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« on: September 08, 2012 09:31:57 PM »


Could I make a pattern with two tall slender triangles for the sides and a round bottom for this bag? How do you put the zipper in like that?
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« Reply #1 on: September 09, 2012 02:03:45 PM »

I would probably make a slot in the front and sew the zipper into the slot (OH, good grief, what is that technically called? Sew it like a zip pocket inside a bag lining, you cut out a long, skinny rectangle and so on...I've been staring at clip art all day and my brain is fried, sorry!).

« Reply #2 on: September 10, 2012 05:28:25 AM »

More or less what you have envisioned, I should think. The front panel may be two separate pieces because the zipper goes up the middle. However, because it's leather, which doesn't fray, they may have just cut a slit and inserted the zipper directly into the cut. I think lining it will be quite the puzzle, but I only say that because my experience making bags hasn't been the greatest Tongue

« Reply #3 on: September 10, 2012 05:32:32 AM »

I'm so confused, where did my reply go???

Ok, let's do this again Tongue

I think it might be one back piece and two front pieces with the zipper inserted between them, or one back and one front, with a slit cut for the zipper. Likely the latter, because leather doesn't fray, so cutting a skinny bit of leather out for the zipper shouldn't be a problem. Lining it might be interesting, but I don't have a lot of experience making bags.

*edit* oh the hazards of having multiple tabs open, I replied to this question on the sewing in general board Tongue
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« Reply #4 on: September 13, 2012 09:51:53 AM »

I would probably make a slot in the front and sew the zipper into the slot (OH, good grief, what is that technically called? Sew it like a zip pocket inside a bag lining, you cut out a long, skinny rectangle and so on...I've been staring at clip art all day and my brain is fried, sorry!).
That's how I would go about doing it, too.  I can't think of the technical name for it, either.  But something like  this tutorial from Sew Mama Sew: http://sewmamasew.com/blog2/2007/07/tutorial-zippered-and-slip-pocket-tutorial/
 Follow the instructions in the tutorial for inserting the zipper, but not finishing the pocket. 

The other way I could see this being done would be to sew the zipper only to the exterior fabric, sew the exterior part of the bag together.  Sew the lining portion separately.  Cut and press the same opening for the zipper in the lining, then stitch around the zipper again to attach the lining to the exterior/zipper.

« Reply #5 on: July 03, 2013 02:17:55 PM »

yes I would say that this bag is totally makeable.
For the zip if you're not too comfortable inserting zips then i would recommend, as others have that you make the back in two pieces with a seam down the middle. The zip should really be sewn between the fabric and the lining and then turned through, that way you enclose it and it's not seen on the inside either. Then you topstitch all the way around. You can do that too with the slit type zip opening but it's a little trickier. Ask me if your really interested and I'll make a demo.
Other than the zip it looks like quite a simple construction.
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« Reply #6 on: July 10, 2013 10:15:02 PM »

I would insert the zipper as described above including a lining piece. I would probably cut the zipper side of the lining piece in half even if you didn't cut the leather piece in half.  I would then layer the pieces like they will look on the finshed bag right side out. Stitch as close the the edge as you can for the first row of stitches. I would push the lining in a little so it is not included in the first outside seam. I would then a second seam inside the first which would catch the lining and give it a finished look. The top strap would have to be inserted during this step. The next step would be to add the bottom and the bottom strap. I would turn the bag inside out leaving the zipper open. This seam would probably have to be finished off with bias tape to hide the seams. Turn it right side out add the buckle hardware and you are done.

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