I had so much fun making a new sweatshirt for Douglas that I had to try something else. Today, I made a zippered bag I'm going to use for my toiletries when going on trips. It should pack nicely in the side bags on my motorcycle!
After cutting my fabrics, I made the pull tabs. I serged a long thread chain, folded the pull tab fabric over the chain, then serged the seam, making sure the chain wasn't stitched. Then I pulled the chain to turn the tab right sides out.
All turned right sides out and pressed. Next step was to cut in half.
I pressed fusible fleece to the wrong side of the main fabric. Then I stitched the main fabric and lining fabric pieces to the zipper, leaving the ends of the zipper out a ways from the edge of the fabric. Those ends will later get cut off.
I got the zipper all in to my satisfaction after only two tries and one rip out. Oh well - that's how I learn!
Next, I pinned the edges together. I cut off the zipper that was extending past the edge before I serged.
Edges all serged.
Next, I squared the corners by marking, pinning, and serging.
Tucking in the thread chains.
Thread chains all tucked in. I was fairly happy with the way the seams looked. They're getting easier as I stitch more. Funny how that works....haha ;)
Bag turned right sides out and all done!
Yup - I like it!