These double zippered foldable bags are light, water resistant, and super functional. Perfect for traveling, gym, accompanying a diaper bag, and will make a great baby shower or holiday gift also.
Finished bag measurements :
Large bag : 12 1/4" x 13 1/2" (31 x 34.3 cm) unfolded; 4 1/2" x 4 1/2" (11.5 x 11.5 cm) when folded.
Small Bag : 11 x 11 1/4" (28 x 28.5 cm) unfolded; 4" x 4" (10 x 10 cm) when folded.
-2x Zipper compartments (the lower zipper compartment can be used to carry damp/wet items)
-water resistant fabric
-button snap to secure the bag when folded
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WHAT YOU NEED TO MAKE THE DOUBLE ZIPPED FOLDABLE BAG
Laminated cotton fabric is what I use here. It is basically a cotton quilt weight fabric that has been coated with plastic/vinyl material thus making it water resistant.
Alternative fabric choice : PUL fabric, lightweight rip-stop fabric, shower curtain, or any lightweight water resistant fabric.
2x all purpose zippers or #3 zipper for the closures
1 set of button snap (12 or 12.5 mm)
1/8" or 1/4" basting tape to baste the zippers.
Basic sewing notions
Leather hole punch tool
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If you need a simple, light, and straight-forward tote bag for every day use, you will love this Mala tote bag. It is a mid-size tote bag with zipper closure and of course pockets. The vinyl accent and the metal zipper, add fanciness touch to this tote bag thus can be dressed up or down.
Finished bag measurements : 16" x 11" x 4" (40.5 x 28 x 10)
1x external zipper pocket
2x internal slip pockets
1x zipper pocket
Double sided shoulder strap
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what you need to make the mala tote bag
Fabric 1 : 3/8 yard of faux leather/ vinyl fabric (54" wide).
alternatively you can use cork, heavier canvas, denim, or other mid-heavy weight fabric.
Fabric 2 : about 1/2 yard of cotton quilting fabric.
Fabric 3 : about 1/2 yard of cotton quilting fabric.
8" (20cm) teeth length -metal zipper; for the front zipper pocket.*
16" (40.5 cm) teeth length - metal zipper; for the bag closure.*
all purpose zipper at least 8" (20 cm); for the zipper pocket
*you may substitute the metal zippers with purse zippers, I recommend to keep it consistent for both the front exterior zipper and the zipper closure.
(4) d-rings with 1" (2.5cm) inner measurements.
(4) set of rivets; I use medium 5/16 (8mm) size.
1/8" or 1/4" basting tape to baste the zipper.
Walking Foot - I highly recommend using walking foot for bag making, it's perfect for sewing multiple layers of fabric evenly.
Zipper Foot - To attach the zipper
Basic Sewing Notions
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