DIY Polka Dot Zip Pouch


DIY Polka Dot Zip Pouch on the Polka Dot Chair


Last year Kate Spade did a line of clothing and accessories inspired by the “Art of the Dot”.  I think she’s probably responsible for the recent resurgence in the popularity of polka dots, the creative genius that she is.

I was inspired by a polka dot pouch she had in her line last year.  I thought it would be fun to take the idea of black polka dots mixed with pink and make a simple zip pouch. To add a little twist I decided to make my own polka dot fabric.


Polka Dot Pouch


I used my silhouette to cut out dots out of their smooth heat transfer material.  I ironed the dots onto canvas to give the pouch a bit of texture.


Polka Dot Zip Pouch



I added a pink zipper for a little pop and lined the pouch with some cute fabric I had in my stash.

Here’s how you can make one:

Silhouette Polka Dots

Cut out a polka dot pattern (there are several in the silhouette store) out of the heat set vinyl.  I messed up my first cut,  to avoid this, just set your machine to cut 2 notches slower than is recommended.   My cut size was 8.5 x 12.

Peel back the vinyl to reveal the dots.

DIY polka dot fabric

Press the dots onto a piece of canvas.

How to make polka dot fabric


Using your rotary tool and a ruler, square up the fabric with the dots.  Leaving a 1/2″ border all the way around.

Cut your piece in half lengthwise.

Cut 2 pieces of fabric the same size for the lining.  You will also need a 7″ zipper to complete your pouch.   You do not need to add interfacing to your lining or outside fabric pieces.

Sew together your pouch.  If you need a tutorial, you can use this one that I posted last month. Just leave off the step where you pinch the corners of the pouch to make the box pleat.


Make sure you come back this week for more Project Polka Dot Posts.




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  1. This is SO cute! I need some of that heat transfer material!!! LOVE the black and white with the pink zipper.

  2. How cool! I would of never thought to use the heat transfer! I admire all those that can sew! I hope to meet you at Snap!

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