Q-Zip-Bag

Q-Zip-Bag?  What’s in a name?  Well, this bag is a basic bag, but I came up with the new and improved directions during our quarantine this week.  It’s an easy bag to do, the zipper is trouble free, and you can play with quilting it too.IMG_9465

Let’s get started.  This is a great stash buster, and here’s what you’ll need:

  • 1 fat quarter
  • coordinating thread
  • fusible fleece (a 9″by 18″ piece)
  • 9 inch zipper

Helpful items will also include a walking foot and a zipper foot

Cutting:

  • Cut your fabric to an 18″ by 18″ square (piece A)
  • the scraps we’ll use for the handle and zipper ends
  • Cut two pieces 2″ by 1.5″ (zipper ends)
  • Cut one 3″ by 8″ (handle *you can cut yours longer or omit)

Preparing to sew:

  • Fold the fabric square (piece A) with wrong sides together and press
  • Place fusible fleece in between the layers and fuse the fleece in place
  • Quilt your layers.  I used a stitch length of 3.0mm.  Test your stitch, I found for the machine I was working on, a walking foot was unnecessary.
  • I had a little fun with this.  Initially I quilted straight diagonal lines and then crossed them with a curvy line.  No ruler, just my imagination.

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  • Once your quilting is done, time to straighten up your edges and finish the raw edge.  This can be done by zig-zagging on your sewing machine or using your serger.  I serged using a 3-thread right needle.  Why that stitch?  I didn’t want to change my settings from my last project and a narrow edge worked just fine.

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  • Time for your zipper.  Deep breath here, it’s not so bad!  We’ll need those small pieces folded in half, wrong sides together to make a folded piece that is 1 by 1.5 inches.
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My zipper was a little longer that the fabric, I trimmed it from the bottom edge to be the same measurement as the short end of the bag.

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Line the raw edge of the small folded piece on the end of the zipper.  Sew on the folded edge.  Repeat for the opposite side, making sure the zipper teeth are butted up to each other.

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Trim the fabric so that it is even with the zipper tape

  • Lay the zipper with the zipper pull face down on the short end of the fabric.  Let a little of the fabric peek out under the zipper.  Stitch down the middle of the zipper tape.  Approximately 1/4 inch from edge of zipper tape.

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  • Topstitch from the right side, pushing the seam allowance away from the zipper tape.  Sew where shown with red line in pic below.

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Bring opposite edge to the remaining zipper side and sew the other half of the zipper to fabric.

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  • Here’s where we play a little “peek a boo”.  Turn the bag inside out and peel back the fabric to reveal where the zipper is.  Then topstitch as shown below.  Make sure the seam allowance is away from the zipper and is getting stitched down as you’re topstitching.

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  • From the remaining fabric, we’ll create a handle or loop for the bag if desired.  In our sample I cut a length 8 inches long and 3 inches wide.  I pressed in half lengthwise and folded my edges in.  See pics below.

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Stitch down the open end.  For symmetry I sewed the opposite side as well.

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Fold in half and pin in place on the closed end of the zipper.

  • Turn inside out and open the zipper half way.  As you’ll see the zipper is not at the center top, but placed an inch down.  It is less bulky to sew through and on this bag is a design detail.  Sew both sides using a 1/2 inch seam allowance.

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  • Turn right sides out, press, and VOILA!  You have a new bag!

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