I can’t seem to have enough zippered pouches for all of the little things I want to keep organized! From my cosmetics to embroidery projects and English paper piecing, zippered pouches come in handy! They are resusable and washable, making them even better than a resealable plastic bag! Sometimes I want the bags to stand up on the table or counter by themselves – that is when they need a boxed bottom. Here is our zippered pouch tutorial with flat bottom.
Flat bottoms are also referred to as ‘boxed bottoms’ on bags. There are two common methods for making the flat bottoms that are covered in this article.
Adding Raw Edge Appliqué to a Zipper Pouch
This next zipper pouch with a flat bottom has a finished size of 14-inches wide by 6-inches tall – perfect for carrying embroidery floss and needles for a project. I wanted to embellish the front with some raw edge appliqué as well as add some hand embroidery. This extra embellishment is totally optional. If you are interested, feel free to download the FREE Flower Appliqué Templates.
If you are doing the appliqué on the zipper pouch, do the embroidery before you put the pouch together. I printed the templates onto a piece of freezer paper. I cut out the shapes and then layered them onto fabric that had fusible web already applied to the wrong side of the fabric. Whenever I do a project with fusible, I always fuse more than I need so I have scraps for projects like this.
Here I have pressed the freezer paper pattern template to the right side of the fabric that has fusible already applied on the wrong side. Make sure to use a Teflon sheet or piece of parchment paper on your pressing surface so you don’t end up with the fabric fused to your pressing surface.
Next I cut out the shapes from the fabric with fusible web already applied.
Then, peel off the freezer paper. If you want more than one of an element, press the freezer paper again and cut out your shapes. I keep a parts department of shapes so I can use them often!
Next, audition your shapes on background fabrics. Here I used the smaller flower, and then added some circle flowers and leaves.
The circle flowers were too symmetrical for me, so I moved the centers to the outside edges. I like this better.
But, the shapes were too similar in size. I decided to use the bigger flower for the center to vary the scale. The smaller flower went to my parts department!
Once you are happy with your design layout, go to your pressing station. Make sure to use a teflon sheet or piece of parchment paper and press the fused appliqué pieces to your outer pouch piece. Make sure to leave enough room at the top and sides for the seam allowances and zipper application – at least 3/4-inch around your design.
Here is the front of the zipper pouch with the design fused to it.
You can machine stitch or hand embroider the fused pieces to the front of the pouch. Read our article on raw edge appliqué to see a variety of raw edge appliqué techniques. I decided to do some hand embroidery to embellish the design. Once you have completed your appliqué, you are ready to make your zipper pouch with the flat bottom!
Here are all of the elements: two (2) pieces of fabric cut 14-inches by 7-inches for the outside of the bag, two (2) pieces of fabric cut 14-inches by 7-inches for the lining, two (2) pieces of light weight interfacing cut 14-inches by 7-inches to give the bag some body and a 14-inch zipper.
Follow the directions in the tutorial above to finish your zipper pouch bag with flat bottom with a raw edge appliqué and hand embroidery.
Here is the finished bag.
And, here is the pretty inside. I love using fun lining fabrics!
Alternative Method for Flat Bottom Bags
This cute little flat bottom zipper pouch features another vintage linen. I love vintage linens – I wish they could tell me who made them and the homes they’ve been in! See the ‘E’ that was embroidered on this doily with lovely flowers on the front.
This little zip pouch finished size is about 7-inches wide at the top, 4-inches wide at the bottom and about 4-inches tall.
Interface the outer fabric and sew in the zipper according to the directions above. Instead of cutting the corners of fabric out, we’ll be sewing a diagonal seam.
Once the zipper is in, turn the bag so that the outer fabrics are layered on top of each other and the lining fabrics are also layered. Sew all around all four sides, leaving an opening in the middle of the bottom of the lining to turn the bag right side out.
Fold the corners to line up the bottom seam allowance and the side seam allowances. Here is one of the corners of the lining fabric folded with the seam allowances matching.
Using a removable fabric marker, draw the diagonal stitching line. I also like to put a pin in to secure the layers of fabic. This will be the depth of the bottom of your pouch. I used a Frixion pen. Always test your marker on a scrap of fabric to make sure the marks will come out.
Here I was marking the outer fabric corners.
Sew the diagonal lines on all four corners of your pouch.
Trim the excess fabric from the corners.
Turn the pouch right side out through the opening in the lining. Sew the lining shut as detailed above and enjoy your new zipper pouch with a flat bottom!