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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  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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