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Zipper Bag Tutorial {52 UFO Quilt Block Pick Up}

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This week for the 52 UFO Quilt Block Pick Up I went with a mesh zipper pouch.  

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These little zipper pouches are seriously the easiest things to sew up.  If you want- you can make a bunch of them and keep them on hand for later for little gifts.  Give them empty or fill them up with some fabulous notions.  In one of the quilt groups…they gave each person in the group one of them if you paid your dues on time!  Talk about a perfect motivator! lol

For the tutorial today I used 2 UFO Quilt Block that I had dug out from the drawer.  Each of them were 9" X 9"…..but because this is all about you and your UFO Quilt Block, please make the right adjustments.

One of the UFO quilt blocks will be shown on the back of the mesh zipper bag, the other will be shown behind the mesh– and all your goodies that you pack inside.


Materials needed:

2 UFO Quilt Block> equal in size

Animal screening cut to width of block you are using X length of block minus 2"

1 zipper the length of the blocks- or a little longer.  You will tuck the ends in or you can cut to shorten it if needed

2 strips- 2 1/2" X width of fabric

Batting, felt or fusible fleece- same size as your quilt block


1)  Fold the 2 strips in half the long way and iron

2)  Sew one strip to one side of the zipper, the folded edge will be sewn to the zipper

3)  Repeat with second strip on other side of zipper

4)  Lay the raw edge of the strip you sewed to the zipper on top of the screening material- Sew along this edge

Preparing UFO Quilt Block

1)  Lay right sides up the quilt block with the batting, felt or fusible fleece

2)  Quilt by machine the UFO Quilt Block to the padding

3)  Lay second quilt block on top of the padding 

4)  Lay right sides together- the quilted UFO quilt block and the zipper with screen

5)  Open zipper a little bit {to turn later} and sew all the way around the whole block– you can zig zag the raw edge if you'd like. 

6)  Trim corners and turn right sides out- the quilted block will be on the outside of the bag

This tutorial is similar to the Clear Bag Tutorial, with a few adjustments.


This is for an ongoing series for 2013.  Check out all the 52 UFO Quilt Block Pick Up posts here.

Are you sewing up something fancy with your UFO Quilt Blocks?  I'd love to see them!  Post them in the Patchwork Posse Photo Gallery.


11 thoughts on “Zipper Bag Tutorial {52 UFO Quilt Block Pick Up}

  1. Gail

    Love love love this tutorial. YOu have come up with the best little “challenge” I have seen this year. I have so many Orphan blocks I probably can make 10 of everything you do and still have tons left over. I will be back cause I am doing them all!

  2. whosies

    yay gail!! I am so glad you will be joining me- please share what you make in the photo gallery, i’d love to see them! I am all for get it out of the not moving along project to something doable and finished!

  3. Jacquie

    Hi Becky
    I like how it goes together, but if I sew all the way around (all 4 sides) as per instructions, how do I turn it inside out? Don’t I need to leave one side open, turn it out, then sew last side?

  4. whosies

    the zipper is left open big enough to turn everything. Does that make sense now? Hope you make a few!

  5. Jacquie


    What type of store sells the animal mesh?

  6. Donna Jean Messner

    I am new at sewing so this will be a silly question. What are UFO square blocks. Haven’t quilted yet. Just doing simple things to start out. Yesterday put in a zipper. Not the greatest but got over the nervousness of doing one. Also where DO you get animal mesh?
    Donna Messner 🙂

  7. Becky

    they are leftover quilt blocks from other projects. Ones that don’t have a place to go. They didn’t fit into the quilt, or were left over. nothing silly about asking!

  8. Janet

    I really loved this tutorial.
    I’ve got to say it was difficult to read with the background pattern.
    Sorry, just thought I’d mention it as it really hurt my eyes.

  9. Suzan

    What a great idea! I have been anxious to come up with a project for that vinyl screening that wasn’t a purse. This is it!

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