Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Upcycled Military Uniform Zipper Bags

To continue my quest to making things out of used military uniforms, I decided to make a few simple items that one can use everyday.  I like going on vacations, when I travel, I take my makeup and toiletries with me.   So I decided to make little bags to store my stuff in.

what you will need: used clothing, zipper, lining fabric, bias tape (or u can make your own)

The finished products

Let's see how i made them

i used military pants

cut the legs, from the knees

cut to unfold

cut out a rounded rectangle, cut one of lining

cut four pieces of fabric for the sides

baste the edges, with wrong sides together

baste the edges of the side pieces, wrong side together

sew the side pieces onto the fabric

sew the zipper

then sew the bias tape 

i made another one with different side pieces

hope you enjoy this tutorial, please feel free to leave a comment or question


  1. I've never sewn a bag with bias on the outside, but I like the effect. I'm going to try that.

    1. u know? i never thought of it that way, i have always liked using bias tape on things coz i like the contrast, but yes for small baggies and zipper pouches i dont see this method too often lol


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