For part of my Mum's birthday present, I decided that I wanted to make her a make up bag. I had it all planned out in my head, chosen the fabric/colours etc.... but then suddenly I realised I only had one day left and I had never tried sewing a zip before... eek!
Luckily all was not lost, as I found this great tutorial by Noodlehead which gives really clear instructions on adding a lining and a zip. I tweaked this slightly for my version, and here's what I did...
- Fabric (4 pieces of 9.5" x 6.5")
- 8" zip
- Sewing Materials
- Decoration of choice
For the outside, I chose a wool mix grey fabric and then a cotton floral pattern for the lining. As the outside fabric was quite thick it didn't need any lining, but you could line any thinner fabric with something like fleece to give it more 'structure'. Each piece was 9.5" x 6.5", to allow for a 0.5" seam allowance all the way round.
Move the two sewn pieces out of the way and keep together. Then lay the other outside piece right side up and line up the zip - face down with the pull tab on the right. Place the lining on top (right side down), then pin and sew.
The final stage is pin the two outside pieces to each other, right sides together, then repeat for the lining (the zip is hidden in the middle). Sew all around the edge with a 1/2" seam allowance leaving approx 3" opening at the bottom of the lining so that you can turn everything back on itself.
Once everything is turned back the right way, sew the lining closed by hand with a slip stitch. As a final embellishment I added a tassel to the zip.... and there you have your finished bag!Despite having left this all to the last minute, I was pleased with the way it turned out and I am now over my fear of sewing zips!!
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