My customers are always challenging me. One recently asked if I could add a zipper to an existing Oversized Beach Tote so that she could use it as an overnight bag. So in my usual way, I researched, I thank (thunk? thought? perseverated?) – and over-thought it in my anal/perfectionist way….
The existing solutions on the internet require using a fabric flap. I finally decided that sometimes simplicity is the best solution and purchased a separating zipper that was about 4″ longer than the bag. I simply basted it to each side of the bag to test the idea.
With the zipper separated, baste one side to the bag. Sew to within a half inch of the side seam.
I felt that it was a successful solution to the problem presented. The beginning and end of the zipper extend a couple inches past the opening.
I also tried tucking in the ends of each side of the zipper for a cleaner look.
To tuck in the “bottom” of the zipper, I had to invert the zipper before joining it. That part is a little fiddly, but the bag would not have to be completely unzipped if it was tucked in.
Either way, a quick, simple way to add a zipper to a purchased or finished tote!