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Zipper Card Pouch

July 22, 2012 /
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[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, just forget 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, the business calling card for example. With the zipper opens 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
ZIPPER CARD POUCH SEWING PATTERN

ZIPPER CARD POUCH SEWING PATTERN

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

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

[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.]

Enjoy sewing them!

Materials

Pouch Body [5 1/4″ x 3 3/4″]

  • Fabric – Canvas Stripe, 2
  • Fabric – cotton polka-dots, 2

Side Gusset [1 3/4″ x 2 3/4″]

  • Fabric – Canvas Stripe, 1
  • Fabric – cotton polka-dots, 1

Divider [5 1/2″]

  • Twill tape – 1″, 1
  • Grosgrain ribbon – 3/8″, 1

Others

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

Instructions

    MORE DETAILS ON HOW TO SEW
    ZIPPER CARD POUCH

    PREPARATION

    sew card pouch 1Get ready the materials with the correct dimension respectively.

    DRAW, SEW & CUT

    sew card pouch 2Left: 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.

    sew card pouch 3Side 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.

    sew card pouch 4Place 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).

    sew card pouch 51. Sew the gusset 1/2″ below to the top seam lines. Attach both sides.
    2. Right side of the lining with gusset attached.

    sew card pouch 6Change 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. [Better explanation from Grandma G: 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.]

    sew card pouch 7Sew on the seam line, stop at the 3″ point on the zipper too.

    sew card pouch 8You will see this arrangement after folding the lining to the back of the canvas.

    sew card pouch 9Repeat the sewing of canvas and lining to another side of the zipper.

    sew card pouch 10Bend the zipper, pin to the canvas. Fold the end of the zipper onto the seam allowance. Sew them together just outside the seam line.

    sew card pouch 11Now 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.

    sew card pouch 12Top stitch near the seam lines on the canvas along the L-shaped zipper.

    sew card pouch 13Repeat 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.

    sew card pouch 14Fold 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.

    sew card pouch 15Pin the twill tape to the seam allowance with 1/2″ access at the end. Fold the tape nicely at the corner.

    sew card pouch 16Fold the tape end down to the other side, pin. Repeat the same to the other end.

    sew card pouch 17Fold 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.

    sew card pouch 18Sew the twill tape binder on the seam allowance.

    sew card pouch 19If 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 or a normal method… I use a hammer to flatten it.

    sew card pouch 20Lightly 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.

    sew card pouch 21A 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.

    card pouch 3

    Notes

    Seam Allowance: 3/8″

    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.

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    Ti

    Thursday 7th of April 2016

    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.

    Ann

    Sunday 21st of February 2016

    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

    Jeremy

    Tuesday 9th of February 2016

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

    John

    Thursday 31st of December 2015

    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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