A few weeks ago, I signed up for a new Craftsy Class on zippered bags: Zip It Up - Easy Techniques for Zippered Bags with Joan Hawley as the instructor. I had done a couple of zipper pouches before but I was never really happy with my zippers and never got really consistent results.
The class is really, really good. Joan Hawley is a good instructor and she demonstrates a bunch of really neat tricks for installing the zippers, finishing seams and pressing your project so it looks professional. I found that although the patterns are clearly written, you really benefit from watching the class as you work on the bags. She provides a lot of information in the videos that aren't necessarily covered in the written patterns.
Anyhow, I was itching to make one of the bags, but didn't have any fusible fleece until last weekend. So this week, I made my very first Runaround Bag.
The zipper isn't perfect, but it looks pretty good I think!
Making this bag really wasn't difficult at all - I cut all the fabrics one evening before going to bed and I put the bag together in about one hour the following evening.
And here is Marianne modeling the bag for me.