Join Deb Luttrell as she walks you through the simple process of making a zipper pouch from placemats.
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-Hey everybody, I'm Deb Luttrell with Stitchin' Heaven, and I am here today to teach you a very fun project. I discovered this a few months ago, and I have really enjoyed doing the zipper tote-bag from a place mat. That's right, you can make these from place mats, and it takes like, four seams, very very easy, and I want to show you how to do it. And first of all, let me show you some of the ones that I've made from place mats. This is my pile I've made so far. Well, I've made actually more than this, but these are the ones I have. I'm gonna show that later. The size of your bag depends on how you cut it down, and the size of your place mat, of course it will be bigger than what your place mat is. But, place mats come from everywhere. You can get them from Walmart, you can get them online. Most of the time, they are sold in sets of four. Sometimes you can find singles. So this is one that I made. This is one that I made. You can do them where they're zipped at the top like that one. You can do them where they're zipped on the side, like this one, which is really cool. This is one that I really love that I left... I was experimenting on this one, and I left the scallops on the side, and I really don't like the way this one turned out. You can experiment yourself and decide what you like, but, this is a very cool place mat though, because it's got a very neat... The neat thing about place mats is they've got very neat inside... Because it's the reverse of the place mat that's on the inside of it. This one, I really love. You know how I love to cruise, and I love the water. This is a little... We call this a cosmetic bag. I put some seams on the bottom of this one so it kinda stands up. So we have that one. This is a very cool place mat that I found, and I think I found this at Walmart. Very, very neat. This is a top-zipper one. And, oh, it doesn't wanna open all the way. There we go. I don't know about you, but I always was afraid of zippers. Oh, here let me show you this one here. I made this one for my iPad. So, all we have to do is just slip the iPad in there, and it's got room for some other things. If you want to put a pen, or credit cards or whatever in there. Maybe even your phone would probably fit down in there with it. So that's a nice little thing. I just cut the place mat down to fit my iPad. It's very, very easy. I don't know about you, but I was always afraid of zippers. "Oh my gosh, I can't do a zipper, I can't do a zipper." But, these are really very easy. Now, I'm gonna show you some place mats that I have found, this is one that I found that would make a cute, cute, you know, zipper tote. Like that. Let's see, I've got this one. And I just picked these up, various places. This happens to be a Walmart one. So I'll leave that there. And, this one I found online I think. I don't even know the brand on that one. But again, if you have the scallop edges, you're gonna need to cut those scallop edges off. Like this one is a scallop-edge one. I think I've got a bag made out of that one. And then that's a really cool one. And today, we're gonna be working with this one. I've already made one of this. I just love this design. You can get this at Walmart. This is a Pioneer Woman brand. And, what we're gonna do today is to make it where it has a side zipper opening, like this. So that's... That's what we're gonna be making today. I was, you know, back to the zippers, I was mentioning that I was afraid of zippers. Don't be, because this is really, really easy. I'm gonna show you how to make this, and you'll be a... A pro in no time. I like a wide zipper. Zippers are kind of, you just kinda have to find the brand that you like, you know, the best. This one is annie.com, or byannie. And it's called a single slide handbag zipper, and I'm gonna open this one up. It's just a little bit wider than the other ones. The other ones you could work on, and you would be just fine with them. But, I like the extra width for my zippers. And, so that's one that I would recommend to you. Okay. When you start out, what you're gonna do is you're gonna lay your zipper on your table, face up. And then you're going to put your place mat right-side down on the zipper so that it's like this. It's like this. Here, let me show you in this camera. It's like this when you... When you lay it down. Now another thing that I've done with this place mat, I did this beforehand because I wanted to have a place mat that had a water... Vinyl lining for those things that I would put in a tote bag that might leak. And so I got, there's a product called Heat'n Bond Vinyl. And, it comes in a package just like this. And, it's just very easy. You just follow the instructions. My one hint to you is don't let your iron get too hot. You do put your iron on medium setting, and with this product you don't use steam. So you just take the paper off, put the sticky side down. You use the paper that you peeled off to put it on top of the vinyl and press it. And you press it for eight seconds, all around, and then you move it and you make it stick. Okay, so I'm gonna have a tote that has a waterproof inside. So, we're going to go sew this. What we're gonna do is we're gonna sew right along this line right here. Okay, pull this down. We're gonna sew right along this line, and we're gonna leave our zipper tab right now on the outside, so don't let that bother you. So just put your zipper tab on the outside, and I'm gonna go sew this and I'll be right back. All right, you guys, I have sewn this. I'll show you how I've sewn it right across that line there. Actually, you sew from this side. So you just sew across the binding on the place mat. You can leave this binding on. It's actually good because your, all your edges will be finished when you get through. Then the next thing you're gonna do is you're gonna take this and you're gonna turn it over, and you're going to pressure... Pull your zipper up like this. And you're going to bring your... Your place mat up, right sides together, and then you're going to attach it across the top here. So the next thing we're gonna do is we're gonna sew along here. Now what I... I didn't pin the last... The first seam that I made, but I do recommend that you use clips or something on this seam. Because it's already attached. You can use pins if you don't have clips. I love these little clips though. They are very, very handy, and they just hold the project in place right where we need it. So I'm going to clip this, all the way across. And then make sure that you're straight on both edges. So you want both edges to line up on each side. All right, so I've got this clipped. Let me go sew this, and I'll be right back. Okay. So now I have sewn the zipper on both sides. And this is how it looks. This is the inside of it. Now is the time that you want to cut your zipper off. Shorter. And you want to open your zipper to the inside, all right? Because if you don't open your zipper to the inside, we're about to sew this together. If you don't open your zipper to the inside, you won't be able to turn your zip... Turn your bag when we get this sewn together. I'm gonna sew this together then. Now I'm just gonna sew up the sides of this pouch. What I wanna do is I wanna offset my pouch like this one is that has the zipper down from the top. It looks like this, okay? So what I'm gonna do to do that is just fold this down before I start to sew it. All right? Now, I've cut off my zipper here. As I sew this down, I'm going to just sew across that zipper... Zipper opening, and that will secure that. When I get there, I am going to sew across that several times, just so it's secure. And so you want to make sure that your zipper is flat when you sew it. Make sure there's not a fold there. And use your clips again. Go down this side. And then we're gonna do the same over here. Again, open your zipper. Just make sure it's flat. And on this side, I want you to pin your zipper down. Because you are going to have an open place there. Okay? And you just want to make sure that when you sew across that zipper, it's flat. Gonna sew across it just like that. Okay, but you want to make sure that, when you sew across that, you've stay-stitched that. So, sew that closed, just like that, just like you're going to over here. But pin it just to make sure that you've got your zipper close enough that it'll still close when you... When you turn it. All right. I'm gonna go sew this, and I'll be right back. I've sewn this, I've sewn this up this side. Again, when you get to your zipper here, you want to back-stitch this a few times to make sure it stays. Just go slow. When you're sewing over a zipper, it should... As long... As long as your zipper is not metal. You know, stay away from the metal zippers, I forgot to mention that to you. It should be fine. And then when you get down to your last end of your seam, back-stitch that. Same thing for this, for the starting. Back stitch the start, and then go and sew along. This is... This is the one that had the zipper pull on it. And I'm just gonna cut that down, like that. Now, it's time for us to turn this. And, I have a... I've got my zipper open, so I'll go ahead and open that. And then, what you want to do is to clip off these corners just so you'll have not quite so much bulk there. Okay? These are great for little... This would be a great... This one is gonna be great for anything that you're gonna travel with that could possibly leak. Like your shampoo, or, you know, sometimes hairspray does that. Then, we're gonna just turn this, and push out the corners as you're turning it. Just like this. And voila, we have ourselves a cute little tote bag. Literally four seams, you guys. So you, you can press this down now. You can take your zipper and close it. Take it to your ironing board if you want to, press it out. Take a... A turning tool and just kinda work with it, and keep getting those... Those edges out, and keep getting the corners out. What I love about this particular one, and this particular style, is there are no unfinished seams. Even the inside of this, the seam is finished because I didn't cut the edge off of the place mat. When you have a scalloped place mat, like this one, you do have to cut the scallops off, and you have to square that up to the size that you want. Which, this one's gonna make a bag about this big. This is similar to this, and this is what I ended up doing when I cut off the scallops. They're a little bit smaller, and, you do have an unfinished edge on the inside. If that bothers you, then you need to zigzag around it, or maybe even serge around it with your serger. So, that's our lesson for today. I hope you enjoyed this lesson as much as I enjoyed bringing it to you. This is Deb Luttrell from Stitchin' Heaven. See you later.