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Zipper Card Pouch

Zipper Card Pouch

July 22, 2012 /

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, 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

To make: 1

Pouch Body [5 1/4″ x 3 3/4″]
1. Fabric – Canvas Stripe, 2
2. Fabric – cotton polka-dots, 2
Side Gusset [1 3/4″ x 2 3/4″]
3. Fabric – Canvas Stripe, 1
4. Fabric – cotton polka-dots, 1
Divider [5 1/2″]
5. Twill tape – 1″, 1
6. Grosgrain ribbon – 3/8″, 1
7. Zipper – 7″ (click here to watch how to shorten metal zipper)
8. Twill tape for biding – 10″

1. Sewing machine, with normal foot and zipper foot
2. Sewing kits
3. Pencil or Erasable fabric marker
4. Ruler
5. Scissors
6. Tools for turning like awl and knitting needle or bamboo turner

Finished Dimension: 4 1/2″ (W) x 3″ (H)

Seam Allowance: 3/8″

Note: If you are not using canvas but slightly thinner material like quilter weight cotton, you will need to attach interfacing or stabilizer to make up the thickness and steadiness.


zipper card pouchMaterials and Dimensions
Get ready the materials with the correct dimension respectively.


zipper card pouchLeft: 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.


zipper card pouchSide Gusset
1. Place canvas and polka-dot right side facing each other. Sew top and bottom.
2. Turn to the right side. Topstitch 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.


zipper card pouchPlace 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).


zipper card pouch1. Sew the gusset 1/2″ below to the top seam lines. Attach both sides.
2. Right-side of the lining with gusset attached.


zipper card pouchChange to a zipper foot. Pin and sew a zipper (the 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 sewers, 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 the 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.]


zipper card pouchSew on the seam line, stop at the 3″ point on the zipper too.


zipper card pouchYou will see this arrangement after folding the lining to the back of the canvas.


zipper card pouchRepeat the sewing of canvas and lining to another side of the zipper.


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


zipper card pouchNow bring the lining to the front with the right side facing the canvas, align, pin, and sew it to zipper and canvas on the seam line.


zipper card pouchTopstitch near the seam lines on the canvas along the L-shaped zipper.


zipper card pouchRepeat the sewing steps to the other side. Adjust the zippers by pulling up and down if required so that the zipper doesn’t get in the way of your zipper foot during sewing.


zipper card pouchFold 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.


zipper card pouchPin the twill tape to the seam allowance with 1/2″ access at the end.
Fold the tape nicely at the corner.


zipper card pouchFold the tape end down to the other side, pin. Repeat the same to the other end.


zipper card pouchFold the tape and pin to the other side of the seam allowance. Help from an awl will be good to achieve a neater fold at the ends and corner.


zipper card pouchSew the twill tape binder on the seam allowance.


zipper card pouchIf you find that the seams are too bulky and thick. Using warm iron can be hard to press them down.
I am not sure if this is a good/normal method… I use a hammer to flatten it.


zipper card pouchLightly 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.


zipper card pouchA 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.


zipper card pouch


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