Princess loves to do projects. I have small mountains of papers that she has colored. Small mountains. She is constantly bringing me new things she’s made. So, one of the more recent times we sewed together I showed her how to make a zipped bag.
(Mommy steps will be bolded)
First pick out some trim, buttons, zippers, and fabric. If you’re a young girl, now’s the time to seriously raid Mommy’s notions supplies.
Next cut your fabric the depth of your bag, and about an inch or so wider than your zipper.
Iron the fabric down about half an inch and pin the zipper on.
Slowly sew the first side of the zipper on.
1. If you sewing machine has any sort of speed control set it to the lowest setting, to make it easier to use.
2. Train your child early to use the backstitch when sewing seams. It’s a good habit to get into now when it doesn’t matter.
3. My machine has a button that can be used to start and stop sewing (if the pedal is unplugged), that works very well for Princess, but I could also but the pedal on a box.
Put on any fancy embellishments now. Princess chose some roses, a heart embroidery, maroon ribbon, and some pink tapestry ribbon. It was very fancy. We worked together to hand sew it on.
Iron down your other top seam, and pin it. Before you start sewing unzip the zipper, so you have more room to sew
Turn the bag inside out with the zipper open, and sew the side seams. You can then turn it right side out after sewing, and you’ve got a nicely finished bag.
Finally cut the right length of ribbon to make a nice shoulder strap and sew it on. This makes a nice simple bag, that your kid will love to show off.