We are cruisin’ right along with our Field Study Tote Sew-along! Today is all about the zipper! I chose a nice red zipper to give my bag a fun pop to go along with the playful print I’m using.

Field Study Tote Sew-along

Prep Zipper

1) Make a few hand stitches at the top of the zipper tape (like we did on Day 2 for the interior zippered pocket) to keep them even and aligned when installing the zipper.

2) Fold a Zipper Tab piece in half crosswise, wrong sides together, and press to create a crease. Open the fold, then fold the raw edges into the center crease and press. Refold the so that the raw edges are all enclosed. Repeat for the second Zipper Tab.

3) Place a Zipper Tab onto one end of the zipper, sandwiching the zipper tape between layers with metal pieces of the zipper exposed. Pin, then sew across the Zipper Tab 1/8” from the folded edges. Repeat with the second Zipper Tab at the other end of the zipper.

4) Trim the tabs to the width of the zipper. The total zipper length including tabs should be approximately 16”.

Field Stud Tote Sew-along

With the Bag Front facing right side up, fold down the handle and pin it out of the way. Place the zipper right side down along the top edge of the Bag Front, centered side to side. There should be at least 3/8” space on either end of the zipper. Machine baste the zipper in place 1/8” from the edge.

Field Stud Tote Sew-along

Layer and pin the Front Lining right side down, on top, sandwiching the zipper and aligning the top edges. Using a zipper foot on your sewing machine, stitch together 1/4” away from the edge, through all layers including the zipper tabs.

Next fold the Front Lining and Bag Front away from the zipper, matching their wrong sides together, and press. Topstitch along the Bag Front through all layers, 1/8” from the seam.

Field Stud Tote Sew-along

Repeat , making another zipper “sandwich” with:
the Back Lining (on the bottom, right side up)
the Bag Front (right side up, with it’s lining facing the Back Lining)
the Bag Back wrong side up

Pin, sew, press and topstitch as before.

Field Stud Tote Sew-along

Zipper installed!

Later this week we’ll finish assembling the lining, exterior and add boxed corners.

See the rest of the Sew-along posts here:

Schedule and Prizes
Day 1
Day 2
Day 3
Day 4

We’d love to see your progress! Show us your photos in the Facebook Group. You can also share photos on Facebook and Instagram tagged #fieldstudysewalong or #fieldstudytotesewalong . Still need the pattern? Find it here!