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How To Sew A Zippered Pocket…

Hi Everyone 🙂

I hope you all had a lovely Easter and that the Bunny visited you (and left lots of chocolate in it’s wake ;D ).  Today I thought I would share a little tutorial on how to add and sew a zippered pocket in your bag.  I’ve tried to generalise the instructions so that you are able to add it onto any bag you are making – so please keep that in mind.

When working out how large to cut your zip pocket piece measure the hight of your Main Body piece (eg. 12″ or 30.5cm).  Then divide that number by 2 (eg. 12″/2 = 6″ or 15.5cm). Then add that number to the original height measurement (eg. 12″ + 6″ = 18″ or 45.5cm), this will be the hight of your pocket piece.
When working out the width of the pocket I like to use the zip I will be installing as a guide and add 2″ (5 cm) and this will give me the width measurement for the fabric piece, (eg. 7″zip + 2″= 9″ or 23cm).

Now you have the hight and width of your Zip Pocket piece worked out, you should cut your pocket and follow on for the rest of the tutorial on how to install your Zip Pocket.

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1. Lay the Zip Pocket right sides together with the Main Body of your bag where you would like the zip pocket to be placed, position the Zip Pocket approximately 1 1/2” – 2″ (3.5cm – 5cm) {ie. this can vary from pattern to pattern, so you may need to adjust this measurement yourself} from the top of the Main Body of your bag.  Be sure that the Zip Pocket is, side centred, and pin it at the edges.


2. On the wrong side of the fabric, draw a box with your fabric marker that is side centred, leaving 1″ (2.5cm) either side of the box.  The height of the box should be 3/8” (1cm), and position the box about 1 1/4” – 1 1/2″ (3cm – 3.5cm) from the top of the Zip Pocket piece.

3. Draw a line through the middle of the box, then add a triangle at each end (see picture).


4. Sew around the outside of the box.  When you come to the corner, leave your needle in the down position, lift your presser foot and swivel the fabric around, so you are able to continue sewing around the box.


5. Cut through the line you drew in the middle of your box and the triangles. Clip very close to the corners without cutting through your stitching. Remove your pins.


6. Push the pocket piece through the main lining piece to the back. Manipulate the fabric to lay flat and press well.


7. Pin, baste or use fabric glue to secure your zip to the back of your pocket.


NOTE: The teeth and zip pull should show through the gap on the right side of your fabric.

8. Change your presser foot to your zip foot to sew and topstitch along the edge of your zip opening trying to keep your zip straight. As you approach the zip pull leave the needle down and lift the presser foot. Unzip the zip until the pull is out of your way, lower your presser foot and sew on until you need to re-zip. Continue around all 4 sides of your opening.


9. Fold the bottom of the zippered pocket piece up to meet the top of the zippered pocket piece and sew around the three open sides (indicated by the black arrows in the picture), without catching any part of the Main Body.


Your Zippered Pocket is finished, continue with your pattern as stated 🙂


I hope you found this tutorial helpful!

I would love to see any welt zip pocket you add to your bag using this tutorial, so please feel free to share them with me via FB, IG, or T 🙂
If you want to use the tag #tutorialsbyemkie that would be awesome too!

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Happy Sewing!

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