Carte Postale Zippered Pouch

Quick and easy projects – aren’t they the best kind? This week’s tutorial can be whipped up in less than 15 minutes, and I bet you can find 15 ways to use a cute zippered pouch, too!

For this project, you will need:
A printed iron on transfer (printable at the bottom of this post)
A small piece of cotton duck cloth (at least the size of your transfer)
An 8 inch zipper

First, iron your transfer onto your fabric. Print the graphic on the transfer, then iron according to the directions on the package.

If you let it completely cool, it will peel off much easier.
Trim out the images giving about a 1/2 inch seam allowance.
 I trimmed mine out with shears to prevent fraying.

Start the pouch by sewing the zipper onto the pieces, face side together. For hints on how to install a zipper,  you can visit my blog to see my zippered pillow cover tutorial (the steps are the same.)

After each side is together on the zipper, pin them together along one side. Make sure to keep an eye on the print so that it’s lined up properly and pin so you sew just inside the edge of the printed portion.
After you sew one side, do the bottom, unzip the zipper, then sew up the third side.

Turn it out and you’re done! It’s cute enough to use as a little clutch when you only need a few essentials. The transfer material makes it feel somewhat like oilcloth – but the bonus is you can make your own “fabric” simply by using graphics!

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If you have time, I’d love a visit over on my blog at The Shabby Creek Cottage.
Happy New Year!


  1. this is so BEAUTIFUL! going to try it, Happy New year!

  2. Hi Gina
    Love this! Pinned it to my “When Cuteness meets Practicality” board. Have a wonderfully creaive 2013.


  3. Thank you for this! I love the older handprinted style.

  4. so fun! not sure how you did transfer. is that on your blog too???
    will it work with ink jet printer??


    • Hi Barb,
      Gina used Iron on Transfer paper, you just pop it in to your ink jet printer and print on it, then you iron it onto your fabric. Make sure you follow the instructions on the package as different brands may have different instructions.

  5. Gina this is so cute…also loved your tutorial on putting in the zipper! It’s been a LONG time since I have done it and really needed a refresher on it. I’m into pillows right now and it’s soooo nice to be able to take them off and wash them. Thanks for the cute little pouch and the tutorials!!
    Holiday Hugs,

  6. so cute! I’ve had a clutch like this I found on Etsy pinned for the past year and still haven’t made one yet. one day! so pretty!

  7. This is a very cool project! thank you for sharing.

  8. This is a very cool project! Thanks for sharing.

  9. OMG!!!! This is soooooooo cool!!!!!! I’ve bookmarked this page & Gina’s page on how to do a zipper ’cause I’ve always been intimidated by them & have avoided them like the plague…I think it’s time to conquer that fear!!! I’m not able to try this yet, but, I AM gonna try it…wish me luck!!!

  10. I am glad to reread the transfer and zipper instructions. I haven't made a zippered pillow in ages and have tons of material to make some. Thanks for sharing Gina and Karen.

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  12. This is fantastic! Great idea. I can't wait to make some of these!

  13. This is such a great idea. Now I have to get my zipper sewing down…and ink for my printer.

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