How to add a zipper to ready-made tote bag

2020/2/16

Today’s sewing topic is “add a zipper to ready-made tote bag".

add a zipper to ready-made tote bag

Materials

Ready-made tote bag dimensions, height 14cm, length 20cm, gusset 7cm.

ready-made tote bag

Gusset fabrics, 8cm (gusset+1cm) by 22cm (length+2cm) are 2 pieces. (Seam allowances are included)

gusset fabrics

35cm zipper.

zipper

Fabric tabs for zipper, 5.2cm by 5.2cm are 2 pieces. (Seam allowances are included)

tabs

Add the tabs to zipper

1. Fold and press the fabric tabs (1cm).

fold and press

2. Fold the fabric in half with right side. Then sew the top and bottom.

fold in half
sew the top and bottom

3. Cut off extra seams, and turn inside out.

cut off extra seams
turn inside out

4. Cover the zipper ends with tabs, and stitch.

stitch

Make gusset fabrics

1. Fold the gusset fabric in half with right side together. Then sew the side seams.

fold the gusset fabric in half
sew the side seams

2. Turn inside out. Then sew the edge with zig zag stitch.

zig zag stitch

3. Other gusset fabric, do the same way.

other gusset fabric do the same way

Add the zipper to tote bag

1. Place the gusset fabric on the zipper, and stitches.

stitches

2. Stitch the 1cm line from the edge.

stitch

3. Other side of zipper, do the same way.

other side of zipper do the same way

4. Sew the bag mouth and gusset fabric together. It’s done.

sew the bag mouth and gusset fabric
zippered tote bag

Making movie is the following.

How to add a zipper to ready-made tote bag – YouTube