Sew Zipper Card Pouch
Difficulty: Intermediate / Avid Beginner
Finished size: approximately 4 1/2″ (W) x 3 1/4″ (H)
1. Fabric – Printed, approximately: 12″ x 10″
2. Fabric – Red, approximately: 12″ x 4″
3. Interfacing, fusible, medium thickness, approximately: 12″ x 6″
4. Grosgrain ribbon – 2″
5. Zipper – 6 1/2″ (click here to watch how to shorten metal zipper)
1. Sewing machine, with normal foot and zipper foot
2. Sewing kits
3. Pencil or Erasable fabric marker
6. Tools for turning like awl and knitting needle or bamboo turner
Seam Allowance: 3/8″ (included in the pattern template)
Note: You may omit the interfacing if you are using canvas fabric.
Gather all the materials as listed above. Download and print out the sewing pattern of the zipper card pouch.
Trace zipper card pouch template on fabrics and interfacing based on the quantity stated in the pattern. Seam allowance is already added to the template.
Cut out the fabrics and interfacing piece.
Trace the sewing lines to the wrong side of the fabric pieces.
Align the interfacing pieces to the wrong side of the fabrics.
Press with warm iron to fuse the interfacing to the fabrics.
If you are using metal zipper, shorten it with this tutorial.
Mark 1/4″ away from the zipper ends, this is where the sewing ends on the zipper.
Baste the zipper to the main printed fabric, with zipper open, from marking to marking and right side facing each other.
Clip the zipper tape at the curve area so that the zipper is able to follow the curved sewing line.
Guide the zipper tape towards the seam allowance at the end markings.
Cover the pouch with the red lining fabric, right side facing down. Baste.
Pin or baste both layers of fabric together.
Sew with zipper presser foot around, leaving 2 1/2″ opening for turning right side out later.
Clip corners and curve at the seam allowance.
Turn right side out from the opening. Shape the corners with an awl to make a perfect right-angle corner.
Repeat the same zipper process to the other side of the zipper tape. Add a ribbon loop to the printed main fabric, about 1/2″ from top.
Attach and sew the lining to this side of the zipper. Note that the whole first zipper side is captured inside between this print and red lining.
Pull out the first zipper side from the opening then turn the second zipper side right-side out. Shape the corners.
Sew to close the openings with slip stitch. Press with warm iron if needed.
1. Fold the divider & gusset piece into half, sew around, leaving a 2″ opening. Clip corners.
2. Turn it right-side out, shape corners. Sew to close the opening with slip stitch.
3. Fold the divider & gusset piece into half again, sew near the folding edge, make a few back stitches at the ends to lock the thread.
4. Un-fold the piece and you will get a sewn crease line created along the center of the gusset.
The width of the divider & gusset piece is slightly narrower than the pouch body.
Place the divider piece onto the body piece, 3/4″ from top, with bulging side of the center creased line facing up. Align the divider slightly inside the edge of the body. Pin.
Sew near the edges of the 3 sides of the body to attach the divider & gusset piece.
There is a “pull” to the pouch body due to the narrower divider. This is to give a straight dividers inside the pouch.
Turn the pouch inside out, slip stitch to Join 2 sides together.
Note that the divider edges never touched each other.
Turn the card pouch right-side out. Slip stitch again at the seam lines to close the gaps.
A completed zipper card pouch with 2 dividers and an internal gusset.
Inside view of the zipper card pouch. Note that the dividers are straight and neat.
Load your cards into the zipper card pouch and start using it.