Vinyl Zipper Bag – Sewing DIY

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Last week I got sick…Bleh!  It was the kind of sick that leaves you with 0 energy.  I spent 2 days straight in bed, exhausted and coughing.  While I was in bed I had plenty of time to think about sewing (since I couldn’t actually sew).  I came up with a really unique bag project that I hope to share in the next few weeks and as soon as I was well enough to sew I filmed this week’s tutorial.  It is a zipper bag featuring a vinyl window in the front so you can see exactly what is inside the bag.  The vinyl zipper bag is fully finished inside and out so it will last a very long time.

Years ago I picked up a remnant of vinyl fabric.  For a very long time I was too intimidated to sew with it.  I hated using vinyl because it sticks to my machine, slides around while I’m sewing, and never seems to end up how I want it.  But I realized I will never get better at working with vinyl if I don’t actually use it!

I guess what I’m saying is I am by no means an expert when it comes to sewing vinyl.  I struggle just as much as anyone else, but this tutorial is about the project…which is a really great zipper bag!    My cheat for making sure the bag turns out, despite any sewing struggles, is to cut the vinyl larger than the desired finished size.  Then I trim it down to size before adding the binding in the last step.

The one tip I do have to share pertains to cutting the vinyl.  I’ve tried cutting it with a gridded acrylic ruler and a rotary cutter, but it is too hard to see the vinyl under the ruler and make sure I’m cutting it to the exact right size.  So instead I use a permanent marker to mark out the lines I need to cut on.  Then I can see I have the measurements right and the lines are easy to see under the ruler as I cut with a rotary cutter.  You can find my favorite rulers and rotary cutter HERE on my Amazon page.  Anything purchased through that link helps me earn a small percentage to fund future Whitney Sews tutorials.

Anyway, let’s get on with the actually tutorial.  As I mentioned earlier, I was just getting over being sick and ended up cutting one of my pieces the wrong size.  I realized it way too late to recut it, but thankfully I have copied all the measurements down CORRECTLY for you all!

After your pieces are cut you are ready to start sewing!  Follow the step by step tutorial HERE!

I would love to know if you like working with vinyl or if you’re like me and still need a lot of practice.  If you make this or any other project using my tutorials I would love for you to share a pic on the Whitney Sews Facebook page or on instagram using #WhitneySews

I’ll be back next week with another new tutorial!  Until then, Happy Sewing!