From My Idea File: Zipper Pouch From Scraps

Those of you who know me well know that I love to make bags in all shapes and sizes and colors. I’ve been having fun lately finding pieces of fabric in my scrap bin that are big enough to make something useful. So I thought it would be fun to share with you this idea of making something beautiful and useful from scraps.

This teal bag is 11-1/4 inches wide by 6-3/4 inches tall. I used my own tutorial for the general construction method, which you can find here, with a 9-inch zipper and scrap tabs on each end.

I dug through my perle cotton thread stash and added some fun embroidery to this pouch, using running stitch, French knots, and satin stitch, which you can see best in the photo above. (Note: instead of embroidery, you could also add small pieces to the design for even more flair.)

I didn’t do as much embroidery on the back, just on that orange flower in the lower right corner, because I wanted the front to have more interest and detail.

This pink bag is 9-1/4 inches wide by 6-1/2 inches tall. Once again, I used my own tutorial which you can find here, with a 7-inch zipper and scrap tabs on each end.

For the pink fabric, I used a creme and a light pink thread to embroider random French knots and running stitches on the front and back.

I’m planning to use these pouches as a wallet or clutch, since the velveteen fabric is so soft to touch. They would make wonderful gifts, wouldn’t they?!

The next time you’re digging through your scrap stash for inspiration, and you find pieces that are too pretty to discard or cut into smaller pieces, consider this idea of making a one-of-a-kind zipper pouch or clutch. Thanks for stopping by!


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