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Topic: Tutorial - Boxy Cosmetic Bag with higher placed zipper  (Read 38848 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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« 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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« 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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« Reply #10 on: January 30, 2009 11:48:04 PM »

*falls out of chair*

This is just what I've been looking for!  I just recently got over my fear of zippers and need a nice handmade project bag for my sock knitting.  Thank you so much for taking the time to do this tutorial!
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« Reply #11 on: January 31, 2009 01:20:45 PM »

*falls out of chair*

This is just what I've been looking for!  I just recently got over my fear of zippers and need a nice handmade project bag for my sock knitting.  Thank you so much for taking the time to do this tutorial!

Glad you like it multicrafty.  Keep an eye out - I have another tutorial in the wings that might suit your project nicely!!  It's more of a vertical bag you could plonk down beside you for knitting.  I hope to test the bag today and do a tutorial. 

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« Reply #12 on: January 31, 2009 06:52:36 PM »

OK!
So I have to say that I DON'T sew.  Pretty much the only thing I've made was a pirate halloween costume that was WELL beyond my skill level.  My mother had to bail me out and make sure that it wouldn't fall apart on me

So, with that being said, I literally ran out to Walmart, bought cheap fabric and made TWO of these!  I wanted them as pencil cases.  They turned out ADORABLE!  I kinda fumbled through the zipper, but overall I think I did a great job.  such an easy pattern.  THANKS!!!!!
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« Reply #13 on: January 31, 2009 07:36:54 PM »

This is fantastic. Thanks so much for sharing how you did it! I was at Walmart the other day, looking for cosmetic bag patterns similar to this. But, I couldn't find one I liked. Yours is perfect for what I need!

You did a great job on it too. Smiley
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« Reply #14 on: January 31, 2009 08:23:40 PM »

OK!
So I have to say that I DON'T sew.  Pretty much the only thing I've made was a pirate halloween costume that was WELL beyond my skill level.  My mother had to bail me out and make sure that it wouldn't fall apart on me

So, with that being said, I literally ran out to Walmart, bought cheap fabric and made TWO of these!  I wanted them as pencil cases.  They turned out ADORABLE!  I kinda fumbled through the zipper, but overall I think I did a great job.  such an easy pattern.  THANKS!!!!!

Fantastic MissMatched!!!  You should post a picture.  Perservere with the zippers - once you get the hang of it, they're a piece of cake.  I use a zipper foot to sew the zipper in then I use a blind hem foot to topstitch.  Here's a link to a picture of what it looks like (on my machine anyway):

http://shop.jennys-sewing-studio.com/images/825817009.jpg

It's this foot to topstitch that makes the zipper look professional.  The little black piece on the foot lines up against the seam and does a nice neat topstitch to the left of the seam.  Wink
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« Reply #15 on: February 01, 2009 09:26:52 PM »

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« Reply #16 on: February 02, 2009 09:57:29 AM »

This tutorial is awesome, I made a couple of these bags last night and it was so easy. They turned out great, thanks so much!
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« Reply #17 on: February 03, 2009 09:10:54 AM »

My evil printer wouldn't print out all the pics. Is this tutorial on a blog or in PDF somewhere? I love it and want to try it.
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« Reply #18 on: February 03, 2009 09:15:18 AM »

gave this great tutorial some link love on my team blog.

http://carriedawayteam.blogspot.com/2009/02/box-cosmetic-bag-tutorial.html
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« Reply #19 on: February 03, 2009 12:24:51 PM »

gave this great tutorial some link love on my team blog.

http://carriedawayteam.blogspot.com/2009/02/box-cosmetic-bag-tutorial.html

Thanks Solsisters  Wink
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« Reply #20 on: February 04, 2009 02:11:34 PM »

That's such an easy tutorial! I'm used to making bags like that with a whole bunch of pieces. I can't wait to try it.
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« Reply #21 on: February 09, 2009 07:36:47 PM »

I made two of these yesterday and they were easy! Just a note that when you sew the pinch sides on the lining, make sure the bit that goes under the zipper folds DOWN to make sewing in the lining easier.

THANKS for the great tutorial!



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« Reply #22 on: February 09, 2009 07:53:46 PM »

Thanks for the tute queenofdiy!

Wow Solsisters! How did you make yours so .. sharp at the corners? Did you use stiff interfacing?

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« Reply #23 on: February 10, 2009 08:57:19 AM »

Thanks for the tute queenofdiy!

Wow Solsisters! How did you make yours so .. sharp at the corners? Did you use stiff interfacing?



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« Reply #24 on: February 10, 2009 11:59:52 AM »

Solsisters - that looks fantastic!!  I've never seen such sharp edges.  Looks great!!  I like the design on the front too. 

Great tip about the end of zipper seam.  I just did that out of habit and didn't even think to mention it!!  Grin
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« Reply #25 on: February 20, 2009 06:26:28 PM »

About to try making one of these, great tute! Out of curiousity...what are the finished dimensions?

Thanks
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« Reply #26 on: February 20, 2009 07:45:09 PM »

This is fantastic, with easy to understand instructions- I can't wait to make one Cheesy

Great job!
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« Reply #27 on: February 21, 2009 11:53:11 AM »

About to try making one of these, great tute! Out of curiousity...what are the finished dimensions?

Thanks

Hey Glojo!  The finished size of this pouch is about 8" wide x 4" high x 2" deep.   Wink
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« Reply #28 on: February 23, 2009 07:04:35 AM »

Nice bag, and great tutorial! I love how the bag is made out of just one piece of material (plus lining of course) and still gets that great shape. Well done!
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« Reply #29 on: April 04, 2009 03:22:06 AM »

Thanks, I won't wonder about this anymore, I'll do it easily I'm sure.
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« Reply #30 on: April 05, 2009 06:35:23 PM »

Woot! This is wonderful! Smiley I am new to the sewing machine with zippers and patterns! But this pattern looks like a perfect place to start! I have some fabric I've been itching to use! :-) Thank you so much for your post! "we're not worthy!"  Wink Thank you again!
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« Reply #31 on: February 27, 2010 05:11:39 PM »

Wow thanks great instructions!
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« Reply #32 on: December 29, 2013 07:46:20 PM »

I made the bag and I live it, however I need to make it bigger. Can you help me figure out how to alter the pattern? Thank you!
 
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« Reply #33 on: April 03, 2014 12:46:03 PM »

hey there, i'm excited to try this... but i'm a alittle green when it comes to sewing.

i was wondering if anyone could re-work the math a bit for me to make a bag that is 7 inches long and about 5.5 high?
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