Zipper Pouch

I’ve never made anything with a zipper, so I thought I’d give it a try.  I just did a very simple pouch and then drew a cat on it with a fabric pen.  I like zippers!


  1. Mammagiramondo.
    April 16, 2010 at 7:28 pm

    Too cute!!

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  2. Jenny Hillman
    April 16, 2010 at 9:27 pm

    Is that just a cotton duck/canvas? I have to admit, I've yet to venture into zipper territory, but you made it seem all the more friendly. And the kids could add their own drawing/name/embroidery to the front!

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  3. Lia
    April 16, 2010 at 11:12 pm

    I like what you did with the zipper.

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  4. Flying Squirrel
    April 16, 2010 at 11:23 pm

    I like the design! Joel, your sense of good, bold, modern awesome! I love the black-white-yellow.

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  5. tea with lucy
    April 16, 2010 at 11:43 pm

    Finally overcoming my fear of zippers (and button holes) has opened up a whole new world!

    Have just discovered your site. Love your work.

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  6. Joel Henriques
    April 17, 2010 at 12:46 am

    Thanks everybody!

    Jenny - it's actually a natural denim that I found. I like it a lot. Pretty much feels like canvas, but a bit softer.

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  7. Karumen
    April 17, 2010 at 1:43 am

    love how the yellow zipper works on a simple design, amazing!

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  8. Guusje
    April 17, 2010 at 5:05 am

    I try to avoid zippers my whole life! ;-)
    lovely work, I would love to screen print my tiger on one of those.....

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  9. She Can't Decide
    April 17, 2010 at 6:13 pm

    so simple, so cute! meow..

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  10. peglud
    April 18, 2010 at 5:01 am

    Zippers - the greatest invention. We learned how to sew them in to a skirt in the 8th grade. (I'm 61 yo). They can be a little tricky - but once you've done one, you can do 'em forever. What is more fun than a pouch to put favorite things in?

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  11. sam
    April 18, 2010 at 6:12 pm

    Loving the yellow zip.

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  12. Jo
    April 19, 2010 at 12:18 am

    I just made my first zippy pouch as well!!!
    although i have to say i'm still scared of zippers.... :P

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  13. sam
    April 19, 2010 at 5:15 pm

    This might be for a later project then.

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  14. Becky
    April 19, 2010 at 6:51 pm

    Congratulations on your first zipper! It's a very cool little pouch and I love how the cat looks like he'd be right at home in "Where the Wild Things Are."

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  15. Joel Henriques
    April 19, 2010 at 9:40 pm


    Sam - Ha, yeah I'll definitely need some more practice with zippers before I try a project like that. Nice!

    Becky - Actually I have been reading that book to Jack and Tess a lot lately. Maybe I was inspired by it!

    Tutorial: Also, this is the tutorial I loosely followed when making my pouch. Bolt is an awesome fabric store if you're ever in the Portland area.

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  16. Priscila
    April 21, 2010 at 12:39 am

    Love this! You always have the best things here. I came by to ask if you could include me in the "featured in section" in your blog!

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  17. Caroline
    April 21, 2010 at 4:55 pm

    Hi there - I've been reading for awhile now. You have such a nice blog, and I'm really motivated to actually follow through with my ideas after seeing the things that you've made.

    I had to make a pouch like this after seeing this one. It's such a simple idea, but the bright zipper really packs a punch! Thanks for the inspiration.

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  18. Maryvonne
    April 24, 2010 at 2:31 pm

    Hi Joel, just found your blog and really love it!
    A pouch like that with a simple cord on both sides of the top(when you close the seam) and the kids can hang them on their neck, mine sure love that!

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  19. Joel Henriques
    April 25, 2010 at 4:23 am


    Caroline - Yeah, zippers are not bad at all! I checked out your bag too. Very cool! I like the red!

    Maryvonne - I still haven't tried the cord closure yet. Nice idea to make the cord long enough to carry like a purse. I'll have to give that a go next!

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