A Zipper Technique Sew Easy You’ll Think You Cheated
The best easy zipper technique on this quick and easy cross body bag sewing pattern.
Lazies, My ‘Sew Easy’ zipper trick is so good you’ll think you cheated! Our Runaround Bag pattern has been one of our most popular designs since it came out a hundred million years ago. The secret it holds…a fantastic zipper installation that can’t be beat. It doesn’t sound sexy, but there is nothing like learning a trick you can use over and over again. Read on for details, a video demo and tips, then grab the COUPON CODE to save a little on the pattern later in the post.
Sew Easy Zipper – It’s Like Cheating!
I developed the Sew Easy Zipper technique just for our Runaround Bag, but you can use it on so many projects once you learn my handy trick.
Part of what makes the zipper technique so wonderful is that we totally ignore the zipper pull and the stops at the ends that can be hard to sew around. Instead, we just use the teeth – the good part in the middle. It’s like cheating!
Perfect Zipper Installation
My easy technique makes for a perfect installation from end to end every time. Notice that the bag fabric is evenly spaced from the zipper teeth for the whole length of the zipper. The topstitching on the fabric edge is also perfect.
Use a Standard Presser Foot
I prefer to use my standard presser foot for this zipper installation for a few reasons. When stitching, keep the standard presser foot against the teeth as you sew to keep your stitches straight and parallel from the teeth. Doing so makes the stitches a little farther from the teeth than a zipper foot would, and that allows some of the beautiful zipper fabric to show. A standard presser foot also allows me better visibility while sewing, so I can see what’s going on.
Features of the Cross Body Runaround Bag
The Runaround is just a little bigger than my hand, making it the right size for a little bit of this and that for a light day on the go. It has a zippered main compartment, just the right size for our small Wonder Wallet, keys, and a phone.
The convenient slip back pocket and long shoulder strap making it perfect to wear cross-body. Use two or more fabrics to make this cute cross body bag. Wondering which zipper color is best for your project? See Choosing a Zipper Color for help.
Project Supplies For This Small Zippered Purse
You probably already have what you need to make a Runaround Bag. Grab a couple of fat quarters, a bit of fleece or batting, a zipper and you are good to go! I like to combine bold prints that make the most of this design. The Runaround Bag sewing pattern is a rotary cut pattern. Simply cut the strips and rectangles, then re-cut to the size needed.
Video Demonstration of Runaround Bag Project and Sew-Easy Zipper Installation
The video starts playing at the zipper. Watch from the beginning to see more of the project.
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Click the pattern link below and use the coupon code to save 20% on the Runaround Bag pattern.
Coupon code: LazyGirlDesignsSewEasyZipper
Pattern Link: Runaround Bag.
It’s amazing that you can make this entire bag from two fat quarters of fabric. And it’s so quick and easy that it’s fun to make a whole collection at one time. Grab a fat quarter bundle, cut out a few bags, then mix and match the pieces in order to showcase several fabrics per bag.
The Runaround Bag needs one 12″ or longer zipper. Here are the ones I like: Zippers in Joan’s Essentials.
Remember that a zipper is a design opportunity. Gather all of the zippers that go with your fabrics, then audition them to see who brings the most to your project. I think of the zipper as an accent fabric, expanding my two project fabrics to three. A zipper can blend, accent, or stand out. So use this project as an opportunity to stretch your comfort zone, have fun auditioning a variety of colors, and try a bold decision.
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