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Small Zipper Pouch Sewing Pattern

August 22, 2014 /

Sew a small zipper pouch with this free sewing pattern to make a credit card size zipper pouch. Keep your cards in a separate pouch to ease up your purse or wallet. Read more on how to sew a pouch with zipper.

small zipper pouch

I have been using the previous zipper card pouch for quite some time, and it is time for an uplift on the pattern and tutorial while sewing a new one for myself. Here is the improved version of how to sew this small zipper pouch for credit cards and discount cards.

Small Zipper Pouch Sewing Pattern

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zipper card pouch sewing pattern

What’s the Difference between the zipper pouches?

Compared to the previous zipper card pouch, a few upgrades are done on this small zipper pouch design. First, it can store more cards even if both their sizes remain the same, 4 1/2″ x 3 1/4″. The reason behind the bigger storage space is that I have hidden the bulky seam allowance inside the zipper card pouch. Second, it has better divider slots. There are 2 dividers, thus making up 3 parts in the pouch, which can give better organization to your cards. Third, there are improvements in the overall design of the zipper card pouch to make the zipper glides easily.

how to sew a card pouch with zipper

What Do You Need To Sew?

Get ready with some fabrics of your choice, we prefer to use canvas fabric which is heavier and thicker. It is suitable to sew for purses and pouches. However, if you do not have this weight, you can always fuse a layer of interfacing to make it thicker. The interfacing also acts as a stabilizer to the fabric and thus gives a better structure to the zipper pouch. If you are sewing the pouch for mean, choose a solid color fabric or denim to sew. It will turn into a great Father’s Day or birthday gift too.

Besides the main fabric for the pouch, you will need a lining fabric to be sewn as the internal layer of the card pouch. Other materials are some grosgrain ribbons and a zipper.

Since we are using a sewing machine to sew, prepare a normal presser foot and a zipper foot. Of course, some sewing kits and other essential tools like threads, needles and pins, a marker, a ruler, scissors, awl, and iron are needed here.

sew zipper pouch pattern

I find that this pouch is great as a small zip pouch wallet or coin purse. Slot in your credit card, identity card, and some small change to bring out for tea break. And with the current trend to seek smaller purses and bags, this small pouch is a perfect choice.

This zipper card pouch pattern and tutorial are easier to understand. In order to make the design and pattern flawless, you will need to hand sew a little.

I wish you happy sewing and have a nice day always 🙂

zip pouch wallet

If you wish to make more bags, pouches, and coin purses, feel free to browse through our How-To Make Purse & Bags section to get the free patterns.

SEW ZIPPER CARD POUCH SEWING PATTERN

SEW ZIPPER CARD POUCH SEWING PATTERN

Yield: 4 1/2″ (W) x 3 1/4″ (H) ZIPPER CARD POUCH
Active Time: 3 hours
Total Time: 3 hours
Difficulty: Intermediate /Advance Level
Estimated Cost: $5 - $8

I have been using the previous zipper card pouch for quite some time and it is time for an uplift on the pattern and tutorial while sewing a new one for myself. Here is the improved version of the zipper card pouch.

There are a few upgrades done on this zipper card pouch design. First, it can store more cards even the size of the zipper card pouch remain the same, 4 1/2″ x 3 1/4″. The reason behind the bigger storage space is because I have hidden the bulky seam allowance inside the zipper card pouch. Second, it has better divider slots. There are 2 dividers thus make up 3 parts in the pouch which can give better organization to your cards. Third, there are improvements in the overall design on the zipper card pouch to make the zipper glide easier.

Enjoy sewing them!

Download and print separately SEWING PATTERN for drawing the fabric.

Materials

  • Fabric – Printed, approximately: 12″ x 10″
  • Fabric – Red, approximately: 12″ x 4″
  • Interfacing, fusible, medium thickness, approximately: 12″ x 6″
  • Grosgrain ribbon – 2″
  • Zipper – 6 1/2″ (click here to watch how to shorten metal zipper)

Tools

  • Sewing machine, with normal foot and zipper foot
  • Sewing kits
  • Pencil or Erasable fabric marker
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • Tools for turning like awl and knitting needle or bamboo turner
  • Iron

Instructions

  1. 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.sew card pouch 1
  2. Trace the sewing lines to the wrong side of the fabric pieces.sew card pouch 2
  3. Align the interfacing pieces to the wrong side of the fabrics.sew card pouch 3
    Press with a warm iron to fuse the interfacing to the fabrics.sew card pouch 4
  4. If you are using a metal zipper, shorten it with this tutorial. Mark 1/4″ away from the zipper ends, this is where the sewing ends on the zipper.sew card pouch 5
  5. Baste the zipper to the main printed fabric, with the 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.sew card pouch 6
  6. Guide the zipper tape towards the seam allowance at the end markings.sew card pouch 7
  7. Cover the pouch with the red lining fabric, right side facing down. Baste. Pin or baste both layers of fabric together.sew card pouch 8
  8. 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.sew card pouch 9
  9. Turn right side out from the opening. Shape the corners with an awl to make a perfect right-angle corner.sew card pouch 10
  10. 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 the top.sew card pouch 11
  11. 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 a red lining. Pull out the first zipper side from the opening, then turn the second zipper side right-side out. Shape the corners.sew card pouch 12
  12. Sew to close the openings with a slip stitch. Press with a warm iron if needed.sew card pouch 13a
  13. 1. Fold the divider & gusset piece into half, sew around, leaving a 2″ opening. Clip corners.
    2. Turn it right-side-out, and shape corners. Sew to close the opening with a slip stitch.
    3. Fold the divider & gusset piece into half again, sew near the folding edge, and make a few back stitches at the ends to lock the thread.
    4. Unfold the piece, and you will get a sewn crease line created along the center of the gusset.sew card pouch 15a
  14. The width of the divider & gusset piece is slightly narrower than the pouch body.sew card pouch 19
  15. Place the divider piece onto the body piece, 3/4″ from the 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.sew card pouch 20
  16. The pouch body has a “pull” due to the narrower divider. This is to give a straight divider inside the pouch.sew card pouch 21
  17. Turn the pouch inside out, and slip stitch to Join 2 sides together.sew card pouch 22
  18. Note that the divider edges never touched each other.sew card pouch 23
  19. Turn the card pouch right-side out. Slip stitch again at the seam lines to close the gaps.sew card pouch 24
  20. A completed zipper card pouch with 2 dividers and an internal gusset.sew card pouch 25
  21. Inside view of the zipper card pouch. Note that the dividers are straight and neat.sew card pouch 26
  22. Load your cards into the zipper card pouch and start using it.zipper card pouch how

Notes

Seam Allowance: 3/8″ (included in the pattern template)

You may omit the interfacing if you are using canvas fabric.

Get the full article at https://www.craftpassion.com/sew-zipper-card-pouch/

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Kit Rozon

Wednesday 22nd of July 2020

You may want to consider rfid protective lining between the inner and outer fabric. Laminate aluminum foil with duct tape for a strong durable and flexible liner that is easy to integrate! :)

Grace Kratovil

Monday 22nd of January 2018

I CANNOT find the pattern!!

Craft Passion

Monday 22nd of January 2018

The pattern is there on page 2, click "go to tutorial" and all the details is there including the pdf template.

Tess

Tuesday 5th of September 2017

Hi there - thank you so much for sharing this pattern - I'm getting ready to sew it and I'm so excited. It's just what I need. My only question is that I have a 6" zipper that I'd like to use and I'm a little nervous about altering the pattern much - would you recommend just shaving a 1/4" from the straight edges of the pattern to accommodate the shorter zip? Do you think the final measurements would still work? Thanks!!

Craft Passion

Wednesday 13th of September 2017

Hi Tess, sorry for the late reply. I would rather add a tab at the zipper end to lengthen the zipper instead of reduce the size for the pouch.

Rosanna

Thursday 20th of April 2017

Thanks for this pattern! You helped me out in a jam. Here it is on my blog with a link to you - https://zaksroom.wordpress.com/2017/04/19/a-very-necessary-card-wallet/

Craft Passion

Thursday 20th of April 2017

The pouch looks great and very well sewn. Love the fabric you are using :) Thanks for showing us!

Amy Skaar

Friday 30th of December 2016

I know this is a bit old, but I love it, I can't seem to get a 'pattern' to load. I can see the instructions and can wing it from there, except for the dimension of the the fabric cuts. Any clue what the issue is?

Craft Passion

Saturday 31st of December 2016

Try this link http://www.craftpassion.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/zipper-card-pouch-pattern.pdf, you need to download it and print it out. Hope this helps.

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