Sunday, January 15, 2012

The Zipper Messenger bag

I made this a year or two ago. At Value Village (one of my regular haunts) they had bags and bags of brand new zippers. Hundreds of them. I bought them all. A lot of them had no tabs on them, and the idea for this bag just appeared in my head. All I really did was zigzag zippers on to black denim, and make a messenger bag from the fabric. If I was going to do it again, I would use a sturdier fabric and/or interfacing. I didn't use a pattern for the bag and if you were to look closely, or even not that closely for that matter, you  could see where the sewing is less than perfect. The strap didn't turn out that great either, but as the local fabric store had nothing that was perfect,  so I made do with what I had.  I like a bag with pockets inside, so I made 6 of them.

Unfortunately I found I don't like carrying a large bag around, and so I rarely use it. I really do like the way it turned out though.

The back.

The inside.

Close up of bag.


  1. That is super cute! And what a great way to use up colourful but otherwise unusable zippers! I have a continual war with my kids as they'd prefer to take messenger bags to school than backpacks. I don't like carrying large bags for everyday, either, but it's still very, very cool.

  2. At first glance, I didn't even realize what these were! Great find, and fabulous use of the zips!

  3. What an awesomely cool bag! A great use for old zips that you didn't need anymore, colourful and completely unique... and perfectly suited to a seamstress!

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  5. It is very cool! My daughter would adore that - she has an awesome zippy pencil case very similar to that. An excellent way to use something that would otherwise be discarded.

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