Like an old dog with a bone, the desire to make the WIP Bags better or more to my satisfaction, held on. What could I do differently? My main issue was how the binding frayed at the zipper. It did fray, it did get messy and it did interfere with the the zipper. While watching an episode of 'Project Runway', I noticed how a designer (not the first) installed the zipper to the outside of the fabric. Wasn't that interesting?! Could I do that and would it work? The zipper wasn't the issue actually, the raw edge was.
When I saw these lace zippers from Fort Worth Fabric Studio, I thought it could be the perfect solution!
Would just a zipper across the vinyl hold up? I tried it, and while I think it would stand the test of numerous zipper opening and closings, I wasn't convinced.
I decided to try a fabric casing, There wouldn't be any exposed fabric edges, which of course would eliminate fraying.
I took a 2" piece of fabric, folded and pressed it, and folded the edges to the center to make a casing.
I placed the vinyl inside and stitched close to the edge. The result was perfect! Yay! No raw edges!
With the zipper pinned on the top of the casing, I stitched close to the zipper teeth and close to the outside of the zipper edge. It was not going anywhere and you can barely see the thread!
I like the lace zipper 'twist' and the fact that I don't have to tuck and hide it inside the fabric.
Here is the back of the zipper. With the raw edge of the fabric safely and securely hidden, there won't be any interference with zipping and unzipping.
Next time I may use a wider casing so it shows more.
I still feel like there is more I could do with these WIP Bags, but I'll give it a rest for a while!
There will be more lace zippers in my future!
The Clear Vinyl WIP Bag was not my idea. I came across it on 'Crazy Mom Quilts'. I
bought the pattern and promptly made a stack. I'm happy with them, but I was inspired to change it up.
I won't take credit for the design, but happily thank Amanda Jean for inspiring me to explore other options.
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Tomorrow I'll have a new tutorial featured...another clear vinyl project!!