Clear Bag Tutorial

Clear Bag Tutorial

Finding that it is sometimes hard to keep fabric in groups, or quilt kits all together, a clear bag is just the thing I needed!  These are super easy to sew together and have a zipper top so they can be closed without letting little bits and pieces sneak out and get lost.

clear bag tutorial with zipper top | patchwork posse
I thought that these are Perfect for project keepers….either sewing, paper, or whatever else you have in mind.

Besides being quick to make, you can adjust any of the sizes to accomodate whatever you had in mind to put inside.  You could even make them a little set of 3 different sizes.

Materials Needed:

  • 1 zipper per bag
  • 2 strips of fabric per bag
  • Plastic for the bag– I used the table plastic cover you can get from Joanne’s. I did medium thickness. Sewed great. If you get the thicker stuff or you find your plastic sticking terribly when sewing lay a piece of tissue paper under and on top of it when sewing. Then it can’t stick to your feed dogs or your pressure foot. ALSO: We cut our bag size (the length of the zipper + the width we wanted) with the fold at the bottom. This makes your life easy when trying to line things up before sewing the sides. Believe me!!

Clear Bag Tutorial Instructions:

Pick out your zippers and cut 2 strips per bag.

Cut to 3″ by whatever the length of the zipper was. If you would like your bag smaller than the zipper than leave it long right now. you can trim it later.

clear bag tutorial with zipper top | patchwork posse

To save some time and an extra step fold over one edge 1/4 inch to the wrong side and iron.

clear bag tutorial with zipper top | patchwork posse

Line up the ironed edge to the zipper edge. Then sew in place using your zipper foot. That way you can get sort of closer to the zipper. We didn’t make ours invisible as you can see.

Repeat for both sides.

Click the page # below to finish up your bag~

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  1. Chookyblue......

    11 November

    looks great……..

  2. Cyndi

    19 December

    Do you plan to sell any of these? They’re fabulous! I’d make my own, but I have a Featherweight that doesn’t have a zipper foot.

  3. Carla

    30 January

    How cute are these! Thank you

  4. Jude3944

    13 July

    Thank you for all the great tutorials for beginners. Hope I can learn how to do some of the projects they look fun and like something I could do at the ripe old age of 66 I still love learning new stuff..

    Jude in So Calif

  5. whosies

    14 July

    thanks. 66 is the perfect age to start!!! 🙂


  6. Pam Lakey

    2 January

    This is a great idea, you could even use the scraps from the project that you are making to make your project bag. Thanks for the idea and I need to get busy!!

  7. mariela

    2 January

    muy bueno tu tutorial!!! gracias

  8. posse boss

    2 January

    that would be totaly cute to have a matching set! thanks for the additional idea.

  9. Jussara Regina

    18 January

    Adoreiii!!…vou fazer para colocar dentro de bolsa para praia ou piscina…obrigada..Bjsss JU

  10. Nansie

    2 March

    These would make super cute travel bags for cosmetics and such – Easy for TSA to see the contents.

  11. Becky

    5 March

    That is a great idea! I hate it when they have to dig through all my stuff.

  12. Nancy Wingo

    19 April

    I am a beginner sewer and I wasn’t sure after sewing the cotton fabric to the zipper, where I was to add the vinyl to it. Couldn’t tell from the photo. I sewed it to the opposite end of fabric (from zipper) and it’s ok, but from the back the vinyl is attached completely to the upper fabric piece but on the lower fabric piece is where the vinyl is attached only to that lower fabric piece. It’s hard to explain. Maybe if you added a picture of the back of the completed bag, I could see what to do and if mine is correct. I could send you a picture of min if I had an email address for you. The bag turned out fine, just unsure if it’s right. 🙂
    Love your tutorials!

  13. Martha

    7 June

    Ok, what do you mean, the fold is at the bottom? Your picture does not show the bottom, so I am lost.

  14. Linda K

    7 June

    There must be a step missing in the tute. After sewing the zip to both fabrics the tute says “lay open and flat the sewn strips”. Not sure what that means. I’m thinking that the back is all vinyl; front is fabric and vinyl. So the vinyl top edges (fr and bk) are to be sewn to each fabric raw edge, making a tube; then reposition it so all fabric is on the front side. Open zip and sew both sides together. Turn RSO. Done. By the way, I read in a tote instruction book that you can press vinyl seams using freezer paper. The vinyl seams stick together. Anybody try this?

  15. Jackie

    3 July

    Looks great thanks for all the free Tutorials

  16. Laura

    12 July

    Gracias, es una gran idea para hacer un estuche de lápices!!!

  17. Pat

    22 July

    I love this idea for keeping bundles of my projects together. However, I did make a change to make these bags work better for my purposes. I added a clear pocket to the front of the bag a bit bigger than the size of a business card and inserted a card with info about the project: who it’s for, what pattern, where is the pattern, do I need anything else to complete the project, etc.

  18. Becky

    3 August

    what a wonderful idea! I might have to add that suggestion with a new bag and tutorial. thank you!

  19. Sherry R

    14 December

    Great idea for quick project bags – these would make perfect little gifts for my quilt group. What type of thread did you use?

  20. Oldnbroken

    14 March

    Cyndi, you don’t need a zipper foot! In fact the narrow little st stitch foot on a FW is great for this. GIve it a try.


    15 November

    I LOVE this idea! Seems to be just what I needed to be motivated to organize my pending projects. Having them ready to use like this will save me time and allow me to just pick a bag and get started on a new project “just like that”! Thanks you so much!

  22. Barbara

    6 March

    Thank you for showing us how to make these project bags. Can you please tell me what gauge or what color paper is behind the vinyl? I went to joanns and they had a lot of different vinyls. Also, what size needle did you use to sew the vinyl? Thanks for giving me any answers to help.

  23. Mary

    30 March

    When I get this far, there is no page number to click! “Click the page # below to finish up your bag”. Am I missing something? Thankyou

  24. Soly

    23 April

    The instructions seem to be incomplete. How do I find the rest of the tutorial?

  25. Jan

    6 May

    The instructions are incomplete. How can I get the rest of the instructions?

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