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« on: August 13, 2014 11:51:30 AM »

Hey, all. I'd like to make a lunch bag/cooler, and I found a tutorial I sort of like (here: http://kraftingwithk.blogspot.com/2011/04/lunch-bag-tutorial.html), but I'd like to make it with a zippered top (like this: http://www.easylunchboxes.com/blog/easylunchbox-system-and-bento-supplies-giveaway/?doing_wp_cron=1407952407.6369149684906005859375).

Can anyone tell me where in the process to insert the zipper, or alternatively, point me in the direction of a tutorial, or a pattern? Frankly, any idea would be more of an idea than I have now!
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« Reply #1 on: August 13, 2014 12:27:32 PM »

hmmm, the tutes we have here don't seem to fit your bill.  Are you looking for the zip to go all around the flap or just around the top?
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« Reply #2 on: August 13, 2014 01:06:04 PM »

I'd like the zipper to go all the way around the top of the bag (like in the second link). The way the bag in the pattern is set up, that flap velcros over, but if I replace it with a zipper, I'd eliminate the flap that folds over the front.
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« Reply #3 on: August 13, 2014 06:58:29 PM »

Hmmm, I haven't done enough work with zippers to be of help here.  Hopefully someone else will chime in!
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« Reply #4 on: August 14, 2014 04:56:55 AM »

I think I figured it out. Or rather, I got up with the solution sitting in the front of my brain.  Smiley I think if I make the outside/inside as usual, and then, in the putting-them-together stage, sandwich the zipper between the layers, it'll work. As long as I remember to put the zip in teeth down, so when it's right side out the zip is teeth out!

As a last resort, I can build the bag, then just sew the zipper to the underside of the lid/inside of the body, but I'd like not to do that, if I can.
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« Reply #5 on: August 24, 2014 06:48:55 AM »

I think I would make the bag more like the ones with the zipper; you can see the body (front and sides) is just a long rectangle. Sew the zipper to that first. Then the lid looks to be the lid and the back side of the body; sew the zipper to that next because it will be less restricting before it's all connected together at the sides and bottom. Then all you have to do is sew the body together, then sew the body/box to the bottom. Then sew the handles on the outside of the body.
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