You know how reusable bags are all the rage? Everyone is giving them out, our houses are filled with them. I was given a bag to promote Susan Carlson's new book, Serendipity Quilts. It is a very pretty bag, made of woven plastic. I don't see myself using this bag very much so I dissembled it and made it into something I could really use.
I love to sew on the go and anything that helps me get organized and to carry everything I need is a fine thing. Clear plastic pouches with zipper closures are indispensible and so much prettier than ziplock baggies.
You will need:
Woven plastic cloth or cloth of your choice (7 5/8x8")
Woven plastic cloth or cloth of your choice (19.5x3/4" folded in half lengthwise-for pouch binding)
Woven plastic cloth or cloth of your choice (7 5/8x3/4" folded in half lengthwise-for zipper binding)
1 zipper 8"
6mm plastic sheeting (7 5/8x4.5")
scissors, pins and a zipper foot
I tore the entire bag apart, keeping every piece. This 'cloth' is woven plastic, it sews up just like cloth, although it is stiff. The nice thing about this cloth is that it is super strong. You can cut 3/4" strips, fold them in half and and sew in place over your raw edge. Easy peasy.
This tutorial is really about zippers, which folks seem to be afraid of. Zippers are easy! 'Installing' them requires a zipper foot and that you move the needle either to the right or left most position.
In this photo you see the zipper pull faces the clear plastic. The zipper pull is the 'right side' of the zipper. I sewed within a 1/4" of the edge of the zipper tape. Turned the plastic away from the zipper and finger burnished a fold in the plastic right where it was sewn to the zipper.
Apply the zipper to the 7 5/8" measurement.
Place the right side of the zipper to the right side of the cloth and wedge this between a 3/4" fold of the plastic cloth. Sew in place at a 1/4" from the fold.
You can trim the extra tape after you are done sewing it onto both the clear plastic sheeting and the plastic cloth.
Open the rectangle, which now has a zipper down the middle (ish) and fold in half so that the right side of the cloth faces out.
This is a tricky photo because you can't see the clear plastic sheeting. Rest assured, it is folded to meet up with the raw edge of the plastic cloth.
The binding will finish three sides of the pouch, the forth is a fold and does not need binding to close it.
Stop at 1/4" from the raw edge, turn the pouch by 90 degrees, back up so that your needle pierces the outter most edge.
Fold the binding down and over the raw edges, trying for a neat corner.
Now I know that many of you might also like a tutorial on creating a zipper closed square bag but, ha! That is a challenging project with much swearing and difficulty. I could more easily do a tutorial on how-to-swear-like-a-trooper-while-trying-in-vane-to-make-a-pretty-bag-with-no-major-problems. Like the zipper pull falling off (they are easy to replace if you free the opposite end of the zipper tape and resew the bag), or the corners not matching up and making a torqued square, but whatever! I sewed this bag to within an inch of its life and am happy with it.
And I made three zippered pouches to hold all my travel-on-the-go sewing supplies. You can too! Show me what you make with this tutorial! I wanna see.