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How to make a Zipped Purse or Bag with a Gussetted Bottom

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The Template for the Zipped Purse. This can be scaled in any image editing software to be whatever size you want.
Zipped Purse Template
Fill the template with your custom design, print it onto fabric, then cut it out. You will need one piece of fabric for the inner and one piece for the outer of your zipped purse. This fabric is our custom printed latex backed cotton.
Zipped Purse Template
Lay the two pieces of fabric printed side together, with the fabric that will be your outside fabric at the bottom. Open the zip (it's easier to use a zip that's longer than the opening you are working with) and lay it facing down at one end of the fabric.
Zipped Purse Template
Take the half of the zip that is furthest away from the top of the fabric, and place it between the two pieces of fabric so that the edge with the teeth is further in between the fabric pieces, and the edge without the teeth is lined up with the top of the two pieces of fabric.
Zipped Purse Template
Sew the zip in place; you will be sewing through two pieces of fabric, with the zip in the middle. You should use a zipper foot for your machine, and should be able to "feel" the edge of the zip with teeth and sew close up to it.
Zipped Purse Template
Do the zip up. Then place the two halves of the other "opening ends" around it, making sure to line it up with the "opening end" already sewn.
Zipped Purse Template
It will probably help to put a couple of pins to hold it together before you start to sew.
Zipped Purse Template
Sew the other half of the zip in place. Again you should be able to "feel" the edge of the zip with teeth and sew close up to it.
Zipped Purse Template
Lay out the bag so that the zip parts are in the middle, with the printed fabric sides facing still. Then sew the two sides together, going across the zip in the middle.
Zipped Purse Template
Reach inside to undo the zip, then sew three of the gusseted corners together - placing the straight edge along the diagonal edges - leaving one unsewn corner that will end up being on the inside of the zipped purse.
Zipped Purse Template
Turn the zipped purse printed side out, by pulling it through the remaining open corner, then fold the edges of that corner in to make a seam allowance, put the gusset into place by placing the straight edge along the diagonal edges, then sew the seam together.
Zipped Purse Template
Turn the zipped purse right side out, and pull it into shape.
Zipped Purse Template
The finished zipped purse
Zipped Purse Template

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