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NEW Tutorial: Raccoon Bag with In The Hoop Zipper

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Step1. Start by hooping your Fabric and Stabilizer (to match your fabric). Stitch out the “a” file – this will be the front of your zipper bag. Follow the color change sheet in your design zip file. Before the last color stop, add a piece of fabric to back = lining. Keep aside. This design includes 1 x applique step. After the contrast fabric is secured the rest of the design will be stitched.

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For this bag you need plain fabric, contrast fabric, a zipper and ribbon (the exact measurements are included in your instant download)

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The front panel includes a lining step. This ensures a professional finish of the inside of your bag once complete.

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Step 2. File b – Hoop a layer of tear away stabilizer. Stitch out the 1st color stop of FILE b.

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Step 3. Place the zipper on the 3 lines indicated. Use scotch-tape to keep in place. Make sure your zipper puller is at the BOTTOM of the hoop (as shown)

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Step 4. Stitch the next color stop. The zipper will be secured in the hoop.

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Step 5. Fold the 2 pieces of fabric (for the back) in half. I like to iron these 2 pieces to create a neat flat edge. Place the 1 x piece on the top half. Align the folded edge to the zipper “teeth”. Step 6. The next color stop will secure the top fabric. (see image below)

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Step 7. Do the same with the 2d piece of folded back fabric.

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Step 8. The next color stop will secure the 2d back fabric.

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Step 9. Stitch the next color stop. This is a satin outline as decorative stitch.

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Step 10. Pull the zipper open (toward the TOP)

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Step 11. WARNING! Make sure the zipper is pulled to about two-thirds open. After the design is complete the needle will return to the center of the design, and if the zipper puller is in the center it could create a problem. Step 12. Fold the ribbon (to be used as sling) in half and secure with scotch-tape (as shown in the image below)

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Step 13. You will be using the front design stitched out 1st in this step.

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Step 15. Stitch the next color stop. The front and back panels will be secured in the hoop.

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Step 16. Remove the hoop and remove the design from the hoop. Turn over and remove the tear-away stabilizer covering the zipper.

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Step 17. See image below – after tear-away was removed from the zipper section.

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Step 18. Cut away fabric and excess zipper all around. Leaving about half an inch of fabric all around.

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Step 19. Cut away fabric from the CORNERS as shown.

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Step 20. Make cuts in the fabric – all around. This will ensure neat edges when turned outside in.

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Step 21. Turn bag inside out.

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Step 22. Add a ribbon to the Zipper Puller (optional).

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Your Bag with In the Hoop Zipper is complete!

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