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« on: April 15, 2011 12:37:27 PM »

Ok, hopefully I can try to explain myself here.  I want to make a canvas bag that is rectangular (almost like a messenger bag, but without the flap) with an adjustable strap.  I want to top to be flat with a zipper.  Like, picture a 3 dimensional rectangle (6 sides) and the top is split by a zipper.  I have no idea how to do a zipper like that!!  I guess it's kind of like a recessed zipper, but without being recessed, if that makes any sense.  I know how to do a zippered bag, but not anything that has a depth like that.  Has anyone ever seen anything like this or know what it is called?  Any help would be appreciated!!

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« Reply #1 on: April 15, 2011 02:16:35 PM »

Okay, let me preface this by saying I'm scared of zippers and have never used one. 

BUT, I think I understand how to put a zipper in ... can you sew two pieces of fabric to either side of the zipper to make up the top?

Does that make sense?
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« Reply #2 on: April 16, 2011 06:40:26 AM »

yes, i know how to do that part.  I just can't figure out how to attach those pieces to the lining and outer part of the bag.
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« Reply #3 on: April 16, 2011 07:38:53 AM »

yes, i know how to do that part.  I just can't figure out how to attach those pieces to the lining and outer part of the bag.


OH. Sorry.  Okay, what I would do would be to make a 'lining' for the top part that's separate - attach it with the outside fabric all at once. Then I'd insert the real lining into the outer fabric - like you're going to topstitch all around the edge, but also insert the lining/top of the zipper portion between the bag's lining and outer fabric.  Then topstitch all around.

Does that make sense?  I'd love to hear what others say, though.

Now I want to go find a pattern to see how others do it. Cheesy
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« Reply #4 on: April 17, 2011 10:34:51 PM »

I believe what you are talking about is a zipper gusset. Take a look at this & see if this is what you need: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=85354.0;topicseen/. If you haven't seen her stuff, you should take the time to look thru the things she's made - she's taught a lot of us a thing or 2. I hope this is what you're looking for.

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« Reply #5 on: April 19, 2011 04:58:20 AM »

I don't like doing those recessed zippers - too floopy and and fabric bunches up on the sides, which my machine won't sew through very well. I found my own way, and it's easy and it works great!
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« Reply #6 on: April 19, 2011 07:50:26 PM »

Great idea CraftyChef - I was trying to figure out how to put the strap on a zippered bag. Thanks for sharing.
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« Reply #7 on: June 29, 2011 12:10:51 AM »

Here's a tutorial by queenofdiy. She's great, and has some terrific tutorials on here.

http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=85354.msg805095#msg805095

This might help.

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