Zipper Card Pouch

zipper card pouch pattern
[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.]

Have you ever had too many cards that your wallet can handle? Be selective and get only those cards that you might be using in a particular shopping mall but end up they were the wrong one? Or, may be just forgot to “update” the cards in the wallet on your next trip? Can’t find the cards you thought you have already put into your wallet? Sounds familiar….. If you are nodding your head now, you need a pouch for the cards just like me.

sew card pouch

I am not a big fan of big wallet, with the increasing numbers of cards that I have, my decent size wallet is no longer able to buckle up. Sometimes, I just temporary placing the card in my purse’s pocket but I forgot about it later. I need an additional card pouch where I know where all my cards should locate. So, here it is, my new zipper card pouch 🙂

zipper pouch pattern

This zipper pouch can hold up to 30 plastic cards (similar to credit cards), and more for thinner cards, business calling card for example. With the zipper open up to the side and couple with an internal gusset, this will make card finding easier and faster.

zipper purse pattern

Get the pattern and tutorial to sew one yourself after the jump and don’t have to struggle with the cards anymore.

zipper card pouch

{CLICK HERE to get the Zipper Card Pouch pattern.}

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  1. AWESOME!! Exactly what I need, but not for my credit cards (I don’t have many of those). Instead it’ll be for my wallet size photos. The plastic sleeve that came in my wallet has broken (as they always do eventually), and this will work perfectly to carry the photos separately! I may need to incorporate some firm plastic or something to keep it from bending, but that shouldn’t be too hard… template plastic maybe?

    Thanks for the tutorial, Joanne! Can’t wait to make one!

  2. lovely

  3. love it

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  5. Annyira nagyon jó! Köszönöm, hogy megosztotta ezt a klassz projektet.

    Translation (by Google):
    It’s so good! Thank you for sharing this great project.

  6. Thanks all 🙂 I am so happy that you love it too!!!

  7. Hi there,
    I love this. I will have to figure out how to put some separators in there so I can put cash on one side and cards on the other. Thanks for the tute

  8. This is great. I am so tired of the all those store cards fattening my wallet.

    One change I am going to make.

    I am going to add card slots so they will be easier to find.

    But I do like the way the zipper goes all the way down unlike all the other pouches out there.

    Good Job!

  9. Wonderful! Nice pouch and great tutorial. Thank you!

  10. Thanks that is very accurate details in one tutorial
    Thank u again
    Please keep in tuch

  11. Adorable. I’d love to know where you got the striped fabric. I’ve been looking for something like this for a very long time with no luck. Reminds me of fruit striped gum!

  12. So well made! I must commend you on your ability to relay instructions! I love your work! Keep it up!

  13. Hi, I’m Japanese & run a Japanese blog to introduce craft tips and ideas ( ).

    Your card pouch is so adorable so i introduced it in my blog (
    If you don’t mind, can I translate your tutorial in Japanese & post it again bcz some people wanna know the tutorial in detail.
    Of course, definitely, I link back to your original post and give credit back to you.
    Hope to your favorable reply!

  14. I’m here from Craft Gossip Sewing and I love this project! It’s so cute and I love how the zipper goes down around the side. A small detail that I can see makes access a whole lot easier. Thanks for posting!

  15. I have to go to Taiwan now. That store looks amazing! I’m hyperventilating just thinking about it.

  16. I really really want to try this! and make one….. and also in desperate need of now > <

  17. I’m still learning how to sew zippers in correctly, so far they look kinda funny. I love this little pouch and I’ll definitely give it a try.

  18. in step 2, these instructions are not clear:

    Fold [2] over then flip the lining [3], align to the zipper and canvas. Pin.

    fold [2] — please name it and tell us where to fold it, right or wrong sides together.

    flip — right, left, up, down, and right side up or down? what does “flip” mean, turn it over? fold it over? fold it over something else?

    thank you.

    • Jeannette… I had some confusion at this point, too. I mostly went by the pic, and it worked out. Now that I’ve done it (see my comment above for photos), maybe I can help Joanne explain it in a little more detail:

      Fold (following arrow #2 in diagram) piece A over piece B so right sides are together. Then flip the entire lining (following arrow, #3) toward yourself and place over zipper and canvas. Pin.

      Hope that helps!

  19. Great project, can’t wait to try it. Thanks for all your work!

  20. Have you thought about selling these cute little zipper card pouches? I really like them, but I am not very crafty. They are just what I would like to have to lighten my wallet. You created a NEAT idea!

  21. wooooooooooooow
    its awesome
    thanks for good stuff

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  23. When I go to your blog the print and everything turn into really tiny pictures in the center of the screen? Never had that happen so not sure what it is?

  24. I am not sure, it could be browser’s printer setting or something else. Please use Print Friendly to try if the problem goes away.

  25. Yes now I can see it in normal size. Thanks 🙂

  26. Looks amazing. I LOVE the fabric!

  27. now i badly need this… nice! 🙂

  28. I’m having a hard time finding metal zippers with cute pulls. I’ve tried Joanns, Hobby Lobby and a local fabric store. Where did you get yours and where would be a good place to look? Indent mind looking online either.

  29. this is very very cool, but i cant really do it i would need to see a video with it but alsome!

  30. You could get a super cute Discover card design to match that new orange wallet for free! <3

  31. Joanne, I love this pattern! Thanks so much for the tutorial. I was wondering if it would be ok to use this pattern to make zipper pouches of my own to sell. I would be happy to give you credit for designing the pattern. I have been looking for a wallet pattern just like this. It is perfect.

  32. Random question: I set up photo shoots for the knitting company I work at, and am always on the prowl for good background textures! I love the white grain wood you are featuring in these photos … from where did you snag it?

    Love your site/photos/projects! All wonderful! 🙂

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  34. Amazing guide. This will be a perfect gift to make for my girlfriend 🙂

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  36. I LOVE it!

  37. I just made this for my niece… I am so excited and I know she will be too! Great tutorial! Thank you very much!

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  39. Love this! Just finished mine today. I modified it to be big enough to fit an iPhone + cards and added a keyring to the side–works great when I don’t want to lug a purse around! Thanks so much for the great tutorial!

  40. Thanks for taking the time to make such a clear and detailed tutorial! I know what my sisters will be getting as stocking stuffers 🙂

  41. I ran across this tutorial a few weeks ago and can’t stop thinking about it and how cute your finished product turned otu. When that happens, I know I have to make it. Thanks for sharing it with us!

  42. I taught myself sewing since December, 2012, starting with something simple like glasses cover. Love this pouch and just gave it a try. I was struggling a bit but it was an enjoyable learning experience. 🙂

    Thank you Joanne for hosting such a great site.

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  44. Dude. I’m usually very good at sewing, but I’m totally lost with this one:

    Change 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.

    I changed the foot and sewed the canvas to the zipper to the 3″ point as instructed, but there seems to be something missing from the instructions. The next step in this part of the instructions doesn’t make sense. Maybe I’m reading it wrong. I don’t know. But I’ve been sitting here for 30 minutes just staring at it and can’t figure out what the heck I’m supposed to do next. Help!

    • Yeah, I am stuck at the same point. Really wish she had taken the time to answer your question. Always disappointing when the author of a tutorial isn’t willing to take a few minutes to answer someone earnestly trying to figure out. Says a lot about that person and the site in general.

      • Glad I’m not the only one totally lost. Been fooling with this for at least two hours. Seems like I sewed a seam per directions & then the next picture, something different. Not many instructions but clear as mud.

    • Cute card holder but WORST instructions I’ve come across. This probably should have taken about 1 hour MAX to make, but I’ve had to try to figure this out by the pics alone, because the instructions made no sense after the first few. And unfortunately the pics don’t help that much because the color of the lining blends with the website background!
      What a waste of my time.

    • I think it’s just having the lining on the same picture that makes it confusing. I like thoroughly reading instructions before starting a project, so although I haven’t tried it yet, this is my understanding.
      Basically, I think that she is saying to fold the lining right sides together with the side without the divider on top (facing you, making sure the top seam is as the top) and the gusset in (not showing). Keeping the canvas with the zipper wrong side up, line up the lining with the canvas and sew over the canvas/zipper (so.. sew over the line where you first sewed the zipper to the canvas).

      Then repeat on the other side.. sew the zipper to the canvas, the shimmy the lining over so that you sew the edge of the lining to the canvas, leaving the gusset free to do its work in the middle.

    • P.S. for the pinning part, she means that is you are not a beginner, you can just pin it all together and sew it once instead of sewing zipper to canvas then the lining to the canvas/zipper combo as it’s a little tricky for beginners to sew three layers of fabric (canvas/zipper/lining) together.

  45. cool! i just started my own blog too, cool tutorials!thanks from:

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