Easy DIY: Scrap Fabric Project Bag

This simple waste fabric project bag is the child of some necessities. First of all, I have cats that love wool. They will do everything, including climbing on shelves and digging in tote bags to get a ball – and the project to which it is linked-for themselves.

Secondly, I have a lot of random fabric tips. Some of them are a little big, cut for fabric masks that I haven’t been able to sew yet. Some are really random and strange little pieces that I also want to use, but I made this project super easy by using a few larger pieces of fabric left over from the masks.

Because I wanted this to be a shopping project (I’m trying to use as much as possible of the stocks I already have this year), I made it the size of a zipper that I already had in stock. But you can do the same thing with a piece of fabric or even more drops than I used and make it as big or as small as you want.

If you don’t have cats who think they are smarter than drawstring, you can make a project bag out of drawstring fabric instead of using a zipper.

But if you are afraid of zippers, this is a great first project to use a zipper.

What you need

Fabric: my pieces of fabric were each about 6 inches long and 11 or 22 inches wide (two of the pieces are long, two are short)

Zipper: I used a 9-inch Polyester zipper that had been in my warehouse for so long that it came from Hobby Lobby

Sewing machine and/or serger: I sewed the pieces together with my serger, then I used my sewing machine to attach the zipper and finish the bag. You can do everything on the sewing machine

Sew your project bag of excess fabric

First, sew your pieces of fabric together to form one or two large reality checks. Since I had a few longer pieces that were just a little longer than I needed around the bag, I had a big piece of fabric when I finished sewing.

Open the zipper and pin one side to the right side of the fabric along the edge. I started at the corner where the fabric was folded in half to make the side of the bag.

Using the zipper foot of your machine, sew along this side of the zipper. After sewing a little, stop sewing, pass the needle through the fabric, lift the foot and slide the zipper so that it is closed.

Repeat on the other side of the zipper, closing it first and opening it once you have sewn a little.

Press the fabric to make sure it is flat and square.

Trim the edges as needed to smooth them out with the zipper and at the very bottom.

Finish the side(s) and the bottom with the sewing machine.

Use Your Project Bag

Of course, you can choose a project bag made of scrap fabric in any size and for any purpose. I have longer zippers so I can make larger zippers in the future.

I would also like to make small ones for the Terms and the double-pointed needles (these don’t necessarily need zippers, but the concept is the same).

This project bag is about 15 inches deep, so it’s a decent size to hold a sweater, which is exactly what I needed. I have to fold it somehow to put it inside, but that’s not a problem.

When I finish knitting, I can put my project on it, the zipper and the cats will never know that there is delicious yarn.

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