Drawstring bag for the fifteenth week of 52 weeks of sewing. This is a little simple project because I’ve got a busy week coming up – plus, I needed somewhere to store my square pattern weights. You could use this little tutorial for anything – a gift bag, a small laundry bag while travelling, or even a bag to carry muffins in to the neighbour. Just adjust the size and you’ll be all set.
Let’s get sewing!
What You Need
- 1 piece of fabric 20 inches x 10 inches
- matching thread
- 15 inches of ribbon
- safety pin
First, gather your fabric and coordinating ribbon. Here, I decided to make it out of the same fabric I made the square pattern weights out of – I know, matchy.
The trickiest part of this whole post is the button hole – I’m not a fan because it’s not very easy for me. Actually, in all honesty, I just freehanded my button hole on my machine since I’m not that good at setting up the button hole foot on my machine. I suppose I should learn, but I was taught about 4 years ago and I don’t use it that often. Anyway, use it if you’re comfortable, if not, practice first or freehanded it like me. Either way, go slowly.
Serge the top edge of your fabric – the part that measures 10 inches. Don’t serge them together, just serge them to make the ends neat.
Then, 1.75 inches down make a line in the centre that’s 1 inch long. This will be your button hole. The hem will be 1.5 inches, so you’ll have a quarter of an inch on the top and bottom of your button hole.
Stitch your button hole.
Next, cut the button hole open and then put right sides together and serge along the sides, closing up the bag.
Time to pin the top hem of the bag. Fold it down 1.5 inches and pin – your button hole should fall nicely in the centre.
Top stitch along the top hem.
Now, using a safety pin, thread the ribbon through the drawstring bag hem. In and out the same button hole.
Use it to store your square pattern weights or any little project.
See you again soon!