Friday, December 16, 2011

Comfort and JOY with Patty and her Zip Bag Tutorial

Happy Holidays!!   Patty here from A Stitch in Time blog - so pleased to have the opportunity to guest post and share my tutorial for a small zipped bag.  Madame Samm does an amazing job organizing a series of guest bloggers and I am honored to be part of Comfort and Joy.

Here is what we are going to make!  This bag finishes at 6 inches wide and 3 1/2 inches tall.  (Fabric used in this photo is a print from Sweetwater's Hometown line.)

You'll need:

  • Fabric for the outside of bag, inside of bag and batting - each roughly 8 1/2 inchs square
  • A strip of outside bag fabric (or coordinating or contrast fabric) 1 1/2 inches wide which you will cut into two 7 inch strips for the casing and two 2 inch strips for the tabs.
  • A 5 inch zipper  (see link at bottom of post for a giveaway)
  • A swivel clip (see link at bottom of post for a giveaway)
Ready the zipper:

1. Fold your two 7 inch strips in half and press.  Fold your two 2 inch strips in half and press.  Then open this up and fold the rough edge to the fold line and press again.  You now have two tabs for the ends of the zipper that are 1 1/2 inches wide (zipper width) and  1/2 inch long that will cover top and bottom of zipper to give your bag a finished look.
2. Trim zipper tape so the tab fits over the zipper end.  Attach the tab to each end, carefully sewing across the zipper.  (Note, you can cut zippers to size and this tab keeps things from coming undone!)   Use zipper foot to attach casing to each side.
3. Sides attached - time to neaten up and trim any loose threads.   Trim casing so they are roughly 1/4 longer than tab. (see below).

Congratulations!  You've just put your zipper in a casing.  There are many way to attach a zipper to a bag.  I use this method because I like the finished look it brings to the bag and, frankly, makes attaching quilted fabric to a zipper so easy!   Casing can be made in the same fabric as the bag or a coordinating or contrast fabric.

Quilt Bag:

4. Assemble your quilt sandwich and quilt as desired.  For this bag, I used my walking foot and did some fun straight line quilting.
5.  Trim your quilted square to two pieces - each 3 1/2 by 6 1/2.
6. Attach zipper to each side with straight stitch and then go back over and zigzag seam for a finished edge.

7.  Trim as needed.

Attach Swivel Clip:

8. Take a small piece of ribbon or twill tape etc and attach the clip to the top edge of the fabric.  (Fabric in photo new here - this print from Moda Circa 1934.  If you look carefully, you can see I used black fabric for the zipper casing).

Finish Bag:

9. Open zipper.  (Don't forget this step!)
10. Right sides together, seam bag and then zigzag the edge of bag.  Be careful not to catch edge of zipper tab in the seam.  Turn inside out and gift to a friend or to yourself!!

Please come visit my blog.  I've listed the supply sources I used for the zippers and the swivel clips and these wonderful Etsy shops are sponsoring a giveaway for these supplies!

My best wishes for a wonderful holiday for you and your family!  May there be much fabric in your stocking and under your tree!

Happy Stitching!


  1. A cute little bag! Love the zipper tabs...such a nice, finished look.

  2. Lovely and such an easy tutorial to follow -thanks

  3. Different way to put in a zipper. Really cute bag!!!!

  4. A great little bag! Thanks for the tutorial.

  5. Good Morning Patty....a perfect zippered pouch..you did it perfectly...thank you...YOU are spot on with this....lets zip away...

  6. Patty, I love the tips on the zipper...that looks like a much better way to do that, then the way I have done it in the past! Thank you for sharing your tutorial today! Love it!

  7. What a wonderful tutorial - thank you for a great explanation on the zipper. I've pinned this so I won't lose it! blessings, marlene

  8. OH NO another wonderful project I want to make BEFORE Christmas! At this rate I'll never sleep! GREAT tutorial! I love this little "purse"!! Thanks for sharing! Merry Christmas!!

  9. I love making little bags! This is a great tutorial! Love your new banner, too! Happy holidays! ♥

  10. Really cute - I'm going to try to whip up a few for some last minute gifts so thanks! xo, Nan

  11. That bag is so cute. I need to get over my fear of zippers.

  12. This blog will be in my favorite list now!
    Regards from Brazil! ^^

  13. Great pouch!! I am going to have to pin that for sure!

  14. That swivel clip is just what I have been looking for!
    Now I know its name, I may be able to find them!Thank you.

    The bag is cute too!

  15. I can't wait to make this bag! So excited! Its wonderful!!!

  16. Oh-so-cute! I love it and you did a great job with it! :)

  17. Nice bag ... thanks for sharing.

  18. A real coincidence happened today in my sewing corner. I was making two zippered bags similar to yours...I made one yesterday and struggled with the zipper...today I made the other one using your method for the zipper and it is beautiful and was so much easier to make! Thank you for guest hosting and having the perfect project for me today!

  19. Adorable! Love how the quilting makes it look sturdy. I have booked marked it and looking forward to making it!.

  20. Cute little bag. I want to try this zipper finish, it looks good.

  21. Excellent instructions! The zipper tabs really make it perfect!

    Jennifer :)


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