This zip-up bag (or zipper pouch) is another easy project which has a multitude of uses. I have a few of them scattered around the house keeping various objects neat and tidy.
This week, I was getting repeatedly annoyed trying to find those little things every girl keeps in the bottom of her hand bag. You know the ones – that loose lip balm, packet of tissues, mints, compact mirror etc. so I decided to make a little zip-up bag to keep them all handy.
I found some left over denim – nice and sturdy, some pretty fabric left over from an apron I made for a friend and a zip I recycled from something that had seen better days.
I cut the fabric the same length as the zip and deep enough to hold my various bits and pieces. Two bits for the outer and two for the liner.
I took one piece of each of the two fabrics and lined them up (right side to right side) with the zip facing down in the middle against the outer fabric. I pinned the three layers together and then opened it up to check that it was all the right way round before I sewed it up – very irritating to have to rip things back!
Having checked that it was correct, I attached my zipper foot to my machine and happily sewed them together. I then pulled back the lining fabric to check again. Paranoid?
I did exactly the same with the other two bits of fabric using the other side of the zip. Again I pinned it first to check it was the right way round and sewed that side too. (Trust me, I’ve done this wrong too many times!)
So far so good. Outside and inside attached to the zip. You’ll notice the edges were slightly out of alignment so I just trimmed them off so they matched.
Next I pinned the two inner sides together and the two outer sides to each other, right side to right side, with the zip in the middle. (It’s really important to remember to open the zip before you pin and machine the sides otherwise you won’t be able to turn it inside out!)
I always use big fat pins to mark areas I shouldn’t sew and these ones mark an area on the lining side large enough to use to turn the project the right side round.
Then it’s just a case of swapping back to your normal footer attachment and sewing all the way around the whole oblong from one marker until you reach the other.
Then you can trim the seams if your fabric is bulky and then turn it inside-out.
I pushed the point of my scissors right into the corners to get a nice sharp edge.
Then, I hand-stitched the liner opening closed.
Ironed everything good and flat.
And that’s it. For the purpose of the photos I grabbed a few things from my sewing box to fill it with but it’s currently sitting in my handbag holding all those little girlie bits and pieces which are now a great deal easier to find in the depths of a big black-lined handbag.
It also means I can swap handbags much quicker in the morning (if and when I can be bothered to match my bag to my outfit!)
So many uses, – pencil case, makeup bag, wash bag, hairgrip tidy, dog treat and poo bag holder, laundry bag…