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We originally made this Easy Drawstring Bag to store a bundle of colorful Felt Jelly Bean Bags, but its uses don't stop there! Now with four additional sizes, the Easy Drawstring Bag will serve you in countless ways, as a super cute gift wrapping alternative, a toiletry sack, or a project bag. Incredibly functional, this project is also time friendly, sewing up in less than an hour!
For a fresh, summer look, we've turned to some of our very favorite fabrics, including Kokka's timeless Small and Large Gingham, as well as slightly nubbly, handsome blues of Kiyohara's Upholstery Weight and Cotton- Linen blend. To jazz up these classic colors and prints, we paired them with the richly textured, cotton-lined Fishtail Braided Cording and electric Neon Lacing. You can find these and even more fabric and trim options at our online store, purlsoho.com.
To make a x-small (small, medium, large, x-large) drawstring bag, measuring 5 1/2 (8 1/2, 11 1/2, 14 1/2, 17 1/2) inches wide:
- 1/4 (1/4, 1/2, 1/2, 1/2) yard of fabric. We used Kokka's Small Gingham in Navy, Kokka's Large Gingham in Navy and Grey, Kiyohara's Upholstery Weight in Blue and Kiyohara's Linen blend in Navy.
- 2 (2, 2, 3, 3) yards of trim. We used Neon Lacing in Yellow and the cotton-linen Fishtail Braided Cord in Tan. For more options, check out other trims and ribbons!
- 100% Cotton Thread that blends with chosen fabric.
CUT THE TRIM:
Cut two 20 (26, 34, 42, 48) inch pieces of trim for each drawstring bag. Place these to the side for now.
Using your rotary cutter and non-slip rulers, cut a rectangle of fabric measuring:
6-inch wide by 12-inch long
9-inch wide by 18-inch long
12-inch wide by 24-inch long
15-inch wide by 30-inch long
18-inch wide by 36-inch long
For more help with this step, please see our Rotary Cutting tutorial. Fold the rectangle of fabric in half the long way with right sides together to make a 6 (9, 12, 15, 18) inch square.