If you sew like me, you know it’s always nice to have a little stock pile of handmade zip pouches for those last minute birthday gifts and teacher appreciation weeks! Even my girlfriends raid my stash and give me a few bucks when they are in need of a quick gift. This is going to be a staple in my stash – the easy small box zipper pouch tutorial with a strap! I go nice and slow for my beginners!
My box pouch tutorial is one of my most popular projects and people often ask how to add a handle. I decided to change up the size on this tutorial and show a few different options as well.
Small Box Zipper Pouch Tutorial
(2)4.5 inches x 9 inches (11.5 cm x 23cm) Outer Fabric Pieces
(2) 4.5 inches x 9 inches (11.5 cm x 23cm) Lining fabric pieces
(1) 2 inches x 9 inches (5cm x 23cm) Outer fabric
(1) 2 inches x 9 inches (5cm x 23cm) Lining fabric
(1) 2 inches x 9 inches (5cm x 23cm) interfacing piece for strap. (The fusible fleece is doable but ended up a bit bulky for this strap, so for my other pouches I used sf101 or you can skip the interfacing all together).
Marking Tool like water soluble pen
11 inch zipper ( I used 14 in the video tutorial which was a little long. 9 inch zipper cuts it a little short)
Instructions for Box Zipper Pouch
Attach interfacing to outer fabric and strap pieces using manufacturer instructions.
Place zipper teeth down along the long edge of the outer piece. Place lining piece on top of zipper right side down (pretty sides of fabric touching each other) and make sure zipper tape edge and fabric edges are all lined up.
Take to sewing machine and sew using a zipper foot if you have one as close to the zipper teeth along the zipper tape as possible.
Iron fabric pieces flat with right sides showing.
Top stitch with a coordinating thread color for added security and create a finished look.
Now we need to attach to the other side of the zipper. Place the zipper teeth down on the other outer piece and the lining (right side down) on top of that. With edges aligned, repeat attaching the zipper, press and top stitch.
Now it’s time to sew the bottom of the pouch. Place the outer pieces right sides together will all edges lined up and sew along the bottom of the bag with a 1/2 inch seam allowance.
Now change the stitch on your machine to a zig zag and zig zag stitch along that seam.
Set the main body of the pouch aside for now so that we can work on the strap. The strap that I made in the video turned out a little bulky when I sewed it into the pouch, so I want to include an additional way of making the strap here too. In the video, I did the seam all the way around, which actually isn’t necessary to sew a seam on the short sides of the strap and adds extra bulk. For future pouches, I made the strap like this…
I still placed right sides together, but I didn’t stitch along the short sides. Then I flipped it right side out and pressed it. This strap has sf 101 interfacing. It was a lot less bulky in that side seam and I think is a better strap for this bag.
With the strap complete, we can attach it into the bag – we are in the home stretch! Take the side of the bag with the zipper pull and open it. This is why we need to have some pins, so that we can keep those tails together when we sew that side seam. The zipper needs to be open so that we can flip it right side out when the side seams are done ;).
*NOTE if you want to make a box pouch with no strap, skip this step. You can also make a little pull tab instead. Construct it the same, but cut your piece 2 x 5 instead.
On the other side with no strap, line up the zipper teeth and the bottom seam and pin/clip in place.
Take pouch with both ends pinned/clipped to the sewing machine and sew down each side with a 1/2 inch seam allowance. Do this on both sides. (Go slow over those zippers!)
Trim seams and zippers (not with your fabric scissors) and then zig zag the seams to finish them.
Now it’s time to box out the side without the strap (or you can box out both if you choose).
Measure from the tip, 3/4 inches down and make a mark. Sew along that line with a straight stitch. Trim 1/4 inch away from the stitch line and then zig zag to finish the seam. Do the same on the other side.
Turn bag right side out and you are done!
Here’s a little reference on the size 😉 I have an iphone X. I hope you enjoyed following along with this small box zipper pouch tutorial!
Let me know if you would like these instructions in a pdf download version ;). Happy Sewing!