Zip It, Zip It Good – Part Two

I have a little story to tell you. It all started on my birthday last month. Kyle and I went to the nearby mountain town Julian to celebrate my b-day and him quitting his job to work full time on his porsche parts business. We went out to dinner and because I ordered some apple pie to-go, I was so eager to get out of there with my apple pie (and go eat it back at the hotel in the comfort of bed while watching a movie on our laptop) that I left my purse on the chair next to me. I didn’t even realize it until midnight, and by then the restaurant was closed.

So the next morning we stopped by the restaurant and the waitress on the morning shift couldn’t find it and there was no note left by the previous night’s waitress, and obviously… no purse. So we gave them our Kyle’s phone number (since my phone was in my purse) and headed home. I was upset for about an hour, then realized there’s nothing I can do about it, so oh well.

I’m pretty sure the girl cleaning the tables found my purse, decided to take the $20 out of my wallet and then didn’t tell anyone about the purse because then it would be obvious that she stole the $20. But to be honest, I couldn’t care less about the $20. It’s everything else that losing a purse puts you through, having to replace everything. It’s such a hassle.

It’s been 4 weeks, and I now have a new phone, along with a new phone plan because we realized we were being ripped off by at&t, and now we’re paying half the price each month for more services with consumer cellular (yep, the old people service). I also got a new driver’s license just in time to go on our flight to Santa Cruz, a new debit card, and new sunglasses. Nothing else has been replaced yet. So that brings me to today. I need something to put my stuff in, so I’m making yet another zipper pouch since my other zipper pouch was in my lost/stolen purse, holding the $20 that the alleged thief kept and didn’t return.

The good thing is that last time I forgot to take pics of the entire process, so this time I’m hoping not to leave out any steps so you can make your own zipper pouch if you want one. (*Update: Yeah that didn’t go so well this time either… lol!)

Choose Your Fabrics

The first step is to choose the fabrics you want to use to make the zipper pouch (and the zipper). I like to make my zipper pouch with a different fabric for the inside and the outside, so I chose two different fabrics and a zipper color that goes well with those fabrics.

Figure Out Size

Next you need to figure out what size you want your pouch to be. I wanted to be able to fit my phone, which is the biggest thing I’ll be putting in my pouch so I measured my phone (lengthwise and width).

Cut the Fabric

After measuring the largest object I will likely be putting in my purse, I want to add an extra inch on each side so it can expand when I put a lot of things inside. But since I’m not going to sew the bottom seam of the pouch, I’m just going to fold it, so instead of cutting 4 pieces of fabric, I’m only going to make 2 pieces of fabric twice as big.

Figure Out How You Want Your Pouch to Look in the End

So then you can lay the pieces of fabric on top of each other (good sides facing away from each other):

And then fold it in half and this is what your rough version of your closed pouch will look like (without the zipper and without being sewn):

And the inside will be different than the outside:

Figure Out How to Sew the Zipper On

Now to sew on the zipper you kind of end up doing the opposite of what you would think (unless you’re familiar with things like this). First you take the fabric that you want to be on the outside of your pouch and lay it on the table, good side up. Then put your zipper face down on that piece of fabric on the very edge and line the end/top of the zipper to about a half an inch from the side edge of the fabric.

Then you lay the other piece of fabric that you want on the inside of your pouch face down over the zipper/other piece of fabric (good side down).

Sew It

Then you sew it…

And then you have problems so you do a bunch of trial and error until you figure out how to do it right, lol!

As it turns out, every time I try to sew a zipper pouch I end up not knowing what the heck I’m doing. So since I ran into a bunch of snags and trial and error along the way, I ended up not taking pictures of the process, yet again.

So, what I suggest to you is if you really want to know how to do this, follow these directions here. Gussy from has a great tutorial on sewing a zipper pouch. I’m not quite the seamstress she is!

It is very confusing sewing a double sided pouch with a zipper, but in the end I came up with something that looks and works great:

And it holds my stuff perfectly:


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16 Responses to 'Zip It, Zip It Good – Part Two'

  1. kelly says:

    Love the pouch! I want to get a sewing machine and have this be one of my first run through. I am thinking of sunbrella fabric to make more sturdy. Sorry about your purse at the restaurant.
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    • Lisha says:

      Hey Kelly, thanks. And it’s okay about my purse. Things like this happen and I need to start being more responsible, lol! You should totally make one of these pouches. They are so cute and fun. I am thinking of making another one for myself too… plus I need more practice on the sewing machine, lol! Then maybe I can start making things for others as gifts too 🙂

  2. Lindsay says:

    So cute!! The finishing looks pro! Sorry your purse was stolen 🙁 Replacing everything is the WORST – especially going to the DMV…

    • Lisha says:

      Yeah, I’m still remembering things I need to replace… like my AAA card… but going to the DMV is actually a breeze when you make an appointment. I highly recommend it if you can in your area. We were in and out in 20 minutes! 🙂

  3. Julian is a great little town! Been there a few times. Big fan of Mt Laguna and Borrego Springs too. Sucks about your purse. Nice replacement though. You sure can sew!

    • Lisha says:

      Thanks John. Yeah I love Julian. We go there probably about once a year. Usually we go around Christmas time because the mountains just seem like a cool place to get more into the Christmas spirit 🙂

  4. Luv it you are so cute ;O ) Funny i was just in Julian this weekend and. was looking at pouches for Kaylee I was in the leather shop though.

    Yours is cuter. I need to get a machine I see stuff like and never can do it.

    Thanks have fun in Santa Cruz.

    God bless
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    • Lisha says:

      Thanks Kymee, we actually already had our santa cruz trip. It was fun, not too different than san diego except for maybe a bit of a different vibe and a bit different weather 🙂

      Believe in yourself and be patient (you definitely need a lot of patience when you’re not experienced with the sewing machine, lol!)

  5. bettyl says:

    What a cute replacement! Love it.
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  6. Angel says:

    I’m co hosting Katherine’s Corner Hop this week and came by to say Hello. This is great. Thanks or sharing. I’m also your newest follower. Hope you will visit my blog and hopefully follow me also.
    Angel @

  7. May says:

    love love love the pouch….I have tons of fabric and was thinking the other day about making one then I see this 🙂

    • Lisha says:

      Yeah do it! It’s so fun! I want to make more.. and hopefully I’ll get better at making them, lol!

  8. This is terrific. I like your fabric choice too. Thank you for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop xo
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