No Frills at All – How to make a small oilcloth zipper case

11 Oct

This is my first attempt at a tutorial.  The bag described step by step measures 20cms wide by 10cms deep and could be used for make-up or just as a simple pencil case.  The two skills I present have really helped me in my bag making.  Simple but effective.  These are: adding a zipper the easy way and creating a base for your bag.   Enjoy!

Cut out two rectangular shapes to fit the zip you have chosen.  My zipper is 8inches/20cm’s.

Use paper clips or pegs to fold the top lip down.  Place zipper on the underside of the fabric.

Using a zipper foot sew one rectangular piece onto the zip.

Repeat the same process with the other piece of fabric, on the other side of the zipper.

Cut out two squares from the bottom corners of the bag (mind the random change in fabric, forgot to photograph this important detail when doing the dotty one).

Open up the zipper.

Put the right sides of each rectangle together.  Sew up the side and bottom seams (straight Stitch) reinforce with zigzag stitch.

Now, one at a time, place the side seam and bottom seam of each corner together and sew up these two new seams, reinforce. This creates the base of your mini-bag.
Turn the bag the right way round, push out the corners of the base and Voila! a beautiful multi-purpose mini-bag.  This project is not difficult.  If you would like to try oilcloth for the first time, it is small and would suit most sewers.  Give it a go, and happy sewing.

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