Free crochet zipper pouch pattern
This cute crochet zipper pouch pattern uses four granny squares attached together. Add a zipper and a lining and you have a retro-inspired zipper bag to hold your crochet hooks, glasses, colored pencils, or notions.
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What materials do I need to crochet zipper pouch?
First up, you will need yarn. The free pattern in this post really could be made with any yarn. I chose to use Universal Yarn Uptown DK, a premium 100% acrylic yarn. If you choose to use a thicker or thinner yarn than I did, change your hook size accordingly.
I used very small amounts of colors #130 Donahue (light gray), #101 White, and #146 Aqua.
You will also need a crochet hook. I used a size H (5 mm) Furl’s Fiberarts Streamline resin crochet hook, my favorite brand and style. It has an inline hook shape and a thick, ergonomic handle.
You will also need a tapestry needle for weaving in your ends.
This project will also require some additional materials. You will need enough cotton fabric to line the wrong side of your granny squares, or your crochet zipper pouch will have holes in it. I purchased a fat quarter at my local JoAnn’s and that was plenty. If you are going to make your pouch the same size as mine, you’ll need two pieces of fabric about 9 inches x 5 inches.
You will also need thread to match the color of yarn you plan to use for the outermost round of your squares and a sewing needle or sewing machine if you prefer that. And lastly, a 9 inch long all purpose zipper.
What skills will I need to use to crochet this zipper pouch?
This zipper pouch is made out of four basic granny squares that are attached together. I use a magic ring to begin my granny squares. You can find a magic ring tutorial here.
You will be using double crochet stitches, chains, and half double crochet stitches to make the granny square. You can find video tutorials for 7 basic crochet stitches here.
Or if you prefer, I have a full video for traditional granny squares here that will show you all of those skills and stitches in one video.
You will also need to join the squares together in groups of two. You can use any method, but I used and recommend the flat slip stitch join, which you can learn in this tutorial post.
There will also be sewing in this crochet zipper pouch project. You can use a sewing machine if you are comfortable with that. I chose to sew mine by hand. I have a fair amount of sewing machine experience, but didn’t feel sure that I wouldn’t stretch the crochet fabric all out of shape.
Where can I get this crochet zipper pouch pattern?
The pattern for this zipper pouch is free right here in this post! Just scroll down for the free version.
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Zena Zipper Pouch, a Crochet Zipper Pouch Pattern
By April Garwood of Banana Moon Studio
As with all my patterns, please do not make paper or digital copies for others. Instead, please direct them to my website to get their own. Thank you!
Finished Measurements: About 8 1/2 inches x 4 1/2 inches.
Yarn: Universal Yarn Uptown DK (100% Acrylic; 273 yds; 100 g; yarn weight category: 3/DK/light): 1 skein each #130 Donahue (light gray), #101 White, and #146 Aqua.
Choose the order in which you will use your colors. Color A will be used for Rnds 1 and 4 and for the joining and edging. Color B will be used for Rnd 2. Color C will be used for Rnd 3.
Crochet Hook: H (5 mm), or size needed to obtain gauge.
Notions: Tapestry needle, sewing needle, thread to match yarn color A, two pieces of cotton fabric 5 inches x 8 3/4 inches each, all-purpose 9 inch zipper to match yarn color A.
Gauge: 4 rnd granny square = About 4 inches.
This pattern uses standard US terms. For help with abbreviations, get my free, printable crochet abbreviations list here.
Granny Square (make 4)
Make a magic ring.
Rnd 1: Using color A, ch 2, [3 dc in ring, ch 2] 3 times, 3 dc in ring, hdc in first st to join (hdc counts as corner ch sp) – 12 dc. Fasten off color A.
Rnd 2: Using color B, join with sl st in corner ch sp just left of fasten off, ch 2, 3 dc in corner ch sp, *skip next 3 sts, (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in next corner ch sp, repeat from * 2 times, skip next 3 sts, 3 dc in next corner ch sp, hdc in first st to join – 24 dc. Fasten off color B.
Rnd 3: Using color C, join with sl st in corner ch sp just left of fasten off, ch 2, 3 dc in corner ch sp, *3 dc in each sp between 3-dc groups to next corner ch sp, skipping sts between the sps, (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in next corner ch sp, repeat from * 2 times, 3 dc in each sp between 3-dc groups to next corner ch sp, skipping sts between the sps, 3 dc in next corner ch sp, hdc in first st to join – 36 dc. Fasten off color C.
Rnd 4: Using color A, repeat Rnd 3 – 48 dc. Fasten off.
You will join the granny squares into 2 groups of 2 squares each, as follows.
While joining, always insert hook through chs and sts from front to back.
Place 2 squares in front of you with one side of each lined up, RS up, one square above the other so that the line between the two of them runs horizontally in front of you. Make a sl knot of color A and place it on hook.
Beginning with the corner ch sps at the right end of the sides to be joined, insert hook through back loop only (blo) of leftmost ch of corner ch sp of top square, insert hook through blo of leftmost ch of corner ch sp of bottom square, yo and pull through both chs and loop on hook, making a sl st.
As you continue, keep working yarn below squares and hook so that when you yarn over your hook, you are pulling the working yarn from underneath your join.
*Insert hook through blo of next st of bottom square, insert hook through blo of next st of top square, yo, pull through both sts and loop on hook, making a sl st, insert hook through blo of next st of top square, insert hook through blo of next st of bottom square, yo, pull through both sts, and loop on hook, making a sl st, repeat from * across in every st and first corner ch of next corner ch sp – 14 sl sts. Fasten off.
Edging Square Sets
Each set of 2 squares will need to be edged as follows.
Rnd 1: Join color A with sc in one outside corner ch sp, *sc in next 12 sts, [2 sc in next corner ch sp] 2 times, sc in next 12 sts, 3 sc in next corner ch sp, sc in next 12 sts**, 3 sc in next corner ch sp, repeat from * to **, 2 sc in next corner ch sp, join to first st with sl st – 92 sts. Fasten off.
Weave in all ends.
Remove the 9 inch all-purpose zipper from its packaging. Lay it horizontally in front of you, RS up. Place one set of granny squares RS up with the top edge laying alongside the zipper, overlapping the zipper tape. You want the zipper pull to be just inside the side edge of the squares.
There will be extra zipper and zipper tape sticking out at each end. Leave about 1/2 inch extra zipper tape at each end, cutting off excess if necessary (you can cut right through the zipper teeth with good fabric scissors if needed). Fold the extra over and angle it out slightly away from the zipper so it won’t get caught.
One at a time, use sewing thread and needle to sew the top edges of the granny square sets to the zipper tape along with the folded over portions at each end.
Sorry about my messy stitching here. Just like with yarn ends, you should weave in your thread ends. When I finish sewing, I make a double knot in my thread and then weave in about one inch through the zipper tape before cutting off the thread.
With each piece of fabric you will fold the edges over toward the WS of the fabric. Fold over about 1/4 inch along each edge. You may have to adjust the folded amount slightly, if necessary to make the piece fit just right. If you like, you can iron the folded edges so that they will stay easily while you sew.
Using sewing needle and thread, sew one fabric piece to one set of granny squares WS together, keeping both loops of edging sts free along both short sides and bottom edge. Along the top edge, make sure that the edge of the fabric overlaps the zipper tape, but is far enough away from the zipper teeth so it won’t get caught.
If you really hate sewing, you could try using fabric glue to put in the zipper and lining, but I make no promises that this will turn out well as I have not tried it. In theory, it seems like it should work out fine to go this route, but it also seems to me like it could get…messy.
Joining Side and Bottom Edges
Fold the sets of squares together, lining sides facing, zipper pull on the outside. I recommend weaving in about 6 inches of the end of your seaming yarn before you begin whipstitching.
Whipstitch the pieces together starting at the top of one side edge and working around the sides and bottom to the top of the other side edge.
Weave in all ends. Finished!
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