Charity Zipper Bags

we've added zipper bags to our growing list of PMQG charity projects.

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We're making a variety of zipper bags to donate to nonprofit organizations, including domestic violence centers and homeless and transition shelters.

Bring completed zipper bags to the monthly meetings and we will distribute them to the nominated charities.   Show us your zipper bags on social media with the hashtag #PMQGzipperbags.

For our final zipper bag project of 2017 (September - December), we made zipper bags for Embrace Oregon, which works with vulnerable children and families in partnership with the Department of Human Services. The zipper bags will go to the teen unit to be given to young people who are aging out of foster care.

"Tragically, it's a forgotten population of kids. A zipper bag stocked with hygiene items would be such a wonderful personal item to give kids who are launching virtually parentless into the world on their own."





For our second zipper bag project (May through August), we made pencil cases for local schoolchildren. Pencil cases were filled with a selection of school supplies and were distributed by Back-2-School FRESH through a number of events in August.   

Rose Haven

Our first nominated organization (January - April) was Rose Haven, which "serves women and children experiencing the trauma of abuse, loss of home and other disruptive life challenges."

Thank you to our generous PMQG members for sewing 43 beautiful bags and donating so many toiletries.

To see Rose Haven's most wanted items or to volunteer, please go to their website at


Let us know about your favorite free tutorials for zipper bags. Here are a few to get you started:

Toiletry Bags

Noodlehead - Open Wide Zipper Pouch

One Shabby Chick – Oilcloth Box Bag

Craftsy - 1-Hour Dopp Kit

The Cottage Mama - Boxy Dopp Kit

She's Got The Notion - Toiletry Bag

Sanae Ishida (tutorial by Ute) - Dopp Kit with Lining

Purl Soho - Zippered Dopp Kit

Very Berry Handmade - Flat Bottom Straight Sides Zippy Pouch

S.O.T.A.K. Handmade - Boxy Pouch

Pink Stitches - Boxy Pouch


Pencil Cases

Noodlehead - Canvas Pencil Pouch

A Spoonful of Sugar - Pencil Case

Craftsy - Sweet, Simple & Scrap-Friendly Pencil Case 

Dog Under My Desk - Neat ‘n’ Tidy Zippered Pouches

Craftlog - Pencil Bag