Monogrammed Leather Dopp Kit Tutorial

Monogrammed Leather Zip Pouch Tutorial

For Christmas this year I felt like I made a MILLION zip pouches, in actuality it was obviously not that many, but I felt like it!  I kept going back to the store to buy more zippers.  I shared one of the projects with you here, today I’m going to share with you how I made these Monogrammed Leather Dopp Kits.

Monogrammed Leather Zip Pouch Tutorial

I’ve had loads of fun sewing with leather this year. It’s been a bit of trial and error for sure (the all leather handbag I tried was a giant FAIL) but I’ve had success using it as trim on smaller projects, like in the laptop case tutorial found here.

Monogrammed Leather Zip Pouch Tutorial

This year I challenged myself to make something for the Mom’s and Dad’s in the family…. duh duh duuuhhh… (that’s supposed to be spooky organ music, incase you were wondering). Yes, I sewed for grown men. I hope they didn’t mind. After my husband stole the necktie zip pouches I made, I was encouraged and thought I’d give sewing for guys another try.

I got my leather at my local Tandy leather, they have a “scrap” pile and I go and sort though it for pieces that I can use.  A blogger friend of mine also sells leather in her shop. She’s reliable and has some great leather to sell for home sewers. Her shop is LR Stitched.

Okay, so on to the tutorial!

You’re going to need:

3 pieces of leather 9” x 4” plus 2 1” x 1” scraps. (The best way to cut leather with a dedicated rotary cutter so that it won’t dull your good scissors)

2 pieces of canvas 9” x 12”

1 9” metal zipper

2 pieces of fabric for the lining 9” x 12”

Freezer Paper

exacto knife or ecutting machine

black fabric paint

Leather needle

Heavy Duty Thread

Teflon Foot for sewing machine

Walking Foot for sewing machine

Zipper Foot for sewing machine

Monogrammed Leather Zip Pouch Tutorial

To begin, using a fabric safe pen, mark the centers of one of your canvas pieces.

Cut out a monogram (less than 4” wide) out of freezer paper using an exacto knife or an electronic cutting device like a silhouette or cricut. You could also use a metal die cut alphabet like the ones from Lifestyle Crafts, if you don’t want to invest in an electronic cutting machine.

Center the monogram on the canvas piece and iron onto the canvas with the shiny side of the freezer paper facing down.

Monogrammed Leather Zip Pouch Tutorial

Use black fabric paint to fill in the monogram. Let it dry all the way and don’t get too much paint on the fabric or your monogram might bleed.

Monogrammed Leather Zip Pouch Tutorial

Peel off the paper from the monogram.  Using binding clips, clip 2 of the leather pieces to the two edges of the canvas.  With a leather needle in your machine and a teflon foot, Stitch using a stitch length of 4 down the edges of the leather. If your leather slides around too much you can use a glue stick to hold it in place.

Monogrammed Leather Zip Pouch Tutorial

Repeat for the 2nd canvas piece, the back of the pouch.  Make sure when the front and back pieces are lined up that the leather is not overlapping. You don’t want to stitch through more than one layer of leather when you are assembling the dopp kit.

Monogrammed Leather Zip Pouch Tutorial

Attach the 2 1” x 1” squares of leather to the ends of the zipper so that the entire zipper piece is 11” long.  Stitch in place.

Follow the directions on the Necktie Zip Pouch to finish the rest of the dopp kit.

Note the following:

-Use a walking foot when sewing all of the layers of the case together

-The lining is not lined with fusible fleece (as the necktie pouch is)

-Curve the bottom corners of the case as you sew. Clip the curves before you turn it right side out.


Monogrammed Leather Zip Pouch Tutorial

Pair the Dopp Kit with one of the necktie pouches and fill them up with some goodies and you’ve got a fun little gift!

Monogrammed Leather Zip Pouch Tutorial


Monogrammed Leather Zip Pouch Tutorial
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Melissa Mortenson is the author of the Polka Dot Chair blog which is in its 7th year of sharing fresh and creative ideas with readers. She is the author of “Project Teen, Handmade Gifts your Teen will Actually Love”. Her first fabric line “Derby Style” debuted in January 2015 through Riley Blake Designs. A mom of 3, she considers herself lucky to be living in Kentucky.


  1. says

    These are SO cute! The leather adds a fancy touch and I would have never thought to do the monogram with paint, it looks awesome. Adding another thing to my to-do list, thanks a lot! ;)

    (thank you for the shout out too! xo)


  1. […] Melissa Mortenson from Polka Dot Chair shows how you can make a leather and canvas monogrammed zippered pouch.  She pieces the canvas and the leather to minimize bulk.  (Where there is a leather stripe on the front of the bag, there is a canvas stripe on the back.)   The piecing keeps you from having to move two layers of leather under your needle, and it also creates a cool color blocking.   Go to Polka Dot Chair for the how-to. […]

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