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!!

  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!

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

    I like what you did with the zipper.

  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.

  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.

  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.

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

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

  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.....

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

    so simple, so cute! meow..

  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?

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

    Loving the yellow zip.

  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

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

    This might be for a later project then.

  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."

  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.

  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!

  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.

  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!

  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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