Today I have another sewing tutorial (or free pattern, if you will) for the new going green/avoiding plastic craze: reusable ziploc bags! They’re all the rage, so jump on the bandwagon with me!
I have two versions for you today. The first has a gusset which means it can stand up all by itself. Very handy! The second is flat, just like a sandwich ziploc bag. They both have velcro closures with space for little hands to pull them open. The lining is waterproof, stain-resistant, and mildew-resistant. To clean, wipe with a damp cloth or machine wash and line dry.
Let’s get started!
For the gusseted bag
Two 7.5″ x 8.5″ pieces of your choice of fabric
Two 7.5″ x 8.5″ pieces of nylon ripstop fabric (found mine at Joanns)**
One 6.5″ piece of velcro
**CLICK HERE For FDA info on nylon
For the flat bag
Two 7.5″ x 7.5″ pieces of your choice of fabric
Two 7.5″ x 7.5″ pieces of nylon ripstop fabric**
One 6.5″ piece of velcro
Sewing the Gusseted Bag
Take your fabric pieces and place them together with right sides facing (the right side of the fabric, that is).
Using a 1/2″ seam allowance (meaning, sew 1/2″ from the raw edge of the fabric), sew around the sides of the bag except the top. Backstitch at the beginning and the end (sew over a few stitches twice by going backwards over your seam).
Cut the corners close to the stitching.
Now take the nylon pieces and place them right sides together. On the bottom, mark an opening about 4″ wide on the seam line (1/2″ from the edge) as shown. The area between these two dots will not be sewn.
Sew around the sides and bottom, just as you did with the fabric pieces, but leave the space between the dots open.
Clip the corners.
To attach the lining, open the lining (the nylon) right side out.
And slip it inside the outer fabric which is still inside-out. Confused yet? Awesome. Let’s keep going.
Match the raw edges together. You should also finger press the seam allowances open on either side of the nylon and the fabric bags. I didn’t take a photo because I’m smart that way. If you’re really confused, I remembered to take a photo of this step for the flat bag. Seen below.
Sew all around the top of the bag.
Pull the lining out as shown above. Now both the fabric and nylon should be inside out.
To make the gusset, take one of the corners of the nylon. Fold the corner so that the bottom seam and the side seam line up on top of each other as shown. Draw a perpendicular line 1/2″ from the point of the corner. Sew a seam on this line, backstitching at each end.
Cut the seam allowance off to 1/4″.
Repeat with the other corner.
Repeat with the fabric corners.
Reach into the bag through the hole in the nylon side.
And pull it inside out.
To close the hole, I use my sewing machine. you can whip stitch it by hand if you’d like. I sew the hole closed really close to the seam (about 1/8″ seam allowance).
Push the lining into the bag. Press. Topstitch all around the top opening. (sew 1/8″ from the top edge catching both the fabric and the lining).
Pull apart your velcro if you haven’t already. Pin one piece on the nylon about 1/2″ down from the top edge. The only velcro I had was the self-adhesive kind, so I just stuck mine in there. The velcro should span from one side seam all the way to the other. Trim if necessary to get it to fit.
Repeat with the other side of the velcro on the other side of the nylon.
Yay! Now let’s make the flat bag. It is exactly the same process except you skip the gusseting part. I amaze myself with my insights.
This time without words! Kinda like when you get to the end of the song, “B-I-N-G-O” . . .
Sewing the Flat Bag
P.S. I ran out of velcro, so there isn’t any inside the flat bag yet. Let’s all use our imagination and imagine some velcro there. Great. Thanks.
Now, THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT. Go put the photos of your finished bags into our Puking Pastilles Flickr Group! We draw winners from the group every month. Fabric, patterns, and more!