Zipper Card Pouch

zipper card pouch

[Update August 2014: I have another version of this zipper card pouch, they look about the same from the outside, but it is more spacious inside as I have hidden the seam allowance.]

Zipper Card Pouch

To make: 1

Pouch Body [5 1/4″ x 3 3/4″]
1. Fabric – Canvas Stripe, 2
2. Fabric – cotton polka-dots, 2
Side Gusset [1 3/4″ x 2 3/4″]
3. Fabric – Canvas Stripe, 1
4. Fabric – cotton polka-dots, 1
Divider [5 1/2″]
5. Twill tape – 1″, 1
6. Grosgrain ribbon – 3/8″, 1
7. Zipper – 7″ (click here to watch how to shorten metal zipper)
8. Twill tape for biding – 10″

1. Sewing machine, with normal foot and zipper foot
2. Sewing kits
3. Pencil or Erasable fabric marker
4. Ruler
5. Scissors
6. Tools for turning like awl and knitting needle or bamboo turner

Finished Dimension: 4 1/2″ (W) x 3″ (H)

Seam Allowance: 3/8″

Note: If you are not using canvas but slightly thinner material like quilter weight cotton, you will need to attach an interfacing or stabilizer to make up the thickness and steadiness.

zipper card pouchMaterials and Dimensions
Get ready the materials with the correct dimension respectively.

zipper card pouchLeft: Sew ribbon to the center of the twill tape to make a divider in the card pouch.
Right: Mark 7″ zipper according to the measurement of 0, 1/4″, 3″ and 7 1/2″.
Remark: offset the measurement 1/4″ from the zipper stop as shown in the photo.

zipper card pouchSide Gusset
1. Place canvas and polka-dot right side facing each other. Sew top and bottom.
2. Turn to right side. Top stitch near the top and bottom edges.
3. Fold the gusset into half (vertical), sew near the fold but make sure it sews the canvas too.
4. A sewn crease line created along the center of the gusset.

zipper card pouchPlace and pin the divider 1″ below the top seam allowance. Sew the divider to the lining a little outside the seam line (onto the seam allowance).

zipper card pouch1. Sew the gusset 1/2″ below to the top seam lines. Attach both sides.
2. Right side of the lining with gusset attached.

zipper card pouchChange to zipper foot. Pin and sew zipper (wrong side facing up) to the canvas, just outside the seam line, sew to the 3″ point [1] at the zipper, don’t go beyond. For advanced and experienced sewer, pining will do (same to the rest of the similar steps).
Fold [2] over then flip the lining [3], align to the zipper and canvas. Pin.

zipper card pouchSew on the seam line, stop at the 3″ point on the zipper too.

zipper card pouchYou will see this arrangement after folding the lining to the back of the canvas.

zipper card pouchRepeat the sewing of canvas and lining to another side of the zipper.

zipper card pouchBend the zipper, pin to the canvas. Fold the end of the zipper onto the seam allowance.
Sew them together just outside the seam line.

zipper card pouchNow bring the lining to the front with right side facing the canvas, align, pin and sew it to zipper and canvas on the seam line.

zipper card pouchTop stitch near the seam lines on the canvas along the L-shaped zipper.

zipper card pouchRepeat the sewing steps to the other side. Adjust the zippers by pulling up and down if required so that the zipper don’t get in the way of your zipper foot during sewing.

zipper card pouchFold the pouch with right side facing each other. Pin and sew the side and bottom of the pouch.
If you are using stripe canvas or any print that needs to align, check if they are aligned properly at the seam line.
Clip the corners.

zipper card pouchPin the twill tape to the seam allowance with 1/2″ access at the end.
Fold the tape nicely at the corner.

zipper card pouchFold the tape end down to the other side, pin. Repeat the same to the other end.

zipper card pouchFold the tape and pin to the other side of the seam allowance. A help from an awl will be good to achieve a neater fold at the ends and corner.

zipper card pouchSew the twill tape binder on the seam allowance.

zipper card pouchIf you find that the seams are too bulky and thick. Using of warm iron can be hard to press them down.
I am not sure if this is a good / normal method… I use a hammer to flatten it.

zipper card pouchLightly pound the seam allowance of the lining side of the pouch before turning them in. Use a piece of folded fabric / cotton flannel to protect the pouch to prevent pound marks. Be careful when pounding at the corners where the zipper meets, don’t accidentally spoil zipper teeth, pull and stops.
Turn the pouch right side out, adjust all corners and bound seam allowance. Lightly pound to flatten the bulging seams from outside.

zipper card pouchA completed canvas zipper card pouch with a side gusset that can easily hold up to 20 – 30 credit cards, discount cards and/or member cards.

zipper card pouch

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  3. Can’t get the pattern directions. Locks up. Is it really for FREE.
    I like the look of the project….HELP. Also where can you get these type of zipper.

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  5. Thank you so much for your perfect tutorial. I learned how to sew a gusset, how to sew in a zipper round a corner and how to sew all that in the right order. With your help i managed this quite well and I’m very pleased with my result. If you want you can see it in my flickr album:
    I also mentioned your tutorial! Thanks again.

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  7. Wow, how confusing was that??? I ended up abandoning the instructions half way through & working it out for myself! The pictures were helpful but the wording is way too complicated & confusing!

    • Some part is hard to show in picture and to describe in the written instruction. It is good that you can work it out your way 🙂 Some purse sewing experience could be in help and should have no problem by just look at the picture 🙂 Thanks.

  8. Where did you get your cute zipper pulls? I’m seeing the butterfly and the ball, did they come with the zippers or did you buy them seperately and if so where from? Thank you so much for your time.

    • The ball shaped zipper pull comes with the zipper, the brand is YKK. The butterfly is a separate zipper pull that I attached with a zipper that able to install different pulls, not sure about the brand. You can find from Taiwanese or Japanese or even Malaysian or Singaporean hobby shop that specialized in bag making.

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  10. Although some parts of this were difficult for me, they were an issue of sewing experience and skill. I found the instructions to be plenty clear. Thanks for making this pattern available.

  11. Such a pretty pouch….but I dont think so ill b ever able to stitch this…:( its so tough

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  15. Can you please post a pdf sewing pattern of this zipper card pouch for me? I really love it! It’s so pretty!

    • You may print or save the sewing pattern in pdf format by using the printer icon at the end of the tutorial (before the comment area). You probably will need a PC or laptop to do it if you can’t find the icon when viewing the tutorial from your mobile device.

  16. I have just followed the instructions and came to last steps and oooooooooohhhhhh noooooooooooo!!!!!! The zipper is too short!!!! i couldn’t believe it, … If the sides of the pouch are 5 1/4+ 3 3/4 …how can we use a zipper of 7 inches… does not fit at all…firstly I was going to use a longer one but choose this one for not having to cut it….but the result was horrible as I told before….the zipper does not come to the endddd….:(
    Please tell me if the measures are wrong for being able to do it again…this time with correct measurements…..

    Thank you 😉

    • The 5 1/4 + 3 3/4 is including seam allowance of 3/8″, the actual length after deducting seam allowance should be 4 1/2 + 3. A 1/4″ off set at the start point and end point from the 7″ zipper will give you 7 1/2″ length which is exactly the length you need to sew the zipper to the pouch. I hope this explained again that the measurement is correct.

  17. They are so nice. I will try to do one

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  19. You said to use a hammer to get the bulky corners down. Why don’t you just trim the corners and side seams? I did and no need to use a hammer.

    • If the fabric is thick, it will be still bulky and thick. That’s the reason why I suggest to use hammer to pound it flat. If yours is OK, then you can always skip this step 🙂

  20. Thank you for the tutorial. I’ve been wanting to do this since 2 years ago but only have the courage to start today. I am handsewing everything and it looks great. I even manage to hide all the raw seams so that I don’t have to use the twill tape. Thanks again.

  21. I’m struggling with this tutorial. Wish there was a video to help understand. I seem to be getting stuck at the same spot as everyone else. Bummed.

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  24. Thanks for sharing the pattern and tutorial.
    Here is what I’ve done with it:

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  26. I want one ; can i buy ???

  27. ThAnks so much for posting this again. I’ve tried so many methods for zips ends but never get a consistently good result. I’ve been making them for presents to try and perfect it. Def going to give this a try. Love the idea of the flat bottom with straight sides.

  28. Can’t get the pattern directions. Locks up. Is it really for FREE.
    I like the look of the project….HELP. Also where can you get these type of zipper.

  29. Images 6, 7 and 8 are very confusing…

  30. I upcycle jeans into rag rugs and my frugal heart dies for the waste of pockets and zippers. This is perfect way to use these left-overs

  31. Images 6,7, and 8 would be less confusing if they did not include the pieces that were not being sewn in that step. Laying the zipper on top of the piece that is being sewn and the lining is confusing. The lining shouldn’t be shown in that step at all.

    It would be helpful if you were to refer to the pieces by their name in the directions (interior, exterior, etc) and to name the part that is being sewn (the short side that is 3 1/2″ for example). Then make sure the photo shows just that step.

    Thank you very much for posting this tutorial on making this cute pouch.

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