Lip-Shaped Bag

I made this bag when I was a kid.  I think it might qualify as an antique.  The funny thing is, I still use it and my daughter actually took it over for a while too. 

I recently downsized my sewing/craft room, and I’m trying to use up some supplies I’ve had for way too long.  I thought this bag would be a good way to use up some smaller pieces of fabric and, if I could get a good working pattern, might make a good teen girl gift.  I did find some zippers I could use, but red is my favorite color so it doesn’t last long around here.  I loved the satin from the original bag, so I took a trip to the fabric store for more.  I came home with a beautiful little piece and proceeded to melt it with the iron.

I did make a bag out of the remains, but as soon as it was done, I unzipped the zipper and snagged the fabric.  It just wasn’t meant to be.  It’s ok, I wasn’t happy with the pattern yet anyway.  I moved on to a more user-friendly cotton.

The original bag is not lined.  It’s a better beginner project that way, just zigzag all the seams and leave out all the following instructions for lining.  The one I’m going to show you here is lined.  It’s also for my daughter, which is the ONLY reason it isn’t red.

Start by cuting out one of each piece from your bag and lining fabric. 

Set aside the lining pieces.  Line up the long straight edges on the front pieces, right sides together.  Lay your 7″ zipper next to it, marking the ends of the zipper on the fabric.

Stitch 5/8″ from edge using a regular length stitch up to first mark, switching to a long basting stitch between marks, and back to a regular stitch after second mark.  Back stitch before first mark and after second to secure stitching.  Press seam open.  Lay zipper, face down, centered over seam and pin.

Top stitch all the way around the zipper, using zipper foot, on right side, 1/4″ from seam and ends of zipper.

See, isn’t that pretty fabric?  Moving on.  Carefully remove basting stitches from seam over zipper using a seam ripper or small scissors.  Unzip zipper at least halfway.  Pin front to back, right sides together.  Stitch all the way around, 1/4″ from edge.  Clip curves and trim corners.  Turn right side out and press well.

Moving on to the lining, on both front pieces turn long straight edge to inside 5/8″ and press.

Pin both front pieces to back piece, right sides together.  Stitch together 1/2″ from edge.  Trim seam and clip curves.

Turn right side out, but don’t press.  Turn bag inside out and stuff inside lining.  This part is tricky, but you basically want your zipper fabric ends even with the corners of the lining.

You could, instead, stuff the lining into the bag, but I find it easier to see what I’m doing this way.  Hand stitch the lining to the fabric part of the zipper, about 1/4″ from the edge of the teeth.  Stitch the ends past the zipper together.

Turn the bag right side out and push the lining into place.  Press, fill with lipstick and Altoids, zip and use!

I had to make myself one in red.  It’s not satin, but I love it anyway.

Here’s my pattern:  Lip-shaped bag pattern

and some notes on the pattern:

  • Make sure it doesn’t scale down when you print the PDF – print at 100%
  • Cut out to the outside of my erratic black lines
  • You may use this pattern for your personal use.  You may not sell the pattern or items made from it.  The original idea wasn’t mine, but this particular pattern is.
  • If you make any of these, I’d LOVE to see them!

9 thoughts on “Lip-Shaped Bag

  1. Oh my god! I’ve been looking for a bag like this for ages, why hadn’t I thought of making one :s

    Thanks for checking out my blog last week, I hope you don’t mind but I’ve featured this in tomorrows DIY Tuesday with a link to your blog.

    Seriously loving this bag xxx


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  4. Thanks so much for the Lip-Shaped Bag pattern. I have made 4 and one cut out but not finished. One for my daughter and her best friend’s daughter, my son’s girlfriend and her mother. They all loved the idea of a lip shaped bag. I will ask my daughter how to post them on your site because I’m not sure how to do it.


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