How to Sew a Zipper Bag: 10 FREE Patterns & Tutorials

How to Sew a Zipper Bag: 10 FREE Patterns & Tutorials

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The best way to learn how to sew a zipper bags or pouch is by practice.  Below I listed some FREE patterns for different bags styles including cosmetics bags, wrislet, cross-body bags, pencil cases, and also a cute manicure kit bag.

Each pattern include step by step illustrated instructions and you’ll learn various bag making techniques including:

  • How to install a zipper
  • How to sew a recessed zipper
  • How to make wrist or shoulder straps
  • How to install hardware
  • How to add zipper tabs and zipper ends.
  • How to make pleats and slip pockets
  • How to make elasticated pockets

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How to Sew a Zipper Bag

1 The Clematis Wrislet

The Clematis Wrislet by Blue Calla is an easy and fast project.  It has a slightly curved zippered closure that is easy to sew. For my version of the bag I used Cotton and Steel Fabric, Ocean Blue Cork, and the stunning silver matallic zipper.

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crossbody bag free pattern

 

 

2 The Gerbera Wrislet

The Gerbera Wrislet also by Blue Calla has a feature centre panel where you can focus a small piece of your favourite fabric, a gusset and a few pleats along the bottom. You can make the Gerbera as either a wristlet or a mini cross body bag.

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How to Sew a Zipper Bag

3 The Retreat Bag

The Retreat Bag by Emmaline Bags is a simple zippered pouch with a wide base and a wide structured opening. There is a casing in the top where you insert two wire frames (one on each side), which helps it stay open when open (I think you can also use boning), and helps turn the corners down when closed. It has two optional slip pockets inside and a long zipper that helps it open wide.

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How to Sew a Zipper Bag

4 The Manhattan Zipper Case

The Manhattan Zipper Case also by Emmaline Bags is a handy little wristlet that is be perfect for coins, cards, makeup, personal supplies, or anything else that will fit!

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How to Sew a Zipper Bag

5 Open Wide Zippered Pouch

Open Wide Zippered Pouch Tutorial from Noodle Head shows you how to make these pouches that open wide so you can easily see what its inside it.  The tutorial include three sizes.

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How to Sew a Zipper Bag

6 The Gemini Pouch

The Gemini Pouch by Chris W Designs features two zippered storage pockets! Perfect for pens & pencils, or even sewing supplies.

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How to Sew a Zipper Bag

7 Petal Pockets Cosmetic Bag

Carry your cosmetics in style with this Petal Pockets Cosmetic Bag by Cozy Nest Designs.  It is a quick and easy cosmetic bag. Features a top zipper and is loaded with personality and design possibilities.

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How to Sew a Zipper Bag

8 Baker Street Bag

Feature your favorite fabric in style with the Baker Street Bag by Sew Sweetness. The bag features top-stitched straps and a recessed zipper closure, as well as topstitched pockets on the lining.

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How to Sew a Zipper Bag

9 Susie

Susie by Pattydoo is an adorable small pouch with a zipper and fancy box-pleats that you can use as a makeup bag.  This tutorial includes a video.

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How to Sew a Zipper Bag

10 Snappy Manicure Wallet

 

The Snappy Manicure Wallet by Noodle Head is a little wallet specially designed for nail polish and a few manicure essentials. And it’s a snap to make!

 

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These two patterns are not FREE, but I love them! they are in my to sew list and I can’t wait to use my Nylon Metallic Zippers.  I bought a panda fabric to make the Creative Makers Supply Cases for my daughter.

How to Sew a Zipper Bag
Creative Maker Supply Cases by Sew Sweetness

 

How to Sew a Zipper Bag

Annex Double-Zip Box Pouch by Sew Sweetness

 

I invite you to check my Zippered Bags Ideas & Patterns Pinterest Board. In this board I pin FREE patterns to sew zippered bags.

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