Free Zipper Bag Pattern- Quilt as you Go Method

quilt-as-you-go zipper bag title photo

Hi everyone!  I am Elizabeth, one half of the duo of sisters-in-law who blog at Simple Simon and Company.  We love all things that revolve around sewing for our children and are constantly striving for the art of homemaking….all while trying to stay sane.  We really love simple sewing projects that are not only quick but that are also beautiful and luckily today’s project completely fits that theme.  These zipper bags are simple, but make great gifts and I am warning you—once you make one—you get addicted 😉

quilt-as-you-go zipper pouch end shot

So, let’s get started.

Here is what you will need: a 10 inch zipper, 4 jelly roll strips or fabric scraps cut 10 inches by 2.5 inches, 2 pieces of batting cut 8 inches by 10 inches, 3 fabric pieces cut 8 inches by 10 inches.

quilt-as-you-go zipper pouch supplies

quilted bag collage 1

On one of your 2.5 by 10 inch pieces of fabric, cut off 1/4 inch.  Place that first strip piece on your batting piece  and then using your walking foot, quilt lines that are .5 inches apart.

quilt as you go bag collage2

Place second fabric strip (right sides together ) and sew a 1/4 inch seam.  Then open your second piece, press it well and quilt as you did your first fabric strip.  Repeat until you have quilted all four strips to your zipper front piece.

quilted front

This is what it should now look like for your zipper bag front piece.

quilted back

Repeat with one of your 8 inch by 10 inch pieces of fabric and your remaining piece of batting.

Now you are ready to start making your bag.

zipper bag step1

I already have one side done in this picture but you are going to make a quilt sandwich…..and here are the layers.  Bottom layer will be your main pouch fabric facing up.  Middle layer will be your zipper—facing down!  The top layer will be your lining fabric–facing down.  Then using your zipper foot and a 1/4 inch seam allowance sew these 3 layers together.  Repeat this same sandwich for the back zipper pouch as well.

zipper bag step 2

Your zipper bag should now look like this.  A really important step at this point is to open your zipper now.

zipper bag step 3

Then place quilting sides together and lining sides together, sew around the perimeter of the bag, leaving a 2 inch opening to pull your bag through.

zipper bag step 5

Now pull your zipper pouch right side out.

zipper bag step 6

Stitch up your lining fabrics.

zipper bag step 7

And push your lining inside your original bag….and you are done!

quilt-as-you-go zipper pouch end shot

A huge thanks for having us today!


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  1. Liz G says

    Thank you for the tute! I just made a bag for my sister’s impending nativity. I added box pleats and iron-on vinyl to your bag so it could be used in a matching diaper bag. I’ve always had trouble with zippers and these were easy instructions. Thanks! (I followed the Craft Gossip link to your tute.)

  2. Katharine Wells says

    Thank you SO much for this fab tutorial! I just made two of these bags- it was my first go at sewing on a zipper too so i am super-happy! The tutorial is so clearly laid out & it really was easy to make! Thank you!!

  3. says

    Thanks you so much for mind blowing fab tutorial . I will try to knit these bags. Your guidance is too good as it is showing step by steps how to make a zipper bags. I hops it makes my work easy…


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