We have a fun and cute zipper pouch tutorial for you today that is so easy with your Cricut Maker. If you want to start using your Cricut Maker for fabric projects, this is a great place to start.
We are making a small zipper pouch in the shape of three animals today. Let’s make a fox, monkey, or tiger into a cute zipper pouch that mom or just about anyone will love. And once you learn how to make a zipper pouch, you will want to scroll to the bottom of this post to see tons of Mother’s Day inspiration using your Cricut machine.
Supplies needed to make this zipper pouch:
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- Cricut Maker (you can read more about how the rotary blade cuts fabric here)
- Fabric Mat
- Washable Fabric Pen
- Cricut Iron-on (in the colors of your choice)
- Sewing machine
- Fabric Scissors
- Cricut TrueControl Knife
- Cricut Self-Healing Mat
- Weeding Tools
- Cricut EasyPress
- EasyPress Mat
- Parchment Paper
- Straight Pins
- Design Template
How to make a zipper pouch video:
This is a fairly easy sewing tutorial; however, it is a bit easier to see it put together on video. So, you can watch the video below and see me make one zipper pouch.
Can’t watch the video or missed some of the steps? Follow along with the zipper pouch tutorial below.
Cutting Pieces with Your Cricut Maker
Start by cutting all the pieces for your zipper pouch with your Cricut Maker. You can click here to access the cut file. The file has all three designs on it so delete any that you do not want to cut. Then size the remaining pouch to however large you would like it to be. Click Make It to begin cutting your materials. The fabric cuts will require the washable fabric pen which you will add to the “pen” side of your Maker.
Add the Rotary Blade to the cutting side for all the fabric pieces. You can see more about how the Rotary Blade works here.
You will want to use the pink fabric grip mat for cutting fabric. Trim the material to 12 inches wide then place on the mat and press into place with your hands or use a brayer. In this case, we are going to be writing on the back side of the fabric so place the fabric’s good side down. You don’t have to add any backer to your fabric when cutting with the Rotary Blade on the Cricut Maker, so it makes the process super easy!
Then just cut your materials with the Maker. Cut the fabric as indicated above. The iron-on material will need to be mirrored before cutting and cut with the shiny side down on the mat. You will also need to change the blade to the Fine Point blade.
Adding Iron-on to the Zipper Pouch
You will want to weed all of your iron-on pieces first. Want tips and tricks for weeding? You can find our post on making weeding easy here.
Once you have weeded all excess from around all of your iron-on pieces, you can start heating up your EasyPress. Be sure to find the temperature and time for both the fabric and the type of iron-on you are using on the Cricut Heat Guide. You can also use an iron or heat press for this step. Want to know more about the Cricut EasyPress? Use our comparison posts below!
Press all of your fabric pieces with the Cricut EasyPress to remove any wrinkles.
Then start by adding the first layer of iron-on to the front piece. In this case, we have a white bottom for the fox face that is added first. Press once from the front and remove the carrier sheet.
Then you can layer on the other colors of iron-on right on top of the white. Be sure to cut the carrier sheets small enough, so nothing overlaps. And lay the protective sheet back over the white to protect it when pressing for the second time. Remove all carrier sheets BEFORE pressing from the back. You will have lines on your white iron-on from the other carrier sheets, and we want to remove those.
Add parchment paper over the front and flip the entire thing and press from the back for the recommended amount of time. The parchment paper will help get out those lines. Now your front is complete!
How to Sew a Zipper Pouch
You want to start with the back pieces that have the rectangle for the zipper placement.
Place those good sides together and pin.
Sew all the way around the blue lines. You can wash away the blue lines after sewing.
Remove your pins and cut inside the box. Use a knife to cut along the middle but be careful not to go over your stitched line.
You will also need to cut in from each corner to that center line you just cut. Again be cautious not to go over the stitched box.
Once cut you will have an opening through both layers of fabric.
Turn the lining piece through that opening.
Press all of the sides to create a finished box for your zipper.
Your piece should look like the image below once complete.
Add your zipper to the hole with a few pins.
Sew all the way around all four sides then trim the zipper with a pair of scissors on both ends. I used a zipper I had on hand which is why it is so long.
Your piece should now look like the image below.
Flip over the piece and add the second lining piece good sides together and pin all the way around. Make sure that the “back” piece of your zipper pouch does not get pinned with it.
To avoid getting that back piece into the stitches, you can pin it to itself as shown below.
Stitch around the edges leaving about a 2 inch opening at the bottom.
Trim close to your sewing line all the way around with fabric scissors.
Then put the face onto the back good sides together. Be sure to open up the zipper at least half way before pinning and stitching this.
Again pin only the front to the back. Do not include the lining.
Pin all the way around the outer edge.
You can use the same trick and pin the lining to itself to keep it out of the way when sewing.
Stitch all the way around the outer edge. Then start turning the entire thing right side out through the opening in the lining.
Turn until you can see the zipper.
Then turn the zipper pouch out through the zipper.
Pull the ears out. You can use a stick for turning.
Pull a little of the lining out through the zipper. Then stitch the opening closed.
Put the lining back inside and your zipper pouch is complete!
You can use this same zipper pouch tutorial for any of the animals shown. The steps are exactly the same.
A small zipper pouch is easy to make with this step by step tutorial and it is so cute as well!
Who needs a small zipper pouch?
You can make these for so many people! They make great gifts for moms, friends, kids, tweens, teens, and so much more! Make them in any size you wish and be sure to buy enough materials to make quite a few. Everyone is sure to want one when they see how cute they are!
I really can’t decide which is my favorite! Which do you love?
I will just keep one of each on hand!
Be sure to add the supplies to make a zipper pouch (or two!) to your shopping list!
I hope y’all enjoyed this zipper pouch tutorial and will use your Cricut Maker for this fun project!
Want even more ideas for Mother’s Day? Try the other Cricut projects below!
So, try your hand at making this zipper pouch or any of these other DIY Mother’s Day gifts!
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