something for you {a tutorial} how to make a zippered bag.

Thank you thank you thank all you sweet people who left feedback on the previous post.  I love having a place I can share and document not only my kids growth...but mine as well. :) You are all SUPER sweet and I love you to pieces...each and every comment makes my day.  Honestly.  Thank you!

And to say thank you...and prove that I mean what I about a tutorial?
Who doesn't love a nice zippered bag? Once you get the hang of making them...they are as easy as one, two, three.  Just get over your fear of zippers...okay? 
You can click on any of the photos to make them bigger...

Here is what you will need:
2 pieces of outer fabric (OF) (9 by 6 1/2in)
2 pieces of liner fabric (LF) (9 by 6 1/2in)
iron on fabric stabilizer cut to a slightly smaller size than your
fabric(I got it at Joann's)
a zipper--this one is 7in
Iron your backing onto the fabric that is going to be the OUTside of your bag. are going to line up the first items to be sewn. 
Lay your OF face up.
Lay your zipper centered on the OF and face down.
Lay your LF face down on top of that. (I have this folded back in the photo to show you)
Another view to show you...
Line up the top edges as shown and pin.
Sew along the edge...if you have a zipper foot for your machine...Learn how to use it today.  It really does help.  If you don't have will have to sew along the side...butting your sewing foot up against the zipper edge...when you get to the pull part of the zipper...with your needle IN the fabric...lift the foot...and wiggle the pull past the needle...then lower the foot and continue on. :) Otherwise you will wonky up your sewing line.  
But seriously...if you have a zipper foot that you have never used.  Get to it.  Ok?
When you fold back the OF and the LF this is what it will look like.  You can iron it flat if you want to.
Here is the back.  
Then you are going to sew the folds down...use the zipper as your guide.
Now I am going to pretty up the other side of the bag before I sew it to the zipper (you can skip this step and still get a pretty bag)...I'm going to add a ruffle to this one...I like a raw edge so I just cut a piece of fabric yay long and wide.  What ever makes you happy...the longer the piece of fabric...the more ruffle...the more happy your bag will be.  That's a true statement. 
I just centered the ruffle in the middle...and "free ruffled" along the edges as I sewed...tucking in here and there...
Then sew down the opposite side...And we are ready to move on...
Now we're going to make our next little layering...the SAME as before only now the other side of the zipper will have fabric on it...and make sure OF faces OF and LF faces LF.  Ok? Pin. :) Then sew it just like you did the other side...then unfold and sew it down...just like before.
Here is what we have so see how the ends don't quite line can trim them a bit to line them up again...and be sure to un-zip your bag half way.  Don't forget that...ok?
Flip the fabric over and make OF face OF and LF face LF...see photo.
When are going to want to fold the zipper into a V shape...with the point of the V pointing towards the LF...
Starting about three inches or so from the edge of the bottom of the around all sides...leaving a 4in opening on the bottom of the LF...trim corners...
Turn the bag right side shut the opening in the lining...and tuck into the bag.
Almost done...
I like to use a coordinating color embroidery floss to reinforce the edges of the zipper...using a simple wrap around stitch (whip stitch?).  I actually have another tutorial showing you a different way to do a zipper...coming soon.
Done and done.  You can do this.  I'll answer questions as best I can in the comment section.
Once you get comfortable making them you can dress them up all sorts of ways...have fun and be creative.  Make away friends.  Fill a shop with them...make them for your friends and family...whatever floats your boat. :)

Happy making!


Amanda said...

yay! thanks for the tutorial..I can't wait to try it out :)

Hannah Nicole said...

Ohmiword--SO cute! And you make it seem like even I could do it! Love it, hun! <3

courtney p. said...

i actually did my first zippered bag this week! wish I would have had your tutorial! UGH! It would have taken away A LOT of frustration! time to make another I guess :)

Kelly @ Make It Sparkly Mama said...

Wow, I have all the materials I need to make a wet bag for swimsuits and stuff but the zipper scares the bejeebers out of me. Even with a step by step tutorial like this!

P.S. - there is nothing ugly about you, you are the SWEETEST blogger I have ever read!

Meyers Family said...

you are so sweet for sharing that tutorial :) i have such a fear of zippers but now maybe, just maybe i may attempt them. thanks so much for such fresh ideas, tips, thoughts, etc. you bring to this blog.......i enjoy your style :)

Sara Tornow said...

I love this idea!

I'm also holding a giveaway on my blog if you want to check it out!

NicNacManiac said...

Thanks for this fantastic tutorial! You are always so generous with your talent and creativity....I am smiling now...I'm off to the store to find me some zippers and get sewing!
Happy Weekend xOxO

Smilie girl said...

Thanks for your generoristy in sharing this tutorial. You make stunning stuff.
I went and re-read some of the comments from your last post. They are all great. I love the one from Doug. I admire you both.

jessica said...

Great tutorial! Thanks for sharing! I look forward to the other zipper tutorial ... and now I feel I HAVE TO learn how to use my zipper foot cuz you told me to! Ha!


emily said...

Dear LBF,
You are an inspiration. As a recent SAHM, a fairly new sewer, you push me to take time to enjoy my kids to sew past my fears and to create.

Today while the kids were at VBS, I bought a zipper. I found out my machine has a zipper foot and I used it... now my bag is NOT perfect but man is it cute and messy and I DID IT!

Thank you for being you!

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