Last Minute Gifts – Easy Pleated Zip Pouch

I have a confession – though I’ve made purses and all kinds of apparel, I’ve never really made a stand alone zip pouch.
And I call myself a sewing blogger. The shame.
So, when I had an opportunity to participate in a handmade gift exchange, and my secret partner said she needed zipper pouches, well, I knew what I wanted to make.
And you know what? They’re kind of addictive. I have several more on my to-sew list now.
The first one I did was a pleated one.

I started by ironing pleats into my fabric, just using the print itself as a guide. I made sure to iron enough to cover the length of my zipper (though I ended up changing zipper colors) with about 1/2″ extra on each end.

I sewed basting stitches down each edge and in two rows down the middle of the fabric to hold the pleats in place. Then I cut between the two rows of stitching in the middle.

I added piping and a flat section of fabric to the top of each pleated piece.

Then I just sewed it together like a regular zipper clutch, basically like this tutorial.

Come back tomorrow for another variation of the zipper pouch.

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  1. Roslyn@Sew Delicious says

    Hi Melissa, I love the pleat details and the gorgeous chain print fabric! Thanks for the link to my simple zip pouch :) Have a wonderful Christmas! xx

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