Fly Zip Bags

"Fly" Zip Bags by Amy Friend

I just finished making gifts for my children’s teachers.  This year we have three preschool teachers, one second grade teacher, and four fifth grade teachers so I set up an assembly line and got busy making eight zip bags.

"Fly" Zip Bag by Amy Friend

I cut the outer bags using various large linen scraps and linen look prints.  The insides are all lined with a solid that coordinates with the applique.  To create the bag fronts, I applied HeatnBond Lite to the wrong side of some small scale prints that I used for the bird appliques. Then I diecut the birds using a lovely bird shape called the Songbird. I fused the applique shape to a bag front measuring 7 1/2″ x 10 1/2″. I backed the bag front and back with fusible fleece.

"Fly" fmq by Amy Friend

After the fusible fleece was applied, I free motion quilted around the outer edge of the appliqued shape and free motion quilted the word “fly.” I also decided to add a little metallic bead for the eye.

Zippers by Amy Friend

I chose coordinating zippers to pick up the colors in the applique. I just love a good zipper picture! The zippers are all from Zipit.

Fly Zip Bags by Amy Friend

I was pretty pleased that I was able to use only stashed materials for these gifts. I hope that the teachers will like them. My kids assure me that they will! That’s half the battle; they are pleased with the gifts they will be offering.



  1. I was impresses when I could only see the zippers on instagram… These are terrific!! I just love ’em.

  2. Jeannie says:

    Those are totally awesome! and I love your free motion Fly!! The teachers are going to love these!

  3. Cute zip bags! Love the embroidery/quilting detail.

  4. melissa says:

    These are so sweet. I love birds.

  5. love these such lovely gifts

  6. Awww… Lucky teachers!! And you are one productive and talented mom! Thanks for sharing the gorgeousness… Enjoy your summer! (You deserve it!)

  7. These are wonderful teacher gifts! Isn’t it nice to be able to whip up such special gifts from materials on hand?!

  8. You never can have enough zippy bags!:) The linen and script is gorgeous!

  9. Nancy P says:

    Amy, what teacher wouldn’t love these bags?? Your children will be very happy giving them to their teachers!!

  10. Wow, these are so great! I loved seeing the layout on IG, but WOW!

    I’ll have to try that with my thrifted Sizzix. I only have a circle die now.

    I’m a huge ZipIt fan, too.

    I love your FMG! So brilliant!

  11. Margaret says:

    what a lovely gift, I am sure there will be some delighted teachers when they receive these.

  12. My sister is a first grade teacher. She has a boatload of teacher themed mugs, keychains, ornaments, etc. Your fly zip bags will be appreciated beyond measure.

  13. Lucky teachers! You are so thoughtful ~

  14. These bags are lovely gifts! They are the sort of thing that brings a smile, always a good thing. 🙂

  15. These are just great. I used to be a teacher and would happily have received this instead of the usual flowers and chocolates.

  16. Very beautiful, I adore linen on just about everything. Such a thoughtful gift, too. I admit to being glad that I no longer have to prepare end-of-year gifts – a benefit of kids getting older!

    Have a beautiful day 🙂

  17. Judy Tucker says:

    Now these are some pretty lucky teachers!

  18. Love these!

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