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Travel Zipper Pouch Set pattern

Last year I sewed up a set of pouches that I could use when traveling. I shared pictures of them as part of the Vintage Adventure blog tour, but didn’t have a pattern to share at the time. After many requests and finally setting aside the time, I’m happy to report that I finally have the pattern and sewing instructions for this set of zipper pouches that nest, have vinyl coated fabric for the bottom and the lining and are perfect for travel or organizing your life around your house. *the Extra tall pouch has the same dimensions as the toiletry pouch, just taller so it doesn’t nest with the toiletry pouch
 I will be sharing the cutting directions for 4 different pouches: the Extra Tall Pouch (finishes at: 8 1/2″ wide by 9 1/2″ tall and 3″ deep), the Toiletry Pouch (8 1/2″ X 7″ also 3″ deep), the Make Up pouch (7 1/2″ X 5 1/2″ and 2″ deep) and the Mini (3″ X 2 1/2″ and 1 1/2″ deep).
I first posted the make up pouch tutorial over on The Polkadot chair blog, and the assembly for the three large pouch sizes are the same, so I will be re-using some of the pictures from that first post using different fabrics. The cutting directions for all the different sized pouches will be shown below. *READ ALL DIRECTIONS BEFORE BEGINNING

Travel Pouch set with vinyl coated fabric
  • fabric- I am using three different prints, but you really only need 2. The pictures will be going back and forth between: Guinevere by Citrus and Mint and Simple Goodness by Tasha Noel both for Riley Blake Designs. The lining fabric I am using in the travel set is laminated cotton by Riley Blake Designs, but if you want to use coordinating fabric from the line you are sewing with, just follow the directions to laminate that fabric as well. 
    • You will need 1/4 yard of each print, unless you are making the Extra Tall Pouch, then you will need at least 1/3 yard of the fabric for the lining.*note: if your print is directional, you may need 2/3 yard
  • For the Extra Tall or toiletry pouch you will need at least a 14″ zipper,
    at least a 10″ zipper for the Make Up pouch and at least a 6″ zipper for the mini
  • fusible fleece 
  • Iron on Vinyl if you don’t have already laminated fabric. *affiliate link* I use heat n bond from ThermOWeb
  • d-rings if you would like a way to attach a wrist strap
  • sewing supplies
Note: Although the fabrics vary from step to step as I bounce between new and old pictures, You will follow all the steps shown, regardless of the fabrics in the photo.
cutting directions for MINI pouch will be found after the three larger pouches

* I am including the steps needed if you are doing the iron on vinyl.
main exterior fabric, cut 2 pieces: 
  • Extra Tall Pouch: 6 1/2″ X 12″
  • Toiletry Pouch: 5 1/2″ X 12″
  • Make up Pouch: 4 1/2″ X 10″

exterior accent fabric cut 1 piece:

  • Tall: 10 1/2″ X 12 1/2″
  • Toiletry: 8 1/2″ X 12 1/2″
  • Make up: 7″ X 11″

lining fabric if using laminated cotton, cut 2:

  • Tall 11″ X 12″
  • Toiletry: 9″ X 12″
  • Make up: 7″ X 10″  

Lining fabric if laminating your own fabric, cut 1:

  • Tall: 23 1/2″ X 12 1/2″
  • Toiletry: 18 1/2″ X 12 1/2″
  • Make Up: 15″ X 10 1/2″

For any size pouch you will also need from accent fabric:

  • 1 piece 2″ X 3″
  • 1 piece 1 3/4″ X 3″

For the Tall and Toiletry bags, if interior pocket is desired:

  • cut 2- 4 1/2″ X 8″

    from Iron On Vinyl:

    • Tall: 10 1/4″ X 12 1/4″ (for exterior); 23 1/4″ X 12 1/4″ (if needed for lining)
    • Toiletry: 8 1/4″ X 12 1/4″ (exterior); 18 1/4″ X 12 1/4″ (if needed for lining)
    • Make up: 6 1/2″ X 10 1/2″ (exterior); 14 1/2″ X 10 1/2″ (if needed for lining)

    from fusible fleece, cut 2:

    • Tall: 10 1/2″ X 11 1/2″
    • Toiletry: 8 1/2″ X 11 1/2″
    • Make Up: 6 1/2″ X 9 1/2″

    Follow manufacturers instructions to adhere the vinyl coating to the associated pieces. DO NOT discard the paper backing. Then cut the following:

    exterior accent fabric:

    • Tall: 5″ X 12″
    • Toiletry: 4″ X 12″
    • Make Up: 3″ X 10″

    lining fabric: Cut down to the measurements for laminated lining listed above.

    For the Mini Pouch:

    • exterior fabric and lining: cut 2- 4″ X 5″ pieces from each
    • fusible fleece: cut 2- 3 1/2″ X 4 1/2″ pieces
    • accent fabric: 1 3/4″ X 3″

    Fuse fleece to the exterior fabric pieces and then follow the assembly directions beginning at the step the zipper is attached.

      All seam allowances are 1/4″ unless noted otherwise

      • Line up the top of the exterior bottom accent piece with the bottom of the Main exterior piece. *TIP: coated fabrics do not heal from pin holes as easily as regular cotton fabrics do, so I recommend pinning within the seam allowance, or using binding clips to hold pieces together. 


      •  Sew together. Press the accent fabric away from the main fabric. *TIP: DO NOT touch your iron to the coated fabrics. Use either the paper backing from the IOV or a press cloth to cover any coated fabrics when at the iron.
      **If you are having trouble feeding your coated fabrics through your sewing machine here are a couple of tips for you: increase the stitch length on your machine. Use a walking foot or teflon foot- if you don’t want to purchase a new foot, try covering the bottom of your presser foot with matte clear tape. Use a pin or sharp scissors to cut open the hole where the needle goes through. Coated fabrics seem to stretch a bit more than regular cotton as well, so try to not have your coated fabrics on the bottom when feeding them in your machine if possible. 
      • Fuse the fleece to the back of both exterior pieces.
      • Top stitch along the seam between the main and accent fabrics.
      • For the Tall or Toiletry pouch Pocket: place pieces right sides together
      • Sew around all 4 sides, leaving an opening for turning on the bottom long edge.
      • Clip all four corners and turn right side out
      • Press well and top stitch across the top of the pocket piece.
      •  Center the pocket 2″ down from the top of one of the lining pieces. 
      • Sew around the two short sides and the bottom, back stitch at the beginning and end of your sewing. Make sure to close the opening left for turning in the bottom.
      • If desired, divide the pocket with rows of stitching. I typically put a divider line 3″ from the left side of the pocket.

         Begin MINI pouch assembly here

        • Take your zipper and line it up, right side down, with the top of the front exterior piece. It’s easier to do this if the zipper is fully opened. 
        • At the free end of the zipper, (the left side) fold up the zipper tape outside of the metal stop so it is perpendicular to the zipper, pin in place. 
        • On the right side of the zipper, measure 1″ from the end of exterior of the pouch and pin the zipper in place there.
        • Place your lining, right side down, and line up all three pieces: the exterior, zipper and lining. Sew along this edge until you reach the pin 1″ from the edge of the fabric. *you may choose to use a zipper foot at this point, but I usually don’t.
        • With the needle in the down position, lift up the presser foot.
        • Pull the loose end of the zipper away from the line you are stitching toward the inside of the fabrics you are sewing. 
        • Put the presser foot down and sew the fabrics together, keeping the zipper out of the seam.
        • Press both pieces of fabric away from the zipper.

        Attach the fabrics to the second side of the zipper in the same manner as the first side. Just make sure the metal tabs on the loose ends of the zipper line up. I line up the sides of the exterior pieces and then make sure the zipper is positioned so the metal tabs line up before I begin pinning the zipper down. Again, press the fabrics away from the zipper.
        •  Take your two small 3″ long pieces to the ironing board. 
        • Press in half along the 3″ length.
        • Open up this crease and bring the raw edges into the middle to meet at the crease, press.
        • fold up the original crease to enclose the raw edges.
        • For the D-ring strap: ON the 2″ piece: sew along both 2″ edges using an edge stitch
        • For the zipper tab: *note: the MINI ONLY has a Zipper tab!!  
          • ON the 1 3/4″ piece, reverse the center fold to put the two raw edges on the outside. 
          • Sew up both short sides using a 1/4″ seam allowance. 
          • Clip the bottom corners (the ones by the center fold)
          • turn right side out and press.


          • Place your pouch with the exterior facing up. 
          • Close the zipper about 1/4 of the way.
          •  Fold the lining of the front piece up and away from the exterior front piece. Pin the loose end of the zipper against the front piece to keep it from getting caught in the seams while assembling. 
          • Take the 2″ piece from the previous step (d-ring strap) and fold it around the d-ring. Pin in place 1″ down from the zipper on the side opposite the free end of the zipper.
          • Fold down the back exterior piece and begin lining up the edges. Make sure the seam allowances from the zipper are pinned toward the lining.
          • Sew around all 4 edges, leaving an opening in the bottom of the lining for turning.
          • Mark squares on all 4 corners- for the Tall Pouch and Toiletry pouch the squares will be 1 1/2″, Make Up pouch- 1″ and the MINI 3/4″.
          •  Cut out the squares.
          •  Pull out the edges of the corners and line up the seams to create a straight line. 
          • Sew along this line with 1/4″ seam allowance to box the corners. Be sure to back stitch at the beginning and end of each corner.
          • Turn the pouch right side out through the opening in the lining. *remove the pin holding the free end of the zipper first!- you’ll thank me!
          •  Fold under the seam allowances of the opening and sew them shut with an edge stitch.
          • Push the lining to the inside of the bag. Press fabric away from the zipper again. Top stitch around the top of the bag.
          • Trim the loose end of the zipper so it is just over 1″ away from the edge of the pouch. 
          • Slide the tab made from the 1 3/4″ piece of fabric over the end of the zipper. I put the zipper on top of the seam allowance. 
          • Sew around all 4 sides of the tab.
          Do one final press of the pouch. If you want to make a wrist strap for your pouch, you can find the tutorial on my blog here.
          The Extra Tall pouch is fantastic to carry embroidery- holding up to an 8″ hoop!
          I hope you enjoy these patterns, this one is crazy long and convoluted. I’m so sorry about that. I didn’t want you to have to chase all over the internet for the different pouches, but that may have been easier! 😉 If you find any errors, please let me know! I will correct them immediately!

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