How to Make a Binder Pouch Tutorial

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Perfect for using up scraps of cotton,I love this binder pouch sewing tutorial. Such a great DIY idea, perfect for keeping my craft space organized! Love this sewing project. not mention having some of that beautiful fabric in your stash brighten up work, this how to make a binder pouch tutorial sews up quickly!  Great for Organizing and adding a touch of homemade to your binder.
I need to keep all my receipts for my small business, but am naturally not a very organized person and usually have receipts stashed all over my sewing room, computer desk, and purse. This year, to make things easier once tax time rolls around, I designed a pouch that snaps into my business binder to keep them all collected in one place.


The zipper keeps everything secure and the vinyl window lets me know at a glance what it is inside. I used grommets to create holes for the binder rings, but you can also sew buttonholes if you’d rather not mess with grommets. I’ve designed the pouch to measure 8 1/2 x 11″ for a standard size binder, but it can easily be customized to fit in a day planner as well. The word on the vinyl window is done with adhesive vinyl cut with my Silhouette, but you can leave it off or write on the vinyl with a paint marker.


These zippered binder pouches can be just as useful at school as in the home office. My daughters have requested ones to hold their pencils, erasers, and other small school supplies.155binder-pouch-22

1/3 yard quilting cotton

1/3 yard medium weight interfacing

9″ zipper

Small piece of clear vinyl. I salvaged mine from a bag that a duvet set came in, but you can also purchase clear vinyl in various thicknesses from most fabric stores.

3 sets of grommets (or you can sew buttonholes instead)

Optional: adhesive vinyl lettering

Sewing Essentials (pins, thread, scissors)


I love this binder pouch sewing tutorial. Such a great DIY idea, perfect for keeping my craft space organized!

How to Make a Binder Pouch Tutorial

Step 1 – cut the following

vinyl – 6 1/2″ x 7 1/2″

zipper pieces (X 2) – 2 1/2″ x 9 1/2″

left side – 6″ x 2 1/2″

right side – 6″ x 1 1/2″

bottom – 3″ x 9 1/2″

back – 9 1/2″ x 12″

Step 2 – Begin to Sew

Seam allowance is 1/2″.

Apply interfacing to the wrong side of all the pieces except for the vinyl.]

Step 3 – Add the zipper

Using a zipper foot, stitch the zipper tape to one of the zipper pieces, right sides facing.

Press the zipper piece away from the zipper and topstitch (a zipper foot is helpful for this step too!).

Repeat with the second zipper piece.

Step 4 – Add the vinyl

With right sides together, sew the left and right sides to the short ends of the vinyl. Sometimes the vinyl can stick to the pressure foot, causing it to be difficult to sew. I suggest either using a teflon foot (mine came with my machine) or sticking a piece of clear tape to the bottom of your regular pressure foot.

Carefully press the left and right sides away from the vinyl and topstitch. Don’t let the iron touch the vinyl or it will melt.

Step 5 – Finish the front

Attach the zipper piece in the same way.

Repeat with the bottom piece.

Step 6 – Add the back

Pin the back to the completed front, right sides together.

Stitch around the entire perimeter.

Clip the corners.

Press carefully (don’t get too close to the vinyl).]

Step 7 – Finish up the binder pouch

Mark a line 1″ from the left side with a disappearing marker or chalk.

Topstitch along this line. Also topstitch close to the edge around the entire perimeter.

Use a hole punched sheet of paper to mark the placement for the grommets or buttonholes.

Install the grommets or stitch the buttonholes.

Optional: apply the adhesive vinyl lettering. 

Download the pdf of the wording here:

Click here to download a pdf of the “reciepts” writing for the vinyl.

More ideas for this binder pouch:  

Perfect for teens to slide lipgloss and other sundry items into for school.

Add frosted vinyl to the clear pouch for more privacy.

This is a great scrap buster and makes a nice handmade gift for anyone who’s trying to stay organized!

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