Looking around for presents in Christmas has never been my forte, so this year I decided instead of hunting around for a meaningful & useful presents for three of my best friends, I’ll actually make them myself. And what’s more useful than a bag in a women’s life? I found two very easy tutorials over at Transient Expression and ECAB, and used some of their magic to make three different fold-over bags. Really easy, simple and seriously, ANYONE can do! So here, is my version:
- Metal zipper, at least 12″
- Exterior and lining fabric, at least 13.5″ x 24″
- Two 2.5 by 1.5 pieces of the exterior fabric for zipper binding
STEP 1: place one of the 2.5 by 1.5 pieces zip binding fabric ( in this case I used a piece of leather) RIGHT face under one end of the zip.
STEP 2: Sew over the zip and binding fabric
STEP 3: Fold the binding fabric in three equal parts and crease.
STEP 4: Secure the folds by adding two pins at each end of the binding fabric.
Repeat steps 1-5 for the other end of the zip
STEP 5: Place the finished zip face down along the shorter side of the EXTERIOR fabric and pin in place. Make sure the zip is facing down the RIGHT side of the fabric.
STEP 6: Place the end of the INTERIOR fabric (lining) over the zip and pin. The zip is now sandwiched between the INTERIOR and EXTERIOR fabric.
STEP 7: Make sure to change the zipper foot, and sew as close to the zip, without breaking the needle
TIP: Open the zip half way and stitch half way. Once you reach the zip closer, lower the needle into the fabric, release the zipper foot, and slowly close the zip. Then finish stitching till the other end.
STEP 8: This is how the zip should look like once STEP 7 is done.
STEP 9: This is the tricky part. You can look at this tutorial to get a clear explanation. Fold the EXTERIOR fabric, on itself, and do the same to the INTERIOR fabric (lining).
STEP 10: Place the un-stitched shorter ends over the zip, i.e. sandwich the zip again in between the fabric ends and sew.
STEP 11: If you turn out the material, this is what the zip should look like after completing STEP 10.
STEP 12: Turn the bag inside out and lay your pieces with the zipper on the top. Pin the sides together and stitch along the open sides.
STEP 13: Next line the side edges with bias tape to get a more refined and clean finish to the interior of the bag. Pin the tape to then end and then stitch
STEP 14: Repeat STEP 13 for the other end of the bag. Turn the bag inside – in and you are now a proud owner of your very own designed & made clutch bag
So, what do you think? Fun, right? This is the simpler version, but you could also make the same bag from two different materials, or add embellishments such as studs, or pearls or anything you’d like! Just that get that imagination cracking :) If you got any questions just ask away