You can receive a free copy of the Perfect Zip Bags Pattern by Elizabeth Hartman (a $10 value) with your order of $30 or more. Check out this post for all the details. Every day throughout the promotion we’re posting examples of ways in which you can present the bags as gifts. Check out the Bento Box Bag from Day 1, the Bare Essentials Bag from Day 2, the Quilted Gadget Bag from Day 3, the Personalized Hobby Bag from Day 4, and the Waterproof Bags from Day 5. We’d love to see your ideas of how to make a Perfect Zip Bag a great gift–please share in the comments!

Dig out your favorite fabric

I call this the That-Super-Special-Fabric Edition of the Perfect Zip Bags because I’ve found that once you get on a roll making  Perfect Zips, you realize you finally have a good use for some of your favorite fabrics or trims. I encourage you to peruse your stash for things you love and think of ways you can match them with the people you love.

Little Black  Bag

When I was four my mom made us coordinating black velvet dresses for Christmas. I say “coordinating” rather than matching, because mine had a white lace pinafore to go over it while hers had a plunging neckline and was probably considered a “micr0-mini” even back in the day. (It was the ’70s, after all.) But something about those dresses seared in my brain that you’re simply not dressed for a holiday party unless you’re in black velvet. This Little Black Bag would look great with a Little Black Dress. I used an inexpensive velveteen and a lovely ribbon to make a Perfect Zip for a night out.

Perfect Zip

style A small

Interlining

Let me tell you, velveteen is a bear to work with no matter what (it sheds and slips and rolls!), but once you back it with fusible interfacing, it is much, much easier. I also used cotton twill.

Guitar Pick Bag

If you don’t have a child at home taking guitar lessons, you probably aren’t aware that children eat guitar picks. Or maybe the dog does. Or maybe they get flushed. Whatever it is, they are never around when you need them.  I’ve loved this Heather Ross fabric since it first came in to the shop and I’m glad I finally found a good use for it.

Perfect Zip

style B small

Interlining

cotton flannel


Cool Car Bag

OK, so I was feeling literal. But seriously, what little kid wouldn’t want to carry their toys around in this Echino bag?  I love this fabric so much, I made myself one too. It will carry my sewing “toys.”

Perfect Zip

style C small

Interlining

Fusible fleece next to the fabric, then fusible interfacing next to the fleece. After applying the interfacing I quilted the exterior pieces by simply following the grid on the fabric.

Ojo De Dios Bag

A certain teen on my holiday list is saving for a trip with a team from her school. Although I don’t usually give cash for Christmas, sometimes the cause is worthy. What better way to present money than in an awesome zip bag? I’m totally nuts for this Ojo de Dios print from Alexander Henry and think it might just be current enough for a very hip teenager.

Perfect Zip

style B small

Interlining

Fusible fleece next to the fabric, then fusible interfacing next to the fleece.

I hope you’ll be inspired to use the Perfect Zip PDF pattern to break out some of your favorite fabrics and share them with the people you care about this holiday season.