Did you see the earlier article about the clear project and storage bags I made with the snap tops? These have been very handy for sorting and storing my small sewing supplies. I can quickly see what is in all of the bags without having to open them.
Hubby even had me make him a couple for his work bag, so that he can keep stuff organised in this great big backpack he lugs around at work. It really helps him that they are vinyl because he works as a scuba diving instructor and often puts damp stuff into his bag and the vinyl pouches keeps the damp off whatever else he is carrying, paperwork, money, phone etc.
But I needed more bags, bigger bags and ones with a totally closed top so I gave it a try with a zipper and a small gusset at the bottom for a bit more volume. They turned out really nicely and are just what I was looking for to put my fabric, pattern, zipper and thread together for future project planning.
Er yeah, I know…when am I going to get around to all these plans? Well, that's why I need these bags! To keep everything in order until I do get the time, or a sudden enthusiasm to work on one of these projects – only to find the zipper has been used for something else.
How to make clear vinyl zipper bags
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- Pretty cotton fabric
- Zipper 3 inches longer than you want the bag to be wide
- Clear vinyl
- Ideally a Teflon foot or roller foot for sewing with vinyl
Check out this earlier article for tips on sewing with vinyl.
Cut your pieces of fabric as follows (for a 14 inch zip)
- Two pieces of fabric at 11 inches wide by 4.5 inches tall
- Two zipper tabs at 2 by 2.5 inches
- Two pieces of vinyl at 11 inches square
Full instructions are provided in the video. Here are a few tips and tricks for you!
We need to fold some nice neat 1/2 inch seams in our fabric. I find the quickest and easiest way to do this and avoid getting my fingers burned by the iron is to find a piece of sturdy paper or thin card and draw a line along the length at 1/2 inch from the edge. Now I can fold my fabric over the edge of the card until it hits than 1/2 inch line and press it. You can even fold it over with the tip of your iron and avoid getting your fingers in there altogether. Nice neat fold, and a straight 1/2 inch turned over – quick and easy.
I've got quite a good supply of bags large, medium and small now, to keep me organised. But I just want to make another of the large ones with the zip because I think it's ideal to keep in the car with a small first aid kit too, and maybe some wipes etc.
Oh and I need another one for my damp swimmers when I go to the pool, and another one to keep my phone, cards and money when I go diving and put a load of wet gear in my bag. And probably a few more for the sewing room, and another to store all of my printer cartridges and another for a travel cosmetics bag – the more I think about it, the more I find I need another one!
I wonder if you could make one to use for your carry-on toiletries for airport security? I'll have to check the size and see. Would be nicer than a tatty ziploc bag.