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10 Lessons (23m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Gathering the Materials

    • 3. Cutting the Fabric

    • 4. Sewing the Exterior

    • 5. Sewing the Zipper 1

    • 6. Sewing the Zipper 2

    • 7. Sewing the Exterior & Lining

    • 8. Boxing the Corners

    • 9. Topstitching the Zipper

    • 10. Finishing the Bag

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About This Class

In under 30 minutes, sewing blogger Nicole Dasig from She's Got the Notion will show you how to sew a set of three open wide zipper bags. The tutorial is laid out so that even beginners can follow along, as all you need to know how to do is use a sewing machine. This set of toiletry bags is an updated version of the very popular makeup bag made from fat quarters from

What makes this set special is that all three bags can nest inside the larger bag to take up less storage space. The open wide zipper installation also makes it easy to find items stored inside the bags.

By the end of this class, you will be able to sew a set of open wide zipper bags from start to finish. Nicole will guide you through all the steps, including choosing your fabric, installing the zipper, sewing the exterior and lining fabrics, and creating the shape of the bag. Once you've sewn your bags, be sure to begin your class project to share a photo.



Supplies Needed:

  • 1/4 yard fabric for exterior bottom
  • 1/4 yard fabric for the exterior top
  • 1/3 yard fabric for the lining
  • interfacing
  • zipper (see chart for sizes)
  • Thread
  • scrap of narrow twill tape or ribbon, for the zipper pull
  • Basic sewing supplies: sewing machine, iron, ironing board, scissors or rotary cutter + mat, pins, clear ruler, fabric marker


Seam allowance is 1/2" (1 cm) unless otherwise noted.