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« on: July 17, 2004 05:53:13 PM »

Ok, guys, let me just warn you, this is pretty involved, and I'm not sure it's worth it.  But here goes:

Step 1:  Do steps 1 - 6 of the jordy bag tutorial but close both corners of the liner.

Step 2: fold over and pin in place the top edge of the outside, then put the liner in it and do the same, making sure that it is the same height as the outside.

Step 3:take the liner back out and pin the strap to the inside of the outside piece. 

Step 4:Then topstitch the outside, so that the strap is sewn in.  Topstitch the liner so that it has a hem, too.  Put it back in and make sure everything still lines up nicely. 
Doesn't it look nice?  Are you sure you want a zip top?  It's not too late to turn back......

Step 5:   You need 2 little squares of your liner fabric and 2 of your outside fabric.  At the open end of your zipper, make a sandwich: Outside fabric (right side up), zipper (right side down), liner fabric (right side down), pin it all together

Step 6: sew it all together, in a line perpindicular to the zip

Step 7: open it up and press the fabric back

Step 8:  Do the sandwich thing again (the whole thing is upside down from last time in the pic, don't worry about it) at the other end of the zipper, measuring against the bottom of your bag to make sure you leave slightly less zipper than the length of the bag

Step 8: open it up and press the fabric back.  Now you have a zipper with ends that match your bag.

Step9: cut 2 rectangles of liner and 2 of outer fabric.  These should be longer and wider than your bag, add about 2" to each dimension
 open it up and press the fabric back

Step 10: Pin the zipper to one of the liner pieces.  Line up the edge of the zipper and the edge of the fabric, the wrong side of the zipper is against the right side of the fabric. 

Step 11: Sew in place

Step 12: Repeat 10&11 on other edge of zipper.  The top of your piece should now look like this:

Step 13: Iron a hem into your outer fabric rectangles

Step 14: Line up the folded edge of an outer piece with the zip edge of the zipper.  Pin and sew.

Step 15: Repeat on other side

Now you have a zip top!
We have all the pieces, now we just have to assemble them (this is the hard part)

Step 16: measure the square bottom of your bag, and cut a window the same size out of a piece of paper.

Step 17: center this window over your top and mark it (my fabric has a nice grid on it, so I just put pins in the corners, you may want to trace the window with a fabric pencil)

Step 18:  time to build another sandwich!  Layer your top piece between the outside and the liner
It helps to start on a short end by lining up the zipper with the handle
Carefully pin it all in place, one side at a time, making sure to catch all the layers
Then sew it up, lining up these new stitches with your old topstitches - if your sewing machine arm can't fit in the zipper hole, leave a long side unpinned, and sew the other 3 sides.  Then pin and hand stitch the final side.
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« Reply #1 on: July 17, 2004 07:04:07 PM »

Holy cow.... I've been waiting and waiting for this tutorial, but who knew it would be so involved  Shocked
Thanks for taking the time to post it! I'll definitely have to give it a try! Sure does look like a lot of work tho, lol... Wink

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« Reply #2 on: July 18, 2004 04:17:16 PM »

thank you, Thank You, THANK YOU!! that bag is such a killer! it looks a little difficult but the end result is worth it! i've gotta try it out. btw great tutorial

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« Reply #3 on: July 18, 2004 11:37:39 PM »

great, great tutorial!!!!!
Thank you!
« Reply #4 on: July 19, 2004 12:41:33 AM »

There's another way to do this that I've been using that might be a bit easier...

If you follow steps 5-15 in this tutorial, and make a zip top, you can sew that top into the bag all in one fell swoop, with the seams completely hidden.

After you construct your zip top, but before you sew the lining and the bag together a la "classic jordy," you can open the zip top, pin it to the outer bag, and then pin the lining to both the outer bag and the zip top. Then you just have to go around once and turn it inside out the same way you would if you weren't using the zipper, and all the seams are hidden.

Hope that made sense.
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« Reply #5 on: July 19, 2004 07:58:36 PM »

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« Reply #6 on: July 19, 2004 08:27:20 PM »

hehe, and here's my top secret (riiiiiiight) very easy way to do it.  it ends up with more of the wide bottom and tapered top look that's sort of popular right now.  the only problem is that the zipper has to be exactly the same length as the top of the bag just folded flay.

you start with the bag exactly how it is in step 4, then you just take the zipper, position it so that it is between the two layers, and then sew around the top (obviously you'll have to have the zipper open to do this).  since I suck at making small pieces all line up and such, this is my favorite way.   Cheesy  it's also very good for smaller make up and such bags without handles.

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« Reply #7 on: July 19, 2004 08:44:20 PM »

thanks for the tutorial.   i can't wait to try!
« Reply #8 on: July 20, 2004 11:54:27 PM »

whoa.. sounds a tad confusing.
hopefully when i start working on it it'll make more sense.

but i'm glad someone finally posted a tutorial about it.
i've tried to sew a zipper into one, but i could never get it quite right.
« Reply #9 on: July 24, 2004 11:14:32 PM »

alright, this is wonderful!
i tried it, wasn't nearly as bad as i thought it was going to be.
took some time, but it looks great.

i would post pics, but my digital camera is broken. Sad
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