Making Zipper Bags using Handwoven Fabric

About Making Zipper Bags using Handwoven Fabric

We know you all have containers of leftover handwoven fabric – just waiting for some inspiration. Learn how to make zipper bags using remnants of handwoven fabric with complementary lining material and a zipper!

Along with the instructions and material list that you will receive in advance of the workshop, you will need an iron and sewing machine at the ready. Our goal is to have each of you make one zipper bag during the workshop.

The capacity for this class is 25 students.

Class Materials

Materials needed to make one bag 7” x 7” square:
- 2 pieces of 8 1/2” square handwoven or commercial fabric
- 2 pieces of 8 1/2” square coordinating fabric for the lining of the bag
- 2 pieces of 8 1/2” square fusible interface (optional, see below)
- 7” zipper in a complimentary color to the handwoven fabric
- Sewing machine
- Sewing thread and a bobbin for the sewing machine (machine threaded)
- Sewing machine zipper foot (attached)
- Iron, Ironing Board and Ironing Cloth
- Scissors and Straight pins
- Rotary Cutter and cutting pad (optional but preferred)
- Beads or novelty yarn for zipper pull

Notes on Interfacing:
- Which interfacing is best if you just need soft support? For soft support, use very lightweight fusible interfacing.
- Which fusible interfacing is best if you have a fabric with stretch? For all fabrics which stretch you can use tricot knit interfacing.
- Which interfacing is best if you want a drapey pliable feel? Use an interfacing cut on the bias. The lightest-weight fusible interfacing available should be used on lightweight fabrics and medium weight on medium weight fabrics. Otherwise, the drape and hand of the fabric will be changed. This is especially applicable for soft silks like silk charmeuse.
- Which fusible interfacing is best if you have a fabric without stretch? Woven fusible interfacing with no stretch is used for fabrics with no stretch.

Age Range

Teens and Adults

Skill Level

Beginner - some sewing experience helpful.

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Single 2-hour session on Saturday, April 20, at 2 pm ET | 11 am PT | 18:00 UTC.

Enrolled students receive 30-day access to the video recording of the class.

2:00 PM - 4:00 PM EDT
Making Zipper Bags using Handwoven Fabric
Mary Mandarino

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Mary Mandarino

Mary Mandarino

Mary Mandarino has a BS from Washington and Jefferson College, and 30+ years of weaving experience. As a member of the Weavers' Guild of Boston she currently serves as the Publicity and Social Media Chair. In the past, she has served as Treasurer, Special Workshop Program Chair, and Morning Workshop Chair.

Ginny Hamilton

Ginny Hamilton

Ginny has been weaving for the past 15 years. She has worked with most fiber related crafts and has never met a weaving or sewing tool she didn’t like. Ginny is a member of Mainely Weavers and the Weavers Guild of Boston where she served as the Chair of the Morning Workshops. She is also a member of the South End Woven Collaborative in the south end of Boston.

MAFA - The MidAtlantic Fiber Association

MAFA - The MidAtlantic Fiber Association

The MidAtlantic Fiber Association (MAFA) represents and supports a community of fiber arts guilds in the greater Mid-Atlantic region.

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