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Creativity Magazine - Issue 39 - May/Jun 2013
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Trim your fabric and felt to approximately double the side you would like your bag. My finished bag measures 18x12cm and my fabric measured 20 x 26cm.
Pin the felt to the reverse of the fabric.
Use a chalk pencil to mark along each edge of the fabric at 5cm intervals.
Use your sewing machine to stitch diagonal lines between these marks to make a quilting effect with the felt. Once done trim the threads neatly. (the blue bag has simple straight lines of quilting).
Place your fabric face up and place your zip face down on top at one of the short edges. Pin in place.
Using a zip foot stitch close to the zip itself. When you get to the zipper pull leave the needle down in the fabric, lift the foot and maneuver the zip pull past the foot.
Press the fabric back from the zip and sew a line of stitching alongside the zip.
Fold the fabric around and pin to the opposite side of the zip with the right sides together.
Using the zip foot stitch close to the zip on the other side. When you get to the zipper pull leave the needle down in the fabric, lift the foot and maneuver the zip pull past the foot.
Fold the fabric back from the zip and stitch a line alongside the zip.
Making sure the zip is at least half open, fold the bag flat with the right sides together, positioning the zip either in the centre or near to one side like the striped bag. Pin to secure. Stitch straight across the zip on both sides making sure the zip pull is within the bag area itself.
Trim off the excess zip at either side.
Fold the bag to the right side through the zip and poke the corners out using something quite blunt like a large knitting needle. Iron to finish.