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Essential Oils Zipper Pouch Tutorial

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A couple of weeks ago I was introduced to the Young Living Essential oils.  I have a few that I had bought awhile back, but after doing a bit of looking around and trying the oils out, I thought we were a great match.  You can find out more info on the program here.

After my starter kit arrived last week and trying to figure out where to put them… want them protected, I thought a zipper pouch would work the best.  Using elastic inside to hold each individual oil bottle, the zipper pouch is great for grabbing and go. Or just storing on your shelf if you’d like.

essential oils travel zipper pouch tutorial

For the lining of the bag I used an oil cloth material.  Great for wiping if you need.  The bag has non fusible fleece to help protect the bottles.

Materials Needed:

8 1/2″ X 9″ lining– I used an oil cloth fabric

8 1/2″ X 9″ fleece

Strips of fabric for making the log cabin quilt block

9″ zipper

16″ elastic 1/4″ wide

essential oils carry zipper pouch how to sew one yourself

Essential Oils Zipper Pouch Tutorial~

1)  Place one fabric piece in the center of the fleece backing.

2)  Sew another piece to one side and flip back

log cabin quilt as you go

3)  Repeat this sew and flip until you have completely covered the fleece backing– depending on how you do this your block might look like a log cabin or not.  This is similar to the Quilt as you Go technique.  Need a little bit more instruction on it? You’ll find the tutorial here: quilt as you go

log cabin quilt as you go1

4)  Draw a line on the oil cloth 2″ from the edge.  Line should be 9″ long

oil zipper pouch lining

5)  Mark along this line 1″, starting from the edge 1″

mark the oilcloth for elastic placement

6)  Mark your elastic piece every 2″

mark the elastic to hold the essential oils

7)  Lining the elastic up with the drawn line, match up the marks on the elastic with the marks on the oil cloth– stitch to secure, then move on to the next marks

stitching the oil bottle spaces

8)  Sew the zipper along the top edge of the bag– zipper is in between the outside and lining piece

sewing the zipper

9)  Top stitch the zipper area

topstitch on the zipper

10)  Fold the lining and outside piece over and pin the zipper in place- stitch in place

zipper closeup

11)  Line up the zipper across the top and line up the sides…sew– if you’d like to control those strings you can zig zag along the edge or serge it

sew the sides of the bag

12)  Open the corner and box pleat it– sew to secure.  The measurement is around 1″ from the corner. You can play with that measurement to get a custom size if you are needing it a bit wider at the bottom.  More on making a box pleat here!

box pleat the corners

13)  Turn right sides out and push the corners out

essential oils carry zipper pouch tutorial 1

This bag will hold in the elastics 7 essential oil bottles.  Plus there is space in the bag for other little goodies that don’t need to be protected.

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essential oils carry zipper pouch tutorial 3

It’s perfect for grab and go or tossing in your car or purse.

essential oils carry zipper pouch tutorial great for travel

Check out what came in the starter kit– I love the diffuser!!


If you are interested in ordering essential oils for yourself, or learning how you can earn money selling them….check here.

23 thoughts on “Essential Oils Zipper Pouch Tutorial

  1. Hilary

    I LOVE this. Thank you! One of my girlfriends just started her oil business asks i was trying to figure out something to sew her but without the oil bottles i was having a hard time figuring out measurements. This will be so fun to make.

  2. Connie Teasley

    You are a jewel! Thank you so very much!

  3. CJ

    I was wondering how big the box pleat is on your bag? Thanks for this tutorial!

  4. Vicki

    Hi there! Thank you for this tutorial! Nicely done! One question – what is the length of the boxed corner that you made? I’m guessing 1″ but thought I’d check. Thanks!!

  5. Becky

    Vicki– Sorry about not pointing out the size. It does look like 1″ from the point to sewing line.
    Good luck!

  6. Danielle Wells

    Hi there! I love this idea for essential oils storage! I’m doing post on creative essential oils storage and I would love to include your top image in my post with your permission. Would you allow that? I will link back to your site so that my followers can visit this page too! Thanks so much for your consideration!

  7. Becky

    Feel free to link to any tutorial you’d like. Thanks for sharing!

  8. Gweny

    Hi I love your tutorial. If you didn’t want to quilt it would you just use the same measurements as given for a solid piece of fabric?

  9. Dom

    Thanks so much! I have a few friends asking me to make these for them. What do you think is a fair price to charge?

  10. Becky

    Dom – I would make a couple and figure out the time, then add in your supplies. That will help you get an idea on what to start your amount at. You’ll want to use that base price as your starting point- this will just cover your cost and time.

  11. Tammy

    You say to line the elastic up on the line and sew at each 1″ mark, but then I see the elastic is first secured about 1/4″ from the edge. Does that mean the 1″ marks should start 1″ from that seamline? A little confused here! 😛

  12. Tammy

    Another question… In the photos, it’s clear you used a zipper larger than 9″ and cut it. When you sew the sides together, do you sew right up and over the zipper then just backstitch to lock it? My machine wasn’t happy about sewing over the zipper, but I managed to do it by turning the wheel by hand. Might be because I zig-zagged it. Bag turned out super cute!

  13. Maria

    Thank you for sharing and showing the steps. lovely bag!

  14. Sue

    What size “pieces” that are applied to the fleece backing? approx. how many pieces fill in the 8 1/2 X 9″ material?

  15. Ren Redgrave

    Good for you. Young Living Oils are wonderful to use. Pity they are so expensive. I love your pouch and will try to make one for myself and my daughter. We live in the UK. Bless you Becky.

  16. Tutu

    You don’t explain the length of the elastic with marking every 2″ and the looping it what is the actual length. Thank you

  17. Becky

    I’m thinking it’s around 16″ or so. Then you can measure the loop size needed with a bottle of oil- at the end you can cut off the extra elastic not used. I think each loop will use 1 1/2″ or so.

  18. Lee

    Quick couple of questions – 1. Do you use 5ml bottles in this bag or 15 ml and 2. Do you only put the elastic on one side or both? Love the pattern

  19. Becky

    1- both the .17 or the .5 ml bottles fit. the larger ones take up more space, so less might fit into the bag.
    2- one side. the bottles are kept in place with the elastic, but they do hog up space inside the bag. I do find that I have enough space though for additional bottles or a roll on inside just fine.

  20. Michele

    Are the side seams left raw on the inside of the pouch, or do you finish it off some how?

  21. Becky

    It has a lining, so they don’t show at all.

  22. Tina King

    I have a, probably stupid, question about this tutorial. I am baffled. I sewed the zipper on one side (step 10).

    How do I line up the zipper and sides and sew the rest, as the zipper has a stop and the one side where the stop is cannot be opened up to sew when trying to sew the zipper on the second side. (Step 11) What am I missing?

    Any help would be greatly appreciated!

  23. Patricia

    What’s the finished size of the bag……width and height?

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