This is an incredibly versatile bag and you can easily make it different sizes. Please note that you do have to know how to sew zippers for this tutorial.
What You’ll Need:
- Parchment paper or scrap paper to make the lip pattern.
- Pen or pencil.
- Fabric marker (preferably water soluble).
- A yard or two of fabric that you have been trying to get rid of (this pattern is a scrap buster project). Note: you can use two different colors if you like one for the outside and one for the lining.
- Proper sewing accouterments.
What To Do:
1. Pull out a piece of paper and fold it in half, and draw half lips on it. Make sure that it is an agreeable size to you. You can always increase the size if you find it necessary, just add a few inches to the outside of your drawing.
2. Cut out the drawing and pin it to two layers of the first fabric, and cut them out (set aside for later).
3. In the end you should have this:
4. Set aside one outer piece and one liner, those will be used later. Take the remaining two pieces and cut a line from one corner of the mouth to the other. I used a rotary cutter to get a perfectly straight line.
5. Place the zipper right sides together with the outer lip piece. Line it up on the straight line that was just cut (depicted below).
6. Sandwich the zipper between the outer and inner lip piece that correspond to one another (the ones that are the same shape). Pin it and sew it together.
7. Now flip the lips inside out and press so that the zipper is on the outside.
8. Zip up the zipper.
9. Sandwich the zipper between the top lip liner and outer parts, as was done before. Pin it and sew it. Please be careful that you don’t accidentally flip the liner and outer portion at this time make sure that when you flip it right side out the patterned faces out and the solid goes inside!!!
10. Flip it out and press it correctly.
11. Zip it up and press everything flat. Note: if the zipper doesn’t quite fit (if it’s too big as is the case with mine just sew it at the end a few times and trim it to fit once the project is near completion)
12. Now we get to pull out the pieces we set aside earlier. Put the pieces WRONG SIDES TOGETHER! Then lay the print side face down over the zipper side of the pouch, in other words right sides together. Pin it.
13. Making sure your zipper is partially unzipped. Sew 1/4 in. seam all the way around the perimeter of the bag. Then run a zig-zag stitch around the edge to prevent fraying or use pinking sheers (pinking sheers are special scissors that cut zig-zags in things). NOTE: Be extremely careful when sewing one the zipper!!! Do not be careless and break a needle or your machine for that matter!!!
Here is what the seam should look like upon completion.
14. The final step is to cut all the threads and the excess zipper, if necessary. Flip the bag right side out and enjoy your cute new bag!
15. I almost forgot! Glamour shots (that’s my favorite part)!