I've made lots & lots of "In the hoop" zipper bags by Pegboard Crafts. My friends over at Sew Forum keep asking me to make a photo tutorial so here it is! I posted a basic one on the forum that is just the bag itself, no personalization. But here, in my space, I'll give you all the juicy details! :)
For the 5X7 size bag, I use Tear-Away Stabilizer, double sided quilted fabric, and a zipper that's 9" or larger. You could also use a fibrous water soluble stabilizer too, if you want to wash the bags after construction. I just stick with Tear Away.
The instructions give you specific sizes for cutting your fabric. I just wing it. I made a fancy cutting guide from the clear grid for my embroidery hoop and I just the fabric a little larger than the template.
If you're using pre-quilted like I am, pay attention to the direction of the diamonds if you're making a set. The piece on the left is for the Lady Bag/Sunglass case and right is the Small Cosmetic Bag I'm making here. The bags stitch out in different ways in order to fit in your hoop.
See the difference in the direction?
Big note, before we move on. The are 2 files for each bag: front & back. The actual front of the bag is what I consider the backside (no zipper showing). If you want to embroider that, you should do that first. Otherwise, if you want the name on the zipper side just load the side B file and add your personalization after the first stop.
Ok, let's get down to business. Hoop your stabilizer. Lay your fabric on top. You can spray a little sticky on the stabilizer if you want to, but it's not really necessary.
Snap your hoop in place.
Trim excess threads & remove the stabilizer.
Trim around the edges of your bag making sure you don't cut the edge stitches. Trim the thin strip out behind the zipper, where you cut the hole with your seam ripper earlier. Don't cut your zipper! Go slow here, I like a medium size pair of scissors for this.
Reach in the zipper area and open it the rest of the way and turn your bag right side out. A chopstick works great to help push the corners out.
See the silver thread? That's why you should use a coordinating color. It's tight, but when you push out the edges, sometimes you can see the stitches a little bit. Of course, I pushed out a little more than usual so you could see.
And here's the final product!
You could add a zipper pull to make it a little bit more fancy. I usually tie a small piece of ribbon on the zipper.
Hope this photo tutorial helps you out.
Update: My Blogger feed shows people from all over the country checking out this tutorial. If you have time, please leave a comment and let me know how you liked the tutorial and where you're from!