Coin Purse or Cosmetic Case

Last night I made a little zippered pouch as part of a birthday gift for my Grandma.

For Grandma

I used some fabric that I bought a couple of months ago, it seems so feminine and pretty (i heart pastels). I thought the pouch turned out really cute with the contrasting red zipper. Personally I have a little zippered pouch like this that I carry with me everywhere- I store my lipstick, compact, lotion and extra bobby pins in. When ever I switch purses/diaper bags all I have to do is grab my phone, pouch and wallet thus ensuring I always have everything I need. I’m hoping Grandma finds it practical too!

Tonight I made another one, and this is my step by step guide so you too can make one! I used some vintage sheeting that Jessie sent me a few months back. **DISCLAIMER: You can use this tutorial to make pouches to sell in your own shop if you want. Also, I am not an expert- there may be an even better way to do this, but this is what works for me. I did this project at night so I apologize that the images aren’t very pretty**

step 1

Step 1: You’ll need a piece of fabric at least 16″x 12″, a 7″ zipper, self healing mat, rotary cutter and quilters ruler. Everything is sewn at a 1/4″ seam allowance.

Step:2 Cut out 4 rectangles of fabric, each one should be 7.5″x5.5″

Step 3: Fold top (the 7.5″ side) of each rectangles over 1/4″-1/2″ and press. (heaven’s to betsy I need a new ironing board cover! anyone want to post a tutorial on how to make one of those?)

Step 4: If you are using different prints be sure you decide which pieces you want on the outside and which ones you want to be the lining. Pair each outside piece with a lining piece and place with wrong sides together. With wrong sides together you are going to place the zipper between the ironed over folds on the rectangles. I’m hoping I haven’t lost you- it gets easier really quick!

step 4

Step 5/6: Now, there are probably easier ways to do this zipper, but this is the only way I can think of that will allow you to have no visible raw edge. Once you have the zipper pinned to all the pieces you’ll stitch it using a zipper foot. Make sure you pivot at the head of the zipper. May I suggest 2 things, 1. Don’t sew too close to the teeth or you’ll end up with a beautiful pouch and a stuck zipper (been there, done that). 2. Check your bobbin thread, because if you are like me you won’t and you’ll run out half way through and be irritated!

step 5

step 6

Step 7: Remove pins and zip the zipper half way.


step 7


Step 8: Ok, follow me closely here. The two top pieces that you see are your outside print, the underneath fabric will be your lining. So place right sides of tops together and right sides of lining together. This should give you a big square that looks like this:

step 8

Step 9: Now you’ll need to pin it together. Be sure you have the zipper lay the same way on each side as you pin it. The zipper should lay as if you have folded it in half- see image.

step 9

Step 10: Be sure you leave an opening on the LINING fabric for turning.

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Step 11: (we are getting close to the end, hang in there) Now stitch it all up- except for the opening. Be sure you trim the corners and the excess zipper ends. Then turn out, use your scissors to poke the corners out if you need to. You should now have something that looks like this- your lining should be sticking out.

Step 11

Step 12: Fold the raw edge in where the opening is. If you want a really clean look you can whip stitch it closed by hand, or you can sew it with your machine as close to the edge as you can.

step 12

Step 13: Stuff the lining back into the pouch and viola! you are done! Here is another variation that I made as a Christmas gift. Be creative and send me pictures of what you create!!


5 Responses to “Coin Purse or Cosmetic Case”

  1. Rebekah says:

    Thank you so much. I will be printing this out for the zipper part I never seem to be able to do zippers right I have a whole basket full of zipers that mock me. Now I just might be able to be the master of them.


  2. heather says:

    You’ll be an expert in no time!

  3. Claire says:

    That’s a really easy tutorial to follow – there are anumber of ways I have tried before to to a lined pouch, but I think I will give your a go this weekend- will post the results when I have them – I embroidered some pin up girls to put on pouches for make up bags over a year ago and never got round to it (the making isn’t the part I enjoy…) but this has spurred me on. I may even make something with kitty too x

  4. Steph says:

    I’ll definitely be saving this for future reference. Thanks for sharing. You make it look easy!

  5. Melody says:

    Thank you I cant wait to make one. You make it look realy easy. I also forget to check my bobbin.LOL.