Sewing a Transparent Vinyl Zipper Pouch

how to make a vinyl zipper bag

We are very happy to share with you this tutorial for an easy vinyl pouch with a zipper. With some basic sewing skills this is a very quick sewing project!

With a cute sewing motif on the fabirc, a clear vinyl bottom and a zipper to open and close this diy pouch, you can easily see what's inside this little homemade bag. Use it as a toiletry bag or a pencil case. This pouch is quick and easy to make with the roller foot from your Madam Sew Presser Foot Set  and a pack of Sewing Clips.

Sometimes it is fun to have special bags for taking trips or sewing classes!

sewing clips and a roller foot

What you need to make a vinyl pouch

Sewing Motif Fabric
2 pieces 3-inches x 11-inches
2 pieces 2-inches x 3-inches

Clear Vinyl
2 pieces 6-inches x 11 inches

1 9-inch zipper

how to make a vinyl zipper bag

How to sew a zippered clear vinyl bag

Start by sewing the zipper

Start by pressing the 1x3” fabric pieces for the tabs on the zipper. Press the short ends to the wrong side about 1/4-inch. Then, meeting the folded ends, press in half, wrong sides together.

Place the tabs over the zipper ends, making sure the folded edges line up on both the top side and underside of the zipper ends. Be sure not to sew over the zipper itself, or the zipper stops. This will lengthen the zipper and keep the ends tidy.

stitch on a zipper tape

Place the zipper on one of the 3x11-inch fabric pieces, with the right sides together along the 11-inch side of the fabric. Use sewing clips to hold the zipper in place instead of pins. The clips hold the zipper without distorting it like pins do. Sew the zipper to the fabric with a 1/4-inch seam.

using clips to sew a zipper

Repeat for the other side. Flatten out the fabric and zipper, and stitch along the folded edge to finish it.

sewing a zipper with a non stick foot

Sewing the clear vinyl

Next, from the Presser Foot Set, find the #7 Roller Foot. This will help with the vinyl as it will roll instead of sticking to the vinyl. Change the foot on your machine to the roller foot. Line up the vinyl 11-inch side with the fabric. Hold with clips, stitch with a 1/4-inch seam.

roller foot in action on a sewing machine

On the wrong side, finger press the seam towards the fabric side. It is hard to see, but the vinyl in the picture below is extended to the right. Top-stitch the seam in the center of the seam allowance to keep it flat inside the bag.

sewing vinyl with a roller foot on a sewing machine

Repeat for the other side.

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Unzip the zipper to have a way to turn it right side out when the bag is finished. Clip the front and back of the bag together, meeting the vinyl to vinyl, and fabric to fabric, lining up the seams on the sides.

using sewing clips to hold vinyl together instead of using pins

Sew from the zipper, down one side, across the bottom and up the other side to the zipper again.

Clip the corners off the vinyl at an angle near the seam corner. This will make the next steps easier by reducing the bulk.

Now, box the corners. Arrange the vinyl so that the corner is at the point, by pulling the front and back sides apart, and then line up the side seam line over the bottom seam at each bottom corner. Mark a line 1-1/2-inches from the point using a white marker.

Sew on the line drawn. Repeat for the other side.

sewing vinyl with a roller foot

Turn right side out through the open zipper. Push the corners out.

how to make a viny pouch

Add a sewing charm to the zipper pull for a cute detail.

Finished and ready to fill with your sewing tools!

Easy to make, fast to sew, and would make a nice gift as well.

The sewing clips are useful for any project that needs holding together for sewing when pins won’t work. Vinyl and leather are just two ideas, but you can also use them for sewing delicate synthetics like silk where pins might snag. There are lines on the clear side marking 1/8-inch and 1/4-inch.

This line is great for quilt binding as well, making sure your 1/4-inch is accurate.

Have fun using your new vinyl bag!

how to sew a vinyl bag

This vinyl bag is quick and easy to make with the roller foot from your Madam Sew Presser Foot Set. To work with vinyl fabrics, sewing clips come in handy to replace pins so you don't make holes in your vinyl. MadamSew has a pack of 50 sewing clips in the store at a great price.

I hope you liked our quick and easy zipper pouch tutorial. If you have any questions, don't hesitate to get in touch!

Happy Sewing!!
Carole @ From My Carolina Home