Convert Zipper Pouch To Crossbody Bag

Convert Zipper Pouch To Crossbody Bag

this pouch in every version there is the original pattern comes in two sizes she
called the medium and the large the medium one is this little pouch right
here and as cute as it is cuz it is very cute right um you know you can fit in
there um some lipstick small makeup coins
whatever really cute but I said well I want something a little bit bigger so I
said well let me try the large size and this is the large size right here
again bigger you can fit few things especially if you're traveling and you
need to bring travel siiz toiletries then this is a good size
however I wanted something a little bit bigger because I wanted to store uh
store larger containers for other projects that I was working on on so I
decided to make this box pouch a little bit bigger the
size that I made it is 12 by 8 and this is the original one that I
made years ago in that size and this is a great size because you really can fit
a lot of things in here I do some uh I play around with some of the UV resins
and I can put the containers here it fit perfectly some paint things like that
and I added this beautiful message here on the front and I just love the shape
of this pouch like it's just a a beautiful rectangle it's just not too
wide is tall it I feel it's a great great shape and size
so I've been making this one uh like large like this for years I've made it
with waterproof canvas in this design and I've made it with two colors like
this you know I've even made it with clear vinyl
on the bottom and waterproof canvas on the top and this is when I created this
bag this size with the clear vinyl and the waterproof canvas is when I decided
that I wanted to turn this into a cross body bag so I added this strip of fabric
in the back the d-rings and made the strap and turned it
into a cross body bag so another way that I made it was with this clear vinyl
frosted vinyl is not the best but it has
the D rings here on the back like this instead of a stripe of
fabric all across it's just two little tabs in the back and um as you can see
this is a great size and this is perfect for like uh a stadium bag if if you're
going to a game and you have to you know bring a clear bag this will this pattern will work
perfectly so that's what we're doing so for this bag today I'm using the ultra
smooth faux leather from sofl therapy I'm adding the link to her website and
the description here again same thing not an affiliate not a sponsor video but
the exterior is that fabric for the inside I'm using waterproof canvas
from fabric Wholesale direct I'm using a zipper by the yard I
bought this one on Amazon two D rings the inside of this
has a fusible fleece well mine is not fusible but batting flee that is to just
give it a little bit of shape because this F leather is very soft so just to
give it a little bit of a structure webbing as well you know you can just
purchase this really anywhere um your your
slider swivel hooks Etc I made the template for this a pouch to make it
bigger is 12 by8 so you can just cut your fabric a rectangle 12 in by 8 in
you will cut two of those for the exterior fabric and you will cut two for the
lining the interfacing will be a little bit smaller
but if you are planning on making several of these like I did I you know
you can just buy a construction paper or some strong thicker paper and make your
own template as long as you cut out the 1 in at the bottom and 1 in and 3 in on
the top just like the original pattern says so we're just following the original pattern step by step how to
make it exactly the same the only thing is that we're cutting our fabric 12 in
by 8 in and of course the fleece fusible fleece on the inside it's just a little
bit smaller by like 38 of an inch the seam allowance is 3/8 of an inch all
around so now that you have that information let's get started I'm not an
affiliate or an associate um I am not an affiliate or a sponsor or
this and here they are if you want to add an embroidery design or any other
kind of design that you can do this will be the time to do it and for the fusible
fleece or fleece batting whatever you're using the measurements are 11 by
7 you're going to cut the corners just like you would do for the other pattern
pieces and you're going to place them behind your exterior pattern the fleece
that I'm using is not fusible so I'm going to use fabric glue
to stitch stick it together but even if if it was fusible I couldn't use it because I really cannot apply heat to my
faux leather so I take my fabric glue and just put a couple of um drops of it
or more than just drops just enough to cover the
center and cover the uh edges here as well once I do that I flip it and I just
press it making sure that of course the corners match you know the smaller and
the bigger ones and I'm just going to press it here and put it aside and let
it cure for about 30
minutes then do the same with the other one so I also would like to mention that
we need a 12 in zipper with I'm using just one zipper pool we are going to
need a strip of fabric that in this case because I'm using faux leather is 2 in
wide and I cut a piece of fabric I already had so it's 17 in long but you
don't need it this long but it definitely cannot be smaller than 14 in
if you're using fabric then it will be 4 in wide by 14 15 in Long
I also have two tabs here for my subo hook connector to my strap this is 3 and
1/2 in Long by 1 in wide and then I have my zipper Taps which are 3 in Long by 1
in wide and again if you're using quilting cuton or canvas or anything
like that you double the sizes uh on the width so instead of 1 inch will be 2
Ines so that you can fold it twice grab your strap
connector that goes on the back of your pouch and you're going to flip it with a
wrong side facing you and you're going to find the middle point and draw a line
down the center take your double-sided tape and
put a couple of pieces along each side of that line
peel one off take that raw Edge and fold it in
along that line that you just drew right over that double-sided
tape and do the same for the other side
you're also going to take your zipper tabs and you're going to fold them in half and place them along the ends of
your zipper and we're just going to put a couple of Wonder Clips there because we're taking this to the
sewing machine and we're going to stitch over it base Stitch the siipper tabs to the
sipper and you're going to stitch this
um little uh backstrap connector together along the edges only at 1/8 of
an inch simala for the next step I like to use
either chalk or a water soluble pen that you may have because we're going going
to Mark the exterior of your pouch so you're going to get one of the exterior
pieces the one for the back and we're going to Mark the placement of the uh
strap connector so find the top part of your exterior
back and place your ruler one and 38
down the top okay
oh oh
oops here's the strap connector and we're going to place it right over that
line that we just drew now you're going to have leftover fabric kind of hanging like a
little tail hanging out you can have you know if you cut this 14 in
long then it's like an inch on each side I have about an inch and a half on each
side because mine is longer but it's okay take a Wonder
clip and just secure one side only for
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learned something today and here's what we're going to do first you're going to place a marking 2
in from the edge here of your back pouch
Mark 2 in and you're going to place that marking over the strap
connector like this take your chalk and just place a mark
there you're going to stitch a rectangle starting here at the line you're going
to stitch all the way to the edge of your exterior panel across and to the
other side very close to the Stitch line that you already have here on the strap
connector you can also do an X if you want down the center that is up to
you but definitely do the rectangle if it makes it easier for you you can
always add a little piece of double-sided tape here to keep the strap
in place if not just the Wonder Clips will do and we're going to take this to
the sewing machine
now so this is how it looks right perfect as you can see I added a little
piece of double-sided tape because I want to make sure my strap doesn't move
up and down for the next step next you're going to measure one inch from
that Stitch line that you just drew okay from that rectangle you're
going to measure 1 inch and take your chalk and drew a line
there and you're going to take one of your de rings and you're going to slide
it through the little strap connector here make sure the bottom of the de ring
is against the back of your pouch and you're going to slide it all the way to
the very end you're going to leave it right there
take the peel off the little bit of
um double-sided tape and just place your strap make sure
that it's straight you're going to measure again 2 in from the edge
here in towards the center and another
inch in towards the center just like that once you've made it to
this point you are going to take it back to the sewing machine and you're going to stitch a rectangle in between this
line and that line make sure you back stitch at the beginning and end and if
possible if your fabric allows it um Stitch the a double line on this area to
reinforce the stitching and make sure that it doesn't come loose with the wear
and
tear and now the next step is you guessed it we are going to insert the
other D ring into the strap and Stitch it in place let's do
that if your drying kind of wore off a little bit like mine did just draw it
again that way it's very clear when you take it to the sewing machine and Stitch
the last rectangle and this is how it looks on
the outside and and the stitching on the inside now we're going to put this aside
because we are going to make the zipper pouch now this is a very basic zipper
pouch if you have made other sipper pouches
then it's pretty much the same the only thing that I say pay attention to is
when you add your zipper you should start and stop stitching 1 inch from The
Edge so what I did is that I took my zipper and I marked 1 inch
here and 1 inch on the other side and that goes
also for when you top stitches so no matter when you're stitching your
zipper do not stitch it all the way you're going to start and stop at 1
in from the edge okay so let's go ahead and make the zipper pouch now I'm taking
my front exterior panel and the zipper and the zipper pull
is facing the left hand side I'm going to place it right sides together so like
this my zipper Taps are a little bit in the way so just put push them aside if
if you stitch them like I did and as you can see I have my markings of 1 in which
they match the notch here for the beginning and end of the top of the
zipper so I'm just going to align that 1 in marking with my my 1 in Notch
here the seam allowance for this bag is 38 of an inch so everything is going to
be 38 of an inch take it to the sewing machine and Stitch it at 38 of an inch
seam allowance beginning and stopping at that 1 in
Mark and one thing I want to say is make sure that you change your foot to your
machine's sepper foot you will need it during this step so 38 of an inch seam
allowance for my machine is here and I have my 1 in Mark so that's where I'm
going to
start something I want to mention before we start putting the pouch together is
when you Stitch the lining the seam allowance will change a little bit you
will start at 3/8 of an inch of seam allowance right at the top but then as
you go down it will go down to half an inch and then at the bottom is half an inch seam allowance and this is so that
the lining will fit snug inside the pouch what I like to do is I like to
take my ruler and draw the beginning seam allowance which is 38 of an inch
right here at the top and the final seam allowance which
is half an inch at the
bottom and when when I'm stitching it I can just follow that
line the bottom it's also half an inch seam allowance and I'm going to leave an
opening of 4 in Ines down the center so I'm going to measure 3 in half an inch
seam allowance so I'm just going to draw 3 in
here and 3 in on the other side with half an inch seam
allowance so when I I'm putting this together I'm going to stitch here and
Stitch here and leave this opening to turn the back right side out so I do
this with one of the lining pieces I already did it on one side here and now
I'm just going to place the marking on the other side and you want to do this before you take this to the sewing
machine because after you start putting this together um it's just going to be a
little more difficult so might as well get it done now take your lining piece
after you place the markings and place it right sides
together against the exterior panel so that your zipper is sandwiched in
between the two panels of fabric right sides together and of course it's going to
match with the markings on the zipper because of the one in cutout that we
have here take this now to your sewing machine and go ahead and Stitch all over that Stitch line that you did when you
attached the zipper to the exterior panel next you're going to open it that
way you can see the the right side of the fabric for both the exterior and the
lining and you're going to join them together if there's a little bit of
bulkiness on the top you're going to pull the fabric so that it's as flat as
possible if you're using some sort of quilting cotton
or canvas fabric that you can press you will use your iron at this moment you
definitely do not want this area here to be
bulky and um you want it to be as flat as
possible the same goes to the front so press it with your
fingers until it folds nice and
flat you're going to take it to the sewing machine and top Stitch it at 1/8
of an inch seam allowance or almost a/4 inch making sure that you start and
stop one inch away from the beginning of the sipper once you do
that you're going to then follow the same process for the other side take the
back of your bag and you're going to place it like
this right sides together move the zipper tap
away like this
flip it take your lining piece fried sides together join it to the zipper
here and once you join them you will open them up and top stitch them so it
will look like this the next next step is to join the lining and the exterior
panels right sides together you're going to do one side first and then the
other I'm going to start with the lining because I already uh have them
marked here so I'm just going to take my two pieces of lining and join them using
Wonder clips
then we're doing the same with the side with the front and as you can see I have
these extra pieces of fabric we're just going to trim those off
the seam allowance for the exterior is 38 of an inch all around do not stitch
the corners here so you're going to start at the
very top move the sipper away start stop here
then start at the bottom stop and start on the side and and stop here at the top
and then for the lining you're going to also move the
zipper away start at the top and following the line you're going to start at 3/8 of an inch SE allowance ending at
half an inch half an inch on the bottom and you're going to leave a 4 in
opening continue half an inch stop and then start here half an inch 38 of an
inch to the top and I'm going to start at the bottom of
the lining where the opening is I'm just going to start stitching here stop and
then continue all around it okay so let's do that
and now we're going to box the corners I'm going to start by doing the one by
the zipper I remove the zipper tabs and then I added them closer to the area
where I'm going to stitch I keep the zipper tabs in the
zipper because I tend to lose them in fact I removed the two separate tabs and
and I already lost one I have to go and cut another piece of fabric I don't know what it is about me and zipper Taps but
I lose them all the time that's why I attach them to the zipper and then when
it's time to kind of put them where they go I remove them I take the stitching
out and I put them where they go it's the only way I found not to lose them
and I still manag to lose one anyway that's besid side the point let's get to
finishing this
make sure that your fabric is flat here that you feel that it's flat that it's
there's not a lot of bulkiness other than the layers of fabric okay you're and make sure your
seam is open when it's time to take this to the sewing machine take your zipper
Tab and insert it now on the front side okay
my Taps are the same length same
size okay
perfect so once you have your two uh pieces the the lining and the
exterior and they match on both sides the lining
always wants to pull up a little more so you just have to push the fabric down a
little and then readjust it and put the clip there
again it'll be fine though but I noticed they want to do that take it to the
sewing machine and you're going to stitch this in place at 38 of an inch theme allowance and you're going to
stitch it where you see the fold here on your zipper that's
your seam allowance 38 of an inch all
across okay so before we move on you have here the we have closed this up
both sides and now we're going to do the corners for the exterior and the lining
but in order to get your hand on this this side to open it up you know I
highly recommend that you open the zipper if you haven't done that already
so we're going to get our hand in there
and make sure the zipper on the inside is open that way I can get my
hand on the other side and help with my fingers make it
flat like this so now I can take it to the sewing
machine and Stitch it along there at cre8 of an inch seam
allowance just make sure your seam is open do that for the other side and do
that for the lining when you join the bottom here to box the
corners like this and you open your
seam make sure the seam matches here at the bottom
these little details really take it to the next level so just make sure that
your seams match down there especially you know on the outside of the bag
now we're going to trim off all this excess fabric before I do that I always
personally like to take a look at my exterior Corners
here um just through that opening I'm not turning it right side out completely
just yet but I want to make sure that it looks it looks okay because H what if I
need to redo something you know I just want to make sure so anyway um I think
it looks okay okay we are going to specially trim
this uh zipper and all of this stuff off trim it off so we're going to uh
there I as you can see I'm not cutting it too too close I mean this is a 38 of
an inch seam my one so maybe by a/4 inch
okay the same with this
side fold the seam here for your lining if you have to use the iron uh press it
if not just with your fingers or with a uh seam roller whatever you use based on
your fabric fold it okay because it will help when it's time to close it up and now
let's turn it right side out I start with the
corners push the exterior Corners through first
and now I'm going to stitch the opening here to close
it and we are going to make this strap next and to learn how to make this cool
webbing strap go check out the next video I'll see you there ciao
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