Teeny Tiny Zipper Pouches for Christmas

Teeny Tiny Zipper Pouches - pretty much everyone I know will be getting one of these as a gift this year. Addictive free pattern!If you are fairly new to following along at So Sew Easy, then you might have missed this project from some time back so I thought you'd like to see what I've been sewing.

I've been busily sewing away these teeny tiny zipper pouches for stocking stuffers and for handy gifts for hubby to give to some of his colleagues.  They work in the sun all day, in and out of the water working as diving instructors and these little pouches are ideal.  They can hang them off their bag and have easy access to their lip balm, sun block and lunch money while keeping the rest of the stuff in their bag dry.

Teeny tiny zipper pouch, coin purse or add to your key ring.

I use mine on my key ring and its ideal to keep my lip balm and a few bank notes for when I pop out to the shop to buy bread and milk (and chocolate.) There's also room to screw up a plastic carrier bag and pop inside to bring my groceries/chocolate home.

So I've started a small production line to make sure I have enough for everyone, and these are surprisingly quick to sew up if you are making a whole bunch.  Plus they are perfect for using small pieces of fabric which are too small for any other project.  You can actually make 4 from a fat quarter and still have a little fabric left over.
Teeny Tiny Zipper Pouches - pretty much everyone I know will be getting one of these as a gift this year. Addictive free pattern!

If you have a bunch of mis-matched zippers, too big or too small for other projects or just in the wrong colors, then you can use them up for this and clear out your stash.

I get my zippers from Zipper Island on Etsy because I love the huge choice and the great prices.  The wholesale bundles of assorted colors are so cheap and ideal for keeping in your stash or using on this sort of project.  The cute little swivel lobster clasps came from there too – these are the perfect size for this.  Buy a big bag – you'll want to make lots of these little pouches.

Teeny Tiny Zipper Pouches - pretty much everyone I know will be getting one of these as a gift this year. Addictive free pattern!

Here are the details from the original project and the video on how to make them.


  • Finished size – about 3.5 long, 1.25 inches tall and 2.25 inches wide
  • Easy to scale pattern if you want a larger size
  • Super cute!
  • Great scrap buster – uses small pieces
  • Attach it to your keys, or use it for your kids lunch money and attach to their school bag
  • Use it to hold a few essential inside your main purse, hygiene supplies, lip stick, tissues/wipes.
  • Makes great gifts and stocking stuffers

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I think everyone can find a use for a little zipper pouch like this one, and at this time of year they are great gift ideas – something for teachers with a few nice chocolate truffles inside?

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**WARNING** But be careful!  This pattern can be addictive!  You might start with one, then you'll make a second and before you know it, you'll be knee deep in the cute little things – like the tribble (remember those?)  How many takes did it need to get this scene without laughing!


Who me? I have no idea where all these teeny tiny zipper pouches came from !

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51 Responses to Teeny Tiny Zipper Pouches for Christmas

  1. Lesley Hunt says:

    What a great idea for little gifts, I think the grandkids will love them! Thankyou for sharing.

  2. Melissa says:

    Thank you for the pattern! One question though: I only have 4″ zippers on hand, could these work? Should I modify the pattern? Should I take an inch off the length of the fabric? Thank you in advance for any reply.

  3. Nancy says:

    This was so cute and fun! Thank you! My daughters love the ones I made, but I messed up on something … I am a total beginning sewer, and my cotton lining fabric ended up being very loose inside the pouch, and bunching up as if there was extra fabric. I thought I cut really carefully and lined up my edges before pinning and sewing, but any idea what I might have done wrong?

  4. Graciete says:

    I Love your site but it’s a pity that I can’t download any of the patterns that I ordered…?

  5. Joan M Lawless says:

    I put a hole and a grommet in the bottom and use them for doggy doody bag rolls.

  6. Susan Levin says:

    I love these and am having trouble getting my Dream Machine to sew over the laminated fabric. I do like the structure the laminate gives the object. Any ideas?

  7. Joan M Lawless says:

    I put on grommet in the bottom and use them for doggie doo bags

  8. babs213Barbara says:

    Thank you for a brilliant tutorial, I might try this now, as my previous attempts have been unsuccessful.

  9. D'Anne John says:

    I made two of these this afternoon to give to my five and six year old granddaughters for Valentines Day. I can slip some small candy inside and then they can use them for all of their teeny tiny treasures. Love that they can clip them onto their pack backs or lunch boxes. Thanks for the clear video.

  10. Cindy Dahlgren says:

    I have been using your tutorial for several years now. I’ve changed the size a bit, and only put a D ring on one end, but I don’t know what we’d do without it sometimes. I have an Intellectually Disabled son, and he was losing his wallet quite often–it kept falling out of his pocket. I saw your tutorial and thought it just might work. It worked pretty well, except he had a hard time getting his debit cards in and out. I now make it 5″ by 5″, and he clips them o a lanyard and carries his debit cards, medicines and receipts in it and hangs it on a lanyard, along with his keys and wears it around his neck. If he doesn’t want it to show, he just tucks it under his shirt. I now use faux leatther to make them instead of fabric because itt lasts longer and looks a little nicer because it doesn’t get dirty. So, we thank you for this pattern because we literally use it every day! jadahlgr at yahoo dot com

  11. Barb says:

    I loved your tutorial! Using different sized fabrics with the same instructions make it easy to use for different purposes! A larger one is great for a baby’s pacifier holder, the smaller one is for birthday money! Anything I choose will be great, thanks so much!

  12. Barb says:

    Thank you so much for the darling little pouch pattern and video! These are so fun to make and so fun to use! They can be made using the same instructions with other sizes. I made one to give to a niece who is having a baby with larger pieces and it will be great to hold pacifiers in her diaper bag. Here is the photo for that one as well as the first one I made for my daughter’s birthday. I’m looking forward to making many more, they are just so cute!!

  13. Ginger Howard says:

    I am so excited to try make one or two, thanks you

  14. Christa Graf, Germany says:

    Thanks for the video & the free pattern!!! ♥♥♥
    My bag is an upcycle project from an apron-fabric! 😉

  15. What are the dimentions of the 4 large squares & the two smaller squares ? The video does not say & I cant find any printed instructions

    • Mayra at So Sew Easy says:

      You need to download the pattern. The video just shows you how to sew it.

      • Hexxus says:

        I had the same question regarding the measurements of the fabric pieces because the pattern keeps giving me an error and won’t download.

  16. Toni says:

    So teeny tiny indeed!!

  17. Evie says:

    Thank you for the free pattern. I can’t wait to try it.

  18. Joburglaura says:

    Thanks sew much! I was looking for a pattern to make a pacifier zipper bag for a baby gift. This was perfect. Your instructions were so clear and easy. Thanks!

  19. Jamia says:

    What are the measurements for the tiny tween bag? I can’t download on my phone

  20. Patricia Walker says:

    I need two of these….one mint and pink and one purple and pink…..anyone wanna sell two?

  21. Hi Deby, I’ve featured your cute zipper pouches in a roundup of scrap busting projects…

  22. Sandra says:

    Deby, you are an Angel for sharing all of these great patterns with the world. How Blessed we all are! Thank you so much for your kind, giving nature. Many blessings to you and your family.

  23. Linda Maillis says:

    Love all your patterns. So useful

  24. vickey cook says:

    I think you are wonderful and do great tutorials.Thank you for your kindness.

  25. lis113096Lis says:

    Hi what are the measurements I have to start out with? I only see the finished size. Thank you and cant wait to make one.

  26. Michelle says:

    You have great videos, thanks!

  27. Kathy Marlow says:

    Not only a great scrap buster, I have a ton of small (4 inch I think) zippers. Great way to use them. I ordered a bulk supply of zippers off Etsy from time to time and while not a lot in each bulk order, they do contain 4 inch zippers. I never thought about making one so small, but it is acutally a great idea.

  28. LeAnn Weaver says:

    Debbie – I love my teenie tiny bag – I’m going to make one slightly bigger and put in my cell phone!

    • Great idea LeAnn. It’s easily scalable into a bag any size to carry just what you need.

      • LeAnn Weaver says:

        Deby – I made a larger version of the zipper pouch. It is 35 inches long and can hold my new baton. I wish I could post the photo, but it turned out great. I made a longer tab that is a large loop for a carrying strap. I have made a camera and phone holder too.

        • Wow, that is a much larger version. I’d love to see it. Would you have a couple of minutes to load your picture into the Show and Tell Section of our forum? You can find it here, and browse through some of the other sewing inspiration there. Looking forward to seeing your work LeAnn.

  29. Karin says:

    So addictive I started with one and all of a sudden I have 10 Need to find more people to give them to.

  30. Nonseiy Parcheesi says:

    I am so making these! where did you buy the Fabrics used in this project! They are adorable

  31. Rosalee says:

    This is just adorable! I think I will make one (or more!) tomorrow for gifts! Thanks so much!!

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