Easy Techniques for Zippered Bags

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When you know how to cleanly and confidently install a zipper, you have an essential skill in your tool belt that you can apply to project after project for stunning, functional results.


Join teacher and blogger, Joan Hawley, in her online Craftsy class, Zip It Up: Easy Techniques for Zippered Bags, and learn three handy methods to install zippers in any bag project.

During class, you’ll practice installing zippers on three fun, trendy bags: a classic travel purse, a cute tote and a unique pouch. With each bag, you’ll learn a new method and when that method will be most helpful. Along the way, you’ll improve your cutting, sewing and pressing using essential techniques that you’ll want to have in the skill bank for any bag project.

In the first lesson, you will get tips for quickly and accurately cutting fabric, choosing presser feet and setting your needle position.

Then you will get started on your first bag: the Runaround Bag. You will learn a foolproof method for zipper installation, how to create the back pocket and lay out how to make the strap. Top-stitching will add a gorgeous, finished look to both the zipper and pocket!

Want a bag that’s a bit handier for stowing supplies? For your second project, you’ll create the Nickita Bag, a box–shaped tote that’s ready to tackle your organizational needs. You will learn more about the how and why of top-stitching and get help you create the handles. You will even learn a special technique for working past the pull and the end knot to easily install a zipper.

Then, it’s time to attach the handles and find, mark and stitch the corners of your new bag. Once the corners are trimmed and ready, you’ll see how to give the bag shape and learn some more advanced — but totally approachable — pressing techniques. They’re sure to give your piece a polished look you’ll love!

As you dive into the next project, the fun and funky Bendy Bag, get ready to have a blast! This whimsical pouch complete with bend seams will give you the perfect chance to practice preparing a zipper case. You’ll also find out how to cleanly and beautifully stitch the zipper to the lining and cover pieces, and create sophisticated faux piping with top-stitching.

For your final lesson, finish your Bendy Bag by measuring, marking and stitching the bend seams and adding the cute zipper–casing grab–tab.

So stretch yourself in a new direction — add to your knowledge base, surprise yourself and fall in love with new techniques. Craftsy classes make it easy, with online–video lessons you can follow at your own pace whenever you want, wherever you want. Plus, your access never expires!

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