Wednesday, 16 March 2016

How to make Drawstring Bags - Part 1




Drawstring bags are a popular item for shoeboxes. There are various methods but this is how I make mine.  I also make double string ones - please see Part 2.

You can also make them any size – when you cut out your fabric, simply add 2 cm (3/4") to twice the width and 4 cm (1 1/2") to the length of the desired finished size.

The fabric used here was 22 x 19 cm (8 3/4 x 7 1/2"), which results in a finished size of 10 x 15 cm (4 x 6"). 

If you wanted a finished size of 15 x 20 cm (6” x 8”), you would need to cut a piece measuring 32 x 24 cm (12 3/4” x 9 1/2”).


These ones are for marbles but the method can be adapted for other purposes – this red cotton one was made to hold a sewing kit.   

As the bags are unlined, I use pinking shears for neatness and to prevent fraying. Alternatively, you could use an overlocker (serger) or a zigzag stitch to finish the edges that will show on the inside.

You will need:
  • Fabric – it needs to be fairly robust for a marble bag
  • Sewing Machine
  • Iron
  • Thread
  • Pins
  • Tape measure or ruler
  • Tailor's chalk, pencil or fabric marker
  • Cord – I used approx 40 cm (15 3/4") per bag – you could use a shoelace or bootlace
  • Scissors (plus pinking shears if you have them)
  • Safety pin
  • Bead – this is optional but I like to add them to single string bags to help to close the bag and help it to stay closed.  Some fabrics will stay closed without the bead.

Sunday, 13 March 2016

Are you coming to our Convention?

Please come to CraftCon - two days of discussions, idea sharing and some friendly shoebox chit-chat.

More details here

Late last night, we reached our next milestone - please come and join us if you haven't already.