Introduce your youth sewing partner to sewing zippers. Choose  3/8 yd. denim-weight fabric, two 1-yard cuts of ribbon, a coordinating 12″ zipper, and stitch this Easy Shoulder Bag. FREE! I Sew For Fun Shoulder Bag Tutorial by Nancy Zieman.

You’ll find this easy sewing project, plus 19 additional I Sew For Fun projects, in Nancy Zieman’s 72-page book, I Sew For Fun. Nancy shares her step-by-step directions for 20 super-easy sewing projects.

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Shoulder Bag Sewing Tutorial

Here’s a stylin’ denim shoulder bag with streamlined shoulder straps and an easy zipper technique. The machine embroidery is optional. Kids love to be part of the embroidery process.

Approximate finished size: 8″ x 8-1/2″ excluding strap

Supplies Needed:

  • 3/8 yd. denim or cotton duck canvas
  • 1 yd. 7/8″ wide grosgrain ribbon
  • 1 yd. 3/8″ wide grosgrain ribbon
  • 12″ nylon coil zipper

Optional Notions:

  • Optional: Paper Glue stick
  • Optional: Machine embroidery design
  • Optional: Stabilizer to back embroidery design
  •  Optional: Embroidery thread
  • ·Optional: Embroidery needle

Optional: I Sew For Fun Notions:

Instructions:

Please read all instructions before beginning. Use the width of the presser foot as the depth of the seam allowances.

1. Prepare and cut fabrics.

  • Using a rotary cutter, ruler, and mat, cut:

One 2½” x 8½” rectangle (upper front)

One 6½” x 8½” rectangle (lower front)

One 9″ x 8½” rectangle (back)

Two 3″ squares (zipper ends)

2. Prepare ribbon strap.

  • Stack and center ⅜” wide ribbon on length of ⅞” wide ribbon. Secure with pins, Wonder Clips, or glue stick.
  • Stitch ribbons together lengthwise using a decorative stitch.

Note From Team Nancy You’ll find many decorative stitch options to use. Test out several on fabric before choosing one for the bag.

 

3. Optional: Add machine embroidery.

Note From Team NancyThe world of machine embroidery is stimulating, satisfying and exciting. Your embroidery machine has an amazing wealth of options and designs, just waiting for the two of you.

  • Position embroider design on lower bag front, allowing sufficient space around design for zipper and side seam allowances.
  •  Stitch machine embroidery design on bag front following manufacturer’s instructions

 

4. Attach zipper.

  • Align 3″ fabric squares, right side up, along each side of the width of the lower bag front. Center zipper, right side down, over squares. Note: Make certain the zipper pull is in between the two 3” fabric squares as illustrated. (Later you’ll turn the bag inside out through the zipper opening.)
  • Wrap fabric square around zipper and . Repeat with opposite upper edge of lower bag front.
  • Mark 1″ from both sides over the zipper/fabric. Carefully remove zipper from lower bag front after marking.
  • Stitch through zipper and wrapped fabric at markings.
  • Trim ¼” from outside of stitching.
  • Turn fabric on zipper ends right side out.
  • Align zipper to top edge of bag, meeting long edges, right sides together. Stitch, guiding edge of presser foot with cut edges.
  • Turn zipper right side up and edgestitch along fold.
  • Attach upper bag front piece to remaining edge of zipper using pins or Wonder Clips, meeting long edges, right sides together.
  • Stitch, guiding presser foot with cut edges.
  • Turn upper bag right side up and edgestitch along fold.
  • Trim fabric extending from zipper even with bag.

 

5. Add shoulder strap.

  • Secure ribbon to upper edges of bag front using pins or Wonder Clips, right sides together. Ribbon should be 2″ from side edge of bag. Make sure ribbon is not twisted.
  • Baste strap to bag.

 

6. Complete bag.

  • Use chalk to trace rounded edge of coffee mug on wrong side, lower edge of bag back.
  • Pin or use Wonder Clip to hold bag front and back, right sides together, aligning cut edges. Make sure zipper is open and the ribbon strap is not caught in the bag seam allowance!
  • Stitch, beginning at one upper edge, and ending at the other upper edge. Trim excess fabric from curves.
  • Wrap seams toward center, folding along stitching line.
  • Stitch seam across upper edge, starting at fold.
  • Angle cut seam allowances at corners.
  • Turn bag right side out through zipper opening.

 

 

You’ll find this easy sewing project, plus 19 additional I Sew For Fun projects, in Nancy Zieman’s 72-page book, I Sew For Fun. Nancy shares her step-by-step directions for 20 super-easy sewing projects.

Tune in and watch Nancy and her granddaughters, along with friends, take a modern approach to sewing. Nancy shares her team sewing-for-fun experience along with many tips for a big partner, and numerous insights for involving a little sewing partner—all while making simple, easy to sew kid-friendly projects. Watch I Sew For Fun on Sewing With Nancy!

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2019 Fall Table Runner Sewing Challenge Hosted by Nancy Zieman Productions

Enter the NEW! 2019 Nancy Zieman Productions Fall Sewing Challenges!

Join the 2019 NZP Table Runner Sewing Challenge by stitching a table runner and showcasing your sewing and quilting talents. Table runner entries may be any color palette, feature any sewing, quilting, or machine embroidery techniques, and must be a size that fits on a kitchen or dining table—use your imagination! Find challenge details in the October 1st NZP Blog Posting.

 

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All youth, age 15 and under, are invited to participate in the NEW! 2019 I Sew For Fun Kids’ Sewing Challenge! Enter the challenge by purchasing the Official 2019 I Sew For Fun Kids’ Sewing Challenge Cinch Sack Kit, at the NEW! NZP Shop. Quantities are limited! Find challenge details in the September 30th NZP Blog Posting.

 

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Happy Sewing!

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