I am about to go in an educational tour and as I was packing, I had a problem looking for a bag in just perfect size to place my toiletries. I cannot organize well my stroller bag with so many things to be placed. Then I realize, why don't I do one, just the right size and shape, with a nice handle and very colorful and stylish. And I did and it was perfect for what I need. And you can do it too in just a few easy steps. And the best part is, NO SEWING! That's right. Since I don't have much talent in sewing and lack of equipment and materials, I used an alternative way of making a bag which is GLUING. With a few easy steps, you can make a Zipper Weave Bag! Let's start shall we? :D
Step 1: Materials to Be Used
You will need the following tools in this project. Very accessible and also not costly. :D
Step 2: Weave It!
Make a weave out of the zippers. Make sure that all zippers are intact and of same length as each other.
Publisher's Tips: Align the zippers to the edge of the cloth and you may use any different colors of zippers. I used blue and green because they are my favorite color. You may use yours too.
Step 3: Glue It!
Using a glue stick, glue in the entire top and bottom edges EXPECT THE LAST ZIPPER FOR BOTH LEFT AND RIGHT. The note in bold face is very essential in which you will know why later. The finish product of this step is as shown in the figure.
Step 4: Form It!
Place a book as shown in the figure with the desired width and thickness. This will be our basis for the thickness of the actual bag. Place both side edges together and align them just like a weave.
Step 5: Match It!
Remove the rightmost zipper and place it on top of the bag as shown in the figure. This will be your guide in closing the sides of the bag.
Glue in the sides of the bag just like weaving it. Cut off a half portion of the lengthy zipper and glue it also. This finish product will look like figure.
Step 6: Bring It!
Put back the rightmost zipper and glue it in place. Now you are half way through. :D
Step 7: Seal It!
The next steps are going to be tricky as we are about to close the bottom of the bag so your creativity will be tested. First, fold the two sides of the bag as shown in the figure. Then, weave the four zippers on its sides just like the figure. Glue it in place.
Publisher's Tips: I had a hard time doing this because there are a lot of zippers in place. I suggest that once you’re sure of your placements, glue it at once. This is for the reason that it will always fall out of place once you let go of your hands.
Step 8: Finish It!
Do the same to the other side. The finish product should look like this.
Now, glue in the excess cloths in place to finish the bottom. Now the hard part is done. :D
Step 9: Cut It!
Cut off the excess zippers of the top of the bag. The clean finish product will look like this.
Step 10: Remove It!
You may now remove the book.
Step 11: Handle It!
For the handle, use the remaining two 18” zippers and glue it in the sides of the bag. You may or may not unzip the handle.
Step 12: Now, BRAG IT! :D
And you’re done! Congratulations, you’ve just made your own ZIPPER WEAVE BAG.
Step 13: Additional Publisher's Tips:
- You may use different colors of zipper. The sky is the limit. You may want to combined two colors, three, and four or even make it multicolor.
- Working with glue guns can be a little messy and hot. Caution for everyone. For you to have more clear vision of your work, clean up all the excess glue once in a while.
- You may want to make the bag bigger or even wider. You may do so by using wider and thicker book and use additional zippers for that. Experiment it. Make it your own.
- You may also want to place extra zipper to close the bag. It’s up to you.
- You may use it as a shoulder bag, organizer, body bag (make the handle zipper longer), pouch, anything you want. Use your creativity and you sure will be happy with the results.