Recycled Candy Wrapper Zipper Pouch Tutorial

Don't you love going to the stores this time of year and seeing the aisles bristling with school supplies?  I do.  I love new pencils, cheap pens and all the accessories to go with them.  This year instead of just buying everything new, take a minute and make a recycled candy wrapper pencil pouch.


  • Plastic Candy Wrapper Bag
  • Fabric for lining
  • Zipper
  • Sewing Machine
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STEP 1: Cut!

Trim the edges of the candy wrapper bag and cut it across the center.  Cut a piece of your lining fabric the same size.  Set them as pictured below, wrong sides touching.

STEP 2: Sew!

Sew the candy wrapper to the lining with a straight stitch all around the edges.

STEP 3: Pin to Zipper 

Fold the top edge of the fabric down 1/4 inch and pin on the edge of the zipper.
(This is a recycled zipper from a ripped diaper bag)

STEP 4: Sew! 

Sew along the edge of the zipper with a straight stitch.  My zipper is much longer than the fabric, so I just centered it.

STEP 5: Pin to Zipper

Repeat for the other side.  Fold the edge down 1/4 inch and pin it along the edge of the other side of the zipper, careful to line it up with the other side.

STEP 6: Sew!

Sew the other edge of the zipper.  Unzip the zipper head to the center.

STEP 7: Cut!

Carefully reverse the bag.  Cut the edges of the zippers to fit the size of the bag.

STEP 8: Sew! 

Now straight stitch sew down both sides, back-stitching over the zipper a couple of times.

STEP 9: Turn Right Side Out! 

Turn the pouch right side out and enjoy!  They are ready to fill with your new colored pencils, sharpeners, markers, washi tape and more!
 These are perfect for traveling, filling up with favorite supplies and hitting the road!
Save those candy wrappers!  They are such a fun medium to work with.  


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Natalie Shaw is a Craft/DIY blogger at Doodle Craft. She loves sci-fi, fantasy and video game geekery and that comes out in many of her projects. She posts budget conscious DIY’s, crafts, jewelry, kid friendly projects, upcycled treasures and other fun on her blog 5 days a week.You can find her on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram.

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