Thursday, July 22, 2010

zipper bag: tutorial

I love the zipper aisle in the craft store. I love all the subtle colors and that is what inspired this bag. I know what you're thinking, but it's not orange!! Don't worry, this one was for my sister-in-law who loves pink, you can see my orange one at the end of this post.
The size of the bag you want will decide how many zippers you need. I used 7 zippers, 4 different colors. The zippers were 16" long.
Line up the zippers with the zipper heads in alternating directions.
Sew the zippers together with a 1/4 inch overlap.
Keep overlapping the zippers as you sew them.
All the zippers sewn together.
Unzip 3 of the zippers about 3 inches.
Fold the zippers in half so the zipper heads are on the inside.
I pin the zippers, it makes them much easier to sew.
Sew around the 3 sides.
Do a couple of backstitches over the zippers to make sure they are going to hold together.
Trim the extras. And use one of the unzipped zipper holes to completely unzip another zipper and turn the bag right side out. (wow, say that 3 times fast!)
The best part is you can unzip any zipper to get into the bag!
The pink bag with my orange one. I used shorter zippers for the orange bag.
I made the orange bag a few years ago. It was my going out bag, now it holds my son's toys.


Unknown said...

holy cow I love this SOOOOO much. It's ridiculously creative and AWESOME. I will have to make some!

I saw this highlighted over on MADE.

Bree said...

I bought a purse a few years ago that is made from one REALLY long single zipper, from the bottom of the bag to the top, and including the strap. I love this little take on the same thing!

Stacy Risenmay said...

I am going to feature this on Thursday! Love it :)

SC FarmWife said...

I have a student who has one made in a rainbow of colors...this is too cute and super easy thanks for sharing!!

Lee Ann said...

I love this!! This will too cute for presents for some of my friends!! Thank you!

Anonymous said...

I was given a bunch of zippers. Thanks for the tutorial.

Brigita said...

This is amazing! I must try it. Thanks for sharing.

hurley thurston said...

Pinning this now. Too cute & easy. Thx for sharing!

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