So this is how to make a VERY BASIC drawstring bag, it may not be everyone's way of doing it, but its A way of doing it, and it works :-)
You are going to need:
- Spectacular fabric (amount depends on how big you want your bags) - my fabric strip is approx 38cm x 15cm.
- Ribbon/string for the drawstring
- Thread for sewing on your machine
- Pinking shears (optional)
- Curious reptile (also optional - although I didn't have much say in the matter)
Cut a rectangle of fabric; these are 38cm x 15cm - not an exact science just have a fold of your fabric and see how big you want the bags. My print was tessellated and so it didn't matter which way up the fabric was. If you have a print that you can only see one way up, you may need to cut 2 rectangles; 1 front and 1 back piece and join them together.
|Step 1 - fold tiny side hems in|
|Step 1 - sew tiny hems|
|Step 3 - Finish raw edges|
|Step 3 - fold edge to create casing|
Anyway, make another fold in this edge - this forms the casing for your drawstring. Make sure the fold is big enough to allow your chosen ribbon/string to fit through it. The fold on these bags is approx. 1.5cm. Sew the fold at the lowest edge - forming a tube through the fabric for your ribbon.
|Step 3 - sew down the casing|
Take your fabric and now fold it together, right sides facing each other. Pin along the sides to hold it in place. Place a 'stopper' pin across the top of the bag to remind yourself to stop sewing! You don't want to sew all the way up - only to the line of stitching that created the drawstring casing, otherwise you wont be able to put your ribbon in...
|Step 4 - sew your side seams|
|Step 4 - fold and pin to where casing starts|
|Step 4.1 - Fend off an attack to the knee|
Turn your bag inside out so its the right way round! You might want to push out the corners with a pencil or ruler to get them nice and sharp.
|Step 5 - taking shape...|
Your bag is nearly ready! Now take your ribbon and measure out enough to go through the bag and have extra on either side for fastening in a bow. You can either have 2 bits of ribbon - one for each side of the casing - or 1 bit - that goes through one side of casing and back through the other side giving you a bow on one side only.
|Step 6 - Cut your ribbon length|
|Step 6 - feed ribbon through with safety pin|
|Step 6 - the magically appearing ribbon|
You have a drawstring bag! Fill it with goodies, then pull on the ends of the ribbon to form the closure, tie up in a fabulous bow.
|Step 7 - you're done!|
Go mental - make loads - fill them with treats - step back admire your handy work and have a whiskey.