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 local nonprofit organizations, including domestic violence centers, homeless and transition shelters as well as children who are aging out of the foster care system. We also collect donations from our members and community to fill these bags with helpful items. Items needed for donation: toiletries, gift cards, and anything else you think the recipient would appreciate.

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.


If you'd like to include something inside your zippered bags, suggested items are personal care products, gift cards or baby items.  

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Portland Homeless Family Solutions empowers homeless families with children to get back into housing, and stay there. PHFS' programs include helping families move back into housing, providing temporary emergency shelter, teaching evidenced-based life skills classes, and helping families prevent their eminent homelessness. Last year, PHFS served 288 families made up of 976 kids and their parents. PHFS is currently in the process of renovating what will become the first family shelter in Oregon that uses trauma informed design and architecture. This new shelter will triple the number of families served, and expand all services 

-- for more information.

If you’d like you can also donate some in-kind donation items. For a list of needed items, please download this pdf list.


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

Calculator and Instructions for a Boxy Pouch

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