Sew Alongs

Benjamin Dopp Kit Sew Along Day 2: Insert the Zipper

Welcome Back to the Benjamin Dopp Kit Sew Along! Today we will begin sewing the bag.

First, you need to cut out your pieces according to the pattern. A rotary cutter can be useful for getting nice straight lines on this step. 

It is also a good idea to mark the wrong side of your fabric if it isn't obvious just from looking at it (as in the case of waxed canvas). I made a little "x" on the wrong side of my waxed canvas body piece that you might notice in the photos.

Next: Mark 1/2” in from one long side of each Outer Body (A) and Lining Body (C) piece. Make marks that are visible from both the right and wrong sides of the fabric.

Load your top thread to match the outer fabric and the bobbin to match the lining.

Lay one outer one Outer Body piece (A) with right side facing up. Place the zipper with right side facing down, lining up the zipper stops with the 1/2” marks. There will be about 1/2” of zipper tape extending from each side.

Place one Lining Body (C) right side down on top of the zipper, lining up all edges with piece A. You now have a zipper sandwich.

Use clips to secure the sandwich.

With the Outer Body (A) on top, use a zipper foot to sew close to the zipper between the two 1/2” marks. Move the zipper pull out of the way if necessary as you sew. Backstitch at the start and finish of the line of stitching.

Bring the wrong sides of Outer Body (A) and Lining Body (C) together. Press or crease both pieces away from the zipper.

Now create another zipper sandwich on the other side of the zipper, and repeat the process of marking your fabric and sewing along the zipper.  Now you have a “zipper book”. The video below demonstrates how to sew the seams along the zipper.

Topstitch 1/8” away from the edge of the fabric next to the zipper in between the 1/2” marks on both sides. You most likely don’t need to use your zipper foot for topstitching. This video demonstrates how to topstitch:

And here is a photo of how your topstitched "Zipper Book" will look from the front (outer body) side:

And from the back (lining) side: 

That's it for today! We'll see you again tomorrow for the next step: sewing the bottom seams!