Purse Week Guest Tutorial: Noodlehead

I’m so excited that Anna from Noodlehead is gracing us with her presence today.  Doesn’t she make the most amazing things?!  Her tutorials are absolutely fabulous, and she is such a nice gal.  One I’d love to meet in real life (well, I’d love to meet all of my guest bloggers, for that matter). 

Now, I know that MANY of you are familiar with her gathered clutch tutorial (I’ve seen quite a few entered into the contest):


Or what about her adorable car pillow tutorial?


Whatever it is you are looking at on her blog, you’ll enjoy.  I just really love her style.  Here she is!


Hi Lemon Squeezers!  I’m super excited to be here during Christie’s Purse Contest Week with a fun tutorial for you all.  I’ve made tons of these little zippered pouches and I think they’re so useful and can be personalized in so many ways.  Plus, they’re super handy when it comes to organizing your purse (or at least make you look like you have an organized purse).

I know there are a ton of other zipper pouch type tutorials out there, but I thought it would be fun to share how I make mine.

Materials needed:

  • fat quarter or 1/4 yard linen (or any solid fabric would look great, or for that matter just use what you love)
  • fat quarter of 1/4 yard of lining fabric
  • small scraps varying heights by 5″ long
  • scraps of cotton quilt batting (or you could also use fusible fleece)
  • 8″ zipper (or longer, just follow instructions on the package to shorten any zipper)
  • thread

{1/4″ seam allowance throughout unless otherwise noted}

Cutting the pieces:

From the linen cut: one piece for the back 9.5″ wide by 8″ tall, and two pieces for front side panels 2.75″ wide by 8″ tall

two pieces of lining 9.5″ wide by 8″ tall

two pieces batting 9.5″ wide by 8″ tall

Assembling the front:

Sew scraps RIGHT sides together until you have a pieced fabric measuring 5″ wide by 8″ tall.  Press seams to one side.

Next, you’ll sew each of the side panels RIGHT sides together to each side of the scrap panel, press towards sides.

Add any quilting details (optional):

Here’s where you can add some fun quilting details.  You certainly don’t have to and most of the time I don’t do this step, but it can add a lot of interest to your pouch.

Layer the front piece you just created WRONG side facing down on top of one piece of batting and quilt away!  On the examples I’ve shown I’ve sewn a straight line down one side of each scrap panel seam.

Assembling the pouch:

Place exterior RIGHT side up, put the zipper face down with the pull tab at the left.  Place lining piece RIGHT side down on top of that.

Pin and sew using your zipper foot.

Flip those fabrics WRONG sides together to get them out of the way.

Next, lay the remaining exterior piece RIGHT side up, align the zipper with the top edge zipper face down with pull tab at the right this time.  Place lining piece RIGHT side down on top. Pin and sew.

Flip fabrics WRONG sides together on both sides of the zipper.  Press.

Switching back to your regular sewing foot, top stitch next to the zipper on each side.

Now flip fabrics around so that the exteriors are facing RIGHT sides together and linings are facing RIGHT sides together with the zipper in the middle (you won’t be able to see the zipper, just know that it’s there).  Pin and sew around the whole perimeter using a 1/2″ seam allowance and leaving a 3 to 4″ opening in the lining for turning.

You could be finished at this point, but we’ll take it a step further and box the corners so this baby can stand up on it’s own!

Boxing the corners:

Put your hand in through the opening of the lining and pinch the exterior fabrics corners together aligning the seam.

Finger press the seams open and with a ruler mark a line perpendicular to the seam 1.25″ from the tip of the corner.

Mark the line with a water soluble pen and sew along that line.

Clip corner leaving a 1/2″ seam allowance.  Repeat for other exterior corner and both lining corners.


Turn pouch right side out through opening in lining.

Sew the opening in the lining shut with a very small seam allowance or hand sew, it’s up to you.  Push the lining into the pouch and you’re done!  Fill with whatever goodies you need, zip shut, and stash it in your purse.

Terms of use: For personal use only please.

Thanks for having me over Christie!


These are so cute!  Don’t you just love that owl!  The camera?  Ok–all of them?  Adorable.  Thanks so much for sharing your talents with us today, Anna!


  1. says

    This is so awesome! Anna’s zippy pouch tutorial was the first one that had me putting the zipper in right!
    I just made a makeup bag 2 days ago. It is a gathered one with slightly larger dimensions then the gathered clutch!
    I love Purse Week!

  2. says

    Great little tote to have. Thank you.
    I’ve always loved that little car shaped pillow. Just so cute.

  3. says

    Super cute pouch and great tutorial.
    I love how you show how to add the zipper and the lining. You make it so easy.
    Off to find me some cute fabric to make myself one.