Friday, March 4, 2011

Drawstring bags

There are quite a few ways to make the tops of drawstring bags and I just have fun with them all. I use them for gifts, and for any special occasion. The tiniest gift or trinket tucked inside them looks so much better when given in the bag. Grab those fabric scraps and start sewing!

The basic pattern is so easy and adaptable. Determine the size you need and add 1/2 inch to the sides, and at least 2 inches tothe top. Cutting on the fold of a fabric means you only sew up the sides and the top. But useup those scraps and sew along the bottom if necessary! For the latest ones I made, I cut a 6 x 14 inch rectangular piece. No lining in this one, but can be easily added.

You need your fabric and two pieces of ribbon to make the drawstring bag.

Method 1

  • Beginning 2 inches down from the top, sew each side.
  • Press the top 1/4 inch, pulling in the side seam (second photo). Repeat for other side.
  • Press the top another 3/4 inch to form the top seam.Repeat for other side. Sew across the top to form the casing.
You now have two open casings to insert the ribbon.

Method 2
BEFORE sewing side seams:
  • Fold down 1/4 inch and press, fold again about 1 1/2 inches and press. Repeat for each piece of fabric.
  • Place fabric right sides together; ensuring the top folds match.
  • Sew about 1/2 inch from the top and stop. Leave at least 1 inch space. Begin sewing to the bottom. Repeat for other side.
  • Sew along the edge of your top hem; which will be your casing.
To make your bags a 'drawstring' bag, you must insert two pieces of ribbon. Beginning on one side insert the small ribbon all the way around (through both separate casing pieces) and out the hole you entered. Tie the ends. Repeat by putting the second piece of ribbon through the opposite side.

Make a gusset
Lay the bag with side seams on top each other, forming a 'V' at the bottom. Measure and mark where you wish to stitch. I measure mine up about 1 inch from the point. Sew across each separate edge. Cut the excess. Turn right side out and your gusset is finished. Insert your ribbon and finished!

Great way to use up fabric scraps AND make that gift a little special!

Happy Stitchery!
Charlene

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