Tutorial : Cosmetics Bags With a Pretty Lace Edge Zip

If you’ve been following me on Instagram you’ll know that I went a bit lace edge zip crazy a few weeks ago making cosmetic bags. The lace edge zips really make these little bags very special, but many people aren’t quite sure how to insert them so here’s a wee tutorial for you so you can go lace edge zip crazy too. They are relatively quick and easy to make and will be a useful and welcome gift this Christmas. You’re getting two tutorials for the price of one here as I run through how to make a bag with boxed corners and a second triangular shaped bag which comes with a free pattern you can download.

A printable version of this tutorial and the pattern is available for free from my website here.

Part One:

Make a boxed corner bag with a lace edge zip

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You will need

A lace edge zip

1 FQ or 1/4m outer fabric 

1 FQ or 1/4m inner fabric

(I used a linen look cotton as they are a bit heavier, read my guide on linen look cottons here)

Interfacing of your choice (I used a heavy sew in as I’m having a mini love affair with it at the moment, but you could equally use an iron on, the sew in does give a good structure to the bag)

Coordinating thread

Please note, seam allowances and measurements are tight on this bag to ensure you get the largest bag possible from the 20cm zip length so it’s important to cut, sew and mark accurately. Feel free to make your fabric pieces 1/2″ smaller all round if you find this easier and your bag will be smaller. 

Method

1) Cut 2 8.5 x 7″ pieces of your outer fabric, inner fabric and interfacing (if you are using directional fabric make sure the pattern runs up and down looking at the 8.5″ side)

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2) Iron on your interfacing to the wrong side of the outer fabric, or if you are using sew in then assemble your pieces in the following order, from the bottom up

  • interfacing
  • outer fabric face up
  • lining fabric face down

Repeat for the other side.

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3) Mark a line 1/2″ from each side on longer edge of fabric and sew between the marks. Repeat for the other side.

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4) Cut back interfacing in the seams (this is made really easy with appliqué scissors). Repeat for the other side.

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5) Press seams flat and then press the right way. Repeat for the other side. (Do you like my funky ironing board cover? Learn how to cover your own here!)

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6) Mark 1/2″ in from the edge of the both sides with a pin

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7) Lay the lace edge zip on to the ride side of your fabric making sure the metal zip stopper is outside of your marking pins (this will ensure you don’t sew through it and break your needle!)

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8) Sew between the marking pins (don’t sew outside of them) using your zipper foot.

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9) Repeat Steps 7 & 8 for the other side (change of fabric alert as I missed a photo!)

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10) Lay lining fabrics right side together and outer fabrics right sides together, Sew along the bottom of each side, leaving a turning gap of a couple of inches in the lining. Press seams flat.

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11) Trim back the interfacing in the seams

12) Open the zipper pull and baste the open end of the zip closed

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13) You are now going to stitch the sides. It’s important you stitch the outer fabric and lining fabrics separately. 

With the lining at the bottom fabric line up your seams with the zip then pull back the outer fabric and clip or pin it out of the way. Mark your stitch line close to the fabric join.

Using your zipper for stitch as close to the join as you can.

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14) Trim back the interfacing in your seams and trim back your seam allowance to 1/4″ and repeat step 13 for the outer fabric. Trim back the excess on both ends of the zip.

15) Now we can box the corners. fold each corner so it makes a triangle making sure your seam is in the centre and the triangle is even. Draw a line with a fabric pen 3/4″ from the point making sure the seam runs straight. If you would like your box bag to be “higher” you can increase the measurement. Stitch all eight corners along this line and trim back the seam allowance to 1/8″

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16) Turn right side out through the turning gap in your lining

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17) Stitch the turning gap in your lining closed.

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18) Voila! You have your pretty cosmetics bag.

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Part Two:

Make a triangular shaped bag with a lace edge zip

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You will need

1 pattern which you can download for free from my website

lace edge zip

1 FQ or 1/4m outer fabric

1 FQ or 1/4m inner fabric

(I used a linen look cotton as they are a bit heavier, read my guide on linen look cottons here)

Interfacing of your choice (I used a heavy sew in as I wanted a firm bag but you could equally use an iron on)

Coordinating thread

Method

1) Download the pattern and cut 2 pieces from your outer fabric, 2 pieces of your lining fabric and 2 pieces of your interfacing.

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2) Iron on your interfacing to the wrong side of the outer fabric, or if you are using sew in then assemble your pieces in the following order, from the bottom up

  • interfacing
  • outer fabric face up
  • lining fabric face down

Repeat for the other side.

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3) Sew all layers together at the top edge (the one that has a sloping side!) with a 1/4″ seam

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4) Cut back interfacing in the seams (this is made really easy with appliqué scissors). Repeat for the other side.

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5) Press seams flat and then press the right way. Repeat for the other side. (Do you like my funky ironing board cover? Learn how to cover your own here!)

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7) Lay the lace edge zip on to the ride side of your fabric and pin & sew the zip in place using your zipper foot.

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8) Repeat for the other side

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10) Lay lining fabrics right side together and and outer fabrics right sides together, Sew along the bottom of each side, leaving a turning gap of a couple of inches in the lining.
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11) Clip or pin to secure the zip tape ends flat

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13) Pull together the bottom edges to make the bag base aligning the seams and stitch the corners. (make sure your seams are pushed flat – not like my photo!). Trim back your seam allowance.

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14) Turn right side out through the turning gap in your lining

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15) Stitch the turning gap in your lining closed.

16) Voila! You have your pretty cosmetics bag.

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