You will need:
- 2 rectangles outer fabric
- 2 rectangles lining fabric (I was making a wash bag so used laminated cotton - waterproof plastic coated cotton fabric perfect for the inside of toiletry bags)
- 1 zip
Step 1 - Cut out your fabric
Decide how big you want your bag and cut 2 outer pieces, 2 lining pieces and if you want it sturdier, iron on some interfacing to the outer fabric. My laminated cotton was sturdy enough so I didn't bother. The zip needs to be the same length as the side of rectangle you want the opening at (if that makes sense).
Step 2 - Attach the zip
Now I apologise for some poor photo instructions here. What you need to do is place the zip across the top of the outer fabric, FACE DOWN. i.e. the zip is upside down on top of your nice outer fabric. Then place the inner fabric on top of this, so the right sides of the fabric are touching each other and the zip is trapped between the two layers across the top edge. Pin it across the top edge of the zipper tape all in place to hold it together.
|Can you see the zip trapped?|
|Pin the 2 layers and zip together - zip sandwich.|
Put the zipper foot on your sewing machine and sew the layers into place close to the zip edge.
|sew it all down securely|
|This is what you should now have - hopefully|
Repeat on the second side of the zip tape. Remember that the zip should be face down on the outer fabric to get it the right way round.
|Outer layer with the zip the right side up|
What you now need to do is place the outer fabric pieces right sides together and pin around the edge. Then place the lining pieces right sides together and pin but leaving a small gap (4 inches approx) for turning inside out. A good tip here is to slide your zipper down half way at this point. When you come to turning everything inside out it will be a lot easier to grab hold of that if its fully closed - you'll see what I mean.
|Slide the zip halfway|
|Pin outer fabric right sides together; lining fabric right sides together|
|Leave a gap at the bottom of the lining half|
|All sewn up|
Step 4 - Turn inside out (or right way round!)
This may be a bit tricky, but pull the bag through the gap you left in the lining. At this point you need to reach in and fully undo the zip - that is why we left it half open when sewing - so you can grab it. If you didn't you need to grab it through the fabric and coax it open. Keep pulling it all through.
|Reach in and undo the zip - start turning inside out|
|You now have this|
Pin the gap of the lining that now remains. You can hand stitch it neatly so stitching is invisible - or you can just machine a line clear across the bottom. (It is on the inside of your bag after all). I went for the lazy sew straight across it route.
|Pin the gap shut and stitch across to secure|
|New wash bag for overnight stays!|
|Teeny tiny one for headphones - no more handbag tangle - added tag just in case it went on a keyring|