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Zippered Pouches personalized with Iron-On Vinyl

I put my Silhouette craft cutter to work the other day.  
And had her help me create some vinyl iron-on cutouts for my little zippered pouches.  
And then, remember how I used freezer paper and fabric paint to make my Halloween costumes (here)?  Well, instead of cutting out my design with a razor blade, I used the Silhouette cutter to cut my freezer paper for the stencil………….and then used fabric paint to create the dress form shapes on the green pouch.   
SO much easier/faster than cutting by hand.
And now, I have 3 little zippered pouches, ready for gifts.
Can you just imagine, some jewelry, some great craft supplies, or even a few treats placed in one?
And of course, the lining can give these pouches a great pop of colorAhhhhhh.
But my Silhouette Cutter really allowed me to spice up that outer fabric.
The possibilities to personalize these pouches are endless.
I know zipper pouches are something that everyone may already know how to do.  But in case one of you may be curious…….all the steps will be shown.
Cutting Fabric:
For my pouches, I cut 2 outer pieces of fabric and 2 lining pieces that were all 9 inches x 6 inches.  
And for each pouch, I took one of the outer pieces of fabric for each pouch, and decorated it up a bit before sewing it all together.  

Using the iron-on vinyl:

For the first one, I purchased this dahlia shape from the Silhouette store, printed it out on heat-transfer vinyl (found here) and then removed all of the negative space from the backing.  
(Check out my other heat transfer projects here.)
Then, I cut a bit off the side and bottom, so the image would run off the front of the pouch.
The next one was done the same way.
But then I added some blue stitching to the front.  Just for fun.
And for the third one, I used some freezer paper, stuck it to the sticky mat (that comes with the Silhouette) with the smooth side face down, and cut out my images.  Then I peeled back the freezer paper and ironed it down to an extra piece of fabric, with the smooth side facing down.
Then, I painted inside those images with two coats of fabric paint.  
(More on freezer paper stenciling here.)
After the paint completely dried, I peeled back the freezer paper to reveal my images.  Then I heat sealed the paint by ironing on top of the images with a piece of fabric in between.
Then I trimmed down the fabric and attached it to the outer piece of fabric of the 3rd pouch.  (You can use double sided fusible web between the two layers to keep the fabric in place while sewing, but I skipped that part.)
Assembling the zipper pouches:
First, you’ll need a zipper that is 9 inches for the size pouches I made here.  I didn’t have any…….oops.  So I am using a 7 inch zipper below (which is really 8 inches long with the extra they give you at each end) and just took my sides in a bit more.  But if you’re using a zipper that is slightly longer, line up the top of the zipper along one end and let the extra at the other end hang off.
Place your zipper face down along the top, while the fabric is face up, and be sure that the top edges are even.
Then place one of your lining pieces on top, face down.  Line up all 3 top edges.
Sew along that top edge with a zipper foot.
Open it up and get the fabric out of the way while you do the same thing with the other side of the zipper….with the other 2 pieces of fabric.  If you open it all up, it will look like this:
Unzip the zipper halfway (important step) and then fold the two outer piece of fabric together with right sides together and the tow lining pieces together with right sides together.  Sew all the way around this big rectangle (with a 1/2 inch seam allowance….except I had to take mine in more at the sides because of my shorter zipper), leaving about a 3 inch hole along the bottom of the lining.  Then trim the corners and zig zag around all of the raw edges.
Then, turn the pouch right side out through that gap in the lining.  Poke out all of your corners so that they’re nice and crisp.  Then fold the raw edges of the opening towards the inside, and then hand-stitch or machine stitch the opening closed.
Shove the lining down inside the pouch and then press the pouch flat.
And while the pouch is open, you can see that great lining fabric peek out.
How’d the other others turn out?
The snowflake pouch turned out soft and sweet.
With a great blue lining…
And the charcoal pouch with the vivid yellow dahlia, screams hello.
And has such a happy polka dot lining.  Don’t those dots put a smile on your face?
And that’s it.  
A nice and easy project that can be used or gifted in so many ways.
Now, go on a personalize one…….and then gift it away.
Thank you Silhouette for making that so much easier!


  1. jguglia says:

    I would use a silouette to make beautiful scrapbooking pages! Please enter me into the drawing! Email

  2. A. says:

    I love the simplicity of the system! no cartridges is a big plus! I would totally use it for the vinyl.

  3. Becky says:

    I'm sure I would use it for everything, but I love the idea of putting vinyl on my door's glass windows for the holidays. So I think I would use it for vinyl decor to begin with – then move on to everything else. Very fun ideas!

  4. MatthewandHeather says:

    I love the zippered pouches!! I need a few of those.

  5. Julie says:

    Love the pouches! I would love to win one! thanks much! jhales_finance at yahoo dot com

  6. Anonymous says:

    I am getting a Silhouette for Christmas and your tutorials are the best. Would you do any silhouette related tutorials? Do you buy all you images from the slihouette store? I really love the dressform one.
    Keep up the great work!!!

  7. Delsa says:

    These are adorable! I love all of your fun projects. Thanks for sharing!

  8. Jac says:

    Oooo, I've wanted one of these forever! I've been etching glass, and the current priority is making an etched family tree for my grandmother for the holidays.

  9. gini says:

    Gosh there are so many things to do! :) I love the etched glass though!

  10. sunmoon04 says:

    I would use it for the etching, wall letterings and for Christmas Gifts.
    I love your snowflakes !!!

  11. Hollie says:

    I would use it to do vinyl wall art and the glass etching for christmas gifts, it would be so wonderful!

  12. AZito says:

    Oh, I would use it for everything! I am a teacher, so I can think of lots of things we could use it for in the classroom, like our poetry scrapbooks. It would sure save a lot of moolah I spend on stickers! I would also use it for shirts for my two kids, and I am picturing an awesome stencil on a messenger bag I'm making for my bestest friend.

  13. Terry Lind says:

    This little box could either revolutionize my home decor or become a very expensive little crafting habit, either way, I LOVE IT!!

  14. Lynie says:

    These are the cutest wallets….and I love making wallets. I loved everything you could do with the Silhouette. I would use it for embellishing bags that I currently make and of course vinyl projects! Your site is great with so much creativity…how do you find the time?


  15. stephanie says:

    I love the machine that makes this possible! As I saw all that it was capable of the ideas were flowing. From scrapebooks to school projects. I love it! What a great item. Thanks for sharing it!

  16. danny.des.jack says:

    Super cute! I love the stensiling idea on these.

  17. Anonymous says:

    Would love, love, love to win this cutter. Hope I win.

  18. Kelly D says:

    I would use it to make great gifts for my daughter's teachers, coaches, teammates, etc! What fun!!!

  19. thepeasanthousewife says:

    So stinking cute! I love them!

  20. Amanda says:

    Whenever I get a new craft toy, I use it on EVERYTHING for a while, so I'm sure I would be etching glass, making some vinyl transfers, and creating wall decals for quite a while if I won. :)

  21. SherriC. says:

    Wow I love these pouches!!!! TFS!!!!

  22. StrawberryBlond says:

    This is so spooky. I swear we are on the same wavelength or something. I was just thinking I'd like to make a zippered case for my sister's laptop, but wasn't sure how to do it and here's your tutorial! This is not the first time you have posted something I've needed/wanted, right when I've needed/wanted it! Thank you.

  23. lilsamples says:

    I would use this for EVERYTHING! love the vinyl wall art, I could use it for scrapbooking, baby onesies…I drool everytime I see one of these!

  24. Chelsea says:

    I have always wondered the secret to great sillouettes. Beautiful!

  25. mindy says:

    I can't even imagine where to begin!! What to make first! So many ideas coming to mind just looking at the web site! I have 4 daughters…clothes, bedrooms, hats, computers…and on and on and on..!!

  26. Heather says:

    I would use it to make gifts. I would make the wall stickers, as well as customized shirts for my son and nieces and nephews. Actually, I think I would use it for EVERYTHING!!!

  27. rockinn says:

    What a great machine – I make handmade cards and stationery for my own use and this would be perfect to make them totally unique. I also put together baskets (filled with goodies) for not for profit organizations having auctions. I could use this in so many ways to make the baskets very appealing to bidders. So much fun!!

  28. lisa says:

    I love all of your projects! Thanks for all of the inspiration. I would use the Silhouette for appliques and craft projects. Happy Thanksgiving!

  29. Rachel H. says:

    I have just begun to do some t-shirt repurposing and this would work so much better at cutting appliques than my handiwork!

  30. Louise G. says:

    WONDERFUL pouches!! Let's see … how many days to Christmas?? Checked out the Silhouette site … would LOVE to use it for glass etching, card making, decorated clothing (couldn't list just one use!!)

  31. Jenna says:

    Love Love Love the zipper pouches!! So cute! Do you sell your creations? Just wondering as my sewing machine has died:(

  32. kathyhm says:

    I want a Silhoutte so badly! But we are on a mission to be debt free so I need to win one rather than use debt repayment money to buy one! I know I would use it to etch glass – I am so tired of cutting out contact paper stencils!!! And, I would love to label my pantry storage. And I did not realize you could create stencils to paint on fabric! And, and and – did you say ONE thing we would do with it!!! Love it – pick me little random winner generator! Oh, and love your blog and these cute pouches. Thanks

  33. Mik says:

    I just made my first pouch and it doesn't look nearly as polished as these. I never thought of using the cutouts to design the fabric. Love it!

  34. Complete Kitchens Colorado says:

    I am a newbie to sewing and very obsessed (like, have to try every cute tutorial I see…). I would use it to jazz up bags and pouches, tees, etc. Love it!!

  35. Christie @ A Lemon Squeezy Home says:

    Adorable. LOVE LOVE LOVE that one with the big flower. So pretty–you areally are amazing, Ashley!

  36. Mami Made It says:

    Lovely! Love the one with snowflakes!

  37. Teresa says:

    I would use it for glass etching and making wall art. I live in an apartment and so painting is out of the question…and my eggshell walls make me crazy!

  38. Kristin says:

    I would use it to do some glass etching, and for card making!

  39. Emilee says:

    You are simply amazing! I swear you should have your own decorating show. I would definitely watch it. You should sell those cute pouches. So cute!

  40. EH says:

    My first project would be Christmas cards. And then I'll move on to everything else!! Love the idea of vinyl decor.

  41. Very Verdant says:

    These are so cute. I love them all but I think I like the green one with the dress forms best.

  42. Ange says:

    I would use it for scrapbooking and well, everything!!! Loved it all.

  43. Helen says:

    I love these pouches, Ashley! I think I might have to get my Silhouette out and try out some of these before Christmas. They DO make great gifts! I haven't tried any of the iron-on vinyl, yet. Do they work well? Thanks for the inspiration! Love the colors, by the way!

  44. Jessica says:

    These pouches are so much fun! I love how you made each one so unique and personal. I've never sewn on a zipper before and this just might be the project to try it out. Thanks!

  45. Jenny! says:

    Thats amazing….im so used to hand cutting things..what a novel idea…i wanna make these to add on to some xmas gifts!!! and you gave me even more inspiration!! I jut realized if you shorten them up and add a little wristlet cord they would be reallycute accessories!

  46. Mrs. B says:

    I'm a sucker for snowflakes and simplicity! I love them all, though! Beautiful!

  47. Jeana says:

    Your zippered pouches are so cute I love the one with the dress forms.

  48. The Chambs says:

    I love the charcoal one with the yellow flower. So pretty! Love the contrast :)

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