Recycled clothes DIY, Zipper pouches

Recycled clothes DIY, Zipper pouches

This week I have a recycled clothes DIY and I transformed an old skirt into some zipper pouches. I had a skirt that did not fit but I really liked the fabric that it was made with. Instead of throwing it into a charity bag I decided to cut it up and recycle the fabric. I tackled my fear of zippers and made some zipper pouches from the fabric. Perfect for using as a make up bag or even a pouch to store your crafting tools. See how I made these pouches in the video below.

Recycled clothes DIY, Zipper pouches

I originally picked up this skirt in the Cath Kidstown outlet in Kildare village. I loved the pattern of the fabric and I didn’t want to throw it away. The fabric is a cotton blend with no stretch making it perfect for making pouches. I added some interfacing to the fabric to stiffen the fabric so the pouches would hold their shape. I used 8″ zippers for this project and I adjusted the length of my template to make smaller and larger bags. If you do want to have a go at making these then make sure to get a zipper foot for your machine If your machine did not come with a zipper foot then you can pick one up really cheaply off Amazon. I also lined my pouches with some pink scrap fabric that was the same shade as my zipper. You can get so creative with this project and make your template in whatever size you need and also play around with different fabrics

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I did make some mistakes when making these but my biggest learn when it comes to sewing is that it can be unpicked and we can learn from our mistakes. When I first tried to stitch a zipper I made a complete arse of it and its taken me ages to build the confidence and attempt them again and I am thrilled with how they turned out. Learn from your sewing mistakes and don’t get disheartened!

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If you are stuck for an idea for a gift or maybe you are low on funds then why not chop up an old item of clothing and transform it into a set of pouches. All it will cost is some zippers, some time and you can make a set of them that are different sizes. You can also make some drawstring pouches which you can find my DIY drawstring pouch tutorial here. Let me know if you have an item of clothing that you love too much to part with! Are you going to make something new from something old? Check out the video below to see how I made mine and share if you enjoy it.

Thanks so much for reading,

Chat Soon,



Want to make a drawstring version? Check out this video!

DIY drawstring bag


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  1. May 24, 2019 / 7:11 am

    This is a lovely way to repurpose an old skirt. Especially when the fabric print is so pretty. Your little pouches look fabulous.

    • daintydressdiaries
      May 24, 2019 / 8:36 am

      Thanks so much Claire! I’m off to check out your blog with a cup of tea!

  2. May 26, 2019 / 3:35 am

    Oh that fabric is gorgeous! I picked up a pair of capris at a thrift shop just because the fabric is so pretty–they are too small and I doubt I’ll ever get down enough to fit them. But I have kept them hoping for some inspiration of a reuse and this is perfect!! Thanks so much for sharing.

    • daintydressdiaries
      May 26, 2019 / 10:29 am

      Aw have fun recycling the capris, I love when you find a bargain like that. Thanks for reading!

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