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 and the Bare Essentials Bag from Day 2. We’d love to see your ideas of how to make a Perfect Zip Bag a great gift–please share in the comments!

Quilted Gadget Bag

I don’t know what it was about 2011, but most of my family, including all the grandparents made the leap to smart phones. Even my nine-year-old has been saving her pennies for an iPod Touch and will probably reach her goal by Christmas. I’m looking for a good deal on decent earbuds to get for a couple of these people, as it pains me to watch them use the ones that came with their phones. When I find them I will gift them in these cute little Quilted Gadget Bags–perfect for earbuds and a power cord, and it will even fit a full-size phone.

Fabric

Pink Bag: Children at Play by Sarah Jane and Designer Essentials Cord on the interior.  I chose the corduroy because it is very very soft, which is important if it’s going to be used for something with a screen. Flannel would be nice too.

Ikat Bag:  Lark by Amy Butler and Designer Essentials Cord on the interior.

Perfect Zip Bag

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Interlining

I wanted these bags to be a little stiff and sturdy. I used both fusible fleece and fusible interfacing.  I put the fusible side of the fleece next to the wrong side of the exterior fabric, then put the fusible interfacing on the fleece and pressed both sides with a hot iron to make sure all the layers were fused well.

Quilting

I’m not a quilter, but I figured even I could give it a go with a 5″ by 8″ piece of fabric. After the interlining was attached,  I quilted the exterior pieces (the lining pieces are not involved at this stage.) I really wanted to add to the sturdiness of the piece, so I quilted quite heavily. (I call this quilting design “Ikant.” )

Piping and Rick Rack

The piping and rick rack are cute, but also functional as they give the bag a frame of sorts, adding to the sturdiness. To attach the rickrack, take one of the exterior pieces and mark it with a pen where the seam allowance will be. Fold the rickrack over the top of one side to hide the raw edge and pin it, then continue to pin it on the seam allowance line. When you reach the other side, fold the end over the top, pin it and trim off the execess. Sew right down the center of the rick rack.  Proceed with the rest of the bag instructions. When you sew your exterior pieces together, be sure you follow the stitching line you created when you sewed the rick rack in place.

For piping you use the same technique. Pin the piping in place with the cording to the inside of the stitching line and the raw edge facing outward. In order to get close to the cord on the piping, use your zipper foot to sew the piping to the exterior piece and also to sew the two exterior pieces together. (If you don’t have the pattern yet, this probably won’t make sense, but once you have a bag or two done without the trim, I think it will be clear what you need to do.)

I hope you’ll be inspired to use the Perfect Zip style B to create your own Quilted Gadget Bag! Please share your ideas for dressing up this little pouch.