Remember those cute little zippered pouches I made before Christmas?
They’re perfectly sized for carrying your keys, cash, and girlie stuff.

Now it’s time for you to see how it’s done!
And guess what?

 

studio waterstone tutorial making an eco-friendly zippered pouch
What You’ll Need:

recycled leather or fabric
short zipper (I used recycled, about 5″ long)
optional: felt for additional structured lining
metal ring (the kind for adding keys)
paper bag for making your pattern
sewing machine
scissors
marker

What You’ll Do:

studio waterstone tutorial making an eco-friendly zippered pouch
Make a pattern on the grocery paper bag using a ruler and marker.
This particular pattern is approximately 5 1/4″ wide x 6″ high with a rounded bottom.
Trace around your pattern to cut two pieces of the outside, two of the inside lining and
if you’re using the interlining cut two of those.

studio waterstone tutorial making an eco-friendly zippered pouch
After cutting, I baste the top and bottom of the outer leather and felt.

studio waterstone tutorial making an eco-friendly zippered pouch
From another scrap of leather, I cut out petals for a flower.
As you know, I have a strong desire and affection for imperfection.
So this is where you need to have a little fun. Whimsy is your friend.

studio waterstone tutorial making an eco-friendly zippered pouch
I sew my petals to the leather using a contrasting thread.

studio waterstone tutorial making an eco-friendly zippered pouch
studio waterstone tutorial making an eco-friendly zippered pouch
Now I’m attaching a stem. Don’t have green? Brown works great.

studio waterstone tutorial making an eco-friendly zippered pouch
Attach the metal key ring to a looped piece of fabric or leather
and sew it to the side facing in as shown.

studio waterstone tutorial making an eco-friendly zippered pouch
Lay the zipper on top of your leather face down and centered.

studio waterstone tutorial making an eco-friendly zippered pouch
Sandwich your zipper as shown above between the leather and fabric,
right sides together. Pin or clip.

studio waterstone tutorial making an eco-friendly zippered pouch
Stitch the layers together leaving about 1/2″ seam allowance.

studio waterstone tutorial making an eco-friendly zippered pouch
This is what it looks like when opened. Notice that right sides are facing
and the zipper outside (with the tab) is facing the outer leather.

 

studio waterstone tutorial making an eco-friendly zippered pouch

 

studio waterstone tutorial making an eco-friendly zippered pouch
Do the exact same thing with the other side of the zipper.
Once it’s sewn together, this is what it will look like if you separate the sides.
Above you are looking at the inside lining and the INSIDE of the zipper.

studio waterstone tutorial making an eco-friendly zippered pouch
This is the same view flipped.
You’re looking at the outer leather and the outside of the zipper.

studio waterstone tutorial making an eco-friendly zippered pouch
Important: Unzip the zipper at this point!
Pin or clip right sides together, leather to leather and lining to lining.
The zipper is in the center.

studio waterstone tutorial making an eco-friendly zippered pouch
Starting at the bottom of the lining, stitch around the entire thing…

studio waterstone tutorial making an eco-friendly zippered pouch
…making sure to leave an opening at the bottom of your lining.
This opening is probably about 3 3/4″ wide.

studio waterstone tutorial making an eco-friendly zippered pouch
Cut notches around the curved edge of the leather side – not the lining side.

studio waterstone tutorial making an eco-friendly zippered pouch
Turn the entire thing right side out through the small opening.
Thus my favorite phrase, “The birth of a handbag” (or in this case, a pouch)

studio waterstone tutorial making an eco-friendly zippered pouch
Almost done!

studio waterstone tutorial making an eco-friendly zippered pouch
Pin (or don’t) the lining opening and stitch closed.
Push the lining inside the pouch and…

studio waterstone tutorial making an eco-friendly zippered pouch
Ta Dah!! A pouch.
A happy little pouch.

studio waterstone tutorial making an eco-friendly zippered pouch
Notice my little side tag? I made those myself. 🙂

studio waterstone tutorial making an eco-friendly zippered pouch
A happy little, eco-friendly recycled leather flower lovin’ pouch.

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