Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Drawstring Bag

It seems that after every Christmas or birthday there's always some organizing to be done. This year was no exception, and after a few weeks of toys scattered throughout the house, I went to work.
This drawstring bag was one of my solutions.

Its quick and easy to make AND easy for little ones to use.
Here's how to make your own...

You can make any size you want, but I'll just use a 12x12 bag as an example.

First cut your fabric. For a 12x12 bag, cut a piece 12.5 inches by 26 inches.
(to make other sizes: cut the width you want plus 1/2 inch by DOUBLE the length you want plus 2 inches.)

Fold your fabric in half (so its almost square). Make sure the right sides of fabric (the nice side you want to see when your done) are together. The folded edge will be the bottom. Sew down each side 1/4 inch from edge. Zig-zag stitch close to your seam. (This stops the fabric from fraying too much.) Leave the top open.

Fold the top of the bag over 1/4 inch and iron.

Now fold over 3/4 inch more and iron again.

Now unfold the last fold.

Sew one button hole on each side of one of the side seams. (Make sure your 1/4 inch fold stays folded and your button holes do not extend below the crease of your 3/4 inch fold.)

Refold your 3/4 inch fold and stitch close to edge all the way around. 
This creates a casing for your drawstring.

Lace your drawstring in one buttonhole, all the way around and out the other buttonhole.
(Your drawstring should be DOUBLE the width of the bag plus 4 inches. So the string for a 12 inch square bag would be 16 inches.)
Tie the ends of your drawstring together.

That's it! you're done!

Here's what we used our new bag for...

Now what will you put in yours?

If you like this bag, here are some others (with tutorials) you might like as well!

Basic Bag

here's where we link

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