Waste Free Lunch Bag got ZIPPED!

Posted by on July 17, 2014 in patterns, sewing, tutorial | 2 comments

I have no idea why I never made this bag way before!    Once I figured out how to add the zipper, I realized that with some practice, this can be a method that is a lot faster and creates a nicer bag (in my opinion!) than the tab closure!

The key to making this really easy is to use a nice long zipper.  I buy 20” zippers at zippit.etsy.com.  They are inexpensive and come in adorable colors.  I wanted to be able to open the bag all the way and I remembered how Anna of Noodle head did her wide open pouches (check out that tutorial if you feel like you need extra info on doing this one). Using the same basic concepts, I was able to figure out a really simple way to add a zipper to this bag!

Begin by cutting everything according to the Waste Free Lunch Bag Pattern Instructions except omit the tab and the velcro.  Use a 20” zipper instead.  Follow this simple photo tutorial to add the zipper to your bag!  This tutorial is a free upgrade to the Waste Free Lunch Bag (on sale this month for only $5!).  It is meant to be used along with the pattern.










sew openingclosed

make zipper tab

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zipper installedThat’s it!  See how simple?  All lunch bag patterns are on sale until August 9th.  Head over to the pattern shop to get yours!





  1. Hi! I just wanted to thank you for this tutorial on adding a zipper to your lunch bag pattern. I was searching for a lunch bag with a zipper and almost purchased another pattern when I saw a picture of a lunch bag made from your pattern with a link to this tutorial. I loved my bag so much I made one for my mom. I did lengthen it slightly and make the bottom wider (by enlarging the rectangle piece that is cut out). Now I can add my rectangle pyrex dishes and a medium size water bottle. Love it! Thank you so much!! BTW, I’ve purchased your patterns before and have enjoyed them all!

  2. Thank you very much for the instructions. They look complicated but if you followed the steps one at a time, they work!

    The same method can be used for bigger bags as well. I am so glad I found your website. Thank you very much for sharing!

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