It’s at this time of year that I start to think about Christmas. Don’t panic this isn’t a Christmas project, but the thought of approaching festivities put this bag idea in my head.
It’s inevitable that once the kids go back to school, the knitters will start buying wool for projects that become presents and the Christmas fabric starts getting popular too. I like making drawstring bags near Christmas and birthdays to put little presents in; things like scented soap or kids toys. A present always seems that much more personal when it’s in a home made gift bag.
I asked my friend who likes sewing to make up a drawstring bag and she’s gone banana’s again and made loads! I give her one little job, and she gets all excited and churns out several different types in different colours and now I have too much choice! Secretly, I don’t mind because it made me realise that these bags are incredibly versatile and can be used for lots of things at non-Christmas times too! She even made one out of my favourite Halloween fabric, but I’ll share that nearer the time. For the purposes of this post I’m going to show you the simple version. It’s just a plain and simple drawstring bag, unlined and really easy to make.
I have done a cheat sheet which you can download here…drawstring bag tutorial
I always prefer to watch a video when I’m learning so I found a fabulous one on YouTube that uses a very simple method like mine with the added feature of boxing out the corners which I think looks very nice and gives the bag a nice shape. This is an optional feature, so if you are a beginner the basic method that I use is perfectly fine.
Here’s the video link…how to sew a simple drawstring bag
This is such a simple project, but looks amazing when it’s finished and all you need are a couple of fat quarters and some bias binding or ribbon for the ties. It’s a great project to do with children who like sewing and they can use the bags to hold laundry, gym kit, toys or for taking games on car trips… what a versatile bag! No wonder my crafty friend made so many!