How to Sew a Planner Zipper Pouch – Video Tutorial

How to Sew a Planner Zipper Pouch – Video Tutorial

Sewing for Beginners – How to Sew a Planner Zipper Pouch

New Year, New Planner! While I love digital tools, sometimes I just want to go old school and use a pen and paper.

I recently got a new disc bound planner so I can add notes, folders with projects I’m in the middle of or trying to organize and more.

On my calendar I started using different colors of pens to note different social media posts I wanted to create and schedule. Basically bullet journaling meets planner life and they fall in love. ❤️

Tara Reed holder her disc notebook planner and zipper case

This left me with a new issue: how to find the pretty pens when I wanted them and not have them all over my desk!

The solution: a Planner Zipper Pouch

I’ve put together written instructions as well as a video tutorial so you can make a Planner Zipper Case too – in the exact size you want, that will fit whatever size planner you have. Ready to get started?

In this tutorial, I use 8″ x 8″ squares of fabric and fusible fleece. My finished cases ended up 7 1/2″ x 3 3/4″ without fusible fleece and 7″ x 3 3/4″ with. You can adjust your initial fabric size if you want a different size case in the end.


00:00 introduction
01:16 Supplies
03:57 Tack down Zipper Tabs
04:34 Sewing the Zipper – side 1
06:10 Sewing the Zipper – side 2
08:13 Determine Elastic Length
10:01 Sewing Elastic to Pouch
12:35 Cut extra Zipper length
13:11 Turning right side out
13:29 Comparing fabric vs fleece + fabric

The fabrics used in this tutorial are February prints from the Monthly Placemat Program by Riley Blake Designs. Ask for them where you love to buy fabric. Happy Sewing!

✏️ Tara Reed