Easy Crochet Zipper Pouch

Easy crochet zipper pouch crocheted in red and white yarn laying on a brown wooden background

Easy Crochet Zipper Pouch

The Easy Crochet Zipper Pouch is made up of a simple variation of a basic crochet stitch and uses a small amount of cotton yarn. I love this stitch pattern and how easy it is to create with just 2 colors of yarn! Plus, when I made this project I did NOT sew any zippers (Zippers can be really tricky and frustrating) – see below to find out how I got around that.

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Yarn for the Easy Crochet Zipper Pouch

This stitch pattern produces a very tight fabric and after experimenting, I discovered that one kind of yarn works the best – cotton! I tried making this easy crochet zipper pouch with a thin acrylic yarn because I loved the colors but as I crocheted the stitches got tighter and tighter so much so that it hurt my hands to complete the pouch – yikes! Then I tried the same stitch pattern with some dishcloth cotton yarn and the results were great – no ridiculous tightening and my pouch kept its size. (The acrylic yarn version also got smaller and smaller) So, I’m sure you have a bunch of cotton yarn in your stash right now that you can use for this quick and easy project. I think you’ll love how it turns out!

Perfect for Beginners!

It is truly perfect for confident beginners because of the one-row stitch pattern repeat and there is no need to know how to sew in a zipper! 😲 Yes, you read that correctly – you do not need to sew any zippers for this project! The secret ingredient is the store-bought canvas zipper pouch! Tada! I found my pouch at Hobby Lobby for pennies but you can find them on-line as well. The easy crochet zipper pouch is actually a “cover” for a ready-made pouch – all you have to do is sew up the bottom, slide it over the pouch and sew the top edge to the pouch just under the zipper. Easy-peasy!

Skill Level: Confident Beginner


Pattern can be used for any size zipper pouch

Supplies needed for the crochet zipper pouch - red and white yarn, zipper pouch, crochet hook, thread and needles on a white wooden surface


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2 skeins Cotton yarn – 1 skein each color (Common dishcloth cotton yarn works best)

(I used Circulo’s Natural Cotton Maxcolor 4/6 in red (Color A) and white (Color B)

J/6mm Clover crochet hook

Jumbo Tapestry Needle

Ready-made zipper pouch – any size!

Matching sewing thread and sewing needle

Optional: Stitch marker

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Special Stitches and Abbreviations:

Sc (single crochet) = Insert hook into stitch, YO, draw up a loop; YO, pull through 2 loops on hook

Sl st (slip stitch) = Insert hook into stitch, YO, pull through stitch and loop on hook

Wsc (Waistcoat Stitch) = Insert hook into ‘heart’ of next single crochet stitch and then complete single crochet as usual

(Not sure how to do the Waistcoat stitch? Then check out the video tutorial for this project and this special stitch here)

YO (yarn over)

Hk (hook)

Lp (loop)

Ch (chain)

St (stitch)

Sp (space)


Project is worked in the round

For every color change simply use new color for last YO of last stitch of each round

Step-by-Step Video Tutorial!

Watch this video here to see a step-by-step tutorial for this project – I show you the supplies, how to do the special repeating stitch pattern and how to put it all together:

Close up view of the stitch pattern in the easy crochet zipper pouch

Instructions for the Easy Crochet Zipper Pouch:

Special stitches are written in bold and italicized text and defined above

With Color A put slip knot on hk with a long yarn tail

Ch a length that matches double the width of zipper pouch making sure that you have crocheted an even number of chains

Add 1 chain (for a turning chain)

Row 1: 

Sc in 2nd ch from hk and in each ch across – do not turn.

*Check that this row matches double width of pouch with about 1/4″ to 1/2″ of extra length – if too long, undo some stitches before starting next round – you can hide the extra chains later 😉

Sl st into 1st sc of row being careful to not twist the row.

(This sl st join starts a “tube” and now we will work in rounds for the rest of the project)

Round 2:

**Remember, if you need help with this project, check out our step-by-step video tutorial here**

(You may want to mark the first stitch of each round with a stitch marker but I found it wasn’t necessary because of the color change – it is fairly easy to see where each round ends)

YO with Color B to make a ch 1; 2 Wsc in next st; (sk next st, 2 Wsc in next st) around ending with 2 Wsc in last st of round; For last YO of last stitch, change to back to Color A.

(Since each round ends near where the previous round ended the color change goes smoothly – simply carry the yarn up to the row you need it in – these “carries” will be hidden on the wrong side of the project)

Round 3:

(Sk next st, 2 Wsc in next st) around changing to other color for last YO of last stitch.

Repeat Round 3 changing colors each row until piece measures the size of the zipper pouch.

**I wanted my crocheted piece to end on a red row so you may need to make your crocheted piece a little longer than the zipper pouch so that you can end on the color you want**

Working on the last row of the easy crochet zipper pouch

Last Round:

Sc in each st around ending with sl st to 1st sc of round. Fasten off.

Finishing & Assembly:

Turn “tube” Wrong Side out and weave in ending yarn tail – do not weave in long starting yarn tail

Use long starting yarn tail and tapestry needle to sew up bottom opening on tube

Turn Right Side out and slide over pouch

Pin in place and sew top edge to pouch just under zipper with matching sewing thread and needle

Optional Pull Tab:

With one of the colors ch 20

Sl st in 2nd ch from hk and in each ch across. Fasten off.

Remove fabric tab from zipper pull and sew on your crochet version by folding in half and sewing up the ends with the yarn tails and tapestry needle

Hand holding the zipper pouch on a brown wooden background

Your Easy Crochet Zipper Pouch is Complete!

Your Easy Crochet Zipper Pouch is complete! I hope you enjoyed making this project. I love the look of the Waistcoat Single Crochet stitches done this way. Which color combination did you choose? There are so many possibilities! I would like to try more than 2 colors, too – I think that would have a fun look as well. Don’t forget to pin the image below so you can find this fun pattern again!

Remember, you can find ALL of my FREE crochet patterns here.

And you can find a FREE Celtic Knot Zipper Pouch pattern here.

Thank you for visiting! Happy crocheting!


Long image for pinterest of the easy crochet zipper pouch held in a hand and a close up of the stitch pattern in red and white yarn

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2 thoughts on “Easy Crochet Zipper Pouch

  1. This looks fun! I love the colors you used (red is my favorite color). I can see using this for my sketchbook pencils or crochet hooks (duh!).

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