Clear Project Bag Tutorial

These project bags with clear vinyl so you can see inside are perfect for keeping all of your half finished projects organized.

I tend to plan, and buy, for way more projects then I actually finish.  I use project bags to help corral the supplies I need for each project in case I have a free moment to work on them.  Multiple size project bags litter my craft room to accommodate different size projects from quilts to hand towels.  This has really helped me organize my crafts, though it has done nothing to help with my projects half-done (PhD) pile.

Though I usually like my fabrics with fun patterns, I really love the look of the solid color fabric inside this bag.  The solid fabric makes the bag less busy and I believe it will help when you’re trying to find things in the bag.  You don’t want your buttons to hide in the pattern of the bag.

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Project bag materials.Materials:


Fat Quarter Shop Quilting Fabrics and Supplies


Fabric cut to size.Cut the fabric and vinyl to size.  Once you have two 12” x 18” pieces of cotton, cut the top two inches off.  This will leave you with two 12” x 2” and two 12” x 16” pieces.  Cut the vinyl to 11.25” x 12”.

Starting with the 12” x 2” pieces, sew the right sides together.  Leave a gap on the long side.  You will attach your zipper on this side, if you are using a patterned fabric you will need to make sure you keep the pattern going the right direction for each piece.  You can see below that I didn’t do this so the hole didn’t end up next to the zipper, it didn’t hurt anything but it was annoying.

Sew the 12” x 16” pieces right sides together.  Leave the gap on the short side where the zipper will be attached.

Fabric turned right side out.

Turn each piece right side out and iron.  Ironing is not necessary but it helps.

Sewing the zipper.Pin and sew the zipper to the 12” x 2” piece using a ¼” seam allowance.   When you pin the zipper to the fabric it can be very close to the zipper but make sure that it won’t actually cover it.

Pin and sew the zipper to the 12” x 16” piece using a ¼” seam allowance.  If you are using a fabric with a pattern don’t forget to keep the pattern going the same direction.

Sewign the vinyl to the fabric.Clip or pin the vinyl to the 12” x 2” piece.  Pins will leave holes so I recommend clips.  The 11.25” side of the vinyl should match up the side that was once 12”.  Sew the vinyl to the back of cotton fabric to make one long piece.  You do not want this to end up folded over.

Fabric clipped together to form the project bag.Use clips or pins to form the bag, right sides together.  You want the fabric that will be the outside of the bag on the inside.  Unzip the zipper about halfway before you clip the top of the bag.

Sew around the bag using a ¼” seam allowance.  Back stitch over the zipper a view time to secure it.  Sew with the cotton fabric on the bottom, the vinyl doesn’t slide as well while you’re sewing.

Turn the bag right side out, finger press the seams, and poke the corners out.

Your bag is now ready to hold one of your favorite PhDs in style.  These are great for sewing retreats, classes, and gifts for your fellow crafters.  What will you use your project bag for?

I would love to see how your project turns out. Post your pictures to Instagram or Twitter #boutsofspontaneouscrafting

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2 thoughts on “Clear Project Bag Tutorial

  1. Could you please explain what you mean by “leave a gap”??? The instructions aren’t clear enough and the pictures don’t show what you mean. Thanks a bunch!

    1. I meant that you will need to leave a gap to turn it right side out. Leaving the gap where the zipper attaches later is more efficient and looks cleaner. It doesn’t need to be more than an inch or 2.

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