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Shopper sewing with zipper - shopping hopper

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  • Shopper sewing with zipper | manual

No matter if you shop quickly in the supermarket or plan a city stroll with your best friend, a pretty and practical shopper is more than just a great eye-catcher. This is especially true for a self-sewn unique. This not only makes you shine with good taste, but at the same time with your sewing skills. It's not that hard to sew a shopper.

You have never sewn a zipper and therefore do not dare to sew a bag "> Material and preparation

Difficulty level 2/5
suitable for beginners

Material costs 2/5

  • solid patterned cotton fabric or canvas for 15, 95 EURO per meter = about 8 EURO for 50 cm
  • plain cotton fabric in linen look for 9, 95 EURO per meter = about 5 EURO for 50 cm
  • striped webbing 4 cm wide, 3 m for 6, 50 EURO (enough for 2 shoppers)
  • divisible 2-way zipper with wide ribs, 45 cm long, 3.95 EURO

Time expenditure 2/5
1 ½ to 2 hours

Shopper sewing with zipper

You need this for the shopper sewing:

  • 50 cm solid material, at least 1.5 m wide for the outside, at 1 m width better 1 m long
  • Striped webbing, 4 cm wide, for the carrying straps, approx. 1.5 m
  • 50 cm x 1 m normal cotton fabric as inner lining, matching the outer fabric
  • 40 cm long zipper, divisible, matching color or in contrasting color

Tip: The material you get on the Internet, in a good handicraft or fabric business. I mainly ordered from Buttinette, which also refers to most of the above prices.

Sewing utensils

Other things that usually already exist in a (manual) household:

  • tape measure
  • matching sewing thread
  • pins
  • Geodreieck, ideally a Schneiderlineal (if you already own this)
  • possibly fabric glue

Special sewing machine feet

Does your sewing machine have a special foot for sewing on zippers ">

It is used so that the seam can run relatively close to the zipper, without the feet being blocked by the zipper.


The cut pieces all have straight edges and can be cut without paper cut patterns. The required seam allowances (each 1 cm) are already included in the specified dimensions.

Tip: Be careful when cutting the outer pocket part on the course of the pattern, not that in the finished shopper possibly figures are upside down!

1. From the colored (outer) fabric:

  • 2 pocket pieces: each 50 cm wide and 45 cm high
  • 2 strips for the inner lining: each 50 cm wide and 7 cm high
  • 2 strips for the zipper: each 47 cm wide and 7 cm high

2. From the (simple) substance:

  • 2 pocket pieces: each 50 cm wide and 40 cm high
  • 2 strips for the zipper: each 45 cm wide and 7 cm high

To make the cut straight, you can pull a thread in the height to be cut with uniformly woven fabrics, thereby creating a narrow gap.

At this, cut along.

3. Webbing:

Cut off the webbing twice each about 65 cm long piece. These are the straps of the shopper. So that the ends do not fray so quickly, you can coat them with fabric glue. Before sewing, let the glue dry well.

Shopper sewing with zipper | manual

Step 1: Now you start to sew the shopper. First, you sew the zipper between the corresponding pieces of fabric (the 45 cm long strips), so that the finished shopping hopper is closed.

Place the zipper on the table in front of you, next to it a strip of the outer and inner fabric, with the fabric side facing up.

Now place the zipper (edge ​​to edge) on the first colored fabric strip (right side of the fabric to be seen, from the zipper to the back).

Now put the first strip of lining material (right side down) also edge to edge on the zipper ...

... and insert pins along the seam edge . You can open the zipper and put one half to one side. If you put the pins at right angles to the seam, you can carefully sew over the needles without having to remove the needles beforehand.

Now sew the zipper between the strips of fabric.

To make it easier on the next seams, start this seam on the short side of the fabric strips, sew to the zipper.

Then without interruption of the seam along the zipper and finally (again without interrupting the seam) along the second short side.

To make it easier to turn the fabric strip, cut a small triangle from the fabric where the seam forms a right angle.

Apply the strip and quilt the seam with a short edge.

Then do the same with the second half of the zipper and the other two strips of fabric.

On one side of the zipper is the zipper.

Sew up to a few inches in front of the zipper. Leave the needle in the fabric to prevent it from slipping. Lift the foot and slide the zipper towards the already sewn seam. Now you can easily finish the seam.

2nd step: Now sew the food of the shopper. For this place a 50 cm long strip from the outer fabric right to the right on a rectangle ( 45 x 50 cm ) of the inner fabric, in between you place a zippered closure strip and secure all three layers. The zipper should definitely point to the side with the narrow strip of the outer fabric!

First sew one side ready before you put the second side. If the zipper remains closed throughout the work, then the correct placement is easier.

Now insert the two inner lining parts right to right and sew both parts together. To make the shopper a little more chic and practical, you are now shaping the floor. Fold a triangle where the bottom seam meets exactly one of the side seams.

Put the fabric together. Take care that the fabric does not slip. Using a geodetic triangle or a tailor's ruler, draw a line on the fabric 5 cm from the corner and perpendicular to the visible seam.

Now stick pins along the line (preferably at right angles to this line) and sew the fabric along the line.

Do the same with the other side of the floor.

Step 3: Now you can finally sew the outer shell of the shopper. Put both pieces of fabric together right to right, make sure the pattern is in the correct position. Sew the sides and bottom in one go. Then sew the tips together for the floor as you have already done with the lining.

Step 4: Iron the upper edge of both sides of the bag about one centimeter to the left side of the fabric.

Step 5: Sew together the two parts of the bag, at the same time attaching the straps.

The outside of the shopper has the right side of the fabric outside, the inside (the lining) has the left side of the fabric outside. Now put the food in the outer casing. Place the straps at the desired locations (about 10 to 15 cm from the edges). Put ends of the straps at least 2 cm deep between the fabric pieces and pin the edges firmly.

Sew together two pieces of pocket tight-edged. Quilt the seam about 1 cm wide.

Sewn ready is your practical shopper and ready to be filled with all sorts of things!

If you enjoyed it, you can now sew your second shopper .

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