Fabric Collage Zipper Bag

By  Rebekah Meier 

size: 7-1/2"x7-1/2"

  • Fabric Collage Zipper Bag


  • Canvas duck or similar weight fabric, 9-1/2”x8-1/2”, two
  • Floral print fabric, 6”x6”
  • Off-white zipper, 7”


  • The Crafter’s Workshop Art Is Stencil (TCW261)
  • Sewing machine, zipper foot attachment, and matching thread
  • Black acrylic paint
  • Fusible webbing, 1/4 yd.

Basic Supplies

  • scissors, ruler, pencil, pins, stencil brush, paper towels, iron and pressing surface, newspaper (to cover work surface)
  • 1. On covered work surface, load stencil brush with black acrylic paint. Dab onto paper towel to remove some paint.
  • 2. Position stencil 1" down and 1-1/2" from side of canvas fabric. Pounce loaded stencil brush onto stencil until design is covered in paint. Carefully remove stencil to reveal image. Let paint dry.
  • 3. Choose large flower design from fabric measuring 5"x6". Follow manufacturer's instructions to apply fusible webbing to wrong side of floral design. Cut out design using scissors.
  • 4. Place flower design, with fusible side down, on stenciled canvas. Refer to photo for approximate placement. Fuse in place using iron.
  • 5. Machine-sew around edges of flower design.
  • 6. Fold down 1/2" from top of each 9-1/2" piece of canvas fabric. Press with iron.
  • 7. Pin pressed wrong side of fabric next to zipper. (Note: The folded edge of fabric should butt against zipper.) Using zipper foot (or regular foot) machine-sew 1/8" from pressed edge of fabric, attaching zipper to fabric.
  • 8. With right sides facing, and using 1/4" seam allowance, machine-sew around three sides (two sides and bottom) of bag.
  • 9. To create bottom of bag, match seam allowance of side and bottom seams. Measure down 1" from point and machine-sew across. Turn bag right side out.
  • Tip
  • 1. Make a matching tote bag, lunch sack, or art supplies pouch in coordinating fabrics and prints.