There are so many ways to embellish fabric with a sewing machine including free motion embroidery, couching, and decorative stitching to name a few. Why not combine all of these! In this blog post, I showed how to use the circular attachment which adapts to various Brother sewing machines. Now, what to do with this new fabric – we can never have too many zippered bags (😊)

Supplies:

Circle Bag
  • Brother Circular Attachment, Yarn, metallic thread, tearaway or cutaway embroidery stabilizer or fusible interfacing 10 ½” x 10 ½”, 7” zipper

Fabric

  • Faux suede, cotton, linen, tweed
  • Zipper Tabs: 2” by 5” (cut 2)
  • Front A: 10 ½” x 10 ½” (cut 1)
  • Front B: 10 ½” x 3” (cut 1)
  • Back: 10 ½” x 13” (cut 1)
  • Fusible interfacing: 1” by 10 ½” (cut 2)
  • Machine Used: Brother Dreamweaver XE VM6200D
    with SACIRC1 Circular Attachment

Design the fabric using the Brother Circular attachment:

  • Stabilize the fabric before using the circular attachment.
  • A couple of options are to use a cutaway or tearaway stabilizer attached to the wrong side of the fabric with a temporary adhesive spray or use fusible interfacing for a permanent fix.
  • If using the fusible interfacing, after the fabric is designed you are ready to go. Otherwise tearaway or cutaway the embroidery stabilizer.
Circle Bag

Prep Zipper

  • Press the fabric zipper tabs in half.
Note: If the fabric is thin, stabilize the wrong side of the fabric with fusible interfacing.
Circle Bag
  • Press fusible interfacing to the wrong side of fabric pieces front A and B along the zipper opening. If the fabric frays, finish the edges. Use an overlock or zigzag stitch on the sewing machine or serge with a 3-thread wide overlock stitch.
Circle Bag
  • Place the fabric zipper tabs, with folded edge toward the zipper teeth, at each end of the zipper tape. Stitch as shown below.
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  • The zipper is ready for the bag. My fabric is fraying like crazy, so I went ahead and serged the raw edges.
Circle Bag

Insert Zipper

  • Center the zipper between fabric pieces front A & B
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  • With right sides together, fold the zipper over Fabric piece front A as shown. Pin.
Circle Bag
  • Change to a zipper foot. Stitch.
Circle Bag
  • Press the seam allowance toward the fabric and topstitch.
Circle Bag
  • With right sides together, pin layer fabric piece front B with the zipper tape.
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  • Stitch.
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  • The front of the bag is finished. Trim off the excess fabric at each end of the zipper.
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Sew the Bag

  • Open the zipper half way. With right sides together, pin the front and back of the bag together.
Circle Bag
  • Stitch along the outside of the bag with a ½” seam allowance. Serge or finish the edges.
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  • Turn bag right side out. Press.
Circle Bag Circle Bag The bag is finished (😊) Of course, you could also line the bag, but this is a quick easy project to get started. Be sure to share photos of your zippered bag using hashtag #angelawolf #brothersews Cheers, Angela angelas-sig
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Janice Ferguson Says:
4/9/2018 2:04:34 PM

Great project, great instructions, great idea. Now I really want that circular attachment.

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Joanne Banko Says:
4/4/2018 12:28:51 PM

Really a great bag design Angela! Thanks for producing this . . . now I know what to do with the silver zipper in my stash ;-)

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