The greatest thing for me about laminate is that it qualifies as both a plastic AND a fabric! ha! (at least right now… some days I am just glad I can wipe it clean)
before we get into the how to on the half yard zip up, I have some exciting news!
who’s ready for another round of the covert robin??? it’s back for 2013 and better than ever! ok, i can’t promise that, but i sure hope so! and we’re looking for someone special to round out our team of fabulous co-hosts… who knows? maybe YOU are the next covert robin guest co-host!!
what is the covert robin?
a round-robin gift exchange of handmade presents. you get to make something special for another blogger, and you’ll also receive your very own handmade present from a mystery gifter (your “covert robin”). you can find more info and updates here.
who are the hosts?
Courtney (mon petit lyons)
Jill (Made with Moxie)
Karen (Sew Well Maide)
Kelley (casa crafty)
Rachael (imagine gnats)
if you want to be the 2013 covert robin guest co-host, head on over to imagine gnats and leave a comment!
download, print and cut out this pattern.
cut two each of lining and exterior fabric
cut : 2 pieces @ 2 1/2″ x 18″ interior and exterior fabrics
cut: 4 @ 2″ x 5″ exterior
cut: 2 @ 4″x 8″ exterior
if you would like cut two pockets: I did 7″ x 6 1/2″ iron the edge under 1/4″ all the way around, and then do the “top” a 1/2″ under. sew this 1/2″ seam down. place your pockets on your interior pieces and stitch down.
with right sides together stitch all around the outside of your bag exterior leaving the top open.
repeat with lining.
step four: zipper. apply your zipper to your 2 1/2″ x 18″ strips.
finish the ends by putting your 2″ x 5″ strips down with right sides together at the edges of the zipper. I will try to get a good pic of this step. I am making 3 for the Casa Crafty shop.
step five: attach zipper placket to interior of bag
I used a basting stitch and sewed it in like the pic in the 4 up there bottom right.
step six: fold your pieces of exterior fabric that are 4 x 8 in half with long sides together and right sides together, stitch, turn right side out. top stitch each long side close to the edge. fold in half lengthwise threading your strip through the d ring. I put a seam just below the d ring to stop it from traveling.
step seven:insert the interior bag now with zipper attached into the exterior bag that you turn right side out. fold the edges towards the inside and use
bulldog clips to hold in place. Top stitch. When you are stitching, at each end add your d ring loops.
step eight: attach your strap. I used a belt. I kept the open end of the belt available for adjusting it. I cut the leather in half opposite of this and used some scraps of the laminate to attach it to the d ring.
does that make sense?