How to Sew an Enclosed Zipper to Your Bag Pocket

How to Sew an Enclosed Zipper to Your Bag Pocket

This post may contain affiliate links.

In this tutorial you’ll learn how to sew an enclosed zipper to interior zipper pockets of any bag. Most bag patterns have instructions to sew the zipper with exposed seams, the enclosed zipper is a nice and professional finishing.

 

1. Start with a Zipper facing 2″ x 11″ and to turn the bag through the zip pocket use Two pocket pieces 11″ x 8″ (the size of the zipper pocket can be adjusted to your pattern)

 

How to Sew an Enclosed Zipper to Your Bag Pocket

 

How to Sew an Enclosed Zipper to Your Bag Pocket

 

2. On the wrong side of one of the Zipper Facing, Draw a rectangle 9”L x 3/8“W, 1” down from the top side. Then draw a line through the middle of the rectangle stopping 1/2” away from each end drawing a line to the corner creating triangles.

 

How to Sew an Enclosed Zipper to Your Bag Pocket

 

3.  Lay the zipper facing piece on top of one Lining piece (right sides together) centered at least 1” down from top edge. Pin and Stitch on the outer drawn line.

 

How to Sew an Enclosed Zipper to Your Bag Pocket

 

4.  Cut on the center line and the corners to the stitching line but without clipping your threads.

 

How to Sew an Enclosed Zipper to Your Bag Pocket

 

5.  Pull the zipper facing piece through the opening to the other side and Press.

 

 

6.  Center the zipper and attach it to the lining using a double-side tape and Stitch around your zipper close to the edge (1/16″ to 1/8″). You can try the Nylon Metallic Zippers – these are great for bags including interior zippers! Sign up below to receive 10% off your first order.

 

How to Sew an Enclosed Zipper to Your Bag Pocket

 

7.  Place the Zipper Pocket piece matching the bottom edge of the pocket to the bottom edge of the facing (right sides together).

 

How to Sew an Enclosed Zipper to Your Bag Pocket

 

8. Flip the facing and zipper pocket piece to expose the seam.  

 

How to Sew an Enclosed Zipper to Your Bag Pocket

 

9. Pin the Zipper Facing to the Pocket piece, Sew over the zipper facing seam very close to the fold.

How to Sew an Enclosed Zipper to Your Bag Pocket

 

10.  Press the Zipper Pocket Piece towards the lining. Move the lining out of the way and top stitch 1/8″

 

How to Sew an Enclosed Zipper to Your Bag Pocket

 

11. Repeat with the second Zipper Pocket Piece, matching the top edge of the zipper facing to the top edge of the zipper pocket (RST). Trim the bottom pocket pieces to match the top pocket piece (about 1/2″) –   Press the pocket seam allowance to the wrong side of the pocket pieces.  You don’t need to top stitch the top piece.

 

How to Sew an Enclosed Zipper to Your Bag Pocket

 

12. Pin the Zipper Facing to the Pocket piece, Sew over the zipper facing seam very close to the fold.

 

How to Sew an Enclosed Zipper to Your Bag Pocket

 

13. Trim the Zipper Pocket seam allowances to 1/4″

How to Sew an Enclosed Zipper to Your Bag Pocket

 

14. Stitch the sides of the pocket pieces, stitching over the facing triangle leaving the bottom edge with the pressed seam allowance open! This will be your turning point.

 

How to Sew an Enclosed Zipper to Your Bag Pocket

 

 

 

15. Finish your bag construction (Make sure to leave the Zipper Open), Turn right sides out through the open bottom of your Zipper Pocket.

16.  Pull the Zipper Pocket and Edgestitch the opening closed.

 

I hope this tutorial is useful to you.

 

Happy Sewing,

Anabelle


Mix & Match Clutch Bag Techniques

Nylon Metallic Zippers
Receive 20% OFF your first order!