DIY zipper top bags

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DIY zipper top bags

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Post by PapaSmurf » Sat Feb 06, 2016 3:22 am

Here's a tutorial on how to make your own zipper top bags.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=en4pScOLZ9E


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Post by HammockMama » Sat Feb 06, 2016 8:30 am

Awesome tutorial!

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Post by Scuba » Sat Feb 06, 2016 4:51 pm

Posted on the FB link you put up earlier, but will here too. Excellent video randy. Now I just need to do the math and figure out the sizes I need to cut to make some larger bags than the one you did.
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Post by PapaSmurf » Sat Feb 06, 2016 5:44 pm

Side + side + bottom + top + 2" for zippers = width of blank
Length + side + 2ish for seams and cleaning up ends = length of blank

Example: If you want an 18" long bag having 6" sides, top & bottom
6 + 6 + 6 + 6 + 2ish = 26"
18 + 6 + 2ish = 26"
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Post by Scuba » Sun Feb 07, 2016 12:26 am

I ordered a bunch of zipper parts today because of you! Also going to do some long cylindrical zipper bags. I need to finish my dog hammock first then it's on to bags.
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Post by sarge » Sun Feb 07, 2016 9:28 am

That there is spiffy. I'm wondering how it might be adapted to use snaps.

Not b/c of the weight----I've got a LOT of snaps around here----
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Post by PapaSmurf » Sun Feb 07, 2016 1:51 pm

sarge wrote:That there is spiffy. I'm wondering how it might be adapted to use snaps.

Not b/c of the weight----I've got a LOT of snaps around here----
Would probably work, but you might get gaps between the snaps if the fabric isn't stiffened with some grosgrain ribbon or something?
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Post by sarge » Sun Feb 07, 2016 2:47 pm

That's what I'm thinking...and overlap and install at least two snaps before cutting and sewing the ends. That's the trik, I guess----knowing where the last snaps are going to go.
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Post by Scuba » Sun Feb 07, 2016 7:05 pm

Do the snaps early like Randy does the zippers.
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Post by PapaSmurf » Mon Feb 08, 2016 8:29 am

Here's a rough one I threw together this morning just to see how it looks.
I rolled the 2 closing edges in 1" grosgrain ribbon and overlapped them to accept snaps.
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Post by sarge » Mon Feb 08, 2016 8:33 am

Yep.

That'll work.

Prolly work with velcro, too.
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Post by gmcpcs » Mon Feb 08, 2016 11:04 am

I'm liking this; and the choice of fabric color is very familiar to me :-)

I'm having this idea phase going on where I convert some of these style of pouches, zipper bags, etc, into something that looks like a ribz pack. Of course, only that it is going to cost more than just buying the sucker, but what is the fun in that?

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Post by bodhran4me » Mon Feb 08, 2016 12:41 pm

Thanks for the tutorial, I'm no seamstress, or seamster or whatever , but I did machine sew a pillow in Grade 9. You were supposed to do one of your initials but i did just a long 'i' shape to use as a neck pillow....and because the 'D' was just too much hassle! :lol:

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Post by G_Man » Tue Feb 09, 2016 8:02 pm

Yeah right, just threw it together did ya?!? :D :roll: :D Very nice!!

A great alternative to the usual stuff sack. I've already found a bunch of uses for it..... note I just have to make one!! Or, more likely, a bunch!!!

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Post by kev137 » Sat Apr 16, 2016 1:50 am

Used this video the other day to make a small sack that i added a loop onto the back of. I now have a sil nylon zipper pouch for my waist strap on my backpack. Thank you Papa Smurf for sharing the knowledge. Still have some fabric, zipper coil, and slides, so i see another bag in my near future.
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