Earth Day is here! Do you have a bunch of reusable storage bags cluttering up your house? If you are like me, you have a gazillion of them. I decided to take an afternoon off and re-purpose one into a zipper pouch. I love how it turned out! This handy little pouch makes a perfect pencil case. My husband liked the pouch so much, he asked me to make him one to hold all his cords.
I went through my bag stash and found all the bags with fun prints and words on them. Lululemon has great bags with inspiring saying on them—I LOVE how the pouch turned out! Here's how to make your own zipper pouch bags!
- 1 large reusable shopping bag
- 14" zipper
- Sewing machine and zipper foot
- Sewing supplies—pins and thread
- Paper scissors
- Pen and ruler
Step 1: Cut out one side of the shopping bag. Lay the piece of fabric flat onto your working surface. With a ruler and pen draw 2 rectangles measuring 12" x 6" and another 2 recatngles measuring 3" x 2". Cut out the rectangles.
Step 2: Place the large rectangles facing right-side down. At the top edge, mark a line inward 1/2" (this is the seam allowance), repeat again, and mark another line inward 1/4" (this is the zipper placement). Repeat for all sides on the large rectangle.
Step 3: Place the zipper along top edge. Cut zipper down to size. The zipper final length should be 10 1/2".
Step 4: Place the large rectangles to the side and focus on the small rectangles. Along the long side, turn and fold each side inward 1/2". Repeat and fold in half. Repeat for both. These are the zipper tabs.
Step 5: Place each folded rectangle over the zipper end. Pin. Place into sewing machine and stitch down. Backstitch. Repeat for other side.
Step 6: Trim off extra fabric.
Step 7: Now it's time to sew the pouch together. Place the large rectangles back onto your working surface. With fabric facing right-side down, turn and fold each top edge 1/2".
Step 8: Turn fabric to face right-side up. Place zipper along top edge. Zipper should end 3/4" inward from each side. Pin. Change to a zipper foot on your machine. Place into sewing machine the stitch zipper down. Repeat for the other side.
Step 9: Fold along top edge at zipper. Match side seams and pin. Place into sewing machine and stitch side seams and bottom edge with a 1/2" seam allowance. Leave a 3" opening at bottom edge. Backstitch.
Step 10: Turn and wiggle pouch around to have side seams face upward. The side seams should lay on top AND match the bottom seam. There should also be a 45 degree angle along the side. This step is very important and helps make the bottom of your pouch square. Measure in from tip and mark a line at 1 1/2". Pin. Place into sewing machine and stitch following line. Backstitch. Repeat for other side.
Step 11: Cut off each tip leaving a 1/2" seam allowance.
Step 12: Turn pouch right-side out. Wiggle corners into place
Step 13: Fold under seam allowance at bottom opening. Place pouch into sewing machine and topstitch closed.
That's it! Fun and easy, right? Want to know what's even better? The fabric doesn't fray, so you don't need to line the pouch.. What a great way to re-purpose all those bags that are gathering dust under your kitchen sink.
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