DIY Zipper Pouch

My son needed a zipper pouch to hold all of his school supplies for summer school. Rather than going to the store for that one item, since we already have all the school supplies he needs on hand, I decided to sew a zipper pouch myself.

I saved a little money by using what I already have- fabric remnants and a zipper. A zipper pouch is a great way to use fabric remnants because you don’t need that much material. I found some fabric remnants and cut them to the size I wanted. I also did some upcycling by using a zipper from an old dress. I used my trusty seam ripper for that task and it did the job.

I went on a Pinterest search and found a zipper pouch tutorial by It was a great tutorial. Her tutorial lists the supplies needed, which is a 9 inch zipper, two 9 x 7 outer fabric pieces and two 9 x 7 lining fabric pieces. However, you don’t have to use 9 x 7 fabric pieces or a 9 inch zipper. You can use your own size of fabric material and zipper length, which is what I did. Here’s how mine turned out.

What a fun and quick sewing project. Great for a beginner or someone who wants to learn how to sew in zippers.

“Americans make more trash than anyone else on the planet, throwing away about 7.1 pounds per person per day, 365 days a year. Across a lifetime that rate means, on average, we are each on track to generate 102 tons of trash. Each of our bodies may occupy only one cemetery plot when we’re done with this world, but a single person’s 102-ton trash legacy will require the equivalent of 1,100 graves. Much of that refuse will outlast any grave marker, pharaoh’s pyramid or modern skyscraper: One of the few relics of our civilization guaranteed to be recognizable twenty thousand years from now is the potato chip bag”.
–Edward Humes, Garbology: Our Dirty Love Affair with Trash


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