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How To Sew Zipper Pocket

How To Sew Zipper Pocket

April 5, 2010 /

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Want a zipper pocket to show only the zipper and not the outline of the pocket’s seams? This is the sewing tutorial you are looking for. 

This is one of the pockets I sewed for my Shabby Bag. Together with a slip pocket, the bag has 2 pocket compartment in the lining.

how to sew zipper pocket

How To Sew A Zipper Pocket

Pocket lining: 8″ x 12″ (including seam allowance of 1/2″), to make a 7″ x 5″ internal zipper pocket for the bag.

The zipper opening at the pocket is 7″, if you don’t have the exact zipper size, you can always use a bigger zipper, I used 8″. But, if you want a bigger than 7″ pocket opening, you must alter the following dimension accordingly.


Zip pocket tot1Mark and draw the zipper opening at the wrong side of the lining, 7″ x 1/2″, and draw a centerline out of the 1/2″ height. Mark 1/2″ from the end and draw 2 intersection lines to the corner to form a triangle.


Zip pocket tot2Cut the center line till the tip of the triangle, cut diagonally to the corner. Do the same to the other end.


Zip pocket tot3Fold and press the zipper opening.


Zip pocket tot4Turn to the right side, place the zipper below the opening, pin to secure it. Sew on the lining, 1/8″ from the zipper opening, around.


Zip pocket tot5Turn to the wrong side, place the pocket lining with right side facing down. Align the 8″ width end to the zipper with a 1/2″ seam allowance. Sew the pocket to zipper only (not the bag lining).


Zip pocket tot6Fold the pocket down with the right side facing up. Sew another line on the zipper and pocket only.


Zip pocket tot7Fold the pocket 5″ from the sewn line. Repeat the pocket attachment process for the other 8″ width side, but this time you don’t have to fold the pocket down and sew another line.
Sew both the sidelines and you are done 🙂


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