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Picture of Easy Zippered Bag
This is a pretty easy bag to make for a holiday gift.
It only has a lot of steps because I documented each item for ease.  It goes pretty quickly. Once you make one, you will realize how easy it is.  Make a bunch..  for friends as cosmetics cases, a small catch-all for inside your purse, or make longer for kids as pencil cases.  Upholstery or fabric shops often have beautiful remnant pieces for a song.  Experiment with different sizes. 
 

Step 1: Requirements:

Picture of Requirements:
Fabric piece (at least 12" x 18")
Zipper
Thread
Needle
Pins
Ruler or straight edge (to mark)
Sewing machine