Have you ever bought something that came in a fabric bag that you liked and you couldn't throw the bag away? Because this happens to me all the time. I have a little fabric bag collection going from shoes, sheets and even my Moby Wrap. If you have no clue what I'm talking about here is a picture...
My Mom bought an amazing duvet cover from Pottery Barn a few years ago and it came in this bag... I had to have it. I knew it would come in "craft-project-handy" one day and I was right. It only took me about 30 minutes to make because it was already halfway done for me.
Take out the drawstring and sew up the top.
Fold the bag into itself, take the top that you just sewed shut and make that new bottom. Make sure the two layers are completely touching.
Now sew a line around what is now the top of the bag. This will make it easier to sew the zipper on. I added one of my fabric labels.
Now add the zipper. I bought these zippers from an Etsy shop last week and I love them! They were much cheaper than in a craft store and even came with a zipper pull, it was hard to choose a color with this fabric.
Start with one side of your bag. Now- I know making a traditional zipper pouch would hide your zipper, but first of all I don't mind the exposed zipper and secondly this way is much quicker. I am big on free time these days so I dont waste it! Pin one side of your zipper to the inside of one side of the pouch.
My zipper was 14" and my bag was about 12" so I needed to make my zipper shorter. It is easy, just pick the place where you want your zipper to end and handstitch about 5-6 times around the zipper. You can actually cut the zipper after you do this, but I just tucked mine into the bag.
Sew this first side using your zipper foot if you have one. Tip: move the zipper around when you are sewing so that you dont have to sew around the actual zipper and your line will look uniform.
Do the same thing on the other side. Pin your zipper and sew. You will want the zipper to be open to sew this side.
There are you have it, it literally too me longer to write this post. Also, I feel good about actually crafting somthing out of this "free" fabric!