Thanks to Anna Noodlehead and her fantastic tutorial I've learned a new technique, so open wide and check it out! Even though I've sewn dozens of zipper bags, I was nervous about this zipper installation because it was different than any I've done before. The zipper extends past the edge of the bag, allowing it to be "opened wide" - so very handy!
I LOVE IT!! It was no more difficult than any other zippy I've made - it just took a bit more time. The one change I made to the tutorial was to cut out 1" squares from the bottoms to box them, instead of the folded method in the tutorial. One other thing I would do next time is to trim the seams at the zipper, so I can press that area flat. Other than that I followed the tutorial exactly, with marvelous results.
Not only does she give a fantastic tutorial - here - she also provides us with a slightly different version in multiple sizes - here - you can bet I'll be making these in all the sizes, lol! THANK YOU ANNA!