|Which bag are you making?|
Note: All seam allowances are 1/2" unless otherwise instructed.
There are two more pieces of lining to cut.
1. Cut two strips of lining, 3" x 16' each.
|The zipper is sandwiched between a narrow strip of lining and a pocket section on both sides.|
Note: Place the zipper pocket on whichever side will allow it and the encased zipper to open in the same direction. My zippers open from left to right.
|View from the top of the bag.|
Note: Open the zipper to finish sewing the bag.
8. Place the side seams of the lining in the exact center of the 3" wide sides on the outside of the bag. Pin the lining to the bag all the way around.
9. Sew the bag and the lining together at the top.
Note: Double check to make sure the bag zipper is open.
13. Stitch either side of the bottom edges of the lining together for 1 1/2" - 2" from the side edge inward. This will leave an 8" or 9" opening at the bottom of the lining. Backstitch so the the short seams don't rip out when you pull the bag through the opening later.
17. Pull the bag through the opening you left in the lining. Stitch the opening closed, and push the lining to the inside.
18. Give the whole bag a good pressing and it is done!!
If you want your bag to remain clean over time and with lots of use, I recommend taking it outside and spraying it with Scotch Guard. Spray it lightly, allow to dry, and spray one more time.
One final note.
I would truly appreciate hearing from you about the usefulness and quality of this tutorial. As I said in the beginning, I've made many bags, but this is my first attempt at writing a pattern for one. I welcome any suggestions you might have. If I ever get it figured out, I may design more bag patterns.