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Rainbow Zipper Pouch Tutorial

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I love my new zipper pouch!  Anything bright and rainbow colored is especially popular around here, and who couldn't use a new pouch?

Have a bunch of zippers laying around? Check out how to make an adorable pouch completely out of zippers! It makes the cutest gift. #rainbow #zippers


The pouch works perfectly as a break-away clutch to put inside a larger tote.  It's so bright and colorful, you'll always be able too spot it!  (I have a feeling I'll be making a 2nd one of these when my little missy comes home from Nana's house...)

zipper pouch tutorial


I always wanted to make a regular pouch with a zipper top, but since one of my sponsors (Zipper Lane) sent me so many zippers, I thought I would make my interpretation of a "zipper pouch".

All the zippers actually work, so you can open it any place you want!


(Zipper Lane sells wholesale priced YKK zippers, you can get 100 7 inch zippers for $28. Perfect for big projects, you just need to plan ahead since they ship from India and it takes a little bit longer...)

Do you want to make one too? It really is easy, you can use any size zipper to get different shaped bags...

Of course, it doesn't have to be rainbow, I picture it in a red and navy blue or all black for boys. Or how about a cute pencil bag in your school colors?

Materials needed for the ultimate zipper pouch:
  • Several zippers (I used 13 7 inch zippers)
  • Sewing machine
  • zipper foot (not mandatory, but it helps)
  • Sharp needle
  • Hand sewing needle and thread
  • iron
  • extra fabric or bias tape if you would like to add a hand strap
  • fray check (optional)

Instructions:

Unzip your zippers and begin sewing the zippers together. (right sides together) Carefully line up the metal zipper edge pieces when sewing together.



As you get close to the other end of the zipper, slide the zipper closed to move the zipper pull out of the way.



Keep sewing the zippers together.  Once the zippers are all sewn together, fold the zippers in half (right sides together, to make a pouch.

To sew the along the sides of the pouch, you will need to open the zipper.  At this point, I had trouble keeping the zippers in a perfect line.  The only way I could keep them lined up was to sew a tiny basting stitch to keep them in place, shown below.  (You could also try binder clips or wonder clips.)




If you would like to add a hand strap, cut a piece of bias tape to the desired length and sew along the edge.
Fold the bias tape in half and slide it inside the pouch, lining up the edges as shown below. Pin in place.



Sew along the sizes of the pouch, getting as close to the metal zipper stops as possible.





Then flip the pouch right side out and gently press with edges with a warm iron.



There you go! Isn't it cute!  If you make a zipper pouch, please come back and share your creations on my facebook page!


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57 comments:

  1. Are you kidding me?! This is awesome!! Who knew.

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  2. This is adorable. I need to order me some of those zippers. Thank you for sharing!

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  3. Thanks for sharing where you got the zippers from. After seeing the picture yesterday on Insagram I was dying to see the tutorial. I will definitely put this on my list to sew. I can already see my girls stealing it though. :)

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  4. wow! So fun! I love these and have never made one. Your tutorial is great, so is the tip for cheaper zippers :o) I stopped over from Ginger Snap Crafts... would love to have you come check out my link party..http://www.nap-timecreations.com/2013/03/st-pattys-pasta-and-tasteful-tuesday.html

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  5. This is so great! Pinned it so I can remember to give it a try one of these days! Although I haven't quite mastered zipper sewing yet, so this may be a challenge for me... Visiting from Ginger Snap Crafts!

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  6. Me encanta!! Que bonito, práctico y sobre todo original. Me gusta de estuche para el colegio o para ir a la playa. Un Saludo
    Sonia

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  7. Now that is fantastic!! LOVE.

    <3 Christina at I Gotta Create!
    Wildly Original linky party is open

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  8. This is too cute!
    Thank you so much for visiting my party...♥

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  9. Thanks for sharing, this is amazing, I always wanted a pencilcase made of zippers when I was a kid, it looked so cool!

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  10. So lovely!!! Love the colors combinations! Thanks so much for sharing the great tutorial! Would love to have you visit me sometime.
    Have a fabulous week!
    Hugs from Portugal,

    Ana Love Craft
    www.lovecraft2012.blogspot.com

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  11. this is fabulous! I wanted to pin it and it looks like Pinterest has been disabled...

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    1. Thanks! Pinterest sometimes acts funny, but it seams to be working now...
      ~Jamie

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  12. Wow, I can't believe how easy you made this look. Love the bright zippers!

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  13. I.Am.In.Love! I already have a thing about zippers. I make flowers, shamrocks, bunnies, headbands and anything else I can out of them. Because of my love of zippers I was super jealous to read about the delivery of zippers you received! I can't wait to try this!

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  14. Muy linda y original idea, gracias por compartirla.

    Feliz fin de semana.

    Ale
    Costa Rica

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  15. Love this! Having troubles pinning it though....

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    1. I don't know what is up w/ pinterest... A few people have mentioned they are having trouble pinning, but there are others with no problems at all. Let me know if you figure out the issue...
      ~Jamie

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  16. Greatest idea EVER!!! I love it so very much! And I want one. Or two. I'm terrified of sewing zippers so this should probably be my worst nightmare, but I really want to try it! ;) Too cute!

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  17. This is the funnest pouch ever! I really wish I could sew - this is fab!!

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  18. This is something else! Very clever idea indeed!

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  19. Wow - this is beautiful! Found it at the Craft, Create & Inspire Party - so glad I did!!

    Have a great weekend!
    Danielle
    SewMuchCrafting.com

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    1. I'd love for you to link this up at the Pinterest Power Party! It's such a fabulous project!

      Happy Thursday!
      Danielle
      http://www.sewmuchcrafting.com/2013/03/pinterest-power-party.html

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  20. I just love the execution of this idea! So well done!

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  21. This is so cool! I definitely want to make myself one of these:) I found you at the Flamingo Toes link party!!!

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  22. This is SO super creative... I'm a little intimidated, but I've pinned it to try later!
    ~Emily
    http://tossedsaladlife.com

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  23. I LOVE this! so cute!!

    Thanks for linking up to the party! I featured your post in my wrap up http://tidymom.net/2013/spring-easter-craft-ideas/

    Happy St. Paddy's Day!

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  24. Awesome & love that it opens everywhere! Pinning this lovely for sure. Thanks for linking to the Craftastic Monday party at Sew Can Do!

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  25. visiting from I should be mopping the floor. This is great. Love it.

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  26. Wow, this is SUPER cool. I LOOOOVE it! Thanks so much for linking up to Monday Funday!

    kelly @ view along the way
    www.viewalongtheway.com

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  27. So so cute!, I really should try this, zips scare me it might be a good start point

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  28. CONGRATS!!!!!! You have been featured at The DIY Dreamer! YAY!! Come on over and grab your featured button, you deserve it!!
    http://thediydreamer.com/from-dream-to-reality/features-58/

    Don't forget to swing by this evening to link up again to From Dream To Reality!

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  29. This is too cute. Thanks for sharing. I am your newest follower.

    Terri
    Soul Wishes

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  30. So very cute! I would love one of these. Time to dust off the sewing machine :)

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  31. This is so awesome! And I LOVE the bright rainbow zippers. I would've never thought to make something like this, it is such a brilliant idea for a fun pouch!

    Buttons
    The Hot Toddies of Washington

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  32. So cute, and bright. I love it! Seem like one of those projects that is so easy, once you wrap your head around it!
    http://www.fynesdesigns.com/

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  33. Love, love, love it! I'm including it in my fashion round-up from the Monday Funday link party! Thanks for linking it up!
    --Katie

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  34. What a great project, Jamie. So much fun. I would love for you to share at my Tasty Thursdays linky party going on right now. Thanks, Nichi - The Mandatory Mooch
    http://mandatorymooch.blogspot.com/2013/03/tasty-thursdays-33.html

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  35. This is so awesome! What a fabulous idea! Thank you so much for sharing at A Bouquet of Talent! So thrilled you shared with us! Happy Friday!! YAY!! :)
    hugs
    Kathy

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  36. SO CUTE! I'm so scared of zippers - it's an irrational fear but this adorable pouch is totally inspiring me to try it out!

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  37. Love it :) so very very cute, and I can see me making one...... or two or......... LOL thanks for you super easy tutorial :)

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  38. Hi, I love it! Great tutorial and thanks for sharing us!
    Hugs from Italy, Emanuela

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  39. So adorable, Jamie!! You are one creative lady, my friend.

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  40. Just saw this today on the Janome facebook page. Love it! Pinning it to try someday. And I am now following you on IG (@_livelovecreate)

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  41. kesinlikle harika, çok yaratıcı tebrikler...
    neclaninblogu@gmail.com ben de beklerim bloğuma..

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  42. Genialny w doborze kolorów i wykonaniu . Super. Pozdrawiam z Polski. Ala

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  43. I made one too. But yours is nicer!;-)

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  44. Would you trim those edges off in the last picture before turning inside out? I just imagine them being in the way as extra material in the inside...

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    1. They didn't really bother me, so l didnt trim them. If you do decide to trim them, I think you might need to seal the edges with a lighter or fray check.
      ~Jamie

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  45. So gorgeous! Love the way the colors are put together, too! :) Lisa

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