Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Ten Minute Drawstring Bag

  • t-shirt
  • scrap of cute fabirc
  • old shoelace
  • 10 minutes 
My long-time friend and walking buddy put in a little sewing request the other day for some kind of basic bag to store a new set of toys her daughter got for Christmas.  The toys (a big magnetic set) are pretty neat, but the box they came in was huge.  So, as per request, I whipped up this basic little drawstring bag this morning. 

Actually, it's not really all that little.  It measures around 20" tall and 10" across.  (Umm... I'm just guessing.  I don't really remember.  But it was something like that.)  And the whole thing (funky little decorative tag included) took me maybe about 10 minutes to throw together--including all the random little breaks I took to check on Olivia and help her with random little things.  And I didn't even have to iron anything!  Can't beat that.  :)

I used the same basic concept as my Drawstring T-Shirt Bag tutorial (click on the image above to go to the tutorial), but I simplified things just a little this time. 

Here's the basic run-down for how I made the bag this morning:

  • Lay the shirt flat on the cutting mat.
  • Cut one big rectangle (it will fold in half to make the bag).
  • The top edge of your bag will be the bottom hem of the t-shirt.  This hem will be the casing for your drawstring.

  • Sew the ends of the hem stitching so they won't fray.  (I left out this step when I made a bag this way the other day and it was bad news.  All of that nice pretty stitching from the industrial serger came out and I had to fix it.  So save yourself the headache and just add a few stitches for security.)

  • If desired, sew on a quick scrap of fabric for a funky little tag.

  • To get that frayed look, just leave the edges of your scrap raw, sew the tag on, and then pull out a few of the threads in the seam allowance until you get the look you want.
  • Fold the bag in half, right sides together, and sew up the bottom and side seam, making sure not to sew through your casing (the t-shirt hem).

  • Feed your drawstring through the casing (t-shirt hem) and--voila!--you're done!

Whew!  It took longer to explain it than to do it.  :)

Best of luck making lots of fun little t-shirt drawstring bags!

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teacherspet04 said...



Kathy Haynie said...

Great way to recycle a tee shirt and give it a second life. I could use this with those "special" tee shirts I don't want to throw away, but no one wears any more...

Anne said...

Great idea to use an old tee! Love that little scrappy patch!

I linked to your tutorial over at Craft Gossip Sewing: