During construction, how do I sew the outside of a zippered bag to the lining and to the zipper at the same time? I finally figured it out and I’m going to share it with you in this simple wristlet tutorial. Make a bunch from fabric scraps to give as gifts. Use one for yourself when you need “hands free” for shopping at the Farm Chicks show!
Fabric requirements: 2- 7″ x 9 1/2″ lining (lime green), 2- 5″ x 9 1/2″ (green flowered),
2- 2 1/2″ x 9 1/2″ (polka dot), 2 – 7″ x 9 1/2″ thin batting, 1- 2 1/2″ x 12″ strap, 1 – 9″ zipper.
Cut out the pieces. Sew the 2 1/2″ x 9 1/2″ polka dot piece to the 5″ x 9 1/2″ piece. Press the 1/4″ seam to toward the 5″ piece.
Lay zipper face down.
Lay the lining face down over the zipper and outer fabric.
Sew layers together using a zipper foot.
Press the lining away from the zipper being careful not to touch the zipper teeth.
Press the outer fabric away from the zipper being careful not to touch the zipper teeth.
Layer and sew the other side. Press away from the zipper. Add batting 7″ x 9 1/2″ between the lining and the outer fabric. I used a thin batting and inserted it between the layers after the zipper was installed. I pinned the batting in place.
Top stitch both sides of the zipper catching the batting that was inserted between the layers.
Sew the batting and outer fabric together. Be sure to pull the lining back out of the way before sewing. Tack down the batting while top stitching the bag on both sides of the zipper.
Spray starch and press a strip 2 1/2″ x 12″ that will become the handle for the bag. Press the strip in half – right side out. Take each half and fold toward the center fold. Press again. (I apologize for my discolored ironing board. I use a lot of starch on small projects. Starch and the heat from the iron discolor the ironing board cover.)
Top stitch down both sides of the folded strip of fabric. I used a slightly wider # 3 stitch length.
Make sure the zipper is nearly all the way unzipped. Pin the two right sides together. Pin the two lining sides together. You can’t see it, but the wristlet strap is pinned just above the stitch line you can see in the white batting. The folded strap is also pinned to the middle of the bag to keep it out of the way, raw edges are pinned to the raw edges of the bag. Sew all the way around the rectangle with 1/2″ seam, leaving a 4″ opening in the lining so you can turn the bag. Back stitch either side of the 4″ opening for strength. Remove pins as you come to them.
Leave a 4″ opening and back stitch on either side of the opening for strength.
This process will give the bag a flat bottom. Pull the fabric equal distance on each side of each corner, lining up the seams in the middle, with the corner point of the bag pointed up or out away from you. Pin flat so the upper seam lays to the left and the bottom seam lays to the right. Make the seams nest together. Pin in place. Sew across the seams about 1 1/2″ up from the point. Back stitch across the entire seam. Cut the tip off keeping a 1/4″ seam near your stitching.
Sew and cut each corner to create the bag bottom.
Turn the bag, through the 4″ opening in the lining.
Sew the bag lining closed.
Arrange the lining inside the bag.
Wristlet Tutorial – This wristlet can be made in about 45 minutes.