How to add a removable lined pouch to any bag

lined pouchI'd like to show you a tutorial on how to make a removable lined pouch to add to any bag.  This is an especially useful little addition when your bag doesn't have enough pockets.

lined pouchI love totes but they are notorious for not having enough pockets.  I have also made a few little totes without a zipper to close them.  They are cute and practical but I'm always afraid things are going to fall out or if the bag is bigger, that things are going to be swimming at the bottom of my bag.  So here it is a way to add a zipper removable lined pouch that you can transfer from bag to bag.

lined pouchThis tutorial is also part of the Morgan Bucket Bag from last weekend.

bucket bag pattern


  • 6″ metal zipper For a better-looking pouch) but nylon is fine
  • Two rectangles 8″ X 6″ on upholstery fabric
  • Two rectangles 8″ X 6″ on lining
  • Two smaller rectangles 2″ X 1″ on lining.  Make these wider if your zipper is wider
  • Polyester Thread for sewing canvas
  • Chain with lobster claw.

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How to make your lined pouch

The following instructions work well when using a very thick material, vinyl, leather, canvas and upholstery fabric such as the one I have been using with the Bucket Bag.

I am giving specific measurements for this lined pouch tutorial but feel free to vary the size and make the pouch smaller or larger if you wish.

Tip #1:  Buy a zipper that is  2″ shorter than your rectangle.  So If you want your pouch to be 10″ wide use a zipper that is 8″ in length.

Step One: Making the zipper tabs

You will need the two tabs 2″ X 1″, mark every 1/2″ with a tailor's chalk.

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Place the tab wrong side down and sew very close to the metal stopper.  Turn the zipper upside down and cut the zipper tape by half. lined pouchFold the last 1/2″ and fold again then stitch.

lined pouchRepeat the same procedure on the other side of the tape and sew.lined pouchStep Two:  Sewing the fabrics to the zipper

Remember this is a 6″ zipper and your pouch is 8″ wide.  Place the fabric right side up and zipper right size down the same distance on either side of the large edge of the rectangle. lined pouchlined pouchPlace the lining right side down aligning with the fabric and the zipper. lined pouchSew the fabric, lining, and zipper at the same time and sew a 1/4″  seam allowance.lined pouchRepeat these steps to sew the other lining and main fabric to the other side of the zipper. lined pouch

Your pouch should look like this in the front.lined pouchThis is the back. lined pouch

Step Three:  Sewing the sides

The first thing you need to do is to separate the lining from the main fabric including the seam allowance so that you can then sew along each edge.  This will join the fabric side with the fabric side and the lining side with the lining side.

Tip #2:  Open the zipper and sew on the sides without touching the zipper tabs. lined pouchlined pouch

Leave a gap of 4 inches in the lining.lined pouchTrim the seam allowance and the corners.  I am using acetate and it is very slippery and ravels easily so I have stitched it 3 times including a zigzag.  Don't trim where the gap is located. lined pouchlined pouch

Use the opening to turn the pouch around.lined pouchFold the seam allowance inside.

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Sew as close as you can from the edge.  Remember you must have the zipper open.lined pouchTurn the pouch through the zipper.  Open the zipper completely and topstitch at both sides of the zipper.  Sew at 1/8″ from the zipper.lined pouchlined pouch

Finally, we can make a hole for the grommet.  The rim of the grommet should not be closer than 1/4″ from the edge.  I am using a 3/8″ hole grommet.  Use this tutorial on sewing with grommets to know how to do it.

sewing with grommets

lined pouchlined pouchOpen the jump ring of the chain and insert it into the hole of the grommet. lined pouchlined pouchThe lobster claw is to attach the lined pouch to the bag.lined pouchlined pouch

And there you have it.  You can

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14 Responses to How to add a removable lined pouch to any bag

  1. Debra De Shazor says:

    Love it! Thanks will try it soon.

  2. Sherbert-Dab says:

    Hi, Great tutorial on how to create a line pouch, thank you.

    Is there a way of adding lining to the Easy phone Wallet?

  3. Rosemary Byrne says:

    Mayra, perhaps once I try it, it will become obvious, but I don’t understand how you can sew the sides without touching the zipper tabs and not have a gap between the zipper tabs and the sides.

    • Mayra at So Sew Easy says:

      Hi Rosemary, I have given instructions so that there should not be a gap. The seam allowance prevents it. Do try and you will see what I mean. Perhaps a video is in order, I think.

  4. Thank you so much! Your tutorial is one of the best aa always ! I am a huge fun though first time commenting.
    Thanks for this wonderful birthday present!

  5. JLS says:

    This is great and I am going to make one for me. Also the bag that it will go with.

  6. Barbara says:

    One of the best tutorials that I’ve seen! Thank you so much for sharing your sewing knowledge with us!
    ~ Barbara

  7. Annette Secoy says:

    Thank for the great tutorials!! I will be making this & the bag as a gift… maybe one for myself!

    • Mayra at So Sew Easy says:

      You are most welcome Annette, now you can upload a picture in the comments section when you are ready to share, looking forward 😉

  8. G.w.t.C says:

    Thank you for sharing your beautiful Bucket Bag pattern I am going to make them for Xmas gifts can’t wait to find some lovely fabric to do them justice, love your beautiful Crane fabric. Thanks again Kind Regards A.

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