Waste Free Lunch Bag got ZIPPED!

July 17, 2014

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

Screen Shot 2014-07-17 at 1.48.51 PM

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!





Read More Articles

6 Steps to Sew a Beautiful Simple Circle Hot Pad

6 Steps to Sew a Beautiful Simple Circle Hot Pad

At some point in your sewing life, I'm sure you have tried to sew a hot pad/ pot holder.  Something that looks so simple can be a frustrating project!  Either you make it too thin and burn your hand or you try to make it too thick and it end up looking lumpy!  How can...

read more
My favorite FEET- sewing machine feet!

My favorite FEET- sewing machine feet!

FEET!  They can be confusing.  Which one do I use?  Why are there so many to choose from?  What in the world does this one do?  Sewing machines usually come with a set of feet for different uses.  There are many extra ones you can purchase for specialty sewing- from...

read more
Yellow Scrap Fabric Made into Hot pads!

Yellow Scrap Fabric Made into Hot pads!

 Awhile ago I created some yellow scrap fabric yardage and showed you all my method over on THIS youtube video.  At the time I wasn't sure what to do with that piece.  Maybe another pillow?  Make it larger to make a baby quilt?  I finally decided on a new set of hot...

read more