- scrap of cute fabirc
- old shoelace
- 10 minutes
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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