Today I have a tutorial for you! There are a lot of folks out there terrified of putting zippers in bags. I promise you, this is an easy, easy method. There are lots of photos to follow so sit back and enjoy the project.
Supplies:2 rectangles measuring 5" x6" in the outer fabric
2 rectangles measuring 5" x 6" in lining fabric
9" zipper or longer
9" 1' ribbon
7" ball trim
1.5" split ring(key ring)
assorted 3' x 3' felt or velvet scraps for flower,(not shown in photo)
Line the edge of the zipper up with the edge of the fabric. Pin in place.
Place a piece of the lining fabric, face down, on top of the pinned zipper. Make sure the outer and lining side edges are lined up. Pin the fabric in place.
Using your zipper foot on your sewing machine sew using a 1/4" seam allowance. The edge of your zipper foot should line up with the edge of your fabric.
This is what it should look like.
We've got half of the zipper in place! Yippee! Enough celebration, it's on to the next side.
Keeping the fabric pulled back from the zipper as shown in the last photo, lay the zipper onto the remaining piece of outer fabric. Once again make sure that the zipper head is facing down. Line up the side edges with all three fabrics as well.
Sew around all of the edges. Leave a three inch section at the bottom of the lining for turning.
Now let's clean this baby up! Clip the corners. Trim all of the excess ribbon, zippers, etc.
Turn the bag inside out. Before you stitch that opening closed, lets add the flower button.
I went to my scrap bin and found a piece of velvet and felt that coordinated. I placed the velvet behind the button and cut out the flower shape. Next I placed the felt behind the velvet and did the same thing. I sewed all three layers together and then tacked it to the bag. While you have your needle and thread out, sew the opening closed in the lining. Push the lining into the bag and you're all set!
I hope you have fun making lot's and lot's of the bags. Please let me know if you try this how-to, I would love to hear about your experience.
If you're curious about the buttons or fabric...here's the info
Ceramic buttons can be found here and the fabric is from my Tussie Mussie line from In The Beginning Fabrics.
Have a great day,
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