Wednesday, June 1, 2016

How to Sew a Simple Zipper Bag: Video Tutorial & Sew Along!




We love making zipper bags with our favorite fabrics and bet you do too! Not only are they a great way to use the gorgeous fabrics in your stash, they are fun, functional, and make great gifts!  These zipper bags are great for holding things like sewing and quilting supplies, art supplies, cosmetics, small electronics like e-readers, and more!



Today we're sharing a video tutorial that will show you exactly how to make a zipper bag of your own - no pattern needed. Kimberly and guest Sherri McConnell will walk you through the steps, so pull up a chair and get ready to make something stitch-tastic! What will you put in your Simple Zipper Bag? (The fabric requirements are listed in the video, and will also be listed in this post at the very bottom, for your reference.)

Bonus!  We have several example bags made by FQS staffers to share so you can see just how cute these bags are in different fabrics, so keep scrolling down to the bottom for lots of ideas! Oh, and not only do we have fabulous fabrics, should you need some, we also carry the same type of zipper that Sherri mentions and uses in the video!

The icing on the cake is the projects our sew-along bloggers have created in their own styles, so be sure to visit their blogs below for even more inspiration!

 

Coral Queen of the Sea is an adorable collection that makes a darling bag!

http://www.fatquartershop.com/moda-fabric/behind-the-scenes-jen-kingwell-moda-fabrics

This bag features the versatile Behind the Scenes collection. 

 
 
These beauties were made with the Little Miss Sunshine collection. 
 You can also make a smaller pencil case size, like this one made with Backyard Roses fabrics.

  
 
How sweet is this bag made up with First Blush fabrics? 

http://www.fatquartershop.com/moda-fabric/flow-zen-chic-moda-fabrics
If you like bright and modern, try a zipper bag made with Flow fabrics!

  
 
 Couldn't you just eat up this bag made with the Bread n' Butter collection?


TAKE A PEEK AT THE DARLING BAGS OUR SEW ALONG BLOGGERS HAVE MADE! 
We're super happy to have these talented ladies sewing along.

Erin from Why Not Sew?
Kitty from Night Quilter
Amanda from Jedi Craft Girl
Cristy from Love You Sew
Leslie from Seasoned Homemaker
Tiffany from Tiny Seamstress
Sherri from A Quilting Life 
Vanessa from Lella Boutique
 
We hope you've enjoyed the video and inspiration!
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We'd love to see the Simple Zipper Bags you create,
so please share them via our Facebook or Instagram - #simplezipperbag
Happy Sewing & Quilting!
 

Medium Simple Zipper Bag - 8” x 10 ½”

*Materials:

15 – 2 ½” mini charm squares
Fat quarter lining and zipper strip fabric
¼ yard zipper pull & binding fabric
Fat quarter backing fabric
1 – 12” zipper
One pack Soft & StableFusible Interfacing

*Cutting:

From lining and zipper strip fabric, cut:
1 – 7” x 11” rectangle (lining)
1 – 9” x 11” rectangle (lining)
1 – 1” x 12” rectangle (zipper strip)

Zipper pull & binding fabric:
1 – 1” x 12” rectangle (zipper pull)
2 – 2 ¼” x wof strips (binding)

From backing fabric, cut:
1 – 9” x 11” rectangle

From Soft & Stable, cut:
1 – 7” x 11” rectangle1 – 9” x 11” rectangle

From Interfacing, cut:

1 – 1 ½” x 11 ½” rectangle

Large Simple Zipper Bag – 10” x 10 ½”

*Materials:

20 – 2 ½” mini charm squares
Fat quarter lining and zipper strip fabric
¼ yard zipper pull & binding fabric
Fat quarter backing fabric
1 – 24” zipper
One pack Soft & Stable
Fusible interfacing

*Cutting:

From lining and zipper strip fabric, cut:
1 – 9” x 11” rectangle (lining)
1 – 11” x 11” rectangle (lining)
1 – 1” x 12” rectangle (zipper strip)
Zipper pull & binding fabric
1 – 1” x 12” rectangle (zipper pull)
2 – 2 ¼” x wof strips (binding)

From backing fabric, cut:
1 – 11” square

From Soft & Stable, cut:
1 – 9” x 11” rectangle
1 – 11” square

From interfacing, cut:
1 – 1 ½” x 11 ½” rectangle
 

9 comments:

Somerset Wedding Girl said...

I absolutely love these, a fabulous storage idea and super cute! Would make a lovely gift too.

Billy'sgirl said...

Christmas gifts with maybe a gift card inside? I'm making a Coral Queen of the Sea for myself! So pretty. Thanks for the tutorial.

Deb said...

There is no link for attaching the binding.

Rosa said...

Wow, so beautiful fabrics and pouches.

Paige said...

What a great idea for little gifts! Great video tutorial!

Rita said...

I will definately be making several of these love them!!!

Cloudy Stitches said...

Have a look at the video, you can attach it the same way for a mini quilt xxx

Cloudy Stitches said...

Have a look at the video, you can attach it the same way for a mini quilt xxx

tubakk said...

Thes bags are so fun and beautiful. Please give me an extra hour per day, so I could make some.