Round Zipper Pouch and Book Giveaway

Hello WeAllSew readers,

It’s Minki Kim, and you can find me at Instagram @zeriano and I also design fabric for Riley Blake Designs and I have my own line of sewing patterns.

I am excited to share this easy to make Round Zipper Pouch today. Easy to follow sewing instructions will have you finish this little handy bag in one afternoon! Who wouldn’t love a handy little bag? They’re fun to make and handy to have around.  This pouch would make a perfect gift too for any occasion!

Materials to Sew Cosmetic Zipper Pouch

Finished size: 8” wide x 5 1/2” height

Fabric used: Bloom collection by CottonVill

  • 1 Fat quarter cotton print A for exterior
  • 1 Fat quarter cotton print B for exterior
  • 1 Fat quarter cotton print C for lining
  • 1 Fat quarter medium weight fusible batting
  • 1 zipper – 8”
  • 2 cotton lace – 8 1/2” x 1/2”
  • leather strip for tab and embroidery thread (optional)
  • Download the Round Zipper Pouch pattern.


  • from print A, cut: two (2) 8 1/2” x 3 1/2”
  • from print B, cut: two (2) 8 1/2” x 3”
  • from print C, cut: one Pouch Body outer line
  • from fusible batting, cut: one Pouch Body inner line

Note: All seam allowances are 1/4″ unless otherwise noted.

Prepare the strips

1. Sew print A to print B, matching long edges, with the right sides. Press seams to the dark print side.  Repeat for the other side of the pouch.

2. Place the lace on top of the dark fabric and sew as shown below.

2. Fuse the batting on the wrong side of the pouch exterior. Trace the Pouch Body outer line and trim the excess.

Trace the Pouch Body outer line on the lining.

3. Place the zipper on top of the exterior, right sides together. You will be able to see the wrong side of the zipper. Fold zipper ends as shown. Pin in place and sew using a zipper foot.

4. With the wrong side up, lay pouch lining on the zipper, matching the top edges. Sew through the layer, using the previous stitching line as a guide.

5. Repeat the step 3-4 to attach the other side of the zipper to the exterior and the lining. Topstitch 1/8” from the edge.

6. Lay flat the pouch as shown. Fold the leather tab in half and slide in one side of the pouch exterior, about  1” down from the zipper.

7. Sew the sides, matching raw edges, leaving an opening on the lining. Use 3/8” – 1/2” seam when sewing the lining sides for the tight fit. Clip the round corners using a pair of scissors. Make sure to leave the zipper half open.

7. Pinch the ends of an opening together to flatten the material. Match up seams and pin well. Sew together along this edge. Make sure to backstitch at the beginning and end of the seam for strength. Repeat on the 3 remaining sides.

Using a seam ripper, make an opening on one lining side.

8. Turn right side out through the opening and hand stitch or machine sew the gap closed. Then tuck the inner pouch into the outer and press everything nice and neat. If you wish you can add stitching elements to the pouch. I used hand stitching using one strand of Aurifil 12wt thread.

My new book Zakka Wool Appliqué is out from Stash Books.

Zakka Wool Appliqué Book Giveaway

Our contest is now closed, thanks to all who participated. Congratulations to our winner, WeAllSew fan deenyb!

One lucky WeAllSew reader will win a digital copy (e-book) of Minki’s latest book Zakka Wool Appliqué.

All you have to do is post a comment below and answer the question:

“What is your favorite BERNINA presser foot for appliqué?”

The the giveaway is open through Friday, June 5th.

The giveaway is open to residents of the 50 United States and the District of Columbia. One comment per fan. Comment must be submitted to the blog by Friday, June 5, 2020 at 11:59 PM Central Time. Winner will be chosen randomly. Winner will be notified by email and will have 48 hours to contact to claim the prize.

Good luck!

91 thoughts on “Round Zipper Pouch and Book Giveaway

  1. I love the 1/4″ patchwork foot as it makes my stitching as exact as I can get it! Darling pouch pattern…thank you!
    duchick at gmail dot com

    1. I like foot 34D for machine appliqué. This clear foot helps me see the edge of the appliqué better as I anticipate the rate of turning for curves etc. The strong center red line is a great guide for the edge of the appliqué especially when I am using decorative stitches with a swing such as a blanket, hem or zig zag stitch with monofilament thread. Bernina always has the right foot for the task at the needle!!

  2. I love the 20C foot! The open toe allows me to see exactly where the needle is landing. If I am using a blanket stitch, I move my needle all the way to the right, guide the right inside edge of the foot along the applique and the stitches align perfectly! I love my Bernina!

  3. I love either the open toe embroidery foot (#20D?) OR the clear sole reverse pattern foot (#34D?), depending on how intricate the design and the style of applique I’m doing. For a casual, raw-edge style the clear sole has nice visibility while still having lots of surface area for nice stitches. But when visibility is the most important, the open toe foot can’t be beat!!!!

  4. My favorite is #23 appliqué foot. It allows me a great view of my stitching and is terrific for those dense areas that can be a challenge. Thank you Bernina for helping me stay sane in these insane times!

  5. I have a Patchwork activa 135 and like to use presser foot 1 for appliqué. I make greeting cards for all occasions, mostly birthdays, and do a lot of appliqués for the front of the card.

  6. I switch to the open toe appliqué foot to see where I’m going. But I adjust the needle to ride right on the edge of the open part. It’s my sweet spot

  7. I have tried a variety of Bernina presser feet for applique BUT my favorite presser foot for appliqué is foot #39. It is clear and has a red mark in the center. Makes it easy to line up with the edge of the applique I am sewing around. As a visually impaired individual, this works best for me. I would HIGHLY recommend Bernina foot #39 for anyone with a vision problem.

  8. I love foot #20 for appliqué. I love that I can see what I’m doing and can move the needle over to the edge so all I have to do is line my appliqué up to the edge of my foot!

  9. My favorite foot for stitching applique is #23. Easy to see where I’m stitching and because the foot is shorter than most feet it is easy to turn corners.

  10. I don’t know the number of the foot, but I like to use the open toed clear one so that I can see what the heck I’m doing. I’m fairly new at machine applique, so I need all the help I can get! Thanks for the great tutorial and giveaway!

  11. The open toe appliqué foot is my go to presser foot for all types of crafting! Thanks so much for the pattern! Now to find some zippers in my stash!

  12. 10D hands Down It makes it so accurate that I can use a riny stitch and clear monofilament and was down-graded by a judged at my last quilt comp. for not seeing down my appliqués!!! After the show I talked to the director and she agreed it was sewn and that batiks do not stay well stuck with fusibles, so the judge should have looked closer!

  13. I love the #20 open toe embroidery foot for embroidery. I have both the regular and the 9mm #20C and love them both! This bag is darling!

  14. I like to keep all the feet employed, so I rotate among #20, #23 and #39, depending on the size of the project. Just started wool applique last year, so would love to have your book.

  15. What a cute little bag, can’t wait to make one. I like #34 for applique, but I have only used that one, I’m going to try some of the other suggestions.

  16. This little bag would make a very useful accessory for a school bag for my grandchildren and for my sewing room. My favorite appliqué foot is #20D. I also use #34D.

  17. The open toe foot. Thank you for all your great tutorials. I made the cat zipper pouch and gave it to my granddaughter for her back pack. She loved it!

  18. I have a Bernina 780 plus the accompanying Embroidery unit. I absolutely love my Bernina! I also love to do blanket stitch applique! My favorite foot is #20D. It allows me to see exactly what I’m doing, yet has the correct amount of pressure on my work to allow me to do a good job. Thank you Bernina for making such a wonderful machine! Wish I had more time in my life to do all the wonderful ideas that are bouncing around in my head!

  19. Without a doubt, Foot 20D is my go to for applique. Snuggle it to the outside edge of the applique, set the blanket stitch for the length and width I want, and away I go!

  20. I love my #39C clear sole embroidery foot. With the red lines and the clear sole, it is super easy to guide the fabric and keep things aligned right where you want them. Thanks for the cute little bag pattern. I love it.

  21. I love the BSR open toe and I just “draw” my appliqué on! I learned that from Minki Kim when I made her snack mat! I love Minki Kim!!!

  22. I love doing appliqué & like using my open toe embroidery foot, unfortunately my 1630 machine which it fits possibly cannot be fixed after getting a reconditioned memory board , I have another Bernina which I also like but do not have the feet I have for the other one. My original Bernina I purchased in 1963 & it still sews beautifully & made many garments including one wedding gown & several bridesmaids gowns, why did I ever change it. The best thing about the 1630 is the knee lift, there is one on the machine I now use but works a little different. the old 1963 machine I gave to my daughter.

  23. I use the #20C foot to appliqué. It allows room to move the needle left for edge stitching and gives greater visibility of the stitch.

  24. I love 20D if I am satin stitching around the applique, if I am doing another stitch that centers on the edge of the applique I will use foot 34D. I have foot 23 but I haven’t tried it yet. I think I would have to give it a try.
    Thank you for an excellent tutorial.

  25. My favorite BERNINA presser foot for appliqué is the #20C. It has a purposely designed tunnel under the foot to allow for the appliquéd satin stitch to ride through. I also like the clear foot, # 39C, also with a tunnel.

  26. I love my #20 foot. Gives good visibility and because to needle positioning I can easily follow the edge of the appliqué as I sew. Love this Bernina.

  27. I love my 20/20D feet. I put a fine line on the arrow behind the needle to increase the already great accuracy. (I guess I’m getting old and can’t see as well as I used to. 🙂

  28. Like so many others 20 C/D are my go-to favorites for appliqué but I often use 39C when I need to control my appliqué a bit. I Adore my BERNINA !!

  29. I like the open toe foot so I xan see better. I’m still new with applique and still feel a bit intimidated but there’s so many fun projects to do!

  30. The pouch is so cute and simple! It would make a nice “I care” gift for friends and family with a matching mask or two inside. My foot: 20C because it’s my widest foot, so I can see what I’m going.

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