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ITH Lined Zippered Bags

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Materials
  • Small Vertical Bag, ITHZB01
  • 5” x 7” embroidery hoop
  • Bag outside fabric, fusible knit interfacing and lining:
  • 1. 3” x 7” rectangle – can be a contrasting color
  • 2. 6.5” x 7” rectangle
  • 3. 9” x 7” rectangle
  • 4. 4” x 2” rectangle of outside fabric only for small loop
  • 7” or longer nylon coil zipper (no metal or wide toothed sports zippers)
  • Small Horizontal Bag, ITHZB02
  • 5” x 7” embroidery hoop
  • Bag outside fabric, fusible knit interfacing and lining:
  • 1. 3” x 9” rectangle – can be a contrasting color
  • 2. 5” x 9” rectangle
  • 3. 7” x 9” rectangle
  • 9” or longer nylon coil zipper (no metal or wide toothed sports zippers)
  • Large Vertical Bag, ITHZB03
  • 6” x 10” embroidery hoop
  • Bag outside fabric, fusible knit interfacing and lining:
  • 3” x 8” rectangle – can be a contrasting color
  • 9” x 8” rectangle
  • 11” x 8” rectangle
  • 2” x 40” and 2” x 8” rectangles of outside fabric only for loops and over the shoulder strap
  • 9” or longer nylon coil zipper (no metal or wide toothed sports zippers)
  • Two small keyring hoops
  • Large Horizontal Bag, ITHZB04
  • 6” x 10” embroidery hoop
  • Bag outside fabric, fusible knit interfacing and lining:
  • 2.5” x 11” rectangle – can be a contrasting color
  • 6” x 11” rectangle
  • 8” x 11” rectangle
  • 2” x 12” rectangles of outside fabric only for loops wristlet
  • 12” or longer nylon coil zipper (no metal or wide toothed sports zippers)
  • All bags:
  • Magic Sizing® or spray starch
  • Scotch Tape
  • Embroidery or painters tape
  • Poly mesh stabilizer to fit your hoop
  • Spray adhesive
  • 1/8” grosgrain ribbon for zipper pulls if desired
  • A toothpick

  • Designs used in this project

    Final Product: What You Will Create

    Preface:
    The use of the various size loops and straps are interchangeable among all of the bag styles. You can use a variety of fabrics from your stash to give a unique look to each bag. Take time to properly prepare the fabrics for a nice neat bag.


    Step 1:
    Cut the outside fabric, knit interfacing and lining per the materials list above for the size bag you are making.

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    Step 2:
    Press all fabrics with Magic Sizing® or spray starch, they will be much easier to handle in the hoop. Turn your iron down to a Silk setting and fuse the knit interfacing pieces to the back side of the outside fabric pieces.

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    Step 3:
    Prepare the strap or loops at the sewing machine before you start embroidering the bag. Fold the long sides of the loop into the middle and press, fold in half again lengthwise and press.

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    Step 4:
    Stitch down both sides of the strap, about 1/8” from the edges. Tip, when making a variety of bags have invisible thread in the bobbin and top of your sewing machine to avoid having to load a bobbin for each color strap or loop you will want. Grosgrain ribbon may be used instead of making the loops from fabric. Use a 4” length of ½” wide of grosgrain ribbon if desired.

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    Step 5:
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    Hoop poly mesh stabilizer in the required size for the embroidery hoop. All colors stops can be sewn in a color that coordinates with your fabric. Run the 1st color stop to stitch an outline for the bag and the zipper placement. Note. This picture is for the small vertical bag.


    Step 6:
    The horizontal bags placement lines will look like this as they are rotated 90 degrees in the hoop. However the steps to make them are all the same.

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    Step 7:
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    Tape the zipper, right side up, between the two outlines below the top of the bag. Make sure both ends of the zipper, areas outlined in blue, are well beyond the stitching lines. You may use any length zipper above the listed zipper size. Hold the zipper in place with scotch tape, areas outlined in green. 


    Step 8:
    Run CS 2 to tack down the zipper; remove the scotch tape that is within the sewing field.

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    Step 9:
    Position the outside fabric smallest rectangle face down aligning the long edge along the top zipper placement line. Hold securely in place with embroidery tape.

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    Step 10:
    Turn the hoop right side down and place the lining fabric, right side down if you are using a print, aligning the lengthwise edge along the top of the zipper. Hold securely with tape. Tip: you do not want to press too hard on the stabilizer when working on the back of the hoop as it will loosen the stabilizer. So, after positioning the tape turn the hoop over to the right side and rub your fingers over the areas where the tape is on the back of the hoop.

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    Step 11:
    Run CS 3 to seam the fabrics.

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    Step 12:
    Remove the hoop from the machine, do not unhoop. Remove the tape from the back of the hoop. Spray a little adhesive on the lining fabric and flip it up to the top of the bag. Press lightly along the stitched edge being careful to not stretch the stabilizer. You may use tape instead of the adhesive spray if desired to hold the top of the fabric in place.

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    Step 13:
    Turn the hoop right side up; remove the tape; spray adhesive on the wrong side of the fabric; flip it to towards the top of the bag and press the stitched edge.

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    Step 14:
    Run CS 4 to top stitch the front of the bag. You may use a contrasting thread if you like or just continue with the same color thread. 

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    Step 15:
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    Align the front fabric, face down with the bottom of the zipper; tape in place outside of the stitching area.


    Step 16:
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    Turn the hoop over and align the bottom of the lining fabric, face down with the bottom of the zipper and tape in place outside of the stitching area


    Step 17:
    Run CS 5 to seam the fabrics to the zipper.

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    Step 18:
    Remove the hoop from the machine; remove any tape used; spray the back of the front fabric with adhesive and smooth down over the bag bottom outlines. Press the fold at the seam.

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    Step 19:
    Turn the hoop over and repeat the processes in Step 18 to hold the back lining into place.

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    Step 20:
    Run CS 6 to topstitch the fabrics next to the zipper.

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    Step 21:
    IMPORTANT: Open the zipper ¾th of the way across the bag. If you fail to do this now you will not be able to get into the bag.

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    Step 22:
    Now is the time to attach the loops or wristlet to the bag. These can be position anywhere you like on the bag, place two on the top of the bag if you want to add a handle. Fold the loop or wristlet in half. Place on the bag so that at least ½” extends beyond the stitching lines of the bag. You might have to lift the fabric to see where the stitching lines will be. Have the folded portion of the loop or wristlet inside the bag. Make sure it the loop is positioned so that it won’t be caught in the top seam of the bag when the final stitching takes place.

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    Step 23:
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    Place the outside bag fabric face side down over the front of the bag and securely tape into place.


    Step 24:
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    Run CS 7 which will stitch all the way around the bag.


    Step 25:
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    Remove the hoop from the machine, do not unhoop; turn the hoop face down; securely tape the final lining piece, right side down, over the back of the bag. Make sure the tape is securely pressed down so that it doesn’t come off during the final stitching sequence.


    Step 26:
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    Return the hoop to the machine and run CS 8 as the final seam line in the project. This seam will leave an opening of approximately 3” at the bottom of the bag for turning the bag.


    Step 27:
    Remove all tape; remove the project from the hoop; trim around the project on all seamed edges about ¼” clipping diagonally at the corners; leave a ½” seam allowance across the opening in the bag.

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    Step 28:
    Fold back the two layers of lining fabric at the opening and trim off the outside fabrics and stabilizer to ¼”.

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    Step 29:
    Turn the bag out through the opening. The bag will be lining side out.

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    Step 30:
    Use a wood tube turner or corner turner to push out the 4 corners of the bag.

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    Step 31:
    Turn in the lining seam allowances at the opening and slip stitch them together or use a strip of two sided adhesive to close the opening.

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    Step 32:
    With small sharp scissors carefully cut away the cut away stabilizer from behind the zipper.

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    Step 33:
    Open the zipper all of the way and turn the bag right side out through the zipper; use the wooden tube turner or a point turner to help you poke out the corners.

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    Step 34:
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    Press both sides of the bag.


    Step 35:
    To make a pull for the zipper cut a 5” length of 1/8” grosgrain ribbon. Fold in half and use a toothpick or other small object to push the loop through the front of the zipper tab; loop both ends of the ribbon through the loop and pull to close the loop. Trim the ends of the zipper pull as desired.

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    Step 36:
    Congratulations your ITH Lined Zippered bag is complete!


    Step 37:
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    The bag with the long strap was completed by attaching to loops the top of bag in the same manner as attaching loops as described above. As I did not want to add metal “D” rings inside the hoop I used keyring hoops to slide onto the loops after the bag was completed. I made a 40” strap in the same manner as the loops are made. I then turned up ¾” on each end of the strap; turned under ¼” and stitched across the strap to form a loop at each end of the strap. The keyring hoop was then inserted through each of those loops.


    Step 38:
    Make all 4 styles as great gifts and items for your craft fair.

    For the love of embroidery…
    Pat Williams


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    Meet The Author: Pat Williams
    Award winning Digitizer, Embroidery Educator, Author and a Consultant to the Industry, Pat Williams has 20 years of experience in the embroidery industry. Pat has won multiple awards for her digitizing expertise including the 2007 Impressions Awards Grand Championship, Best of Show as well as the 1st and 2nd Place Awards.. Pat’s love of digitizing has afforded her the opportunity to write many articles for Impressions magazine in the United States and Images Magazine in Europe. She also has authored her own digitizing training CD series, “Digitizing Steps to Success.” In 2001 Pat was named “Embroidery Educator of the Year.” For many years Pat lead digitizing seminars at the ISS Shows in Long Beach, CA and for Compucon software. Pat retired from the commercial embroidery arena in 2010. She now resides in Sierra Vista, AZ. She can be reached at pwilliams22@cox.net.

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    Susan M May 03, 2017
    I am in the process of making this bag. I have been somewhat confused on the pieces to cut. I assumed that the back was a replica pf the front with the top contrast. In reading the directions it looks like this is not true that the back is solid piece of the focus fabric.
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    Pat W May 04, 2017
    The back of the bag is made of the largest rectangle listed for each size bag. It does not have contrasting fabric. The same goes for the back lining.
    Reply
    Susan M May 04, 2017
    I realized that as soon as I got started. I just had to cut the extra pieces to make 2 bag. It was really very easy. I think I just made the first one hard. Thank you. Susan
    Reply
    Pat W May 05, 2017
    I'm glad you had success Susan. It is part of the learning curve. Once you get started with these it is hard to quit. Each one is so different depending upon the fabrics you choose. Have fun!
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    Rebecca A May 17, 2020
    I just finished Pat's ITH Bag 2. It turned out just beautiful. I used fuschia ultra suede. Her directions are impeccable. You just follow along step by step and you will create this magnificent little bag.
    Reply
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