Video sewing tutorial on how to sew clear vinyl zipper pouches

In this video sewing tutorial I will show you how to easily make a zipper pouch from clear vinyl. The pouch has a zipper closure and I also could practice my Cricut skills placing words on the vinyl.

I am going to use this pouch for used washable face masks – so I can find them easily in my bag and don’t mix with other stuff. Of course, first I put used masks in a plastic bag (that I throw away each time) and only after that I put them in the pouch. 

Recently I noticed curious things happen: transparent clear vinyl bags, once used for shopping at grocery stores and as covers for dry cleaning items, are now considered chic. Yes, not only chic, but also very stylish.

From the catwalk to street style images, transparency is gaining popularity in the fashion industry. Nowadays boots, hats, raincoats and, of course, handbags are created from transparent vinyl. Designers took the “transparency” trend to a new level, turning recycled plastic into a trendy thing.

Karl Lagerfeld set the trend for transparent vinyl in the Chanel spring-summer 2018 collection: many details of the show were made from recycled plastic – from transparent bags, hats, gloves, raincoats and boots to the scenery at the show. Balenciaga followed the suit by releasing short-sleeved oversize shirts and transparent vinyl over the knee boots. Meanwhile, at Burberry we saw caps decorated with plastic visors and cases for bags in tone.

So, I think my pouch from clear vinyl promises to be quite a trendy accessory. 

And you can even make several pouches of different sizes and designs. I think making a pouch with your choice of style and materials can be very exciting sewing experience and in just a few hours you can get a nice, and most importantly – an exclusive accessory.

These little pouches from clear vinyl are easy to sew and you can use them to store and organize many different items. 

I also used clear vinyl to make something useful in our current situation – a bucket hat DIY with a face shield

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What you’ll need 

Clear vinyl (mine was quite thick, 20 gauge, but you can use from 8 to 16 gauge) 

Fabric 

Teflon presser foot or walking foot

Separating zipper 20 inches or bigger

Regular sewing notions

You can also buy already made clear vinyl zipper pouches on Etsy if you are in a hurry and don’t want to make your own.

Buy everything you need for the project here

Plastex Fabrics 16 Gauge Clear Vinyl Fabric By The Yard

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  • Fabric Type: 100% Vinyl
  • Import Designation: Made in the USA or Imported
  • Fabric care instructions: Machine Wash Cold/Tumble Dry Low
  • 54'' wide. Fabric is sold by the yard and cut to order. For example, order of 1 yard (Qty=1) is 54'' x 36''. Order of 3 yards (Qty=3) is 54'' x 108''.

Plastex Fabrics Clear 12 Gauge Vinyl Fabric by The Yard

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  • Fabric Type: 100% Vinyl
  • Import Designation: Made in the USA or Imported
  • Fabric care instructions: Machine Wash Cold/Tumble Dry Low
  • 54'' wide. Fabric is sold by the yard and cut to order. For example, order of 1 yard (Qty=1) is 54'' x 36''. Order of 3 yards (Qty=3) is 54'' x 108''.

WKXFJJWZC 40Pcs Novelty (50cm) 20 inch Lace Closed End Zippers Nylon for Purse Bags for DIY Sewing Tailor Craft Bed Bag (20/Color) (20 inch)

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  • 100% Brand New &High Quality.
  • Material: Nylon Quantity: 40pcs (20 color x Each color 2pcs)
  • Strong yet lightweight zipper for slacks, skirts and dresses.
  • Zipper total Length:50cm(20 inch)( approx.)
  • You can make it for yoru crafts, costume designing, clothing, boutique accessories, costume decorating and so on. you can make it better with our zippers

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  • 22" Rhinestone Zippers ~ Separating
  • Czech Rhinestone Zipper ~ Dual-strand
  • Black (1 Zipper / Pack)
  • Made of crystal which has individiually cut and polish facets.

WKXFJJWZC 2pcs 24inch,60cm Orange Dual-Strand Czech Crystal Zippers AB Crystal Rhinestone Separating Zippers Base Dress Colthes Sewing (Orange)

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  • WKXFJJWZC dedicated to provide various reliable quality goods with affordable price
  • #10 Dual-strand Czech Crystal Heavy Duty separating zippers, strong and sturdy
  • Quantity: 2pc Package, Color: Orange , High quality metal slider.
  • Length : 60cm ,24" inch (teeth length)
  • WARRANTY AND CUSTOMER SERVICE - We provide 48-day money-back and 24-month warranty. So feel free to contact us if you have any question

HONEYSEW Non-Stick Zigzag Teflon Presser Foot/Feet snap on for Singer Brother Babylock, Viking (Husky Series) Euro-pro Janome Kenmore White Juki New Home Necchi Elna

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  • Non-Stick Zigzag Teflon Presser Foot
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  • Brother Zigzag Pressure Foot
  • Non-Stick Zigzag Teflon Presser Foot /Feet snap on Singer, Brother, Babylock, Viking (Husky Series)

DREAMSTITCH SA122 7mm Teflon Non-Stick Zig Zag Presser Foot for All Low Shank Snap-On Brother,Babylock,Singer,Euro-Pro,Janome (New Home),Kenmore,White,Juki,Simplicity,Elna Sewing Machine

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  • Made in Taiwan High Quality Sewing Presser Feet From DreamStitch. Part No. SA122.For All Low Shank Sewing machines.
  • Fits All Low Shank Snap-On Singer(Some Singers Require Low Shank Adaptor), Brother, Babylock, Euro-Pro, Janome, Kenmore, White, Juki, New Home, Simplicity, Necchi and Elna Sewing Machines
  • Non-Stick Sewing Machine Presser Foot is designed to be used on hard to handle fabric that otherwise stick to the presser foot
  • Fit Brother:BB370,BC1000,BM2800,CE1100PRW,CE4000,CE4400,CE5000PRW,CE5500PRW,CE7070PRW,CE8080PRW,CP6500,CP7500,CS100T,CS5055PRW,CS6000,CS6000I,CS6000T,CS80,CS8060,CS8072,CS8150,CS8800PRW,DS120,DS140,DZ3000Designio,FS20,FS40,FS40WT,ES2000,EX660,HE120,HS1000,HS2500,Innov-is85E(NS85E),Innov-isV3,Innov-isV5,Innov-isV7,JX1410,L15,LB6770PRW,LB6800PRW,LB6800THRD,LS2125,LS2125I,LS590,LX2763,LX3850,NQ1300PRW,NQ3500D,NQ700PRW,NQ900PRW,NS40,NS40EProjectRunwayLE,NS80,NS85E,NV1000,NV1200,NV1250D,NV1500,NV1500
  • NV1500D,NV2500D,NV2800D,NV350SE,NV400,NV400SE,NV4000D,NV4000DLTD,NV4500DDuetta,4750DDuetta2,NV5000Isodore,NV500D,NV6000,NV6000DQuattro,NV6700DQuattroII,NV6750DQuattro3,NV90,NV900D,NV90E,NV950D,NV950E,NV95E,NV990D,NX200,NX200Innovis,NX200Pacesetter,NX200LE,NX200QE,NX250,NX400,NX400Innovis,NX400Pacesetter,NX400LE,NX400Q,NX400QE,NX450,NX450Q,NX570Q,NX600,NX650Q,NX800LauraAshley,PC210,PC210PRW,PC2800,PC3000,PC420,PC420PRW,PC6000,PC6500,PC660LA,PC8500,PC8500D,PE400D,PS1000,PS1250,PS21Pacesetter,PS310

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  • SINGER PRESSER FOOT: The even feed foot is also great for matching plaids or stripes and sewing fabrics with nap or pile, to keep them from shifting
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Even Feed Walking Sewing Machine Presser Foot with Quilt Guide for Brother Singer Janome

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  • High Quality Premium Even Feed Walking Sewing Feet .
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Crafter's Pick Ultimate Glue, 8-Ounce

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  • Glue dries clear ; 8 ounce bottle
  • Date of Manufacture is printed on the bottle and product does not have any expiration date.

Step 1

Cut all necessary pieces for the pouch. 

From clear vinyl 

A rectangle 12 x 15 inches (if you need to convert inches to centimeters check out my post)

From quilting cotton (or other fabric of your choice)  Don’t forget to prewash your fabric before cutting!

2 rectangles 12 x 3 inches

1 rectangle 6 x 2 inches

From fusible interfacing

2 rectangles 12 x 3 inches 

You can cut using fabric shears but also you can cut  vinyl with a rotary cutter and a cutting mat as I did.  Cutting vinyl with a rotary cutter is easy and the cut is very straight. 

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Timeless Treasures Packed Books Multi Fabric by The Yard

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  • Fabric type: 100% Cotton
  • Import Designation: Made in the USA or Imported
  • Fabric care instructions: Machine Wash Cold / Tumble Dry Low
  • 44'' wide. Fabric is sold by the yard and cut to order. For example, order of 1 yard (qty=1) is 44'' x 36''. order of 3 yards (qty=3) is 44'' x 108''

Ambesonne Owls Fabric by The Yard, Colorful Birds with Different Expressions Funny Confused Serious Characters Dots, Decorative Fabric for Upholstery and Home Accents, 1 Yard, Black

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  • LENGTH: 36" (1 yard) & WIDTH: 58". 100% Polyester medium weight, tight woven Turkish dock fabric.
  • EVERY (1 qty) = 1 YARD. Each qty is cut in separate pieces as a continuous 1 yard of fabric each.
  • WATERPROOF FABRIC - for indoor & outdoor use. Very durable. Machine washable, dryer safe. NO FADING.
  • ADDS GREAT PERSPECTIVE - With vibrant colors & bold graphics. No dyes harming health of your family.
  • PRINTED - With state of the art digital printing technology. Proudly designed & printed in the USA.

Ambesonne Hawaii Fabric by The Yard, Summer Season Palm Trees and Exotic Fern Leaves with Abstract Colorful Background, Decorative Fabric for Upholstery and Home Accents, 1 Yard, Almond Green

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  • LENGTH: 36" (1 yard) & WIDTH: 58". 100% Polyester medium weight, tight woven Turkish dock fabric.
  • EVERY (1 qty) = 1 YARD. Each qty is cut in separate pieces as a continuous 1 yard of fabric each.
  • WATERPROOF FABRIC - for indoor & outdoor use. Very durable. Machine washable, dryer safe. NO FADING.
  • ADDS GREAT PERSPECTIVE - With vibrant colors & bold graphics. No dyes harming health of your family.
  • PRINTED - With state of the art digital printing technology. Proudly designed & printed in the USA.

Ambesonne Butterfly Fabric by The Yard, Monarch Butterflies on Hand Drawn Flowers Nostalgic Retro Style Pattern, Decorative Fabric for Upholstery and Home Accents, 1 Yard, Grey Pink

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Features

  • LENGTH: 36" (1 yard) & WIDTH: 58". 100% Polyester medium weight, tight woven Turkish dock fabric.
  • EVERY (1 qty) = 1 YARD. Each qty is cut in separate pieces as a continuous 1 yard of fabric each.
  • WATERPROOF FABRIC - for indoor & outdoor use. Very durable. Machine washable, dryer safe. NO FADING.
  • ADDS GREAT PERSPECTIVE - With vibrant colors & bold graphics. No dyes harming health of your family.
  • PRINTED - With state of the art digital printing technology. Proudly designed & printed in the USA.

Ambesonne Poppy Fabric by The Yard, Spring Flowers with Ladybugs Animals and Plants Flora and Fauna Nature, Decorative Fabric for Upholstery and Home Accents, 2 Yards, Red Olive Green

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  • LENGTH: 72" (2 yards) & WIDTH: 58". 100% Polyester medium weight, tight woven Turkish dock fabric.
  • EVERY (1 qty) = 2 YARDS. Each qty is cut in separate pieces as continuous 2 yards of fabric each.
  • WATERPROOF FABRIC - for indoor & outdoor use. Very durable. Machine washable, dryer safe. NO FADING.
  • ADDS GREAT PERSPECTIVE - With vibrant colors & bold graphics. No dyes harming health of your family.
  • PRINTED - With state of the art digital printing technology. Proudly designed & printed in the USA.

Ambesonne Toy Horse Fabric by The Yard, Merry Go Round Amusement Park Carousel Toy Ride Roundabout Children Park, Decorative Fabric for Upholstery and Home Accents, 2 Yards, Seafoam Beige

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Features

  • LENGTH: 72" (2 yards) & WIDTH: 58". 100% Polyester medium weight, tight woven Turkish dock fabric.
  • EVERY (1 qty) = 2 YARDS. Each qty is cut in separate pieces as continuous 2 yards of fabric each.
  • WATERPROOF FABRIC - for indoor & outdoor use. Very durable. Machine washable, dryer safe. NO FADING.
  • ADDS GREAT PERSPECTIVE - With vibrant colors & bold graphics. No dyes harming health of your family.
  • PRINTED - With state of the art digital printing technology. Proudly designed & printed in the USA.

Step 2

Attach fusible interfacing to the fabric pieces. 

Prepare fabric pieces for stitching: fold them in half and turn in ⅜ inch seam allowances on each side of the fabric piece.

I am usually doing it using my iron. 

First I press in ⅜ inch on one side.

Then I fold it in the middle and press.

And after that I fold the seam allowances on the other side like you see in the image below.

I am doing this also for sleeve cuffs and waistbands. This way I am always sure that the stitching will not go out of the piece. 

Step 3

This part is optional – embellish the vinyl however you want. I decided to use my new Cricut maker and cut letters from heat transfer vinyl. 

I attached iron-on vinyl to my clear vinyl piece without any problem – and it was fun!

Step 4

Attach the fabric pieces to the vinyl. 

I am using craft glue The Ultimate to hold the vinyl ⅜ inch inside. After glue dries out I make a stitch by sewing machine. Set the stitch length at 3 mm and use a Universal needle size 90/14. 

You can use invisible thread to sew clear vinyl. But I used light pink thread – the thread should be very strong. 

You are not going to have vinyl under the presser foot – under the presser foot you will have fabric, so you can use a regular presser foot for now. But you may have problems with the vinyl part not moving over the metal throat plate. You can put a piece of tissue paper or a piece of tear away embroidery stabilizer under the vinyl. 

Step 5

Now we need to sew a zipper. 

I decided to use a novelty zipper that has nice lacy ribbons around the metal teeth and can be sewn on the right side of the item. It’s a separating zipper which is a big plus. 

Place the zipper in such a way so that you don’t cut the upper part of it and cut only the bottom part. 

Baste both sides of the zipper, separate the zipper and sew each side of the zipper to the fabric. 

Use a teflon presser foot or walking foot. I use my built in Janome walking foot, it’s called AcuFeed system. Like it very much. 

Place tissue paper or a strip of tear away embroidery stabilizer under the vinyl part of the pouch so it can move smoothly over the metal throat plate. 

Sew slowly. I don’t think it’s a big deal to sew a few seams slowly, right? 

Step 6

Make small loops from the rectangle of fabric 6 x 2 inches: make a stitch, turn it to the right side, press and cut in half. 

Step 7 

Fold the vinyl piece right sides together like in the image below so that the zipper teeth are aligned with the center fold line of the vinyl piece. 

Keep the zipper half open (or even more than half). It’s very important to remember to open the zipper, otherwise you will not be able to turn the pouch on the right side. 

Place fabric loops under the zipper teeth. I made a mistake and forgot to put the loops, so I had to rip this seam and correct the mistake.

Sew the sides of the pouch, keeping ⅜ inch seam allowances. 

You will need a teflon presser foot or a walking foot to sew over vinyl. I used my AcuFeed system (kind of walking foot for Janome machines) and I didn’t have any problems. 

Sew slowly and place tissue paper under the vinyl. Tissue paper  can be taken out easily.

Don’t sew over metal teeth! Stop before and secure stitches. 

Cut seam allowances and protect fabric edges with Fray check – a seam sealant that prevents fabric from fraying and secures thread ends. You will have to cut zipper teeth – do it with regular scissors, not with a rotary cutter.  

Step 8 

In order to give a shape to our pouch, we need to sew up the corners. 

You have to make sure that all corners are the same. 

For this mark the fold line with a marker (suitable for vinyl) and align stitches with the drawn line. 

Measure 1.5  or 2 inches from the corner point and draw a perpendicular line – this is our stitching line for the corner. I did 2 inches. 

Make a stitch and cut seam allowances. I used my rotary cutter and the cutting mat. No need to use Fray Check – vinyl never frays. 

But you need to secure the thread ends. 

Step 9 

Sew all 4 corners and turn the pouch to the right side. It’s ready to be used. 

I made a video tutorial for you, if you are the watching type. Check this out if you like to watch the process of sewing a pouch from clear vinyl ( instead of read).

If you are interested in my other fast and easy sewing projects check out these tutorials:

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