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open wide zippered pouch tutorial size chart

open wide zip pouch size chart
Please refer to the full tutorial HERE for step-by-step instructions and pictures. 
For the contrast bottom style pouches, simply cut two pieces of each measurement listed in the chart and sew together using a 1/2″ seam allowance.
So for the medium size pouch:
– Cut two pieces 4.5″ tall by 12″ wide and two pieces 5.5″ tall (the contrast bottom) by 12″ wide.
– Place pouch top right sides together with contrast bottom and sew along 12″ length using a 1/2″ seam allowance, thus making one exterior.
– Repeat with remaining fabrics to complete the back exterior.
– Cut lining pieces as listed in second column.

Approximate Finished Dimensions:
Small // 4.5″ H x 5″ W x 3.5″ D
Medium // 6″ H x 6.5″ W x 4″ D
Large // 8.5″ H x 8″ W x 4.5″ D
Fabrics: The Hello Kitty fabrics from the first post were purchased at, seems like Hello Kitty is popping up a lot, so keep your eye open if you’re a fan (yip yip!)
The medium size pouch is patchwork using an Umbrella Prints Trimmings pack, if you’ve never seen their fabrics I suggest you check them out, all handprinted in Australia.  Love their basecloth and style.
The small pouch main fabric is handprinted by my friend Leslie who runs Maze & Vale, where she sells her handprinted fabric and goodies.  She’s hosting a handprinted fabric swap now which is really cool.
The bottom contrast band to all the pouches is Robert Kaufman cotton linen in denim purchased at Pink Chalk Fabrics.  Love this stuff, it’s like a favorite pair of jeans.
The yellow fabric (large pouch) is Pure Elements in Empire Yellow by Art Gallery Fabrics, believe me, you need every color.
And last but not least, my zippers all were purchased from Zipit on Etsy from my lovley (and fellow Wisconsinite!) Jennie.  She’s the coolest, plus her zippers are beautiful!
Happy sewing everyone!!!
If you’ve enjoyed this free tutorial, please stop by my pattern shop for lots of other projects to sew!

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94 Responses to open wide zippered pouch tutorial size chart

  1. SoozeM 06.27.2012 at 2:04 am #

    Thankyo so much for sharing these with us, they are gorgeous and I can’t wait to make some, add some chocolate :) and they will make great gifts!

  2. texmex 06.27.2012 at 2:45 am #

    Very beautiful pouches. Why did you use a metal one on the medium? do they have special purpose, I always buy the plastic ones at zipit?
    Seeing the pouches folded I thought of putting a pressure closure under the end of the ziper and the side of the pouch. No much use, just for fun.

  3. stefani 06.27.2012 at 2:57 am #

    Awesome pouches! Thanks for the tutorial. :-)

  4. Nova 06.27.2012 at 3:02 am #

    excellent! thanks Anna x

  5. Sandra 06.27.2012 at 3:14 am #

    Very nice pouches! I love your tutorials and photos, because there are no questions remaining for me and I`m able to get started immediately! Thank you for sharing!

  6. Lynne 06.27.2012 at 5:10 am #

    These are so cool. I’ve already made three of your madras totes this summer… Now, I’m going to have to add THESE to the list, too!

    Thanks for the generous tutorial!

  7. tini-uk 06.27.2012 at 5:44 am #

    Ok, it will be a sewing afternoon today, they are so cute.

  8. piece peace 06.27.2012 at 7:58 am #

    Thank you so much. I love all of your tutorials and patterns.

  9. Oh Sew Liz 06.27.2012 at 9:11 am #

    You’ve done it again!! I can’t wait to make a set!!

  10. Katie Fleming 06.27.2012 at 9:23 am #

    Thanks for the cute tutorial! Love the pouches

    – Katie Fleming
    Kate Michelle Designs

  11. Carly Schwerdt 06.27.2012 at 10:00 am #

    xxx so much fun! I love the way you have put all of those colours together xx

  12. tunce 06.27.2012 at 10:40 am #

    Amazing, Anna, as always!

    Tünde (from Budapest 😉

  13. MaryAnnB 06.27.2012 at 11:51 am #

    Thanks for the great tutorial and sizing chart. I’ve been matching up leftover fabrics for small gifts to sew in between the larger projects and this is just perfect!

  14. Kristie 06.27.2012 at 12:44 pm #

    Thank you! These are adorable!

  15. L. 06.27.2012 at 1:19 pm #

    Great tutorial–I can’t wait to try it! 😀

  16. Delia 06.27.2012 at 1:42 pm #

    Love the nesting bags. :) Beautiful job. You’re such a pro Anna!

  17. Katy Cameron 06.27.2012 at 2:39 pm #

    I love all your versions, and I particularly like the Umbrella Prints trimmings, they’re such a fun way to get into their fabrics :o)

  18. Paula S. 06.27.2012 at 2:44 pm #

    I love these! They would make such great gifts.

  19. Anita 06.27.2012 at 3:39 pm #

    Very cute! Thanks for figuring out all the math, love them :)

  20. Kayanna 06.27.2012 at 5:58 pm #

    These are so fantastic! I can’t wait to make a million of them!

  21. Anonymous 06.27.2012 at 6:45 pm #

    WOW! What an awesome tutorial, Anna! You never cease to amaze us! This is just what I’ve been needing for my purse – can’t wait to make one!

  22. Danielle 06.27.2012 at 7:54 pm #

    excellent tutorial (always!). I’d love to get my hands on some of that hand-printed fabric. Its perfect.

  23. Judith 06.27.2012 at 8:05 pm #

    Thank you for sharing your tutorial. Love the Hello Kitty fabric. I was looking for something to give for my granddaughters birthday and this would have been perfect. Cannot wait to make a pouch for her….Judith, Texas

  24. Nat 06.27.2012 at 11:50 pm #

    You. Are. Awesome. Thank you!

  25. Anonymous 06.28.2012 at 8:18 am #

    Anna you are the very best. Seriously. I stayed home from the gym last night (bad but I needed some time!) to make one of these and I Love It!!!! Thank you for sharing this :) It will fit perfectly in a runaround bag!

  26. Amy Prior 06.28.2012 at 8:22 am #

    so lovely, useful and pretty! a great share thank you! xxx

  27. Jeannie 06.28.2012 at 10:48 am #

    Anna, this was super fun to make and I love and so does my granddaughter love how wide it opens! I am planning on making a few more of these! Thanks so much for another great tutorial!

  28. ArTeSaNiC´a 06.28.2012 at 11:19 am #


  29. Tansy Dolls 06.28.2012 at 12:01 pm #

    Thanks! Super useful!

  30. 06.28.2012 at 12:20 pm #

    Thanks for the tutorial. I had plans of making a boxy pouch for my daughter’s birthday, but sewed this up instead. It came together great! I will be showing it on my blog next week.

  31. Rachel Hauser 06.28.2012 at 12:21 pm #

    This is so nice of you to share, Anna! I’ll have to try this style soon.

  32. DKB 06.28.2012 at 3:20 pm #

    love the look of a metal zipper!

  33. leslie 06.29.2012 at 4:24 am #

    how did i miss this post?? LOVE the pouches and thanks so much for mentioning my fabric, i love seeing it all sewn up into something both lovely and useful :)

  34. Mel 06.29.2012 at 7:58 pm #

    I am wondering how I can get rid of my family for the weekend so that I can devote an entire weekend to making all your pouches! So stinkin’ cute!

  35. tusen 06.30.2012 at 4:07 pm #

    They are great! Thank you so much for sharing. I definitely need at least one of them.

  36. beth lehman 07.02.2012 at 9:27 am #

    again, adorable!!! love the bags made with trimmings!!

  37. Savanah 07.02.2012 at 4:04 pm #

    I love these! The fabrics are absolutely gorgeous :) And the pattern just rocks!!

  38. Kristie 07.04.2012 at 9:22 am #

    These are great. Thanks for the tutorial! I bought the Trimmings pack, too, but didn’t use it yet…may have to whip up one of these. Fun catching up with your site, hope you are well!

  39. Lady Mockingbird 07.05.2012 at 3:09 am #

    LOVE THESE!! so cute and would make great gifts!


  40. Penny for Your Thoughts 07.07.2012 at 8:55 pm #

    These are so cute! Thanks for the great tutorial.

  41. elnorac 07.08.2012 at 11:03 am #

    Lovely tutorial, Anna! Can you please tell us what the finished dimensions are for each bag? That would be very helpful for figuring out which one to sew for a specific purpose. Thanks for treating us to such great tutes!

  42. michelle 07.10.2012 at 7:41 pm #

    thank you so much for sharing such a fabulous tutorial, I just bought a bunch of zippers at a second hand store for 5cents a piece (about 25 of them), now I know what everyone will be getting for Christmas. Thanks for sharing!!!

  43. Meg 07.12.2012 at 2:53 pm #

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  44. Meg 07.12.2012 at 2:54 pm #

    oh, I totally {heart} these! great idea!

  45. Kristie 07.23.2012 at 2:49 pm #

    Thank you! I can’t wait to get started on some of these.

  46. nadelundgabel 08.02.2012 at 10:14 am #

    So beautiful pouches – so helpful tutorial and chart! Thanks a lot! I had to sew up some of these immediatly, one for me, two as gifts, probably more following…

  47. tina.t 08.17.2012 at 6:17 am #

    Thanks for this pattern and turoial. It was great to do. I used some of my favorite scraps :) Now i have a place for my crochet work.

  48. Nueyer 09.24.2012 at 6:07 am #

    The one with the patchwork is my favourite!!

  49. Anonymous 10.19.2012 at 7:26 pm #

    Beautiful pouches…..will make all three for Christmas gift sets.

  50. Anonymous 10.29.2012 at 10:44 am #

    Thank you so much for the tutorial. I made the medium size bag last night and I am in love with it. I plan on making more for Christmas gifts!

  51. ~amy~ 12.18.2012 at 7:51 am #

    excellent….these are wonderful!

  52. not yet found 12.28.2012 at 2:25 am #

    This is a great tutorial. Made one and quilted the fabric so that I have a cute bag to protect my camera when I toss it into my purse. This was so quick and easy. We all know that zippers can be tricky but your pattern makes it so simple. Thanks. I will certainly make more of these.

  53. EstudiX2 02.08.2013 at 3:29 am #

    Excellent tutorial, thank you very much!

  54. JENNY K. 02.08.2013 at 10:50 am #

    These are so great! Thanks for sharing!

  55. Jenniffier Kramer 02.09.2013 at 12:48 pm #

    Thanks for the great post and wonderful directions. I just used it to make a pouch for the pretty little pouch swap. Your tutorial was easy to follow and I had terrific results.

  56. Jessica Kessler 02.12.2013 at 9:45 am #

    I needed a break from sewing my school work and these bags are just perfect and so much fun.

  57. Kamiel Odille 03.04.2013 at 7:56 am #

    It’s a great tutorial. You can see mine:

  58. bizzybeemom 05.22.2013 at 12:35 pm #

    My sister has been asking me to make her some yarn totes with zippers. Your open mouth large pouch is GREAT for this purpose. I added two holes in the front with grommets so she could pull her yarn out and crochet while away from home…pop it in her purse and go! Thanks so much for the tutorial…I love the denim contrast. :) I will be making many of these!!

  59. Nika - Ružový Sob. 05.24.2013 at 2:15 pm #

    Hi, I already made four of these and gave it to my friends as a gifts. Girls enjoyed them a lot. It was great tutorial, so easy to follow, thanks.
    check them at:

  60. alittlebirdmademe 06.20.2013 at 8:49 pm #

    This is a great tutorial! I have just linked to it on my blog. Thank you for sharing your knowledge with us.

  61. frooandboo 06.21.2013 at 12:52 am #

    Thank you so much for this tutorial! I made 4 and love how they turned out. Your instructions were great and your photos are super helpful, as always.

  62. Kelly & Dusty 04.18.2014 at 11:15 pm #

    Love this bag, thank you for sharing the tutorial!

  63. Megan 05.01.2014 at 3:13 pm #

    Great tutorial! Thanks for posting it! If I used a trapezoid shape instead of the rectangles for the exterior and lining pieces, then boxed the corners, the sides should be straight but would the pouch still open as wide?

    • Anna 06.27.2014 at 6:31 pm #

      I believe so, if the trapezoid is larger on the bottom than the top. :) Do some experimenting, you’ll do great!

  64. cellin 06.26.2014 at 6:49 pm #

    Thank you for sharing this tutorial, just the type of pouch I was looking for. Sorry if I sound stupid but, how do you sew on the contrast pieces? I want to make the small pouch with contract color am I suppose to sew a 3.5″ piece to the 4.5″ piece for front and back???

    Thank you,

    • Anna 06.27.2014 at 6:30 pm #

      Hi Candace!
      No such thing as stupid. Okay, for the small pouch you’ll cut two pieces 3.5″ tall by 10″ wide and two pieces 4.5″ tall by 10″ wide (the contrast bottom) , sew them together using a 1/2″ seam allowance, thus making the front and back exterior pieces. Final measurement of each exterior piece will be 10” wide by 7” tall. Hope that helps!

  65. Mette M 06.27.2014 at 7:05 am #

    Hi Anna, Thanks for sharing, I have used the DIY for a small and medium and you can see them here (sorry the text is in Danish):

  66. Brooklynn Erdmann 08.16.2014 at 7:42 pm #

    The link to the instructions won’t work for me. Can you email them? Thanks!

    • Anna Graham 08.16.2014 at 8:38 pm #

      Hey Brooklynn! Sorry! I just switched blogging platforms and the links should be fixed shortly! Thanks for understanding! :)

  67. Michelle B 09.06.2014 at 8:14 am #

    Perfect! Just what I was looking for! I can’t wait to sew some up!

  68. Nancy 11.08.2014 at 9:47 pm #

    If I don’t want to add a contrast piece should I just add that measurement to the front and back panel measurements?

    • Anna Graham 11.10.2014 at 10:50 pm #

      Hi Nancy, the first measurements listed are for the non-contrast pouch, so for example, the small size is 10” wide by 7” tall. You’ll be cutting 2 exterior pieces and 2 lining pieces that size. :)

  69. Jackie 01.02.2015 at 8:17 am #

    Thank you for this tutorial. I’ve sewn clothes for years, but not many non-clothing crafts. Your bags are so cute I decided to try it. I just finished a set, and they went together beautifully. I appreciate your clear instructions and step by step photos. They were easy to follow, and I’ll be making many more of these for my use and as gifts. Thanks!

  70. EmbellishMePattyV LLC 01.20.2015 at 8:43 am #

    Great tutorial, love the graph, clear cut with easy instructions for any sewer. Love your bags.

  71. Claudia 01.26.2015 at 7:42 am #

    Hi Anna, I will love to try These pouches soon, They are great! But are you sure with the stated approx. finished dimensions? They seem to be a lot smaller than one has to cut for outer and lining fabric….? Or where is my mistake in thinking….
    Thanks for a quick reply.

    • Anna 01.26.2015 at 8:05 am #

      The dimensions are pretty accurate, maybe you’re not considering the boxed corners?

      • Claudia 01.26.2015 at 8:22 am #

        Hi Anna, thanks for your quick reply!!! See – I knew there was something wrong in my thinking… alright. Thanks!

  72. Trisha 06.21.2015 at 9:51 pm #

    When you give the finished dimensions, is the width for the wider top zipper part or for the bottom less-wide part? If I were to make the large or medium bag, what would be the finished width at the top and the finished width at the bottom? Thanks!

  73. allie 07.26.2015 at 8:20 pm #

    I made one of these for my daughter for her first day of kindergarten. She still uses it, two years later. Now it’s time to make one for my middle daughter who starts her first day of kindergarten very soon. Thank you so much!

  74. Amanda Strupp Whitsel 08.10.2015 at 9:12 pm #

    Thanks for the zipper link. I just ordered 35.

  75. deknit 11.18.2015 at 4:01 pm #

    Thank you so much. This is the best tutorial for a pouch *ever*! I have made 6 of them so far as knitting project bags and all of them are well loved by their recipients as well.

  76. labedaelaine 12.11.2015 at 6:00 am #

    made a pouch for my granddaughter’s teacher….amazing!
    (is there a flicker page to post pics? would love to see some of the others’ pouches)

  77. Mayalynn 02.07.2016 at 4:43 am #

    This is just what I need for my purse – can’t wait to make one!


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