DIY Water-Resistant Zip Pouch

Summertime is here! I am so excited to spend the summer swimming, traveling, and just generally enjoying the warm weather. These warm summer months mean I need a new summer bag that can keep my belongings safe from water splashes at the pool and look cute at the same time. Enter this DIY water-resistant zip pouch! This confetti pouch is made with clear vinyl and colorful metallic confetti and can be customized just for you! Follow along below as I share my tips to make your own confetti zip pouch just in time for all your summer fun.

-1/4 yard clear vinyl (you can pick this up at the fabric store)
-12″ colored zipper (I bought mine here)
–metallic confetti 
-sewing machine, thread, and scissors
-tassel and jump ring (can be found in the jewelry section of the craft store)

Step 1: Cut your vinyl into 4 pieces that measure 7.5″ by 11″ using a ruler and scissors or a cutting mat and rotary cutter. Next, line up your zipper along one piece of the vinyl and pin to secure. Fold over the top portion of the zipper at a 45-degree angle as shown below and pin to hold in place. Then cut a piece of scrap vinyl or faux leather into a 1″ by 3″ piece and fold in half and pin to the other side by the end of the zipper about an inch from the end. Top stitch along the zipper with the needle moved all the way to the side closest to the zipper teeth.

Step 2: Next, lay a second piece of vinyl on top of the first piece. Top stitch along the same line just stitched to secure this lining to the zipper. Once stitched, fold the vinyl over to expose the zipper. Then top stitch the two pieces of vinyl together to create one side of the clutch. Now repeat on the other side of the zipper, first stitching on the exterior to the zipper with the zipper top flap folded over. Then adding the lining, and finally top stitching over the two pieces.

Step 3: Next, stitch across the tab at the bottom of the zipper to create a new zipper end and then use your scissors to cut off the extra fabric and zipper tape from the end.

Step 4: Open up your clutch pieces so that the exterior pieces touch each other and the lining pieces touch each other. Pin to secure the exterior to exterior and the lining to lining. Then sew around the outer edge of the entire piece, leaving a 5-6″ gap at the bottom of the lining pieces. Double back over the seams along where the zipper edges are to give your bag an extra secure stitch.

Step 5: Once sewn, flip your bag right side out through the hole in the lining.

Step 6: Fill the exterior fabric with confetti and then stitch the hole in the lining closed and tuck into the bag. The final step is to use a pair of pliers and jump ring to add a tassel (optional).

Once your tassel is on, your confetti-filled clutch is ready to use as a makeup bag or clutch. You can even increase the measurements to make a large version to hold your wet swimsuit after a swim.

I’m so excited to put my new confetti clutch to use! Now are you ready to make your own confetti zip pouch, too?! xo. Kara

Credits // Author and Photography: Kara Whitten. Photos edited with A Color Story Desktop.

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