Ok, so I am going to let you know right from the start, I hate zips!
I am not an expert in zips & I will never claim to be! I did somehow fudge my way through it & made a shoulder bag with a zip!
Woo hoo for me!
The thing is, I really don’t know how I did it or even if I did it right but it is in & working fine!
(I apologise now for the out of focus photo’s! I used my phone to take the pics as the batteries were flat for my camera! Lesson learnt!)
Isn’t the fabric just stunning?? It is
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I only used one fat quarter, some strapping, a zipper & 2 self covered buttons for this bag.
I just cut the fabric in to halves. One half I used for the main bag (cut it into halves again) & the other half was cut into 4 x 5cm wide strips for the ruffles. With the left over scraps, I covered 2 self covered buttons.
I then sewed the zipper to the 2 squares of the main bag.
Then used the rolled hem on the overlocker to edge the ruffles & then gathered them. I sewed them on to one side of the bag, one at a time.
I then turned the bag inside out & sewed up the edges. Make sure to leave the zip half open so you can turn it back in the right way.
I tapered the sides in towards the top just to give it that something special.
I then attached the strapping to either side. I made it quite long so that I can wear it across my body.
I then put 2 covered buttons over the top of the strapping where I attached it to the bag.
This would be the perfect bag to wear to the markets (working or shopping)!
I am going to wear it to a concert on the weekend so I have both of my hands free to dance! LOL!!
I think that now I can put in a zip (cough, giggle!) I might want to make one of these bags in every colour!
Here are some other colour options
Don’t forget that Wrapped in Fabric, has more than just fabric!
They also stock a wide range of patterns, trims & sewing accessories.
(once again I apoligise for the out of focus photo's but I really wanted to share this project with you all. I guess it just shows that we all have good & bad days!)