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Scallop Zipper Pouches

These scallop zipper pouches were created using the OLFA Scallop Blade to include a bold decorative stripe on a cute and useful bag to carry your odds and ends with you wherever you go!




  • Read through the directions completely before you begin.
  • Directions for small pouch are in (parentheses).
  • The estimated time to complete this project (both small and large pouches) is 3-4 hours.
  • This project uses a 1/4″ seam allowance unless otherwise stated.
  • This project is a great example of how the OLFA Stainless Steel Scallop Blade can be used to add decorative touches to your projects.
  • Finished Size Small: 8″ x 4″ x 3″
  • Finished Size Large: 10″ x 6″ x 3″


Confident Beginner





  • 4 Fat Quarters (one for each pouch exterior & interior)
  • 2-6 Scraps measuring 4″ x 11″ (scraps from the fat quarters can be used)
  • 1/2 yard of fusible fleece interfacing
  • 1/2 yard of SF101 woven fusible interfacing
  • 2 14″ Nylon Zippers
  • Applique glue (optional)



Directions for small pouch are in (parentheses).



  1. Cut two 10″ x 14″ (6.5″ x 12′) pieces for exterior
  2. Cut two 10′ x 14″ (6.5″ x 12″) pieces for interior lining
  3. Cut two 11″ x 15″ (7.5″ x 13″) pieces of fusible fleece.
  4. Cut one 4′ x 11″ (4″ x 7.5″) piece for the accent stripe.
  5. Cut one 3″ x 11″ (3″ x 7.5′) piece for the accent stripe.
  6. Cut one 2.5″ x 11″ (2.5′ x 7.5″) piece for the accent stripe.
  7. Cut one 4″ x 11″ (4″ x 7.5″) piece of SF101 woven fusible for the accent stripe.
  8. Cut one 3″ x 11″ (3″ x 7.5″) piece of SF101 woven fusible for the accent stripe.
  9. Cut one 2.5″ x 11″ (2.5″ x 7.5″) piece of SF101 woven fusible for the accent stripe.
  10. Cut two 1″ x 3.5″ (1″ x 3.5″) pieces for zipper covers.


Fusing the Interfacing

  1. Place the exterior piece on a piece of fusible fleece.
  2. Fuse only in the middle.
  3. Do not fuse the edges. Because of the thickness of fusible fleece, you need to press from the fabric side. The fusible fleece interfacing is oversized.
  4. Once the middle is fused, trim the interfacing to match the exterior piece.
  5. Press the rest of the exterior piece to the interfacing.
  6. Fuse the accent stripe pieces to the SF101 woven fusible.


Making the Accent Strips:

  1. Put the scallop blade on your OLFA cutter.
  2. Cut three accent strips for each pouch measuring 3″ x 11″ (3″ x 7.5″), 2″ x 11″ (2″ x 7.5″) and 1.5″ x 11″ (1.5″ x 7.5″).
  3. Take care to cut firmly as you want a clean scalloped edge.


  4. Place the accent strips on top of one another as shown.


  5. Place the accent strips on the exterior piece 4.5” (3.5”) from the right edge. Pin in place or use appliqué´glue to hold in place.


  6. Top stitch the accent strips in place.



Cutting Angles:

  1. Lay two pieces of lining right sides together.
  2. Put the exterior pieces wrong sides together with each piece of lining.
  3. Imagine how your pouch will ultimate be with exterior on the outside facing out and lining on the inside facing in…this is what you’re doing.


  4. Lay the pieces on your cutting mat. Trim off starting 1.5” in at the top to the bottom corner.


Making the zipper covers:

  1. Fold the zipper cover pieces in half so that they measure 1″ x 1.75”.
  2. Place the zipper cover on the end of the zipper next to the metal end so that the folded edge is towards the majority of the zipper.
  3. Pin in place.
  4. Open the zipper.
  5. Place the second zipper cover on the zipper so that raw edges are flush with the edge of the top of the pouch.



  6. Top stitch next to the folded edge to secure in place.


Attaching the Zipper:

  1. Lay the zipper facedown along the top edge of the exterior. Sew a scant 1/4″ seam attaching the zipper.


  2. Lay the lining along the edge of the zipper. The lining and the exterior piece are right sides together with the zipper in the middle.


  3. Flip over the project and stitch just to the left of the previous seam.


  4. Place zipper right sides together on the other exterior piece. Sew a scant 1/4” seam attaching the zipper.


  5. Lay the lining right sides together with the exterior piece and attach as previously done.
  6. Fold back both pieces. Press carefully pulling pieces taut away from the zipper.


  7. Topstitch along the edge of the zipper.


Forming the Pouch:

  2. Fold the two exterior pieces right sides together. The zipper teeth should be perpendicular to the exterior pieces. The sides of the zipper should be towards the exterior pieces.
  3. Stitch 1/2” seam starting just inside the lining fabric.
  4. Repeat on the other exterior edge.
  5. Sew back and forth across the zipper a few times to secure.


  6. Stitch 1/2” seam along the bottom edge of the exterior pieces.
  8. Stitch 1/2” seam along the edges of the lining.
  9. Stitch along the bottom edge of the lining leaving an opening 2.5” from each end.


  10. Cut 1.5” in from the seams on each of the four corners.


  11. Open the corners and align the two seams to one another. This will box the corner and make a 3D pouch. The edge is curved.
  12. Mark a straight line 1/2” from the edge as shown.


  13. Stitch along the line.
  14. Repeat for all four corners, two on the outside and two in the lining.
  15. Trim the zipper.
  16. Cut a bit of a dip. Do NOT cut the seam.
  17. Cut both sides.


  18. Turn the bag right side out. Push out corners with a blunt tool. Don’t use scissors or a seam ripper.
  19. Fold in the opening on the lining and top stitch it closed.


You’re done! Fill your pouches with fun things!



Project design by Lee Chappell Monroe of May Chappell

September/October 2016

For personal, non-commercial use only.