Now, your just gonna love how fast and easy it is going to be to accomplish, even for brand new sewers and quilters. So lets jump in and get our feet wet! Supplies are simple, we are going to need some transparent plastic, ribbon, fabric for binding(leftover binding if you have it, is perfect) and Velcro along with our regular sewing supplies and we are ready to go! Oh yes, when stitching on plastic, we need either a Teflon foot for the sewing machine, or some tear away stabilizer, which I personally love. It makes things very easy to sew and rips right off when your done. That darn plastic loves to cling to the foot and bed of our machines.
Let's start by cutting a piece of plastic 7 1/2" wide and 18" long. It's hard to see, so I put a piece of tear away under it.
Now, we are going to cut 2, 1 1/4" wide pieces of fabric for binding, the tops of our bag. Fold it over 1/4" and press.
Flip your bag over, so the ribbon we just attached is on the bottom and stitch your binding down on each end. Your just folded and pressed side is at the bottom. Placing the tear away stabilizer underneath, will keep the plastic from sticking to the bed of the machine.
Rip off the tear away, flip over your binding and stitch it down to the front side. You will be putting the tear away under you foot for this step, again. Just "butt" it up to your binding so the plastic is covered and doesn't drag on your machine foot. When complete we will just tear it off again.
Here we are going to attach a 7 1/4" piece of Velcro to each end, "butting" it up to the binding we just attached. By using this measurement, it just catches in the side seam and holds, but doesn't add too much bulk in the seam. Make sure your ribbon side is face down and the ribbon is pulled up and out of the way before you stitch the Velcro down. Hook side on one end and loop side on the other.
Almost to the finish line here. We are now going to fold our bag in half, sticking the Velcro together, forming our bag. Cut a 2" wide piece fabric for the binding. Measure carefully the length you will need for each side allowing a little extra to press under at the top and bottom of each piece. We are going to attach it just like we were binding a quilt.
This is what my bag looked like, before I pulled the tear away off. I am going to flip my bag over one last time and stitch the binding down.
VIOLA!! "Orange" you surprised at how easy that was? This one is the size of a quart ziploc bag, but I of course, don't need to tell you, this can be done in any number of sizes, to fit our stitching needs. "Citrus" to say - oops I mean suffice to say, I am now organized and I can "see" what I need, for my next project!