Quilt As You Go Zipper Bag

Quilt As You Go Zipper Bag - The Ribbon Retreat BlogHi everyone! I am Elizabeth, one half of the duo of sisters-in-law who blog at Simple Simon and Company. We love all things that revolve around sewing for our children and are constantly striving for the art of homemaking….all while trying to stay sane. We really love simple sewing projects that are not only quick but that are also beautiful and luckily today’s project completely fits that theme. These zipper bags are simple, but make great gifts and I am warning you—once you make one—you get addicted. ;)

Quilt As You Go Zipper Bag - The Ribbon Retreat BlogSo, let’s get started.
Here is what you will need: a 10 inch zipper, 4 jelly roll strips or fabric scraps cut 10 inches by 2.5 inches, 2 pieces of batting cut 8 inches by 10 inches, 3 fabric pieces cut 8 inches by 10 inches.

Quilt As You Go Zipper Bag - The Ribbon Retreat BlogQuilt As You Go Zipper Bag - The Ribbon Retreat BlogOn one of your 2.5 by 10 inch pieces of fabric, cut off 1/4 inch. Place that first strip piece on your batting piece and then using your walking foot, quilt lines that are .5 inches apart.

Quilt As You Go Zipper Bag - The Ribbon Retreat BlogPlace second fabric strip (right sides together ) and sew a 1/4 inch seam. Then open your second piece, press it well and quilt as you did your first fabric strip. Repeat until you have quilted all four strips to your zipper front piece.

Quilt As You Go Zipper Bag - The Ribbon Retreat BlogThis is what it should now look like for your zipper bag front piece.

Quilt As You Go Zipper Bag - The Ribbon Retreat BlogRepeat with one of your 8 inch by 10 inch pieces of fabric and your remaining piece of batting.
Now you are ready to start making your bag.

Quilt As You Go Zipper Bag - The Ribbon Retreat BlogI already have one side done in this picture but you are going to make a quilt sandwich…..and here are the layers. Bottom layer will be your main pouch fabric facing up. Middle layer will be your zipper—facing down! The top layer will be your lining fabric–facing down. Then using your zipper foot and a 1/4 inch seam allowance sew these 3 layers together. Repeat this same sandwich for the back zipper pouch as well.

Quilt As You Go Zipper Bag - The Ribbon Retreat BlogYour zipper bag should now look like this. A really important step at this point is to open your zipper now.

Quilt As You Go Zipper Bag - The Ribbon Retreat BlogThen place quilting sides together and lining sides together, sew around the perimeter of the bag, leaving a 2 inch opening to pull your bag through.

Quilt As You Go Zipper Bag - The Ribbon Retreat BlogNow pull your zipper pouch right side out.

Quilt As You Go Zipper Bag - The Ribbon Retreat BlogStitch up your lining fabrics.

Quilt As You Go Zipper Bag - The Ribbon Retreat BlogAnd push your lining inside your original bag….and you are done!

Quilt As You Go Zipper Bag - The Ribbon Retreat BlogA huge thanks for having us today!
~Elizabeth


Thank you so much Elizabeth! I absolutely adore little bags like this to put in my purse to hold snacks for my kiddos, lipstick and lip gloss, lotion, etc. I love the quilt as you go concept and how easy this bag is to make. These little bags would make the funnest little Valentine gift for all of my friends with a cute little card and some yummy chocolates inside. I might just have to give one to myself as well. Wink, wink!
Thank you again Elizabeth! I am so SO excited to have you with us today sharing your amazing talent for sewing!
If you want to be truly inspired by gorgeous patterns and phenomenal sewing, visit Elizabeth and her sister-in-law Liz at their outstanding blog Simple Simon and Company.

I can’t believe that we have reached our last week of our Bag Lady Series. It has been so much fun celebrating bags all month long. We have 2 more ADORABLE bags to share with you this week and then adios bag month! :(
If you would like to look at the incredible bags that have been shared this month, check out those bags and more here. AND…before you leave, today, don’t forget to enter our giveaway, for your chance to win a gorgeous Kati Cupcake fabric bundle and a $50.00 gift certificate to The Ribbon Retreat. We are also having a fun bag link party where you can link up any bags that you have made. There are special prizes being given away for a couple of lucky peeps who link up their bags.

It is a week of excitement as we round up this fun, fun series! Don’t forget to enter the giveaway, link up your bags, and come back tomorrow for another really, really bright and functional bag!

Happy Creating & Happy Bag Ladies!
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6 Comments

  1. Terry
    Posted January 29, 2014 at 9:50 am | Permalink

    Thanks for the great tutorial…love little zipper bags!!!

    • Posted January 29, 2014 at 8:03 pm | Permalink

      Hi Terry! Thank you so much! I love little zipper bags too! Thanks so much for stopping by! Have a wonderful rest of your day! Michelle :)

  2. Posted January 31, 2014 at 11:30 am | Permalink

    Love this! Must try asap!

    • Posted February 3, 2014 at 10:52 am | Permalink

      Hi Emily! Thank you so much! Isn’t this bag awesome? I love little bags like this that keep my life organized! Thank you for stopping by and have a wonderful day! Michelle :)

  3. Posted February 2, 2014 at 3:41 pm | Permalink

    I whipped up 2 of these bags for myself a couple of years ago and take them in my gym bag. I had so much fun doing little quilt patterns on them and they look fantastic. They also work so well to keep things organized in my gym bag. I only wish I could quilt as I go with such success on an actual quilt, but if you skim through my blog, you will see that I do nothing but fight with quilt as you go! Great tutorial!

    • Posted February 3, 2014 at 10:48 am | Permalink

      Hi and thank you so much for your comment! I love that you also find little bags like this so helpful and wonderful to have! They are the best and such great purse organizers…or gym bag organizers! Thank you again so much and have a wonderful day! Michelle :)

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