Thursday, May 5, 2011

Tutorial: Drawstring Bag

I originally made this drawstring bag to carry my daughter's crayons but I ended up using it to carry her plates/silverware in the diaper bag. I think this would be a great party favor bag and I was able to whip this up in no time.

I used a scrap piece of fabric and ribbon to make this bag, score!

Step 1: Measure the size you will need and add one inch to the width and 8 inches to the length. I then sewed a zigzag stitch along all the edges. This made sewing the rest of the bag much easier since I didn't have to worry about the edges.

Step 2: Mark where your buttonholes will go. I placed mine three inches from the top of the bag and in the center.

Step 3: Make your button holes. You will notice I have three button holes in this picture. I messed up the first button hole because I couldn't remember if I marked the bottom or the top of the hole, oops.

Step 4: Place your fabric right sides together and pin in place. Sew a 1/4 inch seam on the two sides of the bag.

Step 5: Fold the top of your bag down four inches and pin the bottom in place. Put a pin 1/2 inch from the top of your button hole for reference.

Step 6: Now sew around the bottom of the folded part. Using your reference pin as the starting point, sew along your bag.

Step 7: Turn your bag right side out and it should look like this, minus the third button hole. Insert a ribbon in your button holes and close your bag.

I only cut one piece for this bag so the pattern is upside down on one side, it reminds me of the Louis Vutton bags. You can easily cut 2 pieces for this bag and sew along the bottom of the bag if you don't want your pattern messed up.

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