.21.2012 at 8:14 am #

    Hello!!! From Spain, beautifull!!!! Thanks!!!!

  75. Freetime 07.22.2012 at 7:02 am #

    supeeeer!! i really like it!!!

  76. Nicole @ Patchwork Duck Designs 07.27.2012 at 8:27 am #

    LOVE this tutorial! I’ve already made two (you can see the photos on the post link below) and plan to make many more. Thanks for the great pattern!

  77. fal00la 07.28.2012 at 8:52 pm #

    Thank you for this tutorial!! I found this while looking for a completely different bag, but decided to make this style anyway. I LOVED it! Super easy. Just finished making two to gift to a friend, and I’ll be making plenty more. 😀

  78. kalinka 07.31.2012 at 8:36 am #

    Love your blog and your fantastic bag and pouch tutorials! Just made a couple of these – thank you :)

    blogged at

  79. kalinka 07.31.2012 at 8:37 am #

    oops got my own blog address wrong!!

  80. Mamas Spare Time 08.10.2012 at 1:41 am #

    This is the greatest tutorial! I just made one for a gift and I want to keep it for myself :) guess I will me making another one or ten !,

  81. Anonymous 08.11.2012 at 11:58 pm #

    Thank you for this tutorial! I want to make one to use as a project bag for my sock knitting. I also bought some Hello! Kitty fabric at I was looking for Flea Market Fancy, and needed a little somethin’-somethin’ to get the free shipping.

  82. Maguy 08.20.2012 at 10:56 pm #

    Thank! Desde Argentina!!!!
    Sorry I do not speak English.

  83. Die Fischerin 08.31.2012 at 10:22 am #

    Many Thanks. It is very beautiful. I like it so much.

  84. Cooking-love 09.02.2012 at 4:13 pm #


  85. Brenda 09.06.2012 at 8:38 pm #

    Just discovered Pinterest…..wherever have I been?? Best of all I found your great tutorial. Can’t wait to try it.

  86. Kristan 09.19.2012 at 6:11 pm #

    I made this today using your tutorial. It turned out great. Thanks!

  87. Amys Crafty Shenanigans 09.23.2012 at 4:09 pm #

    Made a small one for a present for a work collegaues daughter but I love it too much to give away!! Awesome tutorial – THANK YOU!!!!

  88. Nueyer 09.24.2012 at 6:11 am #

    Great tutorial!! I can’t seem to get my zippered corners as neat as yours…

  89. Anonymous 09.24.2012 at 6:35 pm #

    I am a beginner and I made 5 of these (small and medium) bags in the last week as gifts. Your instructions and pictures are excellent. Thank you for taking the time to share this. Now I just need to make one for myself! J

  90. Wendy Portales 10.06.2012 at 5:29 pm #

    This is the cutest little pouch ever! I made one today in about 20 minutes! Love It!!!

  91. Anonymous 10.12.2012 at 5:37 pm #

    Such a great idea, I am always looking for ways to use up some of my precious scraps. Thank you. Missnuggy

  92. Flo @ Butterfly Quilting 10.13.2012 at 11:06 am #

    this is a GREAT tutorial…best I have tried yet! I think I am addicted!! I have already given one to almost everyone I know LOL

  93. Kay Duty 10.17.2012 at 9:35 am #

    Thanks for the great tutorial. I made my first bag in the medium size with reproduction 30’s fabric. It turned out very cute and didn’t take long to make. With a 2 year old, I am all about fast projects! I will be making these for Christmas gifts for my family and friends. Thanks again.

  94. Thank you…I’m going to try this!

  95. Suzanne 11.03.2012 at 7:59 am #

    I’m so happy to see your post. I was trying to work through a similar project in my mind before I came across it and your tutorial helped me to figure out the step I was missing. I love your finished product.

  96. sew.darn.quilt 11.03.2012 at 10:43 am #

    Brilliant! Can you guess what I’m going to be doing today? :O)
    Thank you very much.

  97. Stone Cottage Adventures 11.10.2012 at 9:24 am #

    What a wonderful tutorial!! Thank you!! Thank you!! -Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures

  98. Abi Makes 11.13.2012 at 9:20 am #

    great tutorial, thanks for sharing :) pics of my attempt here

  99. Amy 11.18.2012 at 11:43 am #

    I just made one of these (the medium size) last night!!! Thank you SO MUCH for the tutorial. Mine came out PERFECT!!! I was planning for it to be a christmas gift, but think I’ll keep it for myself. One of these will make an awesome snack bag(must be separate from lunch) for my daughter to take to kindergarten. As soon as I get some more zippers I’m making more!!! Thanks for sharing everything that you do. You blog is always really inspirational, your projects are useful and your instructions and tutorials are easy to follow and accurate!

  100. molly::applecyder 11.23.2012 at 10:17 am #

    I think this tutorial is going to be my savior this year for xmas gifts. I’m gonna start a big ole assembly line. THANK YOU. Molly

  101. Lynelle 12.03.2012 at 12:34 am #

    Loved making this! Although (through my own fault) I made mine SUPER easy to see into because I had to widen the all box corners :P. I could see myself coming up with a million uses for these, thanks so much for the easy to follow tutorial!

  102. Rein 12.07.2012 at 1:27 am #

    Great tutorial, thanks for sharing!

  103. Heather 12.10.2012 at 4:18 pm #

    Thank you so much for this amazing tutorial! it gave me the confidance I needed to try sewing in a zipper. You made it so easy for me.
    I gave you total credit and blogged about it, something this good just has to be shared!

  104. papismami 12.13.2012 at 3:16 pm #

    This is awesome. I just tried it today and learned how to do the zipper and it was so great!!! THANKS!

  105. Polina Kuts 12.18.2012 at 3:46 am #

    Hi, Anna! Thank you very much for your tutorial!
    This is my version:

    I am big fun of your talent, there are two my another copies of your products:

    Tank you for ideas!

  106. Di 12.22.2012 at 7:48 pm #

    Hi Anna. I have made several of these bags for Christmas presents. The tutorial is really clear to follow and I am delighted with te end result. Many thanks.

  107. Jenn Poort 12.23.2012 at 9:24 am #

    Thank you so much for this clear tutorial. I’ll send you a link once I’ve made it and will link to your blog! Lovely fabric by the way! X Jenn

  108. Deb G. 12.26.2012 at 4:55 pm #

    This was a great tutorial – thanks so much for posting it! My first two bags are here:

  109. Melzie Belle 12.29.2012 at 11:07 pm #

    Be sure to get close to the metal zipper ends on one side, and bending the zipper end down into the pouch on the other side making sure it doesn’t get caught in the seam.

    I have no idea what this part means, and the pictures are not speaking to me lol. Can you pretty please LMK :)

  110. Ines 01.01.2013 at 4:00 am #

    Hello Anna, happy new year!

    Yesterday I made one of your pouches and I’m still smiling :-)!
    I’m a beginner and so happy about sewing in my first zipper.
    Thank you so much for your wonderfull tutorial.

    Greetings from Germany

  111. Tomingo 01.03.2013 at 8:38 pm #

    This is a wonderful tutorial. Thanks for sharing.
    Mingz Eclectic Creations

  112. Anonymous 01.05.2013 at 10:05 pm #

    Have to say thank you for this tutorial. I have made 4 of these now and keep thinking up new reasons to make more. They’ve become my absolute favorite pouch (LOVE how wide it opens up). So a great big huge THANK YOU for sharing your ideas and skills with the wide world!

  113. Shelley in CT 01.11.2013 at 10:07 am #

    Just found this tutorial – really great instructions and such a useful bag! I’ve already made three.

  114. Sarah from Germany 01.13.2013 at 4:00 pm #

    Wow, this is a great tutorial – thank you very much!

  115. grace 01.15.2013 at 11:28 pm #

    I am on pouch the third – the first two were gifts to two delighted friends. This one is off to a 7-year-old birthday girl filled with markers, scissors, and candy. What a great design and a super-clear tutorial! Thank you!

  116. Liz 01.17.2013 at 12:10 am #

    Great tutorial! I made myself one in each size. I love them. Thank you!!

    Coming soon I’ll be making your Sidekick Tote. Thanks for keeping me busy!! :)

  117. Donna 01.17.2013 at 9:59 pm #

    Oh this is a great bag and tutorial. I can’t wait to give it a try! Thanks so much for sharing your work.

  118. Courtney 01.19.2013 at 2:22 pm #

    hi! about to make ur cute bag and was doing a read thru first….question….materials are 10in zip and 10in wide fabric but ur zipper seems to be longer than ur 10in fabric? what am i missing?

    • Anna 01.19.2013 at 6:59 pm #

      Hi Courtney, a few factors come into play, but basically, the width of the pouch changes with the seam allowances, etc. I’m sure once you sew the pouch it’ll make more sense. :)

    • Courtney 01.20.2013 at 1:50 am #

      ohh ok I see now. thanks for the reply :)

  119. Jeannine 01.22.2013 at 5:18 pm #

    I just made my first one of these. Thanks for the easy step by step instructions.

  120. Anya 01.24.2013 at 2:35 am #

    Thank you for an amazing tutorial. I made my first zippered pouch and it was so easy!

  121. Jake 01.30.2013 at 11:06 pm #

    Just made my first OWP! This was also my very first zipper (note to self: must buy zipper foot!). I muddled thru the zipper w/o the right foot but it worked. It was confusing (not the instructions, they were very clear!). My lack of zipper foresight….but after I got that first one made….BAM, it all sunk in! I love it!
    Thank you so much for sharing. I plan to try some of your other tutes as well!

  122. Lettyb 02.03.2013 at 10:47 am #

    Here’s mine! made with Nancy Drew fabric outside and laminate inside. My zipper end is morphing. First I left off the tab, then put one on, today I will make the end shorter and put another one on. :) Great tute, thank you very much!

  123. Sybil 02.04.2013 at 9:07 am #

    Thank you very much for this tutorial, I made the small pouch this week-end and it went very well with the instructions. I love the result:-)

    Best regards from Germany,


  124. Maureen Heck 02.08.2013 at 2:34 pm #

    Thanks for the great instruction on sewing zippers this way! I left the excess really long to act as a sort of a handle. I linked to you on my blog:

    • Jake 02.13.2013 at 4:57 pm #

      I made a small one,added a few pockets on the inside for credit card and chapstick and cash and left my zipper very long, looped back in itself as a wristlet handle. Nit too bad for my second shot!

  125. GrecianUrns 02.17.2013 at 3:30 am #

    found this tutorial via someone else’s email blog, i think… clever idea… i have so many zips now i know what to use them for!!!…from Australia

  126. Anneliese 02.22.2013 at 8:58 am #

    thank you for this perfect tutorial – I made already many pouches but always struggling with the zipper end – now I know and it will be a child’s play like this.

  127. amber.threads 03.21.2013 at 2:56 pm #

    Thank you for the awesome tutorial! I made a waterproof one. Thanks again!

  128. Anonymous 03.21.2013 at 4:32 pm #

    I have made hundreds of zippered pouches and always struggle with the ends of the zipper being enclosed in the side seam creating a big lump. This was a great tutorial and I will use your technique in the future. Thanks so much. Shirley

  129. Ellie 03.23.2013 at 12:48 am #

    Thanks, I just made the large size. Your tutorial was great and I love the design of the bag. I’ll photograph it tomorrow and comment with the link.

  130. Anonymous 03.31.2013 at 8:54 am #

    thank you precious

  131. Susan@Organized31 04.08.2013 at 8:01 am #

    I am not a seamstress, but I used to your tutorial to make a gorgeous zippered pouch from a thrifted skirt. Thanks for the great tutorial!

  132. Photo Booth Girl 04.13.2013 at 2:26 pm #

    This is so awesome, thank you for sharing, and extra thank you for sharing your resources. Those zippers are fantastic.

  133. Maguy 04.13.2013 at 8:39 pm #

    sorry, did not speak English.
    hola, soy de argentina y hace mucho sigo tu blog. el tuyo me inspiro a tener uno. te invito a que veas lo que hice gracias a este tutorial estupendo!

  134. Eva 04.15.2013 at 3:36 am #

    Me encantado , te felicito

  135. Marta S. 04.17.2013 at 10:50 am #

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  136. Anonymous 04.18.2013 at 12:54 pm #

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  137. Handmade by Hanki 04.22.2013 at 6:09 am #

    Thank you Anna for this great tutorial I made heaps of them! So easy with your step by step instructions! I have posted photos on my blog with link to your blog. Happy sewing Hanka :)

  138. flokiwill 04.28.2013 at 8:43 am #

    Thanks a lot for this great tuto! So clear! And no mistakes for mi first sewing!
    Florence, from south-west of France

  139. Anonymous 05.04.2013 at 6:20 pm #

    This is awesome! Thank you VERY much for your tutorials!

  140. TAMKEEN 05.23.2013 at 3:54 am #

    HI, I have made already made 3 sets of these pouches for 3 diff ladies in my life,including my mom. I need ure help now, my mom has requested me to make a pouch of a certain size. She wants it 15″ wide , 12″ high & the boxed corners should b 6″ wide.
    I would like to know what measurements to cut to make this size,specially the height, do i add 6″ to the 12 ” of height & when the boxed corner will b cut for 6″ then the height will come back to 12″ as needed for the size. I hope I ‘m making sense.
    Pls help asap. Love ure tutorials, so clear & easy to follow. hope to hear from u soon. TC

  141. Holli 05.24.2013 at 5:12 pm #

    I made three more pouches after work yesterday. Just wanted to say thank you!

  142. Jessica D 05.29.2013 at 12:00 pm #

    I made a couple of these pouches and love them! I did it slightly different as I used laminated material for the inside lining so they are a wet bag. This way when I travel this coming July, I can use these with my lotions, etc and if they happen to leak, the bag will easily wipe clean. I made one into a diaper changing tote with a small changing pad as well. I posted my bags in my blog (giving full credit for the tutorial to this site and adding a link to the tutorial as well). I hope you do not mind my doing this. I did not do any “how to” on my post as I stated I used your tutorial. All I posted were my pictures. Here is my post if you would like to verify:
    Thank you for your tutorial! I plan to make more bags in the future as I just love them!

  143. Grace 05.29.2013 at 2:29 pm #

    I’m confused about this step:
    “Pull pouch right side out through the opening you left in the lining. Push lining into exterior. Sew opening in lining closed using a small seam allowance. Press.”

    I understand you’re pulling everything right-side out through the opening and then pushing the lining to nestle inside the exterior…but then all of a sudden we have to sew the opening closed? : Does that involve taking the lining back out of the exterior? I’m confused about how to sew the lining closed (won’t you see the stitches?) and what exactly to press…??

    Sorry for these relatively simple questions…I am a beginner and the picture doesn’t show exactly how the stitches are being made! Thanks for any help you can provide!

    • Anna 05.29.2013 at 2:37 pm #

      Sorry Grace! Just updated the directions now. Just flipped those two bits around: You’ll stitch the opening closed, then tuck the whole lining into the pouch. Then press around the whole opening (plus the whole pouch might be kind of wrinkled from pulling it inside out).

      Tuck in the raw edges of the opening. You can then sew the opening closed by hand (where you won’t see the stitches) or by machine sewing really close to the fold of the opening. (The picture shows me sewing it by machine, it’s how I close all my linings, but it’s totally up to you. If the stitching bothers you then do and invisible hand stitch to close it up. :)

      Hope that helps!

    • Grace 05.29.2013 at 3:50 pm #

      Very clear now! Thank you so much, Anna! :)

  144. Pam @Threading My Way 06.03.2013 at 10:08 am #

    Thanks for a FABULOUS tutorial, Anna!!! Very clear and easy to follow. I love the shape of the pouch. I’ve just made one using crazy patchwork…

  145. Bea and me 06.20.2013 at 5:59 pm #

    Thank you so much for such a clear and easy to follow tutorial. I made 2 this afternoon with waterproof linings to use as makeup bags – great for presents. Also tried a quilted exterior – the possibilities are endless!

  146. Sandy 07.02.2013 at 11:43 am #

    Fantastic tutorial and photos Anna! It’s wonderful that we have a internet community of sewers so willing to share their knowledge. I just started sewing again since purchasing my dream sewing/embroidery machine: Janome Horizon Memory Craft 12000. I’m practicing making small cosmetic bags first from a tutorial from Sweet Bee Buzzings that is similar to yours that I’m adding decorative and embroidery stitches and designs to. I love your bags too with the wider zipper openings. I have to try them too. Thanks so much! I’m a follower now.

  147. Kim Burton 07.18.2013 at 1:04 pm #

    A fantastic tutorial – very clear and brilliant photos, thanks!
    I tried one with a really chunky zip:
    but deffo want to try out some more!

  148. Anonymous 07.21.2013 at 2:20 pm #

    So freaking cute! I just whipped one up for fun and now I’m obsessed! Thanks for a great tutorial.

    Lynn from St. Louis

  149. lizzie 07.22.2013 at 5:06 am #

    So detailed and generous of you to share. Many thanks.

  150. Svarta Malin 07.22.2013 at 6:35 pm #

    Thank you for this awesome tutorial!
    Did bookmark this a long time ago, today my first is sewn – very pleased with the result and your tutorial!!
    Why ever sew any other pouch than this one?
    Perfect with three sizes too! I did the smallest one this time, but there will be more of them in all sizes!

  151. Valerie O 07.24.2013 at 8:14 am #

    Great tutorial, I’m pumped to try it out. Any chance you can make the instructions printer-friendly? :)

  152. ab 07.31.2013 at 2:09 pm #

    Anna, I am SO excited to make like a million of these! Ok, maybe not a million. But close. We’ll start with one of each size? It’s just what I was looking for to help organize so many things. Toy cars. Travel meds/vitamis while we’re on roadtrip vacation. My daughter’s very many hair supplies…. etc… Did you ever post the fabric requirements for the medium and large bags? I couldn’t find on your blog… but I’d love help with your design? Thanks for the tutorial!!!


    • ab 07.31.2013 at 3:02 pm #

      Oh, and then I went back and read and saw the UPDATE info… ya. So Thank You! And next time I promise to read better. (well, as good as I can with 2 crazy toddlers of my own running circles around me). =)

  153. Lindsay_Loris 08.04.2013 at 6:17 am #

    Anna, I am still having problems:(. When layering the exterior, zipper and lining I cannot even baste them together straight! I have the zipper foot on my machine and the zipper pull to the left as your instructions but this does not leave 1/4 inch for the machine to sew a seam. The machine just sticks at the zipper pull cannot sew past it. What am I doing wrong?

    • Anna 08.05.2013 at 10:55 am #

      Sorry you’re having zipper woes! Try closing the zipper until you get to a certain point, then lift your presser foot and wiggle the zipper open, then continue sewing. That should allow you to get past the zipper’s pull. Hope that helps!

    • Lindsay_Loris 08.05.2013 at 11:38 am #

      Actually Anna, I can’t even get the get past the zipper pull to get started! I’ve finally managed to get it in By opening the zipper so I don’t have to sew near the zipper pull at all:). I also found that my machine doesn’t feed very well unless I am sewing to the right of the. Zipper – not sure why but it worked! Thanks for your tute and your reply – can I like to a Flickr pic when it’s complete? Lxx

  154. Palak 08.09.2013 at 8:49 pm #

    Hi Anna, I just finished making a ton of zip pouches, and I thought of the open wide pouch! I love it, and it uses so very little fabric for such a fabulous result! I featured today on my frugal sewing site: I hope it’s ok!

  155. Suzanne 08.10.2013 at 2:47 am #

    Love your tutorial! Easy to follow and fast project to do. All the ladies I know (friends and daughters-in-law) will be getting a set of these for Christmas.

  156. Auntie Em 08.14.2013 at 11:05 am #

    Just made my first Open Wide Zip today and I’m so happy with the way it turned out. Your technique for making the zipper extend beyond the outside of the pouch was easy to follow, and makes it so easy to see inside the pouch when open.
    Thank you so very much for posting this tutorial!

  157. Anonymous 08.22.2013 at 6:25 pm #

    This is my first & your tutorial was wonderful!!!
    Thank you so much for sharing it!

  158. knittynurse 08.22.2013 at 9:43 pm #

    I used your tutorial last week and was delighted with the result. Your instructions are clean and straightforward and my bag is gorgeous. I am sure this is the beginning or (yet another) obsession. Thank you.

  159. the monkeys' mama 09.02.2013 at 10:50 pm #

    My daughter needed a fabric pouch for kindergarten (tomorrow sniff sniff!) & I found this tutorial which seemed so perfect for school supplies. She picked out the fabric, I learned how to sew my first zipper and do my first box pleats, and we are both thrilled that 1) all her supplies fit inside (made the medium) and 2) how adorable it is. Thank you! XOXO

  160. Jennifer 09.03.2013 at 3:48 pm #

    I just sewed this up and it looks great! Thanks for the wonderful tutorial. I kept my ipad next to my sewing machine for quick reference. I’m already planning on making another!

  161. Lanetta 09.05.2013 at 6:37 am #

    I cannot wait to make this bag following your clear pictured instructions! Thank you for sharing this tutorial. I’ve included your link in today’s blog post, a round up of zipper applications!

  162. Lynette @ My Craft Discovery 09.05.2013 at 12:18 pm #

    I need to get a few more zippers, but this is on my high priority list! Your instructions are so clear, that really helps!

  163. Camilla 09.13.2013 at 3:31 am #

    Just have to post a quick comment to say how much I love your tutorials Anna. I was able to whip up an open wide pouch today for a quick gift- thanks for sharing your free tutorials!

  164. LizzyD 09.13.2013 at 4:40 pm #

    I am so glad I discovered your blog! This tutorial is perfect for a sewing noob such as myself. I’ve already made 5 of these things, each time feeling like I had performed some kind of magic trick: “ta-daaa you just installed a zipper! BOO-YAH!”

    The Madras Bag is next! Thank you so much for sharing.

  165. wendy 09.15.2013 at 10:03 am #

    Thank you for this great pattern and tutorial. I have just made my first one, I see many, many more in my future :)

  166. Anonymous 12.08.2013 at 10:08 pm #

    Thank you so much for show/teaching people. I never know how to make one. Just make one today.


  167. Svarta Malin 12.18.2013 at 1:43 pm #

    Again – Thanks for a Great tutorial – my second is now ready:
    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

  168. Anonymous 01.22.2014 at 12:27 am #

    I made it!!! I left out the pellon and regret it now. I made the medium bag so now I’m making the small one and adding the pellon for sure!

  169. Jen 02.01.2014 at 7:03 am #

    Great tutorial!!! Love this little zipper pouch.

  170. Darice 02.09.2014 at 12:00 am #

    I just found this tutorial today! I wanted to thankyou for posting this! I just made a little bag tonight and I’m so happy with it. I still really like making little things for my grown girls and I know they will love them!

  171. kat 02.13.2014 at 11:47 am #

    thanks a lot – i have just finished this cute bag in not even an hour and even with a patched exterior! the hardes part for me was the tiny patch for the zipper end. i hate this small scale sewing. but i made it! thanks again for the very instructional tutorial. greetings from germany, kat

  172. La Manu 02.23.2014 at 10:12 am #

    Hello! I’m an Italian woman. Thank you very much for this tutorial, it’s very clear and nice! I have made a pouch for a baby and I’m very happy because I love the result :-) You can see it at this link:
    Bye, bye

  173. Diana 03.28.2014 at 12:15 pm #

    Thank you for such clear, easy to follow directions. I’ve made two so far and they both turned out wonderfully.

  174. Larisa 04.20.2014 at 8:23 pm #

    Thank you very much for your easy, step-by-step tutorial with photos. I have made my first ever zip pouch and it turned out nicely. :-)

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  178. Collaborate and Thrive 05.27.2014 at 4:50 pm #

    Is there a video tutorial for this as well?

  179. jackie 05.31.2014 at 10:12 am #

    Thank you for the tutorial. Very clear and helpful.

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  181. Anonymous 07.01.2014 at 10:02 pm #

    Thank you for this I made my first today.

  182. Mona 07.12.2014 at 2:08 pm #

    How do I pockets on the outside to this bag?

  183. Laurie 07.27.2014 at 9:57 pm #

    Anna, I love this bag it is wonderful and your pattern/instructions are so well written. I have lost count how many I have made:) I love them so much I have a hard time giving them away.
    thanks for sharing. Would it be possible for me to sell these, only small scale, just to help pay for more fabric? I totally understand if not, I just wondered……..
    thanks laurie

  184. Laurie 07.27.2014 at 11:53 pm #

    Sorry Anna, as to my previous post, I just saw your “charity/fundraising” note. :)
    Thank you

  185. maco bag 08.01.2014 at 7:13 am #

    Anna I liked your bag it is beautiful and your content is well written in a nut-shell manner. Thanks for sharing such fabulous tutorial guidance. I will try to make it.

  186. esmeintheattic 08.28.2014 at 6:38 pm #

    I love love love this tutorial! I’ve made six of these now as gifts – you can see the ones I made here:
    Thank you so much Anna for the wonderful tutorial! x

  187. Nivedita 10.17.2014 at 1:23 pm #

    The picture tutorial is just perfect for a novice to follow. I am so very happy to have come across your blog. My eight year old son is happy to have his own personalised pencil pouch. Thank you for sharing.

  188. Mary S 11.06.2014 at 10:33 pm #

    Great job. thanks

  189. otti 12.16.2014 at 2:53 pm #

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  190. Maria 12.19.2014 at 3:14 am #

    Love it. Thanks.

  191. Katie Writes Stuff 01.07.2015 at 7:47 pm #

    Well you can never have too many project pouches, so I’ll definitely be adding one of these to my collection. Thank-you for sharing this tutorial – it’s fantastic!

  192. Carole 01.23.2015 at 11:32 pm #

    Just found this tutorial a couple days ago, have always avoided zips but this tutorial made it easy. I have already made two with a few more to come. Thank you for the detailed tutorial. Carole

  193. Kim 02.04.2015 at 10:29 am #

    Excellent tutorial…great photos, discriptions and easy to follow….thanks for posting

  194. Candace 02.14.2015 at 9:22 pm #

    I saw your pouches on Instagram, and had to try one. Even with your excellent tutorial, I managed to goof it up a bit, but still like it a lot and plan to make more. I tried reading it from my phone, and always seem to mess up, since the instructions are so small. Next time, I’ll print it out.

  195. Claudia 02.20.2015 at 5:22 am #

    Dear Anna, after finishing your Snappy Manicure Wallet earlier this week (great!) I just finished my first Open Wide Zippered Pouch! I am so proud, another success. It came out truly beautiful. I feel really comfortable with your instructions, everything is clear and easy to follow. Thank you so much. I just love the way you insert the zipper here – no bulky end or edges. Do you think I (advenved beginner now…) am ready for you Super Tote now?
    Best regards,

  196. Rachel O. 03.10.2015 at 5:32 pm #

    I use this tutorial all the time! It’s clear and concise and all of the sizes are perfect! Thanks for sharing your talents :)

  197. Karen Schenker 03.14.2015 at 2:28 pm #

    So sorry I can’t find where it says how far in from the right, edge of fabric you should begin sewing? Looks like it’s not sewn all the way.

    • Anna Graham 03.16.2015 at 9:56 am #

      Hi Karen,
      It’s up there in the instructions, :) just in case you missed it:
      “At about 1″ before the edge of the fabric, stop, backstitch, and then pull the zipper away from the seam, bending it down out of the way, in towards the fabrics. The whole point is to pull it out of the way so it doesn’t get caught in the seam. Continue stitching along the fabrics until the edge.”

  198. samruddhi 03.18.2015 at 5:54 am #

    Wow.. That’s really a great tutorial. I really thank u so much for that.

  199. Patricia 03.22.2015 at 11:30 am #

    Thank you for this wonderful tutorial, Anna! I just made four for gifts and two for myself. They are perfect for small knitting projects and so adorable!

  200. Ada 03.31.2015 at 5:20 pm #

    Thank you for this pattern, just made my first pouch.

  201. Sherry 04.29.2015 at 4:54 pm #

    Thanks for sharing your wonderful tutorial (which I found via Pintrest). It has helped me complete a little bag I was working on. Brilliant! Thanks again :). xx

  202. sylvi 05.08.2015 at 12:57 am #

    thank you so much Anna, your pictures and tutorial is very clear and helping a beginner like me! best regards from Indonesia

  203. Tara 07.14.2015 at 2:05 pm #

    This was a great little tutorial. Thanks for using LOTS of pictures for us visual learners.

  204. Dawn Bomay 07.22.2015 at 10:52 pm #

    Thanks so much for this amazing tutorial! I’ve made a few of these now and have been playing with variations like adding a leather bottom. Your details are so helpful, I’ve bookmarked this and open it every time that I make one, they make perfect gifts! Thanks again!!

  205. raquel from J.C. 08.06.2015 at 4:49 pm #

    this is the most perfect tutorial EVER!!!! thank you!!!!!

  206. Creola Brossman 09.06.2015 at 6:01 pm #

    I want to try this hope it is easy

  207. Paul 09.28.2015 at 12:16 am #

    Thank You for tutorial. I made the large. I didn’t get my zipper to have have that tail. I missed something. Thank you it’s really cool

  208. Jennifer 10.24.2015 at 9:19 pm #

    Thank you for sharing! My version is here:

  209. Shawna 12.13.2015 at 7:34 pm #

    Thank you for a wonderful tutorial, I used this to make a Christmas gift. I was surprised to see this was a free pattern, especially with the wonderful instructions given.

    • Trish Greenwood 12.28.2015 at 2:44 pm #

      Thank you for the wonderful tutorial. I made a bunch of bags for gifts, then got your book and read it while driving to and from Christmas. I love what the interfacing does for the bag. I am now making two tone zippered pouches and on my next break from school, I want to attempt one of your totes. I learned to sew in the 1970’s in home ec class. It’s sooo fun to be creating once again.

  210. wal 01.05.2016 at 1:39 am #

    Merci !

  211. Keri 01.28.2016 at 9:02 pm #

    When all said and done, what are the approximate dimensions of the small bag? I see you start with 10×7 pieces of fabric. I’m looking to make a bag just like this one in dimensions closer to 5×7. A tad bigger will do. Thanks so much!

    • Anna Graham 01.29.2016 at 8:34 am #

      Hi Keri,
      Thanks for your comment. All the finished dimensions are listed on this post:

      • Keri 01.29.2016 at 9:03 am #

        Thanks, Anna! I did find this after the fact. I made a medium bag but shortened the height of the bag to about 6 inches. I cut 3 inch corners instead of 4 inch ones. It’ll work great for my husband’s headset at work!


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    […] ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetuer adipiscing elit. Aenean noodle-head ligula eget dolor. Aenean massa. Cum sociis natoque penatibus et magnis dis parturient montes, […]

  34. Divided Basket | Fainuschka - … immer auf der Suche nach etwas Besonderem - 12.10.2014

    […] ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetuer adipiscing elit. Aenean noodle-head ligula eget dolor. Aenean massa. Cum sociis natoque penatibus et magnis dis parturient montes, […]

  35. Noch eine Kosmetiktasche | Fainuschka - … immer auf der Suche nach etwas Besonderem - 12.10.2014

    […] ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetuer adipiscing elit. Aenean noodle-head ligula eget dolor. Aenean massa. Cum sociis natoque penatibus et magnis dis parturient montes, […]

  36. Open Wide Zip Pouch - from Marta with Love - 12.11.2014

    […] a couple birthdays happening this week, I decided to try Noodlehead’s Open Wide Zippered Pouch Tutorial.  The first one I made has a few oopsies, though, so I’m keeping […]

  37. WeAllSew « - 12.19.2014

    […] There are lots and lots of really great zippered pouch tutorials out there, but this is one of our favorites – it’s simple, roomy, and very stylish! Find the Open Wide Zippered Pouch tutorial from Noodlehead. […]

  38. Fishmas Swap | little grey hedgehog - 12.20.2014

    […] Right: large project bag fron Noodlehead’s tutorial using fabric from Frumble […]

  39. Holiday procrastination and the Noodlehead Open Wide zippered pouch - The Upwardly BlogThe Upwardly Blog - 12.21.2014

    […] in the blogosphere. One of my favorites is Noodlehead written by Anna Graham. From there I found this great pattern for an easy zippered pouch. I’ve now made three of them for friends. I’ve only made the large size with the […]

  40. knitting neels » A forgotten FO and nearly FO! - 12.29.2014

    […] the sewing-themed fabric and bought a fat quarter and a matching solid to make this bag. I used the Open Wide Zipper Pouch tutorial by Noodlehead. It’s excellent! I wanted a bag big enough to tote a fairly […]

  41. Making project bags | lollies knitting - 12.31.2014

    […] them all in one day but over consecutive days, i made my first two yesterday for which i followed this tutorial. It is a wedges zipped bag, a bag i love but was always too scared of trying to make for myself […]

  42. Short Attention Span Girl , Archive » What I Really Sewed - 12.31.2014

    […] roomy open wide zip pouch, a little name badge holder, a cute sew together bag for an equally cute friend and a bunch of key […]

  43. Kindling again - Quokka Quilts - 01.01.2015

    […] a Kindle case, and I was up at their place, Buddha seemed like a good backdrop for the case! I used Noodlehead’s Wide Open Zipper pouch tutorial but made the pouch to measure. I used Violet Craft Waterfront Park Bridges in charcoal (such a good […]

  44. Make it: Open Wide Zippered Pouches | A place of my own - 01.05.2015

    […] have had the Open Wide Zippered Pouch by Noodlehead pinned for as long as I have been on Pinterest so it was time to have a go. I had […]

  45. Double zippered, open wide pouch | Sewfrench - 01.07.2015

    […] original bag, loosely adapted from Noodle-head’s medium-sized, open wide, zippered […]

  46. Another bag | pomegranate and chintz - 01.07.2015

    […] of my aunts turned 70 years young last weekend, and I made her a bag (luuuurve this […]

  47. Teacher Christmas Gifts | The Craft Room - 01.14.2015

    […] decided to make a pouch. I used this tutorial from Noodlehead, and followed the medium sizing for the […]

  48. Laura’s Birthday Gift - 01.21.2015

    […] knew she really liked this red fabric, and the size of the illustration was just perfect for Noodlehead’s large open-wide pouch.  This was my first time using that pattern, and I loved it.  I’ll definitely be making […]

  49. Love You Vibes are in the Bag. | Sewfrench - 01.21.2015

    […] This is the same sister who gifted me with the huge bag of zippers. So as soon as she left I threw together a couple of pouches for her out of the very small variety of fabrics I brought with me to the cottage. The first fabrics she specifically chose so we brought them north. Not surprisingly, we didn’t seem to find the time to sew while she was here! This one is a combined variation of the Triple Zip and Open Wide bags. […]

  50. Another scrappy zipper pouch finished | Cassandra Madge - 01.22.2015

    […] finished pouch! I used the basic directions from the Open Wide zippered pouch by Noodlehead. Her instructions are really straightforward and easy to follow, and the finished pouch is always […]

  51. Finishes New and Old | Night Quilter - 01.23.2015

    […] Open Wide Zippered Pouch by Noodlehead […]

  52. Put That Thing Back Where It Came From Or So Help Me | Riddle and Whimsy - 01.25.2015

    […] Typo had a sale on their calendars, and I picked up two different Disney themed ones for $5 each, sending the Mickey one to my partner. At a LQS, I had found a couple of Mickey Mouse prints and made a draw string bag from Jeni B’s tutorial and also made a zippered pouch from a noodlehead tutorial. […]

  53. best diy zippered pouch tutorial - 01.26.2015

    […] Sewing was quite a challenge at the beginning. The sewing machine is a rather complex machine and can be quite overwhelming for a beginner. My mom taught me how to put the thread through the machine, the bobbin, and the basics of sewing. After which, I was pretty much on my own. I ploughed through the internet for resources and while I’ve seen and tried tutorials that I still cannot understand after reading it 10 times, I’m glad to say that I have found 2 awesome (and in my opinion, the best)  zippered pouch tutorials which I now solely rely on when making zippered pouches – zippered pouch by Dana Made It and opened wide zippered pouch by Noodlehead. […]

  54. A Polka Dot Pouch by Knitty Bitties - 01.27.2015

    […] just love Anna’s {free} Wide Open Pouch tutorial. It’s become my go to for gift-giving. I also am currently loving sewing triangles. The […]

  55. Kuidas õmmelda väiksemat sorti kotti. | Kata .. koob. - 02.01.2015

    […] Iseenesest ei ole koti-pauna-pinali õmblemises ju suurt midagi, neli detaili ja lukk, eriti kui kõik on veel puust ette ja punaseks tehtud. […]

  56. Sewing the personal touch: zippered pouches - Sew outnumbered - 02.01.2015

    […] really like the style of having the zipper open right out over the end (from this tutorial), it makes it so much easier to see what’s […]

  57. Shaksuka to share | formandreform - 02.02.2015

    […] my own fault.  I still made some good things, including a Cabarita Tee which I love, and some Noodlehead pouches – one of those beautifully and thoughtfully designed constructions that take a bit to wrap […]

  58. Coin purse experiments | My Patchwork Home - 02.05.2015

    […] One: Noodlehead have a popular and detailed tutorial for making zipped pouches. I feel bad including a link to the tutorial for a post that is about my mistakes so I feel I need […]

  59. junkyarn podcast // episode one | Junkyarn - 02.15.2015

    […] Socks using Susan B. Anderson’s How I Make My Socks (in the bag I made using the directions here — BMO fabric purchased from […]

  60. zipper pouch addiction | photosarah crafts - 02.15.2015

    […] This first one is using the noodlehead open wide pouch. […]

  61. Dadgum Bag(s) | the green apricot - 02.18.2015

    […] Open Wide Zippered Pouch by Noodlehead Fully Lined Zippered Box Pouch by It’s a Pretty Modern Life Boxy Bag Tutorial by Kelbysews Let’s Make Dumplings! by Michelle Patterns […]

  62. Handmade Christmas Gifts « Pink Door Fabrics - 02.19.2015

    […] pouch on the top is Noodlehead’s Open Wide Pouch  in the medium size. I think this one would make a nice make up bag or carry-all pouch to place […]

  63. Me Sewing | I'm Studio Lou - 02.24.2015

    […] made a couple of open wide pouches following Noodlehead’s pattern: They are both the 12″ zip version, slightly larger than the one I made last […]

  64. FLB and How Not to Box Your Pouch Corners | Ants to Sugar – Quilter. Fabric Collector. Paper Piecer. - 02.26.2015

    […] If boxing corners sounds like something that involves men in shorts throwing punches, check out this tutorial (same link as above). Noodlehead also has lovely pictures with her description of boxing corners in her Open Wide Zipper pouch tutorial. […]

  65. Lessons in Crafting Part 2 | Ten Thousand Dancing Stars - 02.27.2015

    […] have made a few bags following this fairly simple and easy pattern; I have had a few tumbles with the zipper but figured it out along the way, after lots of swearing […]

  66. Tried and True Bag Tutorials. {Learn More, Sew More} - Crafty Planner - 02.27.2015

    […] Open Wide Pouch by Noodlehead These are one of my go-to gift ideas since there are three sizes and everyone can use a pouch that opens easily. […]

  67. Dotty Finish | The Needies - 03.03.2015

    […] made Noodlehead’s Open Wide Zipper Pouch, she writes concise, clear tutorials.  I used quilt batting scraps to interface the pouch so now […]

  68. June’s Bee Block + A Birthday Surprise | andpins - 03.05.2015

    […] used the trusty Noodlehead Wide Open Zipper Pouch tutorial in the large size. Here is the pouch with my iPhone for […]

  69. Zippers (and Santa Fe Chicken) | Gainfully Something - 03.09.2015

    […] back and said, “It’s a goddamn zipper, life will go on, just do this.” So I made this pouch. Well, to clarify, I’ve made five such pouches. Three of them turned out great, and two of […]

  70. Two Weeks?! | Fancy Foot Farm - 03.09.2015

    […] also been assembly-line sewing special wide open zippered pouches (tutorial by Noodlehead) in which to send my quilt block and some goodies to each month’s queen in my bee. I put in […]

  71. Open wide zippered pouch | My Blog - 03.10.2015

    […] little kid. As soon as I came across the perfect fabric for each girl, I knew the Noodle Head, Wide open zipper pouch would do the […]

  72. My version of the Noodlehead zip bag – Gold Kitties | Lori Miller Designs - 03.17.2015

    […] I thought she needed a cute little gift.  I have made a lot of zip bags, but I had not tried the Open Wide Zippered Pouch by Noodlehead.  I figured this was a great time to try it out.  And I have to say I think this […]

  73. Show Notes: Episode 109 | Sew Knitpicky - 03.18.2015

    […] Events: ♥ Open Wide Pouch by Noodlehead ♥ Bess Top by Imagine Gnats ♥ Talked about double gauze for a […]

  74. Cats on Phones – quilty joyjoy - 03.21.2015

    […] about that cat on a telephone…I am planning on making a few cosmetic pouches using the Open Wide Zippered Pouch free tutorial from Noodlehead.  I thought a hexi-flower with a fussy cut cat on a telephone would […]

  75. Zippered Pouch - Sewtorial - 03.22.2015

    […] zippered pouch always come in handy, and this lovely Open Wide Zippered Pouch by Noodlehead  is super cute and easy to […]

  76. Instant Gratification | newcreativestate - 04.16.2015

    […] a day and decided to make Noodlehead’s open wide zippered pouch, following the tutorial found here. I actually ended up making one pouch in each of the three given sizes and I am pretty happy with […]

  77. Open Wide Zippered Pouches | Things I Make - 04.21.2015

    […] used the Open Wide Zippered Pouch Tutorial from Noodlehead. The tutorial is great. Easy to follow directions with lots of detail and great […]

  78. Gotcha Covered Quilting – Fairs, Pouches, Fabric and More - 04.23.2015

    […] patterns, projects, and general sewing information.Although I prepped enough fabric for six Wide Open Pouches by, I ran out of time.  The two I made came out really cute though (if I do say so […]

  79. TGIFF: More Zippered Pouches | Things I Make - 04.24.2015

    […] The pieces for the rainbow panel in the middle are 3.25" tall. The text pieces are .75" wide; the 5 colored panels in the center are 1.75" wide; the blue and pink end pieces are 3.5" wide. When I pieced them I pressed the seams to the colored pieces with a 1/4" seam allowance. I trimmed this strip to 14" once it was pieced. Then I attached it to the upper and lower text pieces with a 1/4" seam allowance. From here I continued with the directions on the Noodlehead tutorial. […]

  80. Gifts for Quilters 2014 - Diary of a Quilter - a quilt blog - 04.27.2015

    […] Handmade gifts: It’s hard to beat a handmade gift. These are just a few little suggestions of handmade gifts – some simple, some more complex -for quilting friends. A cute zipper pouch is always useful to anyone. There are lots of great zipper pouch tutorials. One of my favorites is Anna from Noodlehead’s open-wide zipper pouch tutorial. […]

  81. Project Bags - Sheri at The Loopy Ewe - 04.30.2015

    […] No new fabric today (as fabric is a little harder to schedule regularly, due to their printing schedules), but I wanted to share a fun project bag that I made. When this line of cute cat material came in, I nabbed some fat quarters for bags! Here’s the first one I did. I used the easy-to-follow directions from this blog post. […]

  82. Nautical Metallic Open Wide Zip Pouch | Sew Delicious - 04.30.2015

    […] to sewing zipper pouches of all sizes and designs, and this one is a favourite of mine – the Open Wide Zipper Pouch by Noodlehead. The zipper technique is a little tricky especially if you are a beginner, but persevere! The […]

  83. Exciting News…and a Cute Zip Pouch | Sew Delicious - 04.30.2015

    […] one is a miniature – it’s about half the size. I’ve used the technique in the Noodlehead open wide zipper pouch tutorial to add the zip to this pouch, I love the look of the little […]

  84. April Showers Bring May Flowers – quilty joyjoy - 05.01.2015

    […] I love hexie flowers! You should jump on over to Noodlehead for the free Open Wide Zipper Pouch tutorial (this one is a […]

  85. Open Wide Patchwork Pouches | Sew Delicious - 05.01.2015

    […] scrap basket lately and enjoying a bit of small scale patchwork. I’ve been meaning to try the Open Wide Zippered Pouch by Anna from Noodlehead for ages, then one day I just did it, then I made another, then another. I […]

  86. .Three Zippered Pouches. – Make It Perfect - 06.10.2015

    […] these Open-Wide Zip Pouches (a free tutorial from Anna of Noodlehead.) I hadn’t made Anna’s Zip Pouches before, but […]

  87. Father’s Day Gift – FREE Pattern | East Dakota Quilter - 06.12.2015

    […] you want to turn it into a pouch like I did, the pouch pattern is also free and is available here (from […]

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