As much as I like a zip pouch, I quickly grow tired of the basic pouch with a zipper along the top edge. So I’ve been trying to mix it up a little bit, yet still keep it simple. When I saw this tutorial over at Javajem Knits, I knew this would be my next zip pouch. Jody’s tutorial is for a larger pouch than I needed, so I modified the size and cut my fabrics as follows:
Front portion above the zipper – 1-1/2″ x 5″ (1 each of outer fabric, lining, and interfacing)
Front portion below the zipper – 2-3/4″ x 5″ (1 each of outer fabric, lining, and interfacing)
Back – 4-1/4″ x 5″ (again, 1 each of outer fabric, lining, and interfacing)
The finished size of my pouch is approximately 3-3/4″ x 5″. Credit cards fit into it nicely.
For my strap, I cut a 10-1/2″ x 2″ strip, and ran it through my 1″ tape maker to fold it before pressing into a 1/2″-wide strip and topstitching the edges.
I made my first pouch slightly narrower, forgetting that the head of the zipper would take up a little space and make the opening smaller. It’s a tight squeeze for a credit card, so I cut the pieces for my remaining pouches 5″ wide. And somehow, I didn’t notice that I cut my strap too long, so it ended up way too long to stay easily on my wrist. To shorten it, I simply tied a knot in the end, and I really like the way it looks. The side tab on my test pouch didn’t help me much with opening and closing the zipper, so I left it off all the others. But if I make this in a larger size, I’ll probably include the tab.
Go ahead and try a few of these! They’re easy and require very little fabric, and make nice little purse organizers or a way to carry some cash and a credit card without hauling around a larger bag.