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How to sew snack bags with topstitching

 This article is brought to you by Lizzsews.

Snack bags are perfect for work, school lunches, a small hike, or even a picnic. They make excellent gifts for any occasion and are a great way to reduce your use of plastic bags. With topstitching around the zipper, it's less likely the fabric will get in the way of use; and a more professional look is achieved.

Recommended read: How to sew reusable snack bags (no zipper topstitching)

What you’ll need:

- Cotton fabric

- Pul fabric

- Zipper

- Sewing machine and basic sewing supplies

Recommended read: What is PUL fabric

The steps:

1. Cut one square of both PUL fabric and cotton fabric 10” x 7”, cut the two squares in half.

2. Place the cotton fabric face up, place the zipper on the top face down and top with the PUL fabric right side (shiny, not smooth side) down, pin in place. Sew along this seam with a zipper foot, sew right next to the zipper.

3. Repeat on the other side of the zipper.

4. Place the snack bag down with the zipper in the middle, right side up, and the fabrics on each side. Press the fabric at the zipper, don't iron the PUL fabric.

5. Topstitch each side of the zipper.

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6. Place the outside fabrics' right sides together and sew straight across the bottom.

7. Repeat for the PUL fabric- leave a gap.

8. Lay it out flat, zipper facing up, choose how much fabric you want above the zipper and pin along each side.

9. Move the zipper pull into the middle!

10. Sew along the pinned edges.

11. Cut the excess zipper and flip the PUL inside out.

12. Topstitch or hand sew a hidden stitch to close the gap.

Recommended read: How to hand sew a hidden stitch

13. Flip the bag fully inside out, and poke the corners out.

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