If you’re new to my 52 zippers project, you can read the backstory, see all the zipper pouches, and download basic zipper pouch instructions here.

I found this pouch in a book by Yoko Saito and immediately knew I wanted to make it. I love love love this pouch, even though this is totally not my normal color palette. The instructions were in the Japanese style (almost no words—just brief illustrations, no seam allowances on pattern pieces, and all measurements in metric), so there was a bit of puzzling, but I managed to muddle through!

The fabrics for the pouch are all different browns and taupes, mostly cotton, though a linen cross-weave shirt from Goodwill made it in there too. The flower petals were all cut from Anna Maria Horner’s Skipping Stones collection from a couple of years ago. I absolutely love those fabrics but I hadn’t found a good place to use them yet. This didn’t use up much of them, but I think they look fantastic with all the taupe fabrics! It was a lot of work to applique all those little flower petals, but I think it was so worth it.

I used an antique brass metal zipper, and lined it with an Alexander Henry Heath print (these are a staple in my stash!).

The back of the pouch has more embroidery, with the same diagonal quilting as the front.

I love how this pouch turned out! It will definitely be holding something special, though I haven’t figured out just what yet.

Zipper pouch specs:

  • Size: Exactly as written in the book

See you back here next time with the last zip pouch! I’m almost done!