Olivia's Split Zippered Pouch || Tutorial

* This was suppose to be named SPLIT instead of SLIT.  Haha.  I was too lazy to edit all the photos.  Slit works too, and it's a bit edge-y.   Gotta love trying to name patterns.

I have not updated you since my last post on sewing machines, but I bought my very first sewing machine last week!  A BERNINA 550 QE [Squeal!].  Thank you to those who helped me by giving their advice.  I was out of town over the weekend, so I couldn't play with my new machine.  I wanted to do an instant gratification project, and zippered pouches seem to do the trick.  

This is a nice size pouch.  It's small enough that you can't lose anything in the pouch, yet it is large enough to to carry pencils and pens, feminine items, and little knick knacks.   You could even keep your makeup in this pouch too.

The bright pouch was my sample to develop the pattern, and it was also the one that I used to take photos of the process.  For those people who pay closely attention to detail in photos if something seems slightly off in the photos, just ignore it.   I make mistakes too, but you won't be making the ones I did.  :)   The second pouch (yellow and gray) was made following my pattern.

* All measurements are given in order of width then length
* 1/4" seam allowance
*Backstitch or lock stitch when you sew
* If you make this pouch and share on the web, please be kind and give credit by linking back to owen's olivia.

Here's what you will need to make one pouch:

(1) 8" zipper in the color of your choice along with 2 small pieces of scrap fabric to cover the ends

Section A (fabric above the zipper)
-  (1) 2.5" x 1.75" scrap of fabric
- (1) 3" x 1.75" scrap of fabric
- (1) 4" x 1.75" scrap of fabric

Section B (fabric below the zipper)
- (1) 2.5" x 3.75 scrap of fabric
- (1) 3" x 3.75" scrap of fabric
- (1) 4" x 3.75" scrap of fabric

Section C (backside of the pouch)
- (1) 2.5" x 5.5" scrap of fabric
- (1) 3" x 5.5" scrap of fabric
- (1) 4" x 5.5" scrap of fabric

- A(1) 8.5" x 4.5" piece of fabric
- B (1) 8.5" x 6.75" piece of fabric

- (2) 4.75" x 1.5"

Step 1.

Stitch Section A pieces together in the order you prefer.  Repeat with Section B and Section C.  You will end up with three separate sections.   Press seams open.  Topstitch 1/8" to 1/4" from the seams.


Step 2.

Prepare your zipper by sewing on a folded piece of scrap fabric to both ends.  This gives it a nice decorative finish.  Stitch about 1/2" from the end of the zipper and close the edge of the folded fabric.

Take your two Tag pieces and pin right sides together.  Sew along both long edges.  Pull right side out and press flat.  Topstitch close to the long edges for a decorative effect.

Step 3.

Using a zipper foot, sew the zipper into place.  Lay your Section B outer fabric face up.  Place the zipper face down lining the top edge of the zipper to the top of the fabric.  Place the Lining A face down lining the all the fabrics together at the top.  Sew close to the zipper.

Once the zipper is sewn in on one side, it should look like this.

Repeat this step for Section A and Lining B to install the other side of the zipper.  Topstitch 1/8" to 1/4" from the zipper.  I like to use the zipper teeth as a guide.

Step 4.

Apply the tag by folding in half and placing the tag towards the inside of the pouch.  Pin in place and zigzag over the edge in the seam allowance to secure.

Step 5.

Now this is where it gets a little crazy, but just hang in there.   Place Section C over the front of the pouch right sides together, which you can see in the photo above.   Pin into place.  For the lining, you will need to fold over the top and pin in place.  For the bottom of the pouch, do not pin the lining to the outer fabric.  See photo below.

Make sure your zipper is halfway open.  From the zipper and top of the pouch, sew the lining and outer fabrics together from one end of the zipper to the other end of the zipper.  Sew only the top!

Separate the bottom lining pieces from the bottom outer fabric pieces.  Sew those individually stopping at the zipper.  Leave a 2-3 inch opening at the bottom of the lining, so you can pull your pouch right side. out.

This photo shows where I stopped.

Step 6.

Clip all corners and excess fabric.  Pull the bag right side out.  Push out all the corners.  Press the pouch.  Stitch close to the edge the opening in the lining.

Now you have what I call a slit err split pouch!



  1. You are amazing. I love your creativity and drive.

  2. Very nice! I like the little bit of fabric at the ends of the zipper. Makes it look neat.

  3. Replies
    1. Thank you Jen! It's a mixture of Field Study, Amy Butler, and Washi.

  4. Thank you for such a sweet little pattern for this charming nick-nack bag! :-)

  5. Nice tutorial! Love your Split Zip Pouch!


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