Designer Angie Cohen teaches us how to sew lining into a zipper bag step by step, using recycled materials!
Angie Cohen makes art and fashion out of salvaged materials, such as plastic bags, bottles, or a blue polyethylene tarp, once used around the house.
Because it’s wonderfully waterproof, she uses it to sew lining into her zipper bags. It’s perfect for that wet bikini after a much-needed visit to the beach.
For the outer fabric of the bag, she cut up an old collared shirt from her hubby’s give-away pile.
Now, all you need to get started making your own bikini bag at home is:
- 2 rectangular pieces of fabric (the size of a sheet of paper will do)
- 2 plastic pieces for the liner (cut to the same size)
- a zipper
- a threaded sewing machine
- pins, scissors, and chalk are always helpful!
Since we know installing zippers ain’t always easy, this is another simple project that’s great for beginners to practice their sewing skills.
How to sew lining into a zipper bag:
- Step 1. Sew the outer fabric (front or back of the bag) to the first half of the zipper.
- Step 2. Sew the lining material (one piece) to the reverse side of the same half of the zipper.
- Step 3. Repeat step 1 and 2 for the other piece of fabric and liner on the second half of the zipper.
- Step 4. With the 2 pieces of fabric facing eachother, the two liners facing eachother, and the zipper 3/4 open, sew the perimeter of the entire bag, leaving a 2-inch opening in the liner.
- Step 5. Pull the bag right side out through the opening in the liner, sew the opening closed, and tuck the liner into the bag.
Note: Leaving the zipper mostly open is key to being able to pull it right side out at the end so don’t neglect this step before you sew!
Carefully, as you go around corners, pivot the bag under the needle for a clean square edge. Make sure to walk over the center where the zipper is.
Arguably, the best part of this one is that now you have a great excuse to get to the beach and color your bag with permanent markers.
For added fun, try Angie’s paint-by-numbers style!
Or, if you’re feeling really adventurous, start out with some sashiko stitches on your fabric pieces before you construct the bag.
Share your ideas for this therapeutic project in the comments section!