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Topic: Tutorial - Boxy Cosmetic Bag with higher placed zipper  (Read 40166 times)
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« on: January 30, 2009 04:03:59 AM »

Ok.  Let's get the ugly stuff out the way.  Please do not take this tutorial and sell it (even if that means taking your own pictures and re-writing the steps).  I have worked hard in figuring out how to raise the zipper higher in this type of bag and I do NOT appreciate it being taken and sold and making a profit off someone else's hard work.  So PLEASE....do not sell this pattern.  If I find this pattern/tutorial for sale, I shall pursue the matter to the FULL extent of the law.  I do realise there are similar tutorials but this differs in the zipper placement and is a complete new pattern.  HOWEVER, in saying that I have no problem if you wish to sell a bag that you make from this tutorial - so it's not all ugly talk!!!  Wink

This tutorial arose from a question about my earlier tutorial on a cosmetic bag.  I have taken the boxy cosmetic bag (http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=128258.0), and altered the pattern, in that I have raised the zipper in the sides, so that the zipper does not sit in the middle of the side.  Here's what I mean:


What you need:

14.5 x 13 inch fabric for main fabric
14.5 x 13 inch interfacing
14.5 x 13 inch lining
12 inch or longer zipper (this is trimmed down later)

Cut fabric/intefacing/lining to the above measurements.  Iron the interfacing to the wrong side of the main fabric.


Then cut yourself a template from cardboard that measures 3 1/4 x 5 1/4 inch with a 1 1/4 square cut out of the corner.  The next picture shows how it will look (including all the measurements):


With the 14.5 inch side towards you (the side at the bottom of the picture in the next photo), trace around the template on each of the corners as shown in the picture:


Cut out the corner pieces just marked.  This is how it will look once all the corner pieces are cut:


Sew in your zipper.  In the next picture, you will see why a 'longer' zipper is helpful.  I sewed this zipper in when it was fully open:


This is what it's like when the zipper is sewn in and trimmed:


Sew the small end pieces together on each side.  If you wish to sew little 'tabs' in to help with opening and closing the bag, now is the time to sew them into this seam:


Before you do the next step MAKE SURE YOUR ZIPPER IS OPENED otherwise you will have trouble turning the bag once you have completed the next step.  OK.  Now pinch the corners and sew all four sides of the bag.  It should start looking something like this:


Once you have all sides done, turn right sides out.  Now to start on the lining.  Press 1/4 inch along each long edge like this:


Then continue with the side ends as you did the cosmetic bag and then each side corner as you did for the cosmetic bag.  Hand sew the lining to the bag:


That's it!!!  Enjoy!!  As always, if you have any questions, please ask.

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« Last Edit: January 30, 2009 01:51:08 PM by queenofdiy » THIS ROCKS   Logged
stewd_arts
« Reply #1 on: January 30, 2009 05:10:06 AM »

Oh. My. God.

Where did you find that Mr. Men/ Little Miss fabric?! I want it.
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« Reply #2 on: January 30, 2009 05:14:48 AM »

Thanks for the tutorial and I chime in: Where did you get that awesome fabric???
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« Reply #3 on: January 30, 2009 05:40:42 AM »

you are truly the queen!  thank you so much for posting this, and all the trouble you went through to raise the zipper.  I'm very happy and impressed that from our conversations, you knew exactly what I wanted.  thank you again! Grin
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« Reply #4 on: January 30, 2009 06:43:51 AM »

I don't sew, so I'm always impressed by anyone who can sit down and figure this stuff out.  I'm even more impressed because I saw the bag you did before, and this is a great improvement.  Excellent job.
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« Reply #5 on: January 30, 2009 07:28:20 AM »

This looks so completely "do-able"!  Thanks you so much - great job on the tut!
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« Reply #6 on: January 30, 2009 07:38:41 AM »

Thanks so much for the tutorial, this is great!

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« Reply #7 on: January 30, 2009 01:41:51 PM »

Thanks everyone for your kind words.  I truely appreciate it!!  Kiss  Kiss

Oh. My. God.

Where did you find that Mr. Men/ Little Miss fabric?! I want it.

I live in Australia and I found it while on holidays at our fabric chain called Spotlight.  They were clearing fabrics for $2 per metre......I bought what was left on the roll (I think about 6 metres in total)!!!  I'm happy to do a swap if you would like some (or something made from it!).

Thanks for the tutorial and I chime in: Where did you get that awesome fabric???

Thanks MightyMouse.  The green fabric I also got from Spotlight.  It's a Christmas fabric.  Also, you have a PM  Wink

you are truly the queen!  thank you so much for posting this, and all the trouble you went through to raise the zipper.  I'm very happy and impressed that from our conversations, you knew exactly what I wanted.  thank you again! Grin

Hey hockamama!!  I was going to send you a PM but it was late when I finished this tutorial!!  I tried rounding the corners at the top but it just looked awful. 



Also, for anyone needing a more comprehensive look at how these bags are made, there's a fantastic tutorial on the original boxy bag eg. it shows the zipper being put in together with the lining being sewed in at the same time (an overlocker is helpful):

http://patchyapple.wordpress.com/2009/01/15/patchyapple-boxy-bag-tutorial/

These tutorials differ in that you can see how the zipper sits in the sides.
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JerseyGal
« Reply #8 on: January 30, 2009 06:36:34 PM »

Again, queenofdiy, you have outdone yourself!!  Thank you so much for your wonderful tutes.  Just remember how much you are appreciated here on craftster.
I will try one of these soon.  My cosmetic bags are my favs.  And your tutes make it very easy to create something special.
Thanks from the New York City area to you there in Australia!!!!  I guess that makes you "world famous"!!!
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« Reply #9 on: January 30, 2009 07:45:35 PM »

Wonderful bag! Thank you for the clear, concise tute! Your creations are so unique and well thought out. This rocks and you rock for sharing. I gotta hit the button NOW!
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