Zippered Paper Pouch

by Betty Traciak

Cover paper with vinyl and create a handy pouch.


  • Lightweight scrapbook paper
  • Clear iron-on vinyl (Pellon 100R or 102RM)
  • Polyester zipper
  • Painters tape
  • Scissors
  • Clips (small Wonder Clips by Clover)
  • Supplies for decorating
  • Paper trimmer
  • Iron
  • Ironing surface
  • Sewing machine with zipper foot


  1. Step 1

    Decorate 12" x 12" scrapbook paper with stamps or coloring. Cover both sides with iron-on vinyl following manufacturer's instructions.

  2. Step 2

    Trim 1 1/8” x 12” piece from edge of paper. Cut two 1-1/2” pieces from this strip for zipper tabs. Cut paper in half to make two pieces 6” x 10 7/8”.

  3. Step 3

    Cut zipper with scissors so it extends 1 1/2” to 1 3/4” beyond the scrapbook paper on each side.

  4. Step 4

    Fold the zipper tab in half. Cover the end of the zipper and stitch close to the edge. Repeat for the other end of the zipper.

  5. Step 5

    Center the front of the pouch on the zipper with enough space for the zipper to slide past the edge of the paper. Use Painters Tape to secure.

  6. Step 6

    Sew close to the edge of the paper. Back up to lock the stitches at each end.

  7. Step 7

    Center the back of the pouch and secure with Painters Tape.

  8. Step 8

    Sew close to the edge of the paper.

  9. Step 9

    Fold the pouch and clip the edges.

  10. Step 10

    Sew around the edges leaving 3/4” unsewn at the top edge of the paper nearest the zipper.

  11. Step 11

    Complete the project.


Your Turn

You've seen the tutorial, now you try it! We've got a section of the gallery set aside for Zippered Paper Pouch. Try this technique, then upload your artwork to the gallery. Show us your creations!

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Questions and Comments

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This one will have to wait a while. I need some supplies. Cute pouch!
muscrat  |  Tue Apr 27, 2021 at 5:04 PM
What a lovely idea, thanks so much for sharing.x
janette deans  |  Wed Apr 28, 2021 at 6:58 AM
What a COOL idea - this would make for great gift ideas!
I had no idea iron-on vinyl even existed. Thank you so much for sharing!
DancesWithHooves  |  Wed Apr 28, 2021 at 2:21 PM
That's adorable! I'm going to make some soon.
Purplemimi  |  Wed Apr 28, 2021 at 3:06 PM
love these, so pretty!
Conniecrafter  |  Wed Apr 28, 2021 at 7:12 PM
cute bag...but I will not yank out my sewing machine...just not into this process....thank you for the tutorial!
Susanne527  |  Wed Apr 28, 2021 at 8:56 PM
I got a zipper but couldn't find the vinyl. Walmart carries the brand but only fuse material. I may have to substitute clear contact paper. Although that may mess up my needle. I may check at michaels yet but not before tomorrow.
muscrat  |  Thu Apr 29, 2021 at 10:46 AM
I have purchased the vinyl from both amazon and from Joanns. Joann's has the small packages shown in the tutorial and also by the yard.
kittystamp  |  Thu Apr 29, 2021 at 12:01 PM
I really like this idea. I can envision this a gift filled with cards I make for a special person.
MarilynDillon  |  Sun May 2, 2021 at 5:39 PM
Great tutorial and cute projects!
Carolyn Steele  |  Tue May 4, 2021 at 2:13 PM

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