More! Bigger! Shibori-Dyed Zipper Pouches

Are you looking for some DIY gift ideas? I had so much fun making the shibori-dyed zipper pouches for holiday gifts a few years ago that I decided to do this project again this time with larger pouches.

The small size was perfect to use as a mini clutch purse or a case for pencils, toiletries, jewelry, phone chargers and earbuds, etc.! This larger size makes a wonderful clutch or toiletry bag.


Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Rit fabric dye – I used navy, as well as trying black and fuschia. (Traditional shibori is done with indigo dye)
  • Ribbon and yarn for pom-pom embellishments
  • Depending on the patterns you choose: popsicle sticks, rubber bands, cardboard, string

Here’s how to do it:

  • See the detailed instructions back in this post on shibori dyeing. Some tips about colors – the teal was very green, not enough blue. And for the navy, I recommend doubling the concentration to get the very dark color.
  • After dyeing, I turned the bags inside out and sewed across the bottom corners to create a flat bottom.
  • I embellished the zippers with ribbon and yarn pompoms.

My inspiration was the adorable bags I saw in a store.

And here’s how they turned out:







Julie aka “Jewels”

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