Bags are probably the thing I sew more than anything else. There’s just something very satisfying about sewing a bag. Plus, they are easy. To go along with our bag theme this month, I created 2 bag accessories that you can sew to go along with your bags! Today I’ve got tutorials for Key Fobs and for a little mini Ruffle Zipper Pouch:
They are both pretty quick and easy to make and you can make them to match your bag! Or make them as a gift to give to a friend.
Let’s start with the zipper pouch and then they key fobs will be below that.
Mini Ruffle Zipper Pouch Tutorial:
- Small amounts of 2 fabrics (great way to use scraps)
- 7 inch zipper
Cut out your fabric. You will need 2 pieces each of 2 different fabrics for a total of 4 pieces. Each piece should be 7 1/2″ wide by 5 1/2″ tall.
Now, if you want to add a ruffle to it, there’s a tutorial for that here. Make it so that both ends can hang off this ends of the fabric. Sew it in place where you want it on one of your outer pieces:
Now we will begin to put the bag together. Grab one of your outer pieces and one of our inner. Place the fabrics together with right sides together and the zipper sandwiched between them along the top edge with the right side of the zipper touching the right side of your outer fabric.
Sew along the top-through both layers of fabric with the zipper in between. Move the zipper pull out of your way while sewing. Halfway through you will need to stop and move it again so that it is out of your way the whole time:
Here’s what it should look like when you are done:
Now do that with your other two fabrics and the other side of the zipper. You will sew right through the ruffle and there will be excess hanging off. Just cut that end off AFTER you sew this step.
Now it should look like this:
Press everything nice and flat:
Top stitch along the zipper on both sides of the zipper.
Open your zipper most of the way. Fold the bag so that your fabrics are touching with right sides together. The outer pieces will be touching each other and the inner will be touching each other. Sew all the way around each of those. Leave a small opening to turn it when you are sewing the inner part:
This is perfect for carrying things like keys, credit cards, pens, even your phone.
It’s also perfect for carrying a small package of Kleenex! These new Kleenex designs are really nice aren’t they?
I love the bright, bold designs! Guess what?! Kleenex has a whole new line of beautiful designs for all of their packaging.
- Go to Kleenex’s website and take the Style Quiz! It’s not only fun, you get a coupon when you are done!
- Tell me which of the new packaging options is your favorite! Comment below. I loved the Green and Blue geometric designs in the image above. Which is your favorite?
Another fun new addition to Kleenex are these pocket size packs:
Just grab it and tuck it in your back pocket, shirt pocket or wherever is handy. They open easily and fold back up for easy carrying:
OK, now after you visit Kleenex, let’s try the key fobs.
Key Fob Tutorial:
- Key Fob Hardware (I got mine online but I believe craft stores should have them too?)
- Small amount of fabric (great way to use scraps)
- Small amount of fusible fleece
These really are so easy to make! First, cut your fabric out. I can’t tell you exactly what size to cut it, because it will depend on the size of hardware that you got. Mine is 1 inch wide. So I cut my fabric strip 2 3/4″ wide by 12″ long. This gives me enough fabric to fold it in half and it together. With the seam allowance (3/8″) that should make it end up 1 inch wide after it is sewn. Calculate this for the width of your key fob and then cut out your fabric.
Cut a piece of fusible fleece exactly the same size and fuse it onto the back of your fabric:
Then fold it in half with right sides together and sew the length of it. Turn it right side out:
Then press it flat. Fold it so that the ends are together:
And place your hardware over the ends. Squeeze it shut with pliers on either side:
And you’re done. Told you that was easy right? Now make a million! (I am! I’ve got plans to make at least 200 in the next month or so for a big conference I am attending soon. They’re that easy and that fun!)
Have fun! And don’t forget to tell me which design you like best at Kleenex!