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Melbourne, Australia

Since picking up a needle and thread at the age of three, Nicole Mallalieu has been a passionate designer and maker of all things "textile". She graduated (in 1989) from the Royal Melbourne Institute ...

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Zip Away Shopping Bag

from You Sew Girl
(9) Name: 'Sewing : Zip Away Shopping Bag
Zip Away Shopping Bag
Zip Away Shopping Bag
Zip Away Shopping Bag
Zip Away Shopping Bag
Zip Away Shopping Bag

Pattern Description:

This handy, zip-away shopping bag is perfect for keeping in your handbag or in the car for those unexpected purchases. Unzip the pouch to reveal a shopping bag with reinforced straps and a sturdy base.

Learn clever new tips and tricks to insert a zip on a curved, structured base. Basic Sewing skills required.

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • 29cm x 36cm x 12cm (11 1/4" x 14" x 4 3/4")


  • Fabric for pouch (quilting cotton) - 40cm x 16cm (15 3/4" x 6 1/4")
  • Fabric for bag (quilting cotton or lighter) - 95cm x 112cm (or 1 yard of 44" wide)
  • 10cm x 33cm (4" x 13") fusible webbing (Vliesofix, Applifix, Heat&Bond etc
  • Fast2Fuse* - 33cm x 12cm (13" x 4 3/4") *Alternatively, double sided Peltex (72) can be used; however it is a little more difficult to use and manipulate because it is thicker and softer than Fast2Fuse.

You Will Also Need:

  • Nylon zip: minimum 40cm - 50cm (15 3/4" - 19 1/2")
  • Appliqu mat or baking paper (parchment)
  • Thread to match your fabric
  • OPTIONAL:Vlieseline T6 tape or similar fusible webbing tape
  • Tailor's awl
  • Fabric marker or tailor's chalk

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